Woods & Wa­ter

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By Ken Sim­mers

Mys­tery of the dead her­ring

A cou­ple of days ago, Herb Ben­jamin told me that there were dead her­ring with teeth marks in them in the lit­tle creek that flows into North East Isles. So I drove down to see what I could see.

Sure enough, there were at least 40 dead her­ring (I stopped count­ing then) lay­ing on the sand and in the wa­ter. It did ap­pear that they had teeth marks in at least some of them. (I didn’t look at all of them0).

So the ques­tion is, what would kill her­ring and leave them lay? Her­ring are fed­er­ally pro­tected now; no­body can legally catch them. There were foot­prints in the earth, but sev­eral peo­ple had come down to in­spect them by this time.

Coy­otes could eas­ily catch them, but would they leave them lay af­ter killing them? I don’t think so. Dogs? Why would they? Same with rac- coons and opos­sums, If they would kill them, they would eat them.

If you have a good idea, let me know.

Catch and re­lease closes

Catch and re­lease sea­son for rock­fish closes on Wed­nes­day, May 4, and will open for catch and cook on May 16. At that point we may keep one fish 20 inches to 26 inches long. On June 1 the reg­u­la­tions change to a daily catch limit of two, both over 20 inches, and one of which may be over 28 inches. Good luck.

Turkey sea­son is open

Turkey sea­son is now open through­out Mary­land. It opened on April 18 and will run un­til May 23. Tur­keys must be bearded; limit is one per day, two per sea­son.

Our chances are much bet­ter than they were just a few years ago, for tur­keys are mak­ing a comeback. I saw a cou­ple in Elk Neck State Park just two weeks ago, so they are there. It’s also kayak time It is warm­ing. I didn’t say the wa­ter is warm, I said it’s warm­ing.

It’s great ex­er­cise and lots of fun, plus you get to ex­plore places you can’t with a nor­mal boat. Thin wa­ter is home to kayaks, same with skinny creeks. Per­fect places to go and see wildlife.

There are a cou­ple of good, free places to put in lo­cally. One is be­hind the Jack­son House in North East Town Park. An­other is in Per­ryville at the Town Park.

The first takes you to a creek and to the head of the North East River. The sec­ond takes you to the Flats and to Fur­nace Bay (used to be called Wild Duck). Two dif­fer­ent types of pad­dles, both fun.

Get out and have fun!

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