Plenty of good fish­ing hap­pen­ing de­spite the con­di­tions

Maryland Independent - - B Sports - Jamie Drake jamiedrake­out­doors@out­

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.

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