Hola Hombres! This ain’t a free beach for fishing from…freeloaders carted off by cops

Many folks fish for free around the St. George Island boat ramp. Fishing from the bridge is prohibited due to boat traffic underneath. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo

Many folks fish for free around the St. George Island boat ramp. Fishing from the bridge is prohibited due to boat traffic underneath. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo

Point Lookout Fishing Pier. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo by Darrin Farrell

Point Lookout Fishing Pier. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo by Darrin Farrell

While there are ample fishing piers in the area, such as the FREE FISHING PIER  underneath the Governor Thomas Johnson Bridge at Solomon’s Island, the fishing pier (PIER IS FREE BUT MARYLAND CHARGES A LATINO TAX AT THE TOLL BOOTH) at Point Lookout State Park or at the many boat launching landings around Southern Maryland, those who wish to fish from private property should ask the owner, pay admission or be prepared to be arrested.

St. Mary's Sheriff Tim Cameron

St. Mary’s Sheriff Tim Cameron

ST. GEORGE ISLAND — According to St. Mary’s Sheriff Tim Cameron on June 17, 2014 at 12:04 AM, while conducting a premise check, Deputy A. Cole and Deputy L. Johnson located Yoni A Alvarez Granados, 37, of Bryans Road, and Arturo Ernesto Rosa-Lopez, 33, of Woodbridge, Virginia, on the property of Camp Merryelande located in Piney Point, likely to get in some free fishing. The investigation revealed Rosa-Lopez and Granados had walked across another property owned by a citizen to get to the Camp Merryelande property and were fishing when they were found by deputies. “No Trespassing” signs were clearly posted on both properties. Both suspects were charged with Trespass: Private Property by criminal citation.

On June 17, 2014 at 10:40 PM, Deputy A. Cole and Deputy L. Johnson conducted another premise check of the beach property of Camp Merryelande located in Piney Point. They located 3 suspects fishing on the posted private property. The 3 suspects are identified as Silvia Marisol Ventura Lopez, 21, of Falls Church, Virginia, Exon Estelmin Paiz Galeas, 28, of Alexandria, Virginia, and Rafael Amaya Gonzalez, 32, of Oxon Hill, Maryland. All three suspects were charged with Trespass: Private Property by criminal citation.

Many shore fisherfolks are unmolested by police near the St. George Island bridge. The area is marked for no swimming as currents are dangerous and strong, leading to many drownings. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo

Many shore fisherfolks are unmolested by police near the St. George Island bridge.  The area is marked for no swimming as currents are dangerous and strong, leading to many drownings.  THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo

Solomon’s Boat Ramp and Fishing Pier

1. Daily Rate shall not exceed ten dollars ($10.00) regardless of the number of vessels on one (1) trailer.
2. Valid for the calendar year.
3. There is no launch fee for kayaks, canoes, or similar watercraft not transported by a trailer.
Rates are subject to approval by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
Vessels owned by the County, State, or Federal governments or agencies will be permitted to launch without paying the launch fee.
There is no fee to use the fishing pier.
All monies collected by the Contractor shall be retained by the Contractor as income for payment of the franchise fee, labor, profit, etc.

Myrtle Point Park — The park consists of 192 acres with over two miles of waterfront but the use of the park has been heavily controlled by nearby residents who have influenced the St. Mary’s Commissioners into setting up a toll booth in order to keep out hordes of Latinos from the Washington area.  The park was paid for by federal and state tax dollars and the list of activities on the St. Mary’s County website doesn’t mention fishing, in spite of this being an excellent place for shore fishing, as the beach is close to deep water. Fishing for croaker, perch and even rockfish from the shore is great.

There is no reason for large groups of Washington area residents to not fish at Myrtle Point Park.  Simply abide by the rules and pay the fee. With more than two miles of great waterfront, where the fish come close to shore, bring plenty of bait as the fishing is great.  A Maryland fishing license is required.  Take Maryland Route 235 to California, Md. turn onto Rt. 4 to Patuxent Blvd which leads to the park entrance. The park is on the Patuxent River directly across from Solomons with the excellent FREE FISHING PIER under the bridge. This pier is located in deep water and can be a great spot to fish from and has restrooms and the pier is lighted for night fishing.

Fishing at Point Lookout State Park

This sign ignores the fact that the law enacted in 1992 required that the funds be used to provide fishing piers and reefs to expand and fishing opportunities.  THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo

This sign ignores the fact that the law enacted in 1992 required that the funds be used to provide fishing piers and reefs (without charge) to expand species and fishing opportunities. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo

(Editors NOTE: The fishing pier was built at Point Lookout State Park with funds designated from the enactment of a Saltwater Fishing License in 1992 for the free use of those who were required by law to buy a license.

Under the Administration of Republican Gov. Robert Ehrlich, a toll booth was erected at the entrance to Point Lookout State Park to raise funds to operate the park and control the hordes of Latinos who were over-running the park. The Park is illegally collecting fees to use the fishing pier but is likely within its rights to charge admission for fishing from the seawalls and beaches. Governor Martin O’Malley has continued the illegal practices of ripping off tax-payers who purchase fishing licenses by double charging them to use the fishing pier. The easy way to correct it would be to simply allow a person entering the park to display their fishing license at the toll booth.)

The park features three fishing areas available 24 hours, including the 710 foot Fishing Pier (24 hour operation April 1-December 30), the Causeway and the Point (year-round). A valid Chesapeake Bay & Coastal Sport fishing license and appropriate stamps are required. Active fishing is allowed 24 hours a day.

Night Fishing – Night fishing passes are valid from sunset to 6 a.m. All passes are valid during this time period. Fishermen wishing to stay past sunset will be required to pay an additional night-use service charge of $3 per vehicle for Maryland residents; $5 per vehicle for non-Maryland residents. All members of your party must have a valid fishing license and be actively fishing to remain in the park after sunset.

This photo is of a man-eating Bull Shark caught in 2013 just off the swimming beach at Point Lookout State Park. Photo courtesy of Buzz's Marina.

This photo is of a man-eating Bull Shark caught in 2013 just off the swimming beach at Point Lookout State Park. Photo courtesy of Buzz’s Marina.

Causeway – All service charges will also apply to the Causeway area. Those wishing to stay on the Causeway will be obligated to pay both the day use and night fishing pass service charges. To remain on the Causeway after sunset you will be required to have a night fishing pass displayed.

Special Note: A Chesapeake Bay & Coastal Sport fishing license is required for those 16 years of age and older. For the safety of our visitors, tents are not permitted in the Day-Use Areas. Only see through sun shelters without a bottom floor are permitted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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