Shaping up to be a good fishing weekend
August is already here and there’s something biting in every lake, river and creek for every kind of angler.
With the weather last weekend wiping out most everyone’s chances of catching a fish, this weekend is shaping up to be just right for a visit to your favorite fishing spot.
Bring a young fishing buddy along and give him or her something to think back on and smile about when the school bell rings in just a few short weeks. Southern Maryland lakes and
ponds — Anthony Hancock, assistant manager of Gilbert Run Park in Dentsville, shared a story that highlights just exactly what fishing is all about.
Local resident Jason Newman took his 6-year-old grandson, Camari Payton, to Wheatley Lake last week to cast for bass and spend some time together. They made out well.
Among other highpoints, Newman caught a hefty 6.5-pound bass that Camari helped him land. After a great fishing experience, Camari is eager for his next chance to fish with his Pop-Pop. Family enjoying the outdoors together and the passing of knowledge and tradition to a younger generation is the real story here.
Bass anglers, take note, Newman hooked his fish in the middle of the day on a bottom rig baited with a nightcrawler. And if giving live bait presentations a go doesn’t whet your appetite for a trip to Wheatley Lake this weekend, maybe this tidbit will. Newman and Camari released that bass right back into the lake to swim again and maybe, if someone is lucky, to be caught again.
According to Hancock, Gilbert Run has been giving up good numbers of bass but most are in the 10- to 13-inch range. Topwater lures still rule in the early morning.
Hancock also suggests fishing deeper grass beds using soft plastic lures or jig/craw combos. The bass often will not move far to hit a bait, so accurate casts pay off.
Bluegill and redear sunfish will bite a small piece of nightcrawler fished under a bobber.
Patuxent River — The Solomons Charter Captains Association fleet (www.fishsolomons.com) reports the spot fishing is better than it’s been in years.
Lots of extra-large and jumbo spot are finding their way into coolers and ice chests. Nice catches of white perch are being made farther upriver in areas like Sheridan Point. You can’t go wrong with bloodworms.
According to Ken Lamb of the Tackle Box in Lexington Park (301-863-8151), good-sized rockfish (and plenty just under the 20-inch minimum) are in the shallows at dusk and dawn for the lurecasters. Trollers can find them in the deep holes and on the oyster bars on running tides. Potomac River — Andy Andrzejewski with Reel Bass
Adventures guides (301932-1509) said there’s been a strong topwater bite for the first few hours each morning. Popping grass frogs draw explosive strikes from bass when fished over grass beds.
As the sun rises and the bite slows, Andrzejewski recommends switching to a floating worm or jerk bait and following up in the same area with plastic craws or swim jigs. Wood cover and boat docks that are not choked with grasses are easier to fish and are ripe with bass that like finesse worms.
Striper fishing the Potomac River in the Gov. Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge area was more
challenging over the past week with bad weather, coastal flooding, wind, rain, and a temperature drop of almost 10 degrees, according to Capt. Dennis Fleming of Fishamajig Guide Service (240-5381260). Persistent anglers still found decent catches by searching for the moving schools of fish.
Lamb said that before the big storm, lurecasters could find plenty of rockfish in the 22- to 32-inch range in the shallows from the Wicomico River to Morgantown. Mixed in are white perch large enough to take a lure meant for a far bigger fish.
Aqualand Marina (301259-2222) reports decent fishing for catfish and perch from shore while the rental boats did well bottom fishing with bloodworms and nightcrawlers.
Chesapeake Bay — Lamb said rockfish, cobia, spot, croaker, blues, mackerel and perch are all hot even as the weather has cooled and the winds have calmed. Lamb said anglers reported great cobia fishing before the Nor’easter came in last Saturday.
Chummers and sight-casters will have to start over to find them and the big bull reds that were charging around the mid-bay region from Buoy 72A to the Target Ship and even further south. Chummers using chum logs or grinding their own and baiting with live eels will find them soon.
Charter captains have been catching rockfish live-lining near the LNG Dock, according to the SCCA (www.fishsolomons.com). Bluefish and Spanish mackerel can be caught just east of Point Lookout.