Just got off the telephone with Maryland Department of Natural Resources Natural Resources Police. I talked with an old friend there who said "Well, that's the current law, but if you live aboard the boat, and you're anchored out, I doubt that this will be a problem if you retain the carcass for at least 24 hours. I would anticipate that most of the NRP Waterways Patrolmen would be somewhat lenient if you were to provide them with a carcass that measured above the legal minimum size limit, which would prove the fish were of legal size when filleted. After that, you would have consumed the evidence."
I told him that I intended to live aboard all summer, then head south to the Florida keys this winter, and he said "Damned, I really envy you - I would love to make that trip." He also said the law only pertained to striped bass and that you can legally fillet any other species of fish caught from your boat without landing it. From my expience, I believe most species of fish are better tasting than striped bass. Personally, I would take a tautog, spotted seatrout, croaker, snapper bluefish, swelling toad, weakfish, white perch, yellow perch, cobia or Spanish mackerel over striped bass any day of the week. And, for those in the middle and upper reaches of the Potomac River, northern snakehead is considered as a delicacy.
punahougirl84, when you get to Port Annapolis Marina, ask for Mario. He's their top marine mechanic and a member of this forum. He can fix things other folks cannot, and does an outstanding job of doing this in a timely manner.
All the best,