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The following is a reminder of striped bass catch and release regulations that went into effect on March 22, 2010:
E. Fishing Restrictions for the period March 1 through the 3rd Friday in April. The restrictions in this section apply to the waters of the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries that are not closed in accordance with §D(1) of this regulation. During the period from March 1 through the third Friday in April:
(1) A person recreationally angling:(a) When using fish, crabs, or worms as bait, or processed bait, shall use:
(i) Circle hooks; or (ii) "J" hooks with a gap of less than 1/2 inch between the point and the shank;
(b) May not use stinger hooks; and(c) Shall use barbless hooks while trolling; and(2) No more than six lines, regardless of the number of people on board a vessel, may be used for recreationally angling from a boat when trolling.
Language in COMAR identifying the line in the Susquehanna river
D. General Fishing Restrictions.
(1) Except as provided in Regulation .09 of this chapter, during the period March 1 through May 31, a person may not catch, harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, or attempt to catch striped bass or striped bass hybrids in the striped bass spawning rivers and areas listed in §B of this regulation.
(2) Notwithstanding §D(1) of this regulation, during the period March 1 through May 3, inclusive, a person authorized in accordance with Natural Resources Article, §4-745, Annotated Code of Maryland, to recreationally angle for finfish may hook striped bass and shall immediately release the striped bass unharmed to the water from which the striped bass was taken in the following areas:
(a) Susquehanna Flats, upstream of a line from a point at or near Sandy Point, defined by Lat. 39°26.96'N and Long. 76°03.63'W; then running in an easterly direction to a point at or near Turkey Point, defined by Lat. 39°27.13'N and Long. 76°00.70'W and the Susquehanna River downstream from a line connecting a point at or near the Susquehanna State Park boat ramp in Lapidum, defined by Lat. 39°35.86'N and Long. 76°07.67'W; then running in a northeasterly direction to a point at or near Twin Rocks, defined by Lat. 39°36.17'N and Long. 76°07.56'W; then running in a northeasterly direction to a point at or near Tomes Wharf in Port Deposit, defined by Lat. 39°36.23'N and Long. 76°06.99'W; ; and
"Stinger Hook" means any hook which trails another hook, either by direct physical attachment to the lead hook or by a connective device such as a swivel or chain, and is part of the same bait or lure.
"Trolling" means the method of angling in which fish are attracted to a lure or bait being trailed from a boat which is being moved by mechanical power.
"Circle hook" means a non-offset hook with the point turned perpendicularly back to the shank. Circle hooks used in bait fisheries should be "non offset". That is, if the hook is laid on a flat surface, all parts of the hook lie flat on the surface.
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