Teal season opens duck hunting action on the Shore
Duck hunters will get their first crack at some speedy teal when that season opens Sept. 16 and runs through the 30th.
Teal can be found frequenting marshes, river backwaters, farm ponds, and sheet water in fields. They feed primarily on small seeds and aquatic invertebrates found in shallow water. They can be here today and gone tomorrow, so it’s a good idea to scout as close to the hunting dates as possible.
According federal guidelines, states can select a 16-day teal season between Sept. 1-30. The season may not run concurrently with other seasons (resident Canada goose) that allow special considerations such as modified shooting hours or unplugged guns.
The daily bag limit is six blue-winged or greenwinged teal, singly or in aggregate. The possession limit is three times the daily bag limit.
The state’s hunt zone includes all five Mid-Shore counties. Shooting hours for teal during this season are from one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.
*** Family fun Anglers, conser vationists, hunters, and anyone interested in the great outdoors can meet with like-minded folks at the 10th annual National Hunting and Fishing Day celebration, hosted by the Maryland DNR on Saturday, Sept. 24. The free, family-friendly event will take place between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. (rain or shine) at the Associated Gun Clubs of Baltimore in Marriottsville.
The event will feature exhibits from over 30 outdoors clubs, conservation organizations, and small businesses. Attendees can participate in activities including spin-casting, waterfowl calling, hunting dog demonstrations, and instructor-led archery and target shooting.
*** Fishing report Breaking fish made up of striped bass with some small bluefish have been feasting on schools of bay anchovies in the Chesapeake Bay. The action has been spread out over a wide area from Craighill Channel on the west side of the bay to Love Point and north to Swan Point.
Chumming and live-lining spot continues to be effective and trolling is another good option with spoons behind inline weights and planers. The Bay Bridge continues to be a good place to check for rockfish holding near the deeper bridge pylons and for white perch and spot at the shallower ones.
Below the Bay Bridge, anglers are live-lining spot and perch with success from Dolly’s south to Chesapeake Beach on the western side of the bay. Most boats are anchoring up on the 30-foot channel edge. Some anglers are having luck with traditional chumming and some are live-lining spot in their chum slicks.
The mouth of Eastern Bay, below Breezy Point, the False Channel, and the Little Choptank have been providing some good jigging action for breaking fish.
A falling tide in our tidal rivers has been good for largemouth bass along the outside edges of grass and spatterdock fields. At high tide, topwater lures such as frogs can provide some action back in shallow grass, and northern snakeheads can be part of the mix.
On the Atlantic coast, surf fishing for a mix of kingfish, croakers, small bluefish, and flounder has been good in the morning and evening hours. Outside the inlet there is some good flounder, croaker fishing, and some cobia on the shoal areas. Offshore at the canyons, anglers using green-stick tactics are finding larger yellowfin tuna.
** * Duck blind know-it-all Velvet ants are actually wasps. The females are wingless and pack a mighty sting, thus their nickname of “cow killer.”
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