The Super Bowl and Fishing

In this year?s Super Bowl, the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers took the gridiron to battle for NFL supremacy. This isn?t a matchup that everyone would have predicted at the beginning of the season, but it promised to be a very exciting game ? a potential classic. And that's exactly what it was.

The interesting thing about the cities of Baltimore and San Francisco is the fact that both offer some of the finest fishing opportunities in North America. Baltimore is nestled into the beautiful Chesapeake Bay, which offers incredible fishing for all manner of species. San Francisco?s Bay area offers much of the same, and no less than 49ers great Roger Craig is a fan of fishing these great waters.

Here, for your reading pleasure, are some of the reasons why Baltimore and San Francisco are hotbeds for fishing.

Roger Craig

Roger Craig's passion for football is matched only by his passion for fishing.

Roger Craig is arguably one of the finest running backs in NFL history. He spent the majority of his distinguished career playing for the 49ers, and his love for the team was matched only by his love for the city of San Francisco and the Bay Area. And, as mentioned above, he?s an avid angler.

San Francisco Bay

Fisherman's Wharf Harbor at Monterey. Notice the sea lions basking on the sailboat. Sea lions are a common fixture in San Francisco.
Coastline/West Coast California/Monterey Peninsula area/NOAA

It?s not difficult to see why Roger Craig is a big fan of fishing the San Francisco Bay area, and by no means is he alone! The area is considered to be one of the best urban fishing sports in the entire United States, with a plethora of coastline and deep sea options, as well as several lakes and reservoirs that are teeming with bass and freshwater trout. On top of that, there are dozens of fishing piers and tons of charter services available. In short, the Bay area is something of a paradise for all anglers.

Chesapeake Bay

When it comes to fishing, Baltimore has its fair share of great locations. The fact that it?s located on the northwest end of Chesapeake Bay certainly doesn?t hurt ? the largest estuary in the United States, it boasts some great fishing for a number of different species. A combination of freshwater and saltwater species, including black and red drum, brook trout, summer flounder, channel catfish, and striped bass can be found in the waters of Chesapeake Bay.

Speaking of striped bass, Chesapeake Bay is also the site of the annual Maryland Fishing Challenge, a year-round program sponsored by the Maryland DNR Fisheries Service. One of its components is known as Diamond Jim ? essentially, a number of tagged striped bass are released into Chesapeake Bay. All of these tagged fish are worth a minimum of $500, which is awarded to any angler that catches. One of the striped bass is the coveted Diamond Jim ? this special fish, if caught, will result in the lucky angler being awarded anywhere from $20,000 to $25,000. Now that?s a challenge worth taking!

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