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Outdoors column: Run is on for spring yellow perch

The two hottest bites I heard about in the past few days were for crappie and yellow perch in just about any tidal river or creek. Garnering strong mentions were the Patuxent at Wayson’s Corner, upper Choptank to Greensboro and even Red Bridges, as well as Hillsboro on the Tuckahoe and the Magothy. The warming trend not only has the panfish on the feed, but is kicking off a pretty decent largemouth bass bite. Now is the time to go, don’t let it pass you by.

I caught up with Lee Haile who told me he got in on the nice striper bite that went off at the Bay Bridge Stone Pile not too long ago, though it’s petered out now. It could crank back up, though. This week he also started to fish the Susquehanna Flats CR Season — boundaries are upstream from Sandy Point across to Turkey Point, and in the Susquehanna River downstream from a line connecting the Susquehanna State Park boat ramp at Lapidum to Twin Rocks to Tomes Wharf in Port Deposit. He got a 17-pounder there recently, and he’s mainly casting plastic and hard-bodied shad style lures.

The warm water discharge at Brandon Shores is another spot that has given up stripers for catch-and-release anglers. The younger, and some would say much better looking half of Team Haile, son Eddie has been fishing for largemouth bass in Loch Raven, where’s he has caught them on swim baits. He had high praise for the high priced Huddleston lures, bouncing over trees and stumps. The bass are starting to move into shallower water. He’s also done pretty good on yellow perch.

Closer to home, Paul Spadaro of the Magothy River Association sent me a press release stating their volunteers are “documenting with photographs and underwater video the spawning of the Yellow Perch in the Upper Magothy River. The spawning run began on Feb. 27 when hundreds of fish were seen swimming up the clear stream that is called the Upper Magothy River in Pasadena between Catherine Avenue and the Lake Waterford dam/fish ladder.” Photographs and videos of the spawn can be seen on the Magothy River Association’s Facebook page. In a previous conversation with Spadaro, he asked that I remind local anglers to be conservative in the number of neds they keep.

Over on the Eastern Shore, Wye Mills, Millington on the Chester, Watson Bridge on Corsica and upper Choptank at Greensboro are just a few spots where the neds are running. Tom O’Connell, formerly the DNR Fisheries Director and a hardcore angler, let me know of the Choptank bite.

Captain Walt of Light Tackle Charters is “still on the sweet water of the Pocomoke River. No white perch yet. But soon as the water temps are 55 degrees. We’re still catching fat yellow perch, crappie and chain pickerel.”

According to Capt. Kevin Josenhans of Josenhans Fly Fishing the “Nanticoke is good for white perch. We had a good day yesterday on Pocomoke — yellow perch, crappie, bass, bluegill and pickerel.”

FISHING NEWS: As expected, the state’s minimum size for the 2017 recreational summer flounder season is now 17 inches, per the decision made by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission at their winter meeting. Sport anglers fishing the state’s coastal waters or the Chesapeake Bay may keep up to four summer flounder per person per day at that size, effective April 1. The commercial hook-and-line minimum size is also 17 inches in all Maryland waters. Both seasons are open through Dec. 31, 2017.

In related news, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and the Mid‐Atlantic Fishery Management Council announced the recreational black sea bass season will open May 15 and run through Sept. 21, and then again from Oct. 22 through Dec. 31. Fishermen may keep up to 15 black sea bass per person per day, with a minimum size of 12.5 inches. The season is closed during all other days in 2017.

Email outdoors news, photos and calendar listings to Chris Dollar at cdollar@cdollaroutdoors.com.

Outdoors Calendar

March 4: Tri-State Marine Tackle’s “Striper Fishing Seminars.” Session 1: Richie Gaines on Light Tackle Fishing. Session 2: Capt. Wayne Morgan on Live Lining Trolling. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $30 per person, includes lunch. For details, call Dawn at 410-867-2398.

March 9: Annapolis Boat Sales hosts author Lenny Rudow, speaking on fishing for flounder, Spanish mackerel, and bluefish and many more species. 1725 South Piney Road, Chester MD 21619. RSVP to jack@annapolisboatsales.com.

March 15: MSSA Annapolis Chapter Meeting. Eric Zlokovitz of the Maryland DNR will discuss the 2017 regulations for striped bass. 7 p.m. at the American Legion Post #7, 1905 Crownsville Road. Free and open to public.

March 18: Left Kreh’s TieFest. Kent Narrows Yacht Club, Chester MD. Show hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m., includes casting demonstrations and more than 30 fly tiers. $10 for adults, kids 16 and under enter free.

March 23: Annapolis Boat Sales hosts Capt. “Walleye” Pete Dahlberg who will speak on light tackle techniques for trophy rockfish. 1725 South Piney Road, Chester MD 21619. RSVP to jack@annapolisboatsales.com.

March 25: 3rd annual Hunting Legacy Dinner Benefit, hosted by the Maryland Hunting Coalition. Noon-4 p.m., Martins Westminster. Tickets at mdhuntingcoalition.org.

March 28: Angler’s Night Out, hosted by Boatyard Bar Grill, in cooperation with CCA MD Chesapeake Bay Magazine. Feature film is “Providence.” Happy hour appetizer specials from 5 p.m.-7 p.m., film starts at 7 p.m. Boatyard Bar Grill, 4th Street Severn Ave., Eastport.


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Connecticut may eliminate boat tax

HARTFORD, Connecticut ― The Connecticut state senate has three boat tax reform bills to consider. These bills can decrease or eliminate sales tax on vessels and trailers.

“Senate bill 478 would exempt boats and boating-related services from the state’s sales and use tax; senate bill 80 would exempt vessels, vessel engines and trailers from the state’s sales and use tax; senate bill 81 would decrease the sales and use tax from 6.25 percent to 3 percent on all vessels sold and registered, and engines sold in the state,” according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association website.

The intent of all three bills is to improve the state’s marine industry. For more information contact Libby Yranski at lyranski@nmma.org.


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Where to find a boat

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This is the fun part — looking at different boats to find one that fits your needs and your budget. With the advent of the Internet, it’s much easier to research and narrow down some possibilities before you actually jump in your car.

New boats, like new cars, are typically bought through a dealer, and often dealers will take trades and assist with financing. Some dealers carry more than one line, widening the selection. Pick a dealer based on reputation. Ask around and take a few minutes to do some online research and look at owner reviews of boats you’re considering. Check for Better Business Bureau complaints. BoatUS members can search the Consumer Protection database and see if there are reported problems with a specific model or dealership. Boat shows can be a great place to see a lot of new boats side by side, and dealers often offer attractive pricing. Dealers of new boats also frequently sell used boats as well.

For most people, the biggest advantage of buying a new boat is the warranty that comes with it. Simply put, the warranty is the manufacturer’s promise to stand behind its products by providing service and repairs after purchase. Because marine warranties vary widely in their coverage, compare them before you buy. Look for multi-year warranties for hull and engines, as well as coverage for osmotic blistering — a common problem on fiberglass boats that’s expensive to fix. Some manufacturers offer “bow-to-stern” warranties that cover everything, usually for no more than a year, in addition to a longer warranty for the hull and engines. Find out whether the warranties transfer to subsequent owners — a crucial determinant of resale value.

Trade-Ins

Dealers are often willing to apply the value of trade-in boats against the cost of a new boat. But be aware that you will probably not get top dollar on the price, since dealers stick close to the maxim “buy low, sell high.” In addition, dealers may scrutinize your old boat far more critically than a private buyer will: Part of their profit margin will be based on how easy a trade-in boat will be to sell. With this in mind, have your boat in top condition when you bring it to the dealer. In some states, a benefit of a trade-in arrangement is that you pay sales tax only on the price of the new boat, less the amount of the trade-in. Check with your state’s boat registration agency.

Remember:

Written warranties must be made available to you before you buy.

The limited warranties on most boats and engines mean that you may end up paying for some part of the repair costs. Read the fine print to avoid surprises later on.

New boats usually come with separate warranty coverage from the engine and boat manufacturers, as well as the makers of other major components. Buying from a dealer who services boat and engine can save a lot of frustration down the road.

Fill out and return warranty cards to be sure you’ll get service when you need it. ¦


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