Chesapeake Sportsman: Rock are easy pickings at bay bridge tunnel

Mike, left, and Matt Stephens sport a pair of chunky winter rockfish, caught at the tunnel in the lower Chesapeake. Kiptopeke, Va.) — The parking lot at the Kiptopeke boat ramp was jammed with trucks and SUVs, trailers in tow, even though it was just slightly past 7 a.m. Chesapeake Sportsman: Rock are easy pickings…

Bob Sampson: The year that was featured both good and bad

A look back at 2008 through the eyes of the people who provide the fishing and hunting stories for this column is a good way to get a feel for how the events of the past year fit into the mosaic of the past, thus providing some insights as to the what the new year…

Chesapeake saves best rockfish for last of season

Annapolis angler just misses state record with 65-pounder Last is not necessarily least, some fishermen such as Joseph Hedges of Cape St. John in Annapolis, save the best for last - and when they score they do so with the biggest bang imaginable. How about in the waning days of the season, the biggest striper…

Md. waters open to Virginia charter fishing boats

A new fishing guide license system will allow Virginia charter boat operators access to Maryland waters for the first time in more than a decade.Expected to impact those based in the Northern Neck more than this far south in the Chesapeake Bay, the regulations nevertheless open up possibilities previously prohibited Md. waters open to Virginia…

How commercial fishing fits:

A cold shiver runs down the spine of commercial fishermen whenever government shows up at the docks, prescribes another bitter regulatory pill and promises that although the pill might be hard to swallow, it will, over the long run, cure what ails of the fishing industry. How commercial fishing fits - Columns - News &…