Fish­ing gets rolling out on the wa­ters

Maryland Independent - - Sports B - Patux­ent River —

In 1976, Mis­souri an­gler Rick Clunn claimed his first B.A.S.S. vic­tory in the Bass­mas­ter Clas­sic on Lake Gun­tersville. He won again in 1977. And two more times in 1984 and 1990. He’s been fish­ing the B.A.S.S. cir­cuit with ma­jor suc­cess longer than I’ve been alive.

This past year, there was some spec­u­la­tion about Clunn re­tir­ing from pro­fes­sional bass fish­ing, as he was com­ing off his worst sea­son ever. He de­cided that an old dog can learn some new tricks, and he made some key changes to his game.

As per B.A.S.S. rules, Clunn started seek­ing out help lo­cat­ing fish from other an­glers be­fore tour­na­ments. So he scoped out the fish­ing and watched lo­cal an­glers, and the re­sults speak for them­selves.

Clunn caught a five-bass limit that weighed a jaw-drop­ping 31 pounds 7 ounces on the sec­ond day of the tour­na­ment. He cred­its a home­made bladed jig with a green skirt and a white Luck-E-Strike swim­bait for a trailer and a lucky bout of wind and rain that made the fish bite more.

Things have re­ally turned around for Clunn this year. On March 20, he won the Bass­mas­ter Elite Se­ries Event on the St. John’s River in Florida. Not only did he take home the $100,000 prize, he broke the record for old­est to win a B.A.S.S. event. Clunn will turn 70 this July.

It’s not time for Clunn to hang up his hat. And it’s not time for any­one else ei­ther. Fish­ing is one re­cre­ational ac­tiv­ity that is ac­ces­si­ble and achiev­able for all ages. My dad taught my daugh­ters how to fish sum­mers at Lake Anna, Va. I’ve been fish­ing since I was a tot, and I hope to keep get­ting back on the wa­ter ev­ery year and some­day in­tro­duce my own grand­chil­dren to the sport.

Thank you, Rick Clunn, for re­mind­ing us that fish­ing is for ev­ery­one, from age 5 to 85. So let’s get out there this spring and catch some fish.

And now we come to the first Reel Re­port of the year, which you will see in this spot Fri­days through­out the sum­mer and early fall. En­joy.

South­ern Mary­land lakes and ponds — The main story this spring con­tin­ues to be the re­cently stocked rain­bow and golden trout in many lo­cal wa­ters. There’s no min­i­mum size and the limit is five per day.

By the time you read this, al­most all of the fol­low­ing wa­ters should have re­ceived two de­liv­er­ies from the hatch­ery trucks this spring. Calvert County: Calvert Cliffs Pond and Hutchins Pond in Calvert County; Hugh­esville Pond, Myr­tle Grove, Wheat­ley Lake at Gil­bert Run Park in Charles County; Allen’s Pond, Cosca Lake, Pond at Gover­nor Bridge Nat­u­ral Area (two-per-day limit), Green­belt Lake, Lake Arteme­sia, Lau­rel Lake, Mel­wood Pond, School House Pond, and Tucker Pond in Prince Ge­orge’s County. A third in­stall­ment of fish is due to be de­liv­ered to many of these wa­ters the week of April 10.

Power­bait is the most pop­u­lar way to catch them al­though many an­glers are throw­ing small spoons and in-line spin­ners with suc­cess. I’ve even seen first­hand some kids catch­ing them with a bob­ber and worm with great suc­cess.

Ken Lamb from the Tackle Box in Lex­ing­ton Park said with warmer tem­per­a­tures the fresh­wa­ter fish are very ac­tive now. Crap­pie, bass, and pick­erel are hit­ting min­nows, lures, and bits of night crawler at St. Mary’s Lake.

Chuck at Ron’s Bay Pro Shop said the yel­low perch have been done with their spawn­ing run for about three weeks now and the white perch are al­most gone. Your best bet for the ones that re­main are blood­worms or grass shrimp.

There have been some ru­mors of three North­ern snake­heads caught at Wayson’s Cor­ner, and Eric Im­gram up­loaded a photo

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