A cool start for hunt­ing and a record sheepshead

The Kent Island Bay Times - - Sports -

Hunt­ing sea­son in Mary­land got off to the coolest start that I’ve ever wit­nessed on Fri­day, which made for very fa­vor­able con­di­tions for dove and res­i­dent goose gun­ners. Doves con­tin­ued to test the pa­tience and shot­gun­ning skills of many of hunter afield on open­ing day in­clud­ing my­self, but the ideal weather for the opener and not-that-hor­ri­ble weather Satur­day helped the doves move along and kept hun­ters thor­oughly chal­lenged. The first split of dove sea­son runs through Oct. 14. There’s a sec­ond split Oct. 26-Nov. 18 and a third split Dec. 16-Jan. 6. I re­ally en­joy dove hunt­ing but I’ve never hunted doves much after the open­ing few days, so I’d be in­ter­ested to know if many hun­ters around here have much suc­cess later on. The fall sea­son is great here on the Shore and there are so many out­door ac­tiv­i­ties to pur­sue. Some­times, it’s hard to pick what to do.

Res­i­dent Canada goose sea­son runs through Sept. 15 in the East­ern Zone and to the 25th in the Western Zone. Hun­ters are al­lowed to use shot­guns ca­pa­ble of hold­ing more than three shot shells for res­i­dent goose hunt­ing and shoot­ing hours are ex­tended to a half-hour be­fore sun­rise to a half-hour after sun­set. Just make sure to put the plug back in if you use the same gun for dove hunt­ing. Both days I hunted doves, an NRP of­fi­cer checked for that and made sure I had my li­cense. One of­fi­cer had to check to make sure it was okay to use lead shot. While I was wait­ing for him to find the answer, a dove flew right over my head, just about the only bird that did that both days.

* * * Record sheepshead A Deal Is­land res­i­dent has set a new state fish­ing record in the Ch­e­sa­peake Di­vi­sion for sheepshead. Dave Alve­berg caught the 13.73-pound record­break­ing fish Aug. 17 in roughly four feet of wa­ter off South Marsh Is­land near Tang­ier Sound.

In­tent on catch­ing white perch and rock­fish, Alve­berg was us­ing soft crab as bait when his line went “hay­wire.” After a brief strug­gle he pulled aboard the record sheepshead.

“See­ing some­thing like this on my boat was amaz­ing,” Alve­berg said. He plans on get­ting his sheepshead mounted for dis­play.

The sheepshead’s weight was con­firmed by Brent Malone of How Sweet It Is, a mar­ket in Som­er­set County. The catch broke the pre­vi­ous record 13.3-pound fish caught by Dan Thomas in 2016.

*** Trap­ping course The DNR is of­fer­ing a free class for any­one want­ing to trap furbear­ers in the state. The class will take place Sept. 16, at Cas­sel­man Val­ley Sports­man’s Club, in Grantsville. Pre-registration is re­quired.

Furbear­ers that can be trapped in Mary­land in­clude beaver, coyote, fisher, gray fox, long­tailed weasel, mink, muskrat, nu­tria, opos­sum, rac­coon, red fox, river ot­ter, and skunk. All trap­pers must possess a Furbearer Per­mit and Cer­tifi­cate of Trap­per Ed­u­ca­tion.

Course par­tic­i­pants must com­plete a Mary­land Trap­per Ed­u­ca­tion Work­book be­fore Sept. 16. The work­book is avail­able on­line or at re­gional Wildlife and Her­itage Ser­vice of­fices. For more in­for­ma­tion or to ob­tain a work­book, call 301-777-2136.

*** Fish­ing re­port Cool­ing tem­per­a­tures should mean more hun­gry fish and an­glers are catch­ing striped bass in the midCh­e­sa­peake by live-lining, trolling, and cast­ing. The False Chan­nel at the mouth of the Chop­tank River con­tin­ues to be a hot spot for live-lining spot for striped bass. Break­ing fish are be­ing spot­ted from Kent Is­land south to the Chop­tank mouth on the Shore and at Tol­ley Point, Thomas Point, and West River mouth on the Western side. There tends to be fast mov­ing schools of smaller striped bass and there may be blue­fish and Span­ish mack­erel mixed in with the schools of stripers.

Bot­tom fish­ing for a mix of white perch and spot with a few small croak­ers tossed in has been good in ar­eas from Kent Is­land south to the Chop­tank and in most tidal rivers where good hard bot­tom can be found. Peeler crab and shrimp have been work­ing well for white perch and croaker; blood­worms will work well for spot. Spot have been abun­dant around Hack­ett’s Bar, Dolly’s Lump, and the Bay Bridge area off An­napo­lis.

*** Duck blind know-it-all The silver-spot­ted skip­per but­ter­fly al­most never vis­its yel­low flow­ers but fa­vors blue, red, pink, pur­ple, and some­times white and cream-col­ored ones. Fol­low me on Twit­ter @csknauss / email me at ck­nauss@stardem.com

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