Won­der­ful day for Wounded War­riors

Maryland Independent - - Sports -

Last week, the Solomons Char­ter Cap­tains As­so­ci­a­tion hosted the fifth an­nual Wounded War­rior fish­ing event on our lo­cal wa­ters.

The SCCA cap­tains do­nated their time and ves­sels to give these he­roes and their fam­i­lies a truly pos­i­tive fish­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

De­spite a few rain show­ers, about 70 War­riors en­joyed a day of catch­ing cool­ers of fish.

War­riors had a choice of fish species to tar­get. Many caught Span­ish mack­erel and blue­fish near the Tar­gets. Oth­ers chose to catch spot, croaker and whit­ing near Drum Point.

And when the fish­ing was through, ev­ery­one re­tired to the Calvert Ma­rina char­ter dock for a bar­beque din­ner. South­ern Mary­land lakes and ponds — Low-light con­di­tions, morn­ings and evenings are still the best times to be out­side cast­ing. Set your alarm for be­fore sun­rise or go out af­ter din­ner and stay un­til the sun goes down.

Top­wa­ters are the ticket for bass, but don’t be afraid to try soft plas­tics, too. Crick­ets from the pet store or grasshop­pers col­lected from your yard work well dan­gled un­der a bob­ber when hunt­ing for bluegill. You’ll need to use a split-shot to keep them down.

Patux­ent River — Spot have been plen­ti­ful near the mouth and their size con­tin­ues to tip the large end of the scale. If you don’t go fish­ing now, you’re go­ing to miss out on a tasty sum­mer meal. Perch and croaker are part of the mix. You can find cat­fish near the Bene­dict Bridge.

Po­tomac River — Reel Bass Ad­ven­tures guide Andy An­drze­jew­ski (301-932-1509) re­ports that lim­its of bass have been hard to come by this week. An­drze­jew­ski rec­om­mends con­cen­trat­ing on hard cover with Ned rigs and fi­nesse worms, which has proved more suc­cess­ful than the stan­dard grass pat­terns.

Creek ledges and es­pe­cially marsh run-offs on the out­go­ing tide can pro­duce bass on scaled-down baits. Don’t aban­don grasses com­pletely and when you find bass, stay at that lo­ca­tion and work it with a va­ri­ety of baits.

LOU guide Kenny Pen­rod (240-478-9055) con­curs, re­port­ing the Wash­ing­ton, D.C., sec­tion of the Po­tomac and has been “stingy” at best this week. There are big fish out there for pa­tient an­glers who can work the tides and wait out lulls till the bite picks up again.

Aqualand Ma­rina (301-2592222) re­ports that trollers are still con­nect­ing with de­cent-sized stripers over main river humps and chan­nel edges. An­glers should have a mix of high and low baits in their spread to max­i­mize ef­fec­tive­ness.

Bot­tom fish­er­men are do­ing well off Swan Point. It’s a party

out there in the evenings with most of the fleet an­chored and try­ing their luck for croaker or some of those jumbo spot.

There seems to be no end in sight to the amount of cat­fish be­ing caught by the Gov. Harry W. Nice Memo­rial Bridge as boaters, kayak­ers and even shore fish­er­men can fill a cooler in an evening with these tasty fish. Ju­ni­ata and Susque­hanna

rivers (Pa.) — Life Out­doors Un­lim­ited guide Ja­son Shay (717-507-4377) cautions an­glers to watch out for rocks as the river level drops. Big mayfly hatches have turned on the evening bite and he rec­om­mends lures in nat­u­ral col­ors.

LOU guide Scott John­son (240-625-2550) said the higher wa­ter level has en­abled the fish to spread out all over the river, so cov­er­ing wa­ter has been help­ful for find­ing fish.

All the typ­i­cal sum­mer­time haunts are pro­duc­tive — sub­merged ledges, chunk rock, grass lines with cur­rent and shal­low rif­fles — but John­son said don’t over­look in non-de­script ar­eas such as sandy bot­toms with good cur­rent.

Ch­e­sa­peake Bay — Capt. Dale Coon from the sta­ble of guides at Fishama­jig Guide Ser vice (240-587-8307) re­ports stripers and blue­fish in their late-sum­mer pat­tern. A good pair of binoc­u­lars will help you lo­cate the schools and metal jig­ging spoons get the job done once you’ve found some break­ers gorg­ing on bay an­chovies.

Capt. Coon ad­vo­cates bar­b­less hooks, which are both good for the fish­er­man and the fish since most of the stripers are un­der­sized.

At­lantic Ocean — An­other big tour­na­ment, this time the Mid-At­lantic, has brought a lot of ex­cite­ment to Ocean City this week.

Many white mar­lin re­leases have been re­ported as well as the usual sus­pects — dol­phin, wa­hoo and some heavy yel­lowfin.

The floun­der bite re­mains steady in the bay, and switch­ing bait to sand fleas or shin­ers can perk things up. The min­i­mum size is 17 inches and while there are lots of shorts, keep­ers have been hard to come by for even ex­pe­ri­enced an­glers.

Tip of the week

Only a few more days to go be­fore school bells ring. Take some young­sters to a lo­cal lake or pond to score bluegill in the shal­lows.

If your kids al­ready have the ba­sics — cast­ing and reel­ing — down, let them try throw­ing a lit­tle float­ing Ra­pala. Put a small piece of worm on one of the rear hooks and watch the feisty bluegill at­tack. Your kids will have a blast tr ying to hook ‘em.

Jamie Drake jamiedrake­out­doors @out­look.com

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