A trophy rockfish (striped bass).

To the Editor,

A few weeks ago, you printed an article about the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, announcing the opening of the trophy season.

With the proper license, you would be able to catch one rockfish per day, 35 inches or larger, per person.

Virginia stopped this practice because of the large fatality rate of catching undersized fish. When hooked, the fight of bringing to the boat undersized fish, netting them and measuring them will 95 percent reduce them from surviving!

Fish have a slime coating protecting them and in the above process this protective coating is eliminated.

I believe for the second year in a row, the MD MSSA will not hold their tournament. The MD DNR should follow suit with Virginia and stop this trophy season allowing the fish to spawn, thus making bay fishing able to thrive during the regular season.

Lee McClelland


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