A lot to smile about

Maryland Independent - - Sports - South­ern Mary­land lakes and ponds —

Fa­ther’s Day is this Sun­day. It’s the day we cel­e­brate the im­por­tant men in our lives with spe­cial brunches and cook­outs and care­fully wrapped presents.

Sure, Dad will ap­pre­ci­ate a new flash­light or gift card to his fa­vorite store, but there’s likely noth­ing dearer to him than spend­ing time with his chil­dren and grand­chil­dren. So why not take dad fish­ing this Sun­day?

The places to wet a line in South­ern Mary­land are end­less this time of year. He’ll have a good chance of catch­ing a fish but an even bet­ter chance


of mak­ing a trea­sured mem­ory with the peo­ple who love and ap­pre­ci­ate him.

One lo­cal an­gler has a lot to smile about lately. Ja­cob Vos­burgh of Lex­ing­ton Park set a new non­ti­dal state fish­ing record for white cat­fish on June 1.

Vos­burgh caught the fish on blood­worms Carolina-rigged

in the south­ern Po­tomac River and had the fish’s weight ver­i­fied at Crab­knock­ers in Leonard­town. It mea­sured 23 inches long and weighed 8.27 pounds. White cat­fish was rec­og­nized as a state game fish a few years ago, and Vos­burgh’s catch is the first fish to break the 7-pound min­i­mum.

“Even be­fore we took it out of the wa­ter, just judg­ing by the size of its head we knew it was state record,” Vos­burgh said in a Mary­land De­part­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources news re­lease on Tues­day.

Day­time is not the best time to be out fish­ing our lakes and ponds with the re­cent spate of hot weather. Fish will be bit­ing at dawn and dusk, so

plan to get there early or late for the best op­por­tu­ni­ties.

An­thony Han­cock, as­sis­tant man­ager of Gil­bert Run Park in Dentsville, said the wa­ter is heat­ing up quickly this week and the typ­i­cal sum­mer­time pat­tern will pre­vail with top­wa­ters work­ing be­fore the sun comes over the trees and once it dips be­low in the evening. Dur­ing the day, Han­cock rec­om­mends slower-mov­ing baits like soft plas­tic worms and stick­baits.

The wa­ter in Wheat­ley Lake is start­ing to get a lit­tle stained due to al­gal blooms, so brighter col­ored baits may help draw strikes. The bluegill and re­dear sun­fish can be caught with small pieces of worm un­der a bob­ber or by break­ing out the

old fly­rod and us­ing small pop­pers or sponge spi­ders. Fish­ing un­der low-hang­ing limbs works well for the bluegill but be pre­pared to lose some rigs.

Patux­ent River — The Solomons Char­ter Cap­tain’s As­so­ci­a­tion fleet (www.fish­solomons.com) was busy this week catch­ing a nice mix of white perch, spot and oc­ca­sional croaker on blood­worms and squid es­pe­cially in the Green Holly area.

Ken Lamb of the Tackle Box in Lex­ing­ton Park (301-8638151) tells of two ex­pe­ri­enced fish­er­men who went out in two sep­a­rate boats from Point Pa­tience to the Three-Legged

Jamie Drake jamiedrake­out­doors @out­look.com

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