Shap­ing up to be a good fish­ing week­end

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

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.

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