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Maryland Independent - - Sports - Jamie Drake

It’s time again for the an­nual Fall Fishin’ Bud­dies Derby at Gil­bert Run Park in Dentsville.

This event is one of the high­lights of the year for the man­agers at the park. It’s great fun for the kids and watch­ing them reel in the fish is just as fun for the adults.

The derby will take place on Oct. 8. An­glers will com­pete by teams con­sist­ing of one adult 21 or older and one child 6 to 15. Tro­phies will be awarded in the two age di­vi­sions. Bank an­glers and boat an­glers will com­pete sep­a­rately. Many lo­cal busi­nesses have do­nated items for door prizes and all teams are el­i­gi­ble for the draw­ings.

Regis­tra­tion is re­quired since par­tic­i­pa­tion is lim­ited. The regis­tra­tion fee is $7 per team and the dead­line to reg­is­ter is Oct. 5 at noon. Ap­pli­ca­tions can be picked up at Gil­bert Run Park. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 301-932-3470.

South­ern Mary­land lakes and

ponds — An­thony Han­cock, as­sis­tant man­ager of Gil­bert Run Park, re­ports the bass are turned on and hun­gry. They are strik­ing top­wa­ters early and late in the day. Dur­ing day­light hours, they will at­tack swim jigs, Senko-type soft plas­tic lures, tube baits and white spin­ner­baits.

Shal­low- and medium-div­ing crankbaits that cover two to six feet of water work well in nat­u­ral shad or bluegill col­ors. Tar­get­ing lay­down logs and other wood cover as well as steeper-drop offs will pro­duce ac­tion. Use a fast-mov­ing bait like a spin­ner­bait or crankbait to lo­cate fish, then slow down and work the area me­thod­i­cally with a soft plas­tic bait.

Bluegill are bit­ing on small pieces of worm fished un­der a bob­ber. Small pop­ping bugs or sponge spi­ders fished with a fly-rod are also an op­tion. Look for wood cover and you will find bluegill.

Patux­ent River — Big spot are stacked in the lower Patux­ent. Ken Lamb at the Tackle Box in Lex­ing­ton Park (301-863-8151) said bot­tom fish­er­men can find them in the mouth of the river and even up in the creeks.

Big white perch are also plen­ti­ful and hungr y. They can be found in deeper water over good oyster bot­tom. Croaker are still de­pend­able but small. Rock­fish can be caught on top­wa­ter lures on a high fall­ing tide in the morn­ing and evening.

Po­tomac River — Reel Bass Ad­ven­tures Guide Andy An­drze­jew­ski (301-932-1509) re­ports that bass ac­tiv­ity has been pick­ing up as water tem­per­a­tures drop. The top­wa­ter bite is strong dur­ing low light and low tide con­di­tions as well as on the very high end of the tide. Grass frogs, pop­pers and buzzbaits will all draw strikes from hun­gry bass. So will buzzing a spin­ner­bait just un­der the sur­face in grassy ar­eas. Swim jigs and stick worms worked on the out­side edges of de­fined grass lines will catch bass and a few jumbo yel­low perch.

Striper ac­tion con­tin­ues to pick up near bridge pil­ings

and rocky struc­tures. Use top­wa­ter baits tight against bridge pil­ings and li­p­less crankbaits around rocks. The Po­tomac is loaded with rock­fish, the trick is to catch one you don’t have to throw back. Ju­ni­ata and Susque­hanna

rivers (Pa.) — Life Out­doors Un­lim­ited Guide Matt Greene (717-576-3735) re­ports awe­some fish­ing over the past week. The boat traf­fic is at a min­i­mum giv­ing an­glers lots of water to fish. His baits of choice this week are top­wa­ter, spin­ner­bait and swim­bait.

LOU Guide Ja­son Shay (717-507-4377) said spin­ner­baits and buzzbaits worked fast over ledge fronts have been the hot ticket. Shay has seen a lot of musky lately and the

fish are re­ally start­ing to group up.

Deep Creek Lake — The lake is a fish­er­man’s par­adise this time of year. The fish are ac­tive and boat traf­fic is sparse, mak­ing it a great time to hook into some small­mouth and large­mouth bass. Target the re­main­ing float­ing docks with whacky rigged stick worms and small crankbaits.

Lake Anna (Va.) — C. C. McCot­ter of McCot­ter’s Lake Anna Guide Ser vice (540-894-9144) pre­dicts this fall’s striper fish­ing could make his­tor y. McCot­ter an­tic­i­pates you will be able to find schools in the lower up-lake re­gions, up to the Hol­i­day Mill Bridge on the North Anna side and the Stubbs Bridge re­gion on the Pa­munkey Branch side. Bass an­glers are find­ing hot zones in the up­per por­tions of the lake, with the fish will­ing to take pitched crea­ture and craw baits around grass, docks, rocks and wood in 5 to 10 feet of water.

Chesapeake Bay — The run on co­bia and red­fish is wind­ing down with cooler tem­per­a­tures driv­ing the fish south. Lamb re­ports there is still a healthy mix of Span­ish mackarel, rock­fish and blues chas­ing bait­fish around the bay. Span­ish up to 30 inches have been caught near Buoy 76. The rock­fish and blue mix stretches all the way from Cove Point to the Bay Bridge.

At­lantic Ocean — There’s been a good floun­der bite in the bay re­cently. White Gulp Swim­ming Mul­let con­tin­ues to be the bait of choice. Flat­ties can be found both in­side and out­side of the south jetty. Off­shore fish­er­men are hook­ing plenty of keeper-sized floun­der on the wrecks and reefs. The Bal­ti­more Canyon has been ac­tive with lots of white mar­lin, yel­lowfin tuna and wa­hoo catches. Tip of the week

From Lamb: A large school of weak­fish was lo­cated by jig­gers south of the PR buoy un­der break­ing rock­fish last week. Some­times called seatrout, gray trout and tiderun­ners, the name weak­fish comes from the ten­dency of the soft tis­sue in its mouth to tear. Even though they closely re­sem­ble trout, weak­fish are mem­bers of the drum and croaker fam­ily. The limit on these fish is one per day at 13 inches. The fish caught lo­cally were up to 17 inches.

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