Sporting Life by Dennis Doyle http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/feed/regulars/sporting-life-by-dennis-doyle en Pressing My Luck http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/pressing-my-luck <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>If you want to amuse the fish gods, announce your plans</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dennis Doyle </div> </div> </div> <p>It was the simplest and most delicious of meals. A thick rockfish fillet anointed with olive oil and sprinkled with coarse-grain salt, fresh-ground pepper and dill and broiled long enough to brown both sides. Served with the fish were the first ears of Florida Silver Queen corn, boiled for only four minutes, plus thick slices of fresh tomatoes also treated with olive oil, salt and pepper and sprinkled with chopped basil.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/pressing-my-luck" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/rockfish-dinner-052616.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="91" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/pressing-my-luck" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/pressing-my-luck#comments Sporting Life by Dennis Doyle Fishing Fri, 27 May 2016 14:45:37 +0000 bayweekly_master 33073 at http://www.bayweekly.com The Fisherman and His Wife http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/fisherman-and-his-wife <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>A partnership of late dinners</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dennis Doyle </div> </div> </div> <p>It was getting dark. Exhausted and stinking of menhaden, I fingered a reel, feeding more line into the dwindling tidal current. I had fished since morning and caught at least three or four rockfish mere inches short of the 35-inch minimum, so calling it quits without a keeper was difficult.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Earlier in the day, I had warned my wife I was intending to fish well into the afternoon.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&ldquo;That means you&rsquo;ll be out there until after nine or so, right?&rdquo;</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/fisherman-and-his-wife" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/Deborah-Dennis-Doyle.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="108" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/fisherman-and-his-wife" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/fisherman-and-his-wife#comments Sporting Life by Dennis Doyle Fishing Thu, 19 May 2016 17:36:24 +0000 bayweekly_master 32969 at http://www.bayweekly.com Maryland’s Rockfish Seasons http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/maryland%E2%80%99s-rockfish-seasons <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Why today&rsquo;s forbidden fish are legal tomorrow</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dennis Doyle </div> </div> </div> <p>The rockfish bite had been steady. We&rsquo;d already caught and released a number of undersized fish when a big one hit Moe&rsquo;s bait hard. The drag hummed as the fish ran, then turned to the side and &mdash; before I could clear the other rigs streaming aft &mdash; fouled two of the other lines. Dragging the accompanying baits and sinkers, the powerful fish continued to resist. Eventually Moe battled it to the boat and I netted it.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/maryland%E2%80%99s-rockfish-seasons" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/Maurice%20Klein%20releases%2031-incher_0.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="178" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-image-caption"> <div class="field-label">Image Caption:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Maurice Klein releases a 31-inch rockfish. Had he caught it after May 16, it would have been a keeper. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/maryland%E2%80%99s-rockfish-seasons" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/maryland%E2%80%99s-rockfish-seasons#comments Sporting Life by Dennis Doyle Fishing Wed, 18 May 2016 11:52:47 +0000 bayweekly_master 32866 at http://www.bayweekly.com Birds of Paradise http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/birds-paradise <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Abundance is the rule on the Argentina Plains</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dennis Doyle </div> </div> </div> <p>The first bird to approach our floating decoy spread was massive. Its seven-foot wingspread and three-foot beak were also signals that the the creature was not among our intended species. Our guide, Federico, emphasized the situation by whispering, &ldquo;No tiro, est un jabiru.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;I stumbled with my Spanish, so our guide tried his English. &ldquo;No shoot, is the bird that brings the babies.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;It was a stork. And big enough to carry quintuplets.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/birds-paradise" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/Diego%20Murphy%20setting%20decoys%20at%20lagoon.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="56" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-image-caption"> <div class="field-label">Image Caption:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Guide Diego Murphy sets decoys in a lagoon in La Pampa, Argentina. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/birds-paradise" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/birds-paradise#comments Sporting Life by Dennis Doyle Tue, 10 May 2016 21:36:18 +0000 bayweekly_master 32743 at http://www.bayweekly.com When’s the Best Time to Fish? http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/when%E2%80%99s-best-time-fish <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Whenever the weather lets you</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dennis Doyle </div> </div> </div> <p>When the reel spool began turning under my thumb, I knew it was no ordinary rockfish on the end of my line. Counting to seven, I threw the Abu reel into gear, and when the line came tight, set the hook. Then my rod bent over to the corks and a stiffly set drag howled as the fish really hit the gas. This one had to be trophy sized &mdash; if only I could get it to the boat.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/when%E2%80%99s-best-time-fish" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/Dennis%20and%20Ed%20with%20catch.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="161" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/when%E2%80%99s-best-time-fish" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/when%E2%80%99s-best-time-fish#comments Sporting Life by Dennis Doyle Fishing Tue, 03 May 2016 20:03:43 +0000 bayweekly_master 32659 at http://www.bayweekly.com More Lines Equal More Fish http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/more-lines-equal-more-fish <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Managed right, planer boards are great for catching trophy rockfish</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dennis Doyle </div> </div> </div> <p>Fish on! Fish on! &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;The call rang out from the bridge, and we rushed out from the cabin to the stern to determine which of the 18 rods had hooked a trophy rockfish. Seizing a stout trolling outfit that was bent down by an obviously big striper, my friend Mike began to fight the fish to the boat.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Managing to avoid any disastrous tangles, my buddy finally got the fat and healthy 37-incher on deck. It was the first of a number of catches made possible by planer boards.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/more-lines-equal-more-fish" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/Jamie%20Avedon.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="84" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-image-caption"> <div class="field-label">Image Caption:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jamie Avedon caught this 43-inch, 32-pound trophy rockfish off the mouth of the Choptank River. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/more-lines-equal-more-fish" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/more-lines-equal-more-fish#comments Sporting Life by Dennis Doyle Fishing Mon, 25 Apr 2016 14:57:43 +0000 bayweekly_master 32561 at http://www.bayweekly.com Hickory Shad Are Jumping http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/hickory-shad-are-jumping <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Their clock is set to the dogwoods</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dennis Doyle </div> </div> </div> <p>My first cast met with instant success and, as my slim rod bent down, a flashing, silver missile erupted vertically in the middle of the stream, arced over, splashed down and then grayhounded across the roiling current. Hickory shad had returned.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;I knew it was time earlier that morning when I saw the first signs of dogwood blooms in my front yard. With their emergence the hickories had to be on their way.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/hickory-shad-are-jumping" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/Shad%20hooked-041416.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="66" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/hickory-shad-are-jumping" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/hickory-shad-are-jumping#comments Sporting Life by Dennis Doyle Fishing Mon, 18 Apr 2016 14:33:04 +0000 bayweekly_master 32464 at http://www.bayweekly.com Rehearsing for Rockfish Season http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/rehearsing-rockfish-season <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>The fish are willing &mdash; but is the caster able?</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dennis Doyle </div> </div> </div> <p>I hung the first rockfish almost an hour into my early-morning effort. The strike wasn&rsquo;t violent; more a sudden stop followed by a long struggle. I had to put my electric motor into reverse to separate the fish from the structure and bring it onto the side of my boat.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;That fight established the pattern of all the fish I was to catch that day. Each insisted on remaining in one area as opposed to running for deep water. They stayed as close to the bottom as they could. I lost only one, but all the battles were perilous.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/rehearsing-rockfish-season" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/DD%20rockfish%20at%20the%20bridge-040716.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="66" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/rehearsing-rockfish-season" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/rehearsing-rockfish-season#comments Sporting Life by Dennis Doyle Fishing Tue, 12 Apr 2016 13:40:30 +0000 bayweekly_master 32348 at http://www.bayweekly.com The First Rockfish of the Year http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/first-rockfish-year <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Right now it&rsquo;s catch and release; Trophy season opens April 16</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dennis Doyle </div> </div> </div> <p>Once again, I heard a story I couldn&rsquo;t pass up: a concentration of rockfish up to 33 inches. It was my dream setup and perhaps a chance to catch (and release) my first rockfish of the season.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;I was sure of only one thing. I had not dressed warmly enough for the morning. My teeth were chattering and fingers shaking from the chill as well as the anticipation when I threaded the soft plastic tail onto a half-ounce jig head.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/first-rockfish-year" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/first%20rockfish-033116.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="80" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/first-rockfish-year" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/first-rockfish-year#comments Sporting Life by Dennis Doyle Fishing Sat, 02 Apr 2016 10:04:03 +0000 bayweekly_master 32223 at http://www.bayweekly.com A Great Day on the Water http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/great-day-water <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Some days, it isn&rsquo;t the fish that count</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dennis Doyle </div> </div> </div> <p>Sometimes nothing goes right, and it just doesn&rsquo;t seem to matter. The original plan was to start out at tide fall. According to the charts, that meant about 11am at the mouth of the Magothy. But of course it was closer to one o&rsquo;clock when Mike, Dale and I finally launched my skiff.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/great-day-water" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/big%20fish%20of%20the%20day-032416.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="75" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-image-caption"> <div class="field-label">Image Caption:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mike Ebersberger holding the catch of the day, a barely legal pickerel. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/great-day-water" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/great-day-water#comments Sporting Life by Dennis Doyle Fishing Tue, 29 Mar 2016 13:10:51 +0000 bayweekly_master 32202 at http://www.bayweekly.com