Enjoying some fishing
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.
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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.