Striped Bass Feeding Frenzy in Chesapeake Bay. The birds point the way.
Photo from Chesapeake Bay Magazine.
On Feb. 18, 2012 Rodney Ply caught this 68 pound freshwater striped bass in Bull Shoals Lake, Arkansas.
However the IGFA informed Ply that while his fish was certainly large enough to establish a new world record it won’t be, as the rig he used to catch it was “illegal.” The rig Ply used was of his own design and is considered an umbrella rig or Alabama lure.
In 2002, several individuals of an exotic fish species called the Northern Snakehead were found in a pond in Crofton, Maryland, about 20 miles north east of Washington, D.C. The potential impact of this invasive species was considered so damaging that the event made national headlines.(1) Since then many more have been caught in Maryland waters. Anglers are now being encouraged to catch as many snakeheads that they can, and to kill them.
Photo from Maryland DNR, courtesy of Julian Jones.
(1) www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/fishingreport/snakehead.html (Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Fisheries Service, Tawes Building, B-2, Taylor Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401)
Monica Oswald's 24.3 pound fluke.
Gabriella Esperson, a 21 year old biology major at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, caught this 11 pound 1 oz largemouth bass and released it. It was very close to theWisconsin state record of 11 pound 3 oz. - Photo and information from gofishn.com
Off Road Vehicles at Cape Hatteras National Seashore South Beach.
Photo From Audubon Magazine.
The September 2012 issue of Audubon Magazine includes an interesting article about Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) beach access at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
On February 2012, The National Park Service implemented a "final plan" for managing motorize access at Cape Hatteras. Under the plan, 28 of the seashores's 67 miles are designated for year-round vehicle use, while 26 miles are set aside for pedestrian and wildlife. Except during peak tourist season, ORVs have access to the remaining 13 miles.