Plenty of good fishing happening despite the conditions
A new organization, the Chesapeake Bay Sportfishing Association, held its first summer flounder tournament in Ocean City last weekend.
Prizes were awarded for the first-, second- and third-largest (by length) flounder caught.
Rich Daiker on the “Delicious” walked away with all the prize money for his flounders measuring 23 1/2, 22 5/8, and 21 1/2 inches. Daiker went home with $,1243. Not too shabby for 3 flat fish.
There’s another tournament coming to town this weekend, this one launching out of Smallwood State Park at 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
This tournament, the 2018 T-H Marine Fishing League Worldwide Bass Fishing League Shenandoah Division Season Finale, roughly translates to about 400 weekend warriors trying to land the 10 biggest bass over the course of two days. It probably also means that if you hunt and fish, this weekend you might want to head into the woods. Southern Maryland lakes and
ponds — As our smaller waters cool off this fall, the fishing should get better and better in the weeks ahead. Bluebird skies kinds of days sure are easy on the eyes, but dark and overcast days will give you an advantage when trying to catch fish.
According to Ken Lamb at
the Tackle Box in Lexington Park (301-863-8151), several hardy bass fishermen braved the wet weather last weekend and found the largemouth eager to take most any lure at St. Mary’s Lake. One kayaker landed nine bass with the biggest measuring 17 inches.
Patuxent River — The heavy rains which brought another influx of fresh water and reduced salinity means there’s still no shortage of catfish in the river.
Lamb recommends we just accept the bounty and catch ‘em and eat ‘em. They like any kind of cut bait and even trolled lures.
Capt. Bernie Shea out of Solomons (301-672-3282) took out a bottom-fishing party last
weekend and caught plenty of white perch and spot in the medium to large size range.
The mouth of the Patuxent held eager bottom dwellers ready to take pieces of bloodworm on a bottom rig with two-at-a-time quite common.
Some rockfish near 30-inches have been caught off Cedar Point on top water poppers and swimming plugs.
Potomac River — Life Outdoors Unlimited guide Ken Penrod (240-447-2206) said the door is closed on the upper Potomac once again due to the midweek rise on the river.
Reel Bass Adventures guide Andy Andrzejewski
(301-932-1509) reports bass fishing has remained steady in the grass beds throughout
the tidal portions of the river.
Topwater poppers over or along grass edges will draw strikes throughout the day. Plastic worms and crawfish imitators do well in grass and hard
cover. The spinnerbait bite has been strong when lures are slowrolled over wood.
Stripers are feeding on the turns of the tides around bridge pilings and rock piles, with rattletraps and topwater poppers working well. Yellow perch are getting more active along grass edges and like small white spinnerbaits. Juniata and Susquehanna
rivers (Pa.) — LOU guide Matt Greene (717-5763735) said even with the high water on the Susquehanna, he was able to get out and fish. The smallmouth were coming into the boat with great regularity in typical fall fashion.
Greene’s two baits of choice right now are spinnerbait and chatterbait. Topwater action should pick up once the river drops.
Lake Anna (Va.) — McCotter’s Lake Anna Guide Ser vice (540-894-9144) reports that not much has changed from last week. The water is stained from all the rain, and temperatures in the low 70s have turned on the fishes’ appetites.
The best place to target largemouth is the up-lake region. You won’t go wrong pitching plastics to docks. The striper and wiper bite has been good, with one client catching a real beauty of a 30-inch wiper on a fly rod with a Clouser Minnow earlier this week.
Chesapeake Bay — The hot spot for rockfish is still in the vicinity of the Bay Bridge. Closer to home are rockfish, Spanish mackerel and the occasional cobia that will take trolled spoons or hoses in the usual places.
According to Lamb, angler Bob Klimek trolled up a 40-inch, 25-pound cobia near the Target Ship last Friday. That big fish took a green surgical hose behind a #2 planer. Crabbing continues to be good on moving tides in shallow water.
Atlantic Ocean — Offshore fishing has been rough. Windy weather makes the ocean choppy, but the crews that venture out to the canyons are finding plenty of mahi and marlin for their efforts.
According to Larry Jock of the Coastal Fisherman, some boats were catching upwards of 50 dolphin at the Rockpile earlier this week.
In case you’re wondering, dolphin doesn’t refer to Flipper and his friends. The common dolphinfish is also known as mahi-mahi or dorado since most people wouldn’t want to find dolphin on the menu at their favorite seafood restaurant. Another fish with aliases is orange roughy. That name sounds a lot more appetizing than its other moniker — slimehead.
The sheepshead blitz continues in the South Jetty with sand fleas the top bait.
Tip of the week
One of the good things about all the rain is that the threat of wildfires, typically high this time of year, is pretty much nonexistent.
Another good thing, the catfish. Live fish or chunks of fresh fish are the best bait to use to catch the bigger ones, but smaller catfish will take nightcrawlers, minnows or specialty catfish baits.