The fish are bit­ing ev­ery­where

Maryland Independent - - Sports - Jamie Drake

Last week I found my­self over in Calvert County with just my old­est daugh­ter and some spare time in the af­ter­noon and noth­ing to do. So we headed to Calvert Cliffs Pond to while away a few hours, which is ar­guably the best way to spend a beau­ti­ful sum­mer af­ter­noon (maybe an all-you-can-eat crab feast is num­ber one).

We were the only folks fish­ing that day. Although the bluegill were on the small size, they were feisty and fun to catch. When it was time to pack it up and head out, my daugh­ter wanted just “one more cast,” which is hard to ar­gue with when the fish are so co­op­er­a­tive.

The weather has been mild this sum­mer, so if you find your­self with a few hours to spare, the fish are bit­ing ev­ery­where in South­ern Mary­land.

South­ern Mary­land lakes and ponds — An­thony Han­cock, as­sis­tant man­ager of Gil­bert Run Park in Dentsville said the fish­ing is good for large­mouth bass, es­pe­cially early in the morn­ing and again late in the evening.

Top­wa­ter lures are the most fun and they of­ten lead to the big­gest bass. Slowly fish­ing nat­u­ral color finesse worms and jig and craw com­bos are a great way to catch both quan­tity and qual­ity bass. Shal­low div­ing crankbaits and small white spin­ner­baits also work well around shore­line rock and wood cover.

The bluegill are at­tack­ing small pop­ping bugs on fly rods and just love a small piece of worm fished a foot or two un­der a bob­ber. Han­cock hasn’t heard much in the way of crap­pie be­ing caught lately, but would sus­pect they are hold­ing in deeper wa­ter, around 10 to 15 feet, near wood cover.

Patux­ent River — Ken Lamb from the Tackle Box (301-8638151) said the white perch and croaker are in all the creeks and rivers and just wait­ing to be pre­sented with bait or lure. The high tides with wa­ter mov­ing on the ebb and flow are the best times to fish for them. The croaker are con­sis­tently in the 10- to 12-inch range.

Small schools and in­di­vid­ual rock are near the shore­lines ea­ger to take cast lures. Th­ese fish are on the small side and many are un­der the 20-inch min­i­mum.

Po­tomac River — Reel Bass Ad­ven­tures guide Capt. Andy An­drze­jew­ski (301-932-1509) re­ports the top­wa­ter bite is re­main­ing strong. Buzzbaits,

pop­pers, frogs and float­ing worms will all catch bass in the grasses. Fol­low­ing up with large 9- or 10-inch plas­tic worms and swim jigs can en­tice the re­luc­tant bass to bite.

Large yel­low perch in the grass will strike down­sized crankbaits or spin­baits. Cat­fish are ev­ery­where and part of the daily catch.

Ch­e­sa­peake Bay — Lamb re­ports the rock­fish are schooled up in the north- ern re­gions of the bay in huge quan­ti­ties and rang­ing in size from 20 to 34 inches. Boats out of Deale and Ch­e­sa­peake Beach have the fish at their doorsteps. Bait and fish are in pro­fu­sion at the Bay Bridge and north to Bal­ti­more Har­bor.

Atlantic Ocean — Bob Foster at Oys­ter Bay Tackle (410-524-3433) re­ports that floun­der fish­ing is get­ting a lit­tle bet­ter with each day in the back bays. The best bite has been in the south bay from the in­let to the Fron­tier­town camp­ground and around the south jetty.

The off­shore reefs and wrecks are pro­duc­ing de­cent catches of floun­der and sea bass. Shark fish­ing from the beach is heat­ing up for sur­f­cast­ers us­ing chunks of bunker or mack­erel on cir­cle hook rigs.

Tip of the week

It was sur­pris­ing how many peo­ple stopped to talk to my daugh­ter and I when we were fish­ing last week. There were lots of ques­tions about how to catch bluegill and even more about how to take them off the hook, which we hap­pily demon­strated a few times.

The eas­i­est way to en­sure that you can re­lease a fish quickly and with­out in­jury is to flat­ten the barbs on the hook. You can pur­chase snells (hooks on a small piece of line) at any tackle shop, but nearly all of the hooks come with barbs. Just take a pair of pliers and crimp the barbs flat.

It won’t make too much of a dif­fer­ence in how many fish you land as long as you keep the line tight when you bring in the fish and will make tak­ing them off the hook a whole lot

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