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Did you know that you need to have a license (at least in the MD portions of the Bay -- not sure about VA)? When I first learned about this, I was surprised. In other areas where I've lived, we only needed a fishing license for inland freshwater.
Every other year, I buy a fishing license for the boat when I renew the state decal. The license is only good for a year and is a bit pricey in my opinion. So I invariably wonder whether it's worth it for the sort of casual trolling we sometimes do.
Every now and again we hook something up. Usually a striper (rockfish) or bluefish. If you are trolling, the key to getting a fish aboard is that you must stop the boat -- you can't just continue along under full sail (unless you're crawling along). This delay can be a bit aggravating, especially if you're clawing to windward on a schedule.
Also, while I've never snagged a "keeper" rockfish from our sailboat, even if we did, the fishing regs require that we "land" the fish before filleting it for the grill. So you can't legally catch a fish enroute, then just eat it at anchor somewhere. You have to bring it ashore first.
Don't mean to discourage you at all, just mentioning some of the practical realities.
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Pacific Seacraft Crealock 31 #62
NEVER CALLS CRUISINGDAD BACK....CAN"T TAKE THE ACCENT