En­joy­ing some fish­ing

Maryland Independent - - Sports - Jamie Drake jamiedrake­out­doors@out­look.com

My hus­band and two older daugh­ters had the plea­sure of go­ing out with Capt. Den­nis Flem­ing of Fishama­jig Guide Ser­vice for a few hours of evening fish­ing on Mon­day this week.

They launched from Aqua­land near the Gov. Harry W. Nice Memo­rial Bridge and searched for fish in the wa­ters off Cobb Is­land, Swan Point and the Morgantown power plant.

Capt. Flem­ing put them right on the fish, with eas­ily over 100 landed and lots of dou­bles. In fact, be­fore the first rig had hit the bot­tom, my daugh­ter Es­ther felt a tug and reeled in a dou­ble.

There were plenty of white perch along with a few spot and plenty of un­der-sized rock­fish for good mea­sure, all caught on blood­worms and shrimp. Din­ner the next night was some mighty fine perch fil­lets fried up the way my mom taught me.

Flem­ing at Fishama­jig Guide Ser­vice can be reached at 240538-1260.

If you’ve got a child or grand­child at home who’s suf­fer­ing from “I’m Bored Syn­drome,” I’ve got just the an­ti­dote. Bunky’s Char­ter Boats in Solomons has added a sec­ond week of fish­ing camp from July 24 to 27. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 410-326-3241.

South­ern Mary­land lakes and ponds — Fresh­wa­ter fish­ing has reached its sweet spot this sum­mer, es­pe­cially for early ris­ers and the af­ter-din­ner crowd.

An­thony Han­cock, as­sis­tant man­ager of Gil­bert Run Park in Dentsville, said the wa­ter qual­ity at Wheat­ley Lake has dra­mat­i­cally im­proved over the past week. Han­cock rec­om­mends soft plas­tics aimed at grass beds, drop off, and wood cover near deeper wa­ter to tar­get larger bass.

The bluegill won’t dis­ap­point, es­pe­cially dur­ing the cooler hours early or late in the day. Even in the heat of the day, cast­ing un­der low limbs with a piece of worm or small pop­per on a fly rod should re­ward an­glers.

Patux­ent River — Ken Lamb of the Tackle Box in Lex­ing­ton Park (301-863-8151) re­ports that area an­glers haven’t seen this many spot in the lo­cal wa­ters since 2011.

There’s a nice mix of spot and perch in Kingston Hol­low, Sandy Point, Fish­ing Point, Hawk’s Nest, He­len’s Bar, and you get the drift. Just about ev­ery­where there’s hard bot­tom all the way north to Bene­dict.

One cap­tain told Lamb he took three kids out one day and couldn’t even stand still for a minute the en­tire time they were out as he baited hooks and took fish off the lines with lots of dou­bles. They landed 87 spot and perch in two hours on drifts near the mouth of Cuck­old’s Creek at Hawk’s Nest.

Po­tomac River — Andy An­drze­jew­ski with the Reel Bass Ad­ven­ture guides (301932-1509) said many bass are deep in grass cover and rec­om­mends start­ing an early morn­ing off with a va­ri­ety of

top­wa­ter baits from buzz baits to grass frogs. You may have to cover a large amount of a grass flat to lo­cate the bass. Small crankbaits on the outer edges or small white spin­ner­baits worked just over the tops of the grass will get bass to bite.

As re­ported via the Mary­land An­gler’s Log, recre­ational fish­er­man Sean Allen Sr. took his son out to look for some fat blue cat­fish in Smoot’s Bay this past Sun­day with the Cap­i­tal Wheel in the back­ground and it was a beau­ti­ful day all around. By the looks of all the pho­tos he posted of that days’ catch, they cer­tainly found some, es­pe­cially if by “some” they meant land­ing over 100 blue cat­fish that day, many over 20 pounds.

Lamb re­ports the spot are plen­ti­ful and can be found at Ragged Point, Corn­field Har­bor, St. Mary’s River, Piney Point and al­most ev­ery­where else in the Po­tomac.

Lo­cal cap­tains are re­port­ing trollers and chum­mers at St. Cle­ment’s Is­land get­ting into big schools of rock­fish, with some 30 inches in length or more. Trollers and jig­gers are hav­ing good luck all up and down the river from Point Look­out to Port To­bacco.

Ju­ni­ata and Susque­hanna rivers (Pa.) — LOU guides re­port the small­mouth bass fish­ing has been “off the charts” this July. Good ar­eas to fish in­clude the Sin­nama­hon­ing Branch and the G. B. Steven­son Dam, al­though cur­rently the dredg­ing at the dam is not com­plete so boats can’t be launched there.

Of note, one of the agenda items at the next Penn­syl­va­nia Fish and Boat Com­mis­sion meet­ing calls for the elim­i­na­tion of the clo­sure area. I’ll keep you in­formed of any changes for 2018. Ch­e­sa­peake Bay —

There’s some­thing for ev­ery­body and plenty to go around, ac­cord­ing to Lamb. Spot can be found at the Point Look­out fish­ing pier in the evening and at night. Some blue­fish and rock­fish can be caught off the pier, too. Blue­fish, rock­fish, Span­ish mack­erel, and trout are in the bay.

Jig­gers are find­ing hefty rock above the Point No Point Light­house, ze­ro­ing in on their depth find­ers and drop­ping col­or­ful me­tal jigs on them. A few co­bia are on the Mid­dle Grounds near the Tar­get Ship.

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