Fishing can offer solace, comfort


Fishing can offer solace, comfort

The warm-up act to Monday’s phenomenal “super moon” didn’t wait for nightfall. It burst over the eastern horizon with a bravado and mysteriousness so compelling it pulled me in like a magnet. I now understand why ancient peoples, as sophisticated as they were for their times, would bow to its unknown power. And though mysticism has given way to science to prove how and why we view this orbital rock as we do it has a marvelously primordial draw.

Just before dawn on Monday the moon will be at its closest point to Earth since 1948, and won’t be this near again until Nov. 25, 2034. Since I could be gone by then, and because the forecast calls for clouds and showers, tonight is when I’ll gaze upon its heavenly splendor.

In that same sky yesterday, tundra swans hooted and cawed as they beat wings for refuge after their transcontinental trek. Also this week newly arrived mallards eased orange feet first into the sanctuary of my local creek, heads glistening like emeralds. Loons dove deep for food, then popped up like corks, letting out call so sorrowful it rivaled a Leonard Cohen song.

The natural world is in perpetual motion, and late autumn is no different. Peaceful at times, chaotic at others. Don’t believe me about the chaos? Observe up close large, sea-run rockfish chasing down large, sea-run bunker. An eagle plundering a goose. Or a whitetail buck driving off his rival.

Nov. 16: MSSA Annapolis Chapter. Local angler Skip Zinck presents “Trolling for Rockfish Using Planer Boards.” Gary Richie’s custom “Spankin’ Striper” baits. American Legion Post #7, 1905 Crownsville Rd., Annapolis. Meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 18-20: MSSA’s 24th annual “Chesapeake Bay Fall Classic.” Anglers can fish two of three days, “Lay Day” rule in effect. Register at

Nov. 19-25: 1st Split of Migratory (Atlantic Population) Canada Goose Season. Daily bag limit is two (2) geese and the possession limit six (6).

Nov. 21: MSSA Broadneck/Magothy #10 Chapter Meeting at 7:30p.m, American Legion Post #175, 832 Manhattan Beach Rd. Severna Park.

Dec. 3: CCA MD’s Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Symposium. CBF’s Merrill Center, 6 Herndon Ave., Annapolis. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Contact David Sikorski at 443-621-9186 for details.

Dec. 7: Public meeting for Menhaden Management Plan, 6 p.m. at Calvary United Methodist Church, 301 Rowe Boulevard, Annapolis. Contact DNR’s Lynn Fegley at [email protected] or 410-260-8285.

Dec. 7: Free State Fly Fishers’ “Holiday Dinner.” Mike’s Crab House on the South River, Riva Road Bridge. Details at

Dec. 13 thru Jan. 28: Final Split of Duck Season.

Dec. 16 thru Feb. 4: Final Split of Migratory (Atlantic Population) Canada Goose Season. Daily bag limit is two (2) geese and the possession limit six (6).

Jan. 14: MSSA Frederick Chapter’s “Saltwater Fishing Expo,” 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Frederick County Fairgrounds, 797 E. Patrick St., Building #9, Frederick. Regional experts as well as Ed “The Beard” from NatGeo’s “Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks.” Inshore/offshore tackle vendors, charter captains, custom rod builders, and crabbing supplies.

Jan. 26–29: Progressive® Insurance “Baltimore Boat Show at the Baltimore Convention Center. Details at

Jan. 28-29: MSSA’s Kent Island Fishermen 7th annual Fishing Flea Market, Kent Island American Legion Post # 278, 800 Romancoke Road, Stevensville. Show runs 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday. Contact Dave Stith 410-643-3970 or [email protected].

Feb. 1: Free State Fly Fishers’ meeting. Capt. Chris Dollar talks on fly fishing and light tackle from SUPS and kayaks. 7:30 p.m. at Davidsonville Family Recreation Center, 3789 Queen Anne Bridge Road, Davidsonville. Details at

Feb. 25: MSSA Annapolis Chapter “Saltwater Fishing Expo” 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Annapolis Elks Club, Solomons Is. Road, Annapolis.