KNAUSS

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*** Fish­ing re­port Hickor y shad catch-an­drelease ac­tion has been ex­cel­lent on the up­per Tuck­a­hoe, Chop­tank, and Nan­ti­coke Rivers. Marshy­hope Creek saw lots of shad with an­glers re­port­ing catches of dozens of the feisty fish.

The catch-and-re­lease fish­ery for striped bass in the Susque­hanna Flats area is in full swing with good wa­ter qual­ity, light winds, and wa­ter tem­per­a­tures in the low 50’s. Soft plas­tic jigs, pad­dle-tail swim­baits, and sil­ver spoons have been fa­vorite lures to catch and re­lease some of the large striped bass in the area. Please keep your cam­era ready ahead of time for a quick and ef­fi­cient re­lease.

The open­ing week­end of the tro­phy striped bass sea­son tended to be a bit slow in the up­per bay. A few fish were caught early in the morn­ings along the chan­nel edge near Sandy Point and the east­ern chan­nel edge just above the Bay Bridge. White para­chutes and large buck­tails were the choice for many due to sunny skies and rel­a­tively clear wa­ter. Tan­dem rigs were run off of planer boards and um­brella rigs on flat lines. A few boats tried chum­ming off the steep edges of Love Point and Sandy Point and a few fish were caught.

Land-based an­glers tried their luck at the tidal rip at the tip of Sandy Point and the fish­ing piers at Mat­a­peake and Ro­man­coke. Many an­glers used bot­tom rigs baited with blood­worms or fresh cut men­haden and a few were suc­cess­ful with catch­ing fish over the 35-inch min­i­mum, but most re­ported catch­ing un­der­sized fish.

The Boat­yard Bar & Grill 15th an­nual open­ing day catch-and-re­lease tour­na­ment was an­other suc­cess with a big party at the base of op­er­a­tions in East­port. A to­tal of 705 an­glers fished on 150 boats, and 60 fish were “mea­sured-in” (pho­tographed, mea­sured, doc­u­mented, and re­leased), with 28 fish over 40 inches and 19 over 30 inches. Paul Mellin re­leased the big­gest fish, which was just un­der 47 inches. The two youth win­ners were Will Mus­catello, 13, and Robert Smack, 6, with two fish over 40 inches. Most of the tour­na­ment boats fished the mid­dle bay, south of the Bay Bridge.

On the fresh­wa­ter scene, fish­ing for large­mouth bass has im­proved as wa­ter tem­per­a­tures rise to con­di­tions more to the lik­ing of pre-spawn bass. The males will be back up on shal­low spawn­ing ar­eas, and cov­er­ing a lot of wa­ter with spin­ner­baits or shal­low crankbaits is a good tac­tic. North­ern snake­heads will also be found in the shal­lower ar­eas and back­wa­ters of Dorch­ester County.

Crap­pie are ac­tive again now and can be found school­ing up near deep wa­ter bridge and dock piers, fallen tree tops, and sunken wood. Small jigs, tubes, or min­nows un­der a slip bob­ber are a good way to catch them. Bluegills are very ac­tive this time of the year and are also in a pre-spawn mode of be­hav­ior like the large­mouth bass. Chan­nel cat­fish can be caught in most of the tidal rivers and creeks feed­ing into the Ch­e­sa­peake and they also are very ac­tive now.

*** Duck blind know-it-all A 405-year-old clam found alive in 2007 was liv­ing when Shake­speare was writ­ing Mac­beth.

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