BASE­BALL

Maryland Independent - - Sports - Twit­ter: tblack­somds1 Po­tomac River — Ju­ni­ata and Susque­hanna rivers (Pa.) — Deep Creek Lake — Lake Anna (Va.) — Chesapeake Bay — At­lantic Ocean —

After Steury walked and Har­ris had a one-out sin­gle to load the bases, Seth Mor­ri­son plated Drum­mond with a sac­ri­fice fly to cen­ter and Sch­mitz, who flew out to right to end the pre­vi­ous in­ning, de­liv­ered a sin­gle that scored Steury for La Plata’s fi­nal run of the frame and the con­test.

“We had some good at-bats and we made some re­ally good de­fen­sive plays,” Har­ris said. “We turned one dou­ble play and al­most turned a sec­ond one. Jared pitched re­ally well and then Austin came in and pitched two good in­nings. He was on the La Plata High School ju­nior var­sity team last spring, but he should get plenty of work this sum­mer.” Marker ear­lier this week in the morn­ing and they each caught around 50 fish. But most of them were from 17 to 19 3/4 inches. While there are plenty of rock­fish in the mouth of the Patux­ent, a keeper is hard to find.

Lamb said lately he’s been get­ting re­ports of croaker in the 8- to 10inch range in many ar­eas in­clud­ing off the sea­walls of the Patux­ent River Naval Air Sta­tion and un­der the Gov. Thomas John­son Bridge at the pub­lic fish­ing pier.

The up­per re­gions of the river have cleared up nicely and the fish­ing has im­proved with the bet­ter clar­ity.

Life Out­doors Un­lim­ited guide Kenny Pen­rod (240-478-9055) said this week the fish­ing has been ex­cel­lent and the higher wa­ter tem­per­a­tures have trig­gered the much-an­tic­i­pated top­wa­ter bite.

LOU guide Scott John­son (240-625-2550) said most ar­eas of fast cur­rent are hold­ing small fish as well as the up­stream side of ledges. Big­ger fish can be found on sub­merged ledges and will be pro­duc­tive spots all sum­mer. Fish are ea­ger to bite and even sun­fish have been tak­ing full­sized

spin­ner­baits.

There is heavy bass tour­na­ment traf­fic on the Po­tomac, with the Fish­ing League World­wide’s pros launch­ing from Smallwood State Park through Sun­day.

Reel Bass Ad­ven­tures guide Andy An­drze­jew­ski (301-932-1509) said lo­cat­ing fish­ing spots that aren’t pres­sured won’t be easy, but if you can find an iso­lated grass bed, start early in the morn­ing with top­wa­ter frogs. Fol­low up with plas­tic crea­ture baits or flip and pitch jig and craw com­bos. Bluegill are thick along shal­low creek banks and are fun for the fly rod­ders.

Satur­day, the Susque­hanna River from Sun­bury down­stream to the Holt­wood Dam and the Ju­ni­ata from Port Royal down­stream to the mouth will be open to bass fish­ing since its clo­sure on May 1. The sum­mer small­mouth ac­tion will take off and there should be some fan­tas­tic spin­ner­bait and top­wa­ter ac­tion this week­end.

Boat traf­fic hasn’t been too bad lately, and dur­ing the week is an es­pe­cially good time to go fish­ing.

LOU guide Bret Wine­gard­ner (301-616-9889) re­ports bass can be found near shore­line struc­tures and float­ing docks and

rec­om­mends tubes to catch them. Other fish such as yel­low perch, wall­eye and pick­erel are bit­ing.

Car­los at High Point Ma­rina (540-895-5249) re­ports bass an­glers catch­ing fish in the early morn­ing off grass­beds in the up­per end of the lake. Later in the day, fish can still be caught on points, drop offs, and ledges. He rec­om­mends a dark-col­ored worm at least 7.5 inches or larger, lizards Carolina-rigged, or deep-div­ing crankbaits that run 14 to 18 feet deep.

Trolling ac­tion for stripers is about to take off. There’s a top­wa­ter bite early morn­ing or late evening us­ing Redfins, Zara Spooks and big Whop­per Plop­pers. Mid­day, cast pearl or pearl blue sassy shads or jig spoons to find hun­gry stripers.

SCCA cap­tains re­port keeper-sized rock­fish caught near Cove Point and the Calvert Cliffs power plant. Lamb re­ports the main body of rock­fish have mi­grated north in the bay from Deale to the Bay Bridge, re­peat­ing the pat­tern of the last five sea­sons.

Boat cap­tains are find­ing fish from 24 to 32 inches in pro­fu­sion and will con­tinue trolling un­til enough spot show up to be­gin live-lin­ing. Mike at Buzz’s Ma­rina in Ridge re­ports plenty of small rock­fish and good catches of blue­fish.

Larry Jock of the Coastal Fish­er­man said the off­shore ac­tion is good with cap­tains re­port­ing lots of bluefin and yel­lowfin in the box from the Poor Man’s and Bal­ti­more canyons.

Head­boat an­glers have had a tough week look­ing for seabass on the wrecks, but there con­tinue to be good catches of floun­der even when the wa­ter clar­ity is poor. The largest floun­der re­ported so far this year, weigh­ing 7 pounds 11 ounces, was caught by William Castle­berry who was toss­ing a pink buck­tail off the dock at the Coast Guard Sta­tion.

Tip of the week

From Kenny Pen­rod: Many ar­eas of the Po­tomac are high tide or low tide ar­eas and it pays to un­der­stand how fish bite at dif­fer­ent times of the day. To take ad­van­tage of mov­ing tides, fo­cus on the out­side edge of cover dur­ing the last half of an out­go­ing tide.

Pen­rod’s ad­vice is to learn how to rig and fish a drop­shot to catch fish north of the Woodrow Wil­son Bridge. South of the bridge, look for bass in grass beds and tar­get holes, points and chan­nels within the grass.

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