Join Date: Mar 2007
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Rep Power: 10
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.
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Pacific Seacraft Crealock 31 #62
NEVER CALLS CRUISINGDAD BACK....CAN"T TAKE THE ACCENT