Ju­nior Hunter Field Day set for June 4 at Sudlersville club

Record Observer - - Sports -

Sudlersville Skeet Club will host a free Ju­nior Hunter Field Day on Satur­day, June 4. The event is cospon­sored by the Mary­land DNR, the Na­tional Wild Turkey Fed­er­a­tion, the Rocky Moun­tain Elk Foun­da­tion, and the Mar yland Bowhunters So­ci­ety.

The event, open to kids from 8 to 16, will of­fer sport­ing clays and archery hands-on in­struc­tion along with out­doors work­shops and dog demon­stra­tions.

All equip­ment will be pro­vided and par­tic­i­pants are asked not bring any equip­ment. NSCA in­struc­tors will over­see all shot­gun shoot­ing.

The reg­is­tra­tion dead­line is May 25 and par­tic­i­pa­tion is lim­ited to the first 100 ap­pli­cants, so now’s a good time to reg­is­ter through the DNR’s web­site un­der the Wildlife and Ed­u­ca­tion tabs. Call 410-376-3236, ext. 304 if you have any ques­tions or email to chris.keiser@ mar yland.gov.

The event runs from 8:30 a.m. till 1:30 p.m. with lunch pro­vided for free.

* * * New sub­com­mit­tee The DNR is cre­at­ing a sub­com­mit­tee to ad­vise the Sport Fish­eries Ad­vi­sory Com­mis­sion on ques­tions re­gard­ing the long-term sus­tain­abil­ity of small­mouth and large­mouth bass fish­ing in the state.

Any­one in­ter­ested in join­ing the sub­com­mit­tee may ap­ply by filling out and sub­mit­ting the on­line ap­pli­ca­tion prior to 5 p.m., June 3.

The depart­ment will as­sess the ap­pli­ca­tions and make mem­ber­ship rec­om­men­da­tions to the com­mis­sion­ers, who will ul­ti­mately make the selections. Sub­com­mit­tee mem­bers will be asked to serve for a min­i­mum of four years. The meet­ings will be open to the pub­lic.

Any ques­tions can be di­rected to Tidal Bass Pro­gram Man­ager Joseph Love at joseph.love@mary­land. gov or 410-260-8257.

* * * Fish­ing re­port The up­per Ch­e­sa­peake is still pro­duc­ing a few large striped bass along the steep chan­nel edges such as Love

Point, the Triple Buoys, and the edge near Sandy Point. Most an­glers are trolling a mix of um­brella rigs, tan­dem para­chutes and buck­tails dressed with sassy shads or spoons at var­i­ous depths. There are quite a few striped bass less than 28 inches and smaller trolling pre­sen­ta­tions will be in or­der af­ter May 15. There has also been a lot of float­ing de­bris in the up­per bay due to ex­treme high tides, so be care­ful out there.

The west­ern edge of the ship­ping chan­nel con­tin­ues to be a good place to troll, es­pe­cially when hard-driv­ing west­erly winds pre­vail. With calmer winds, the east­ern chan­nel edges near Bloody Point, Buoy 83, the Clay Banks, and CP Buoy are all good places to try.

Recre­ational crab­bers have been re­port­ing wor­thy catches on our side of the bay in Dorch­ester and Som­er­set County tidal rivers and creeks. Most who are run­ning trot­lines were re­port­ing as much as a half bushel of good crabs per out­ing. They are also re­port­ing large num­bers of smaller crabs chew­ing up baits. The re­cent catches rep­re­sent the adult crabs that have just come out of

hi­ber­na­tion and it will take a good molt to fill in the gaps in the size struc­ture.

Large­mouth bass are now spawn­ing in most re­gions or are fin­ished and males are guard­ing the nests. Any fe­male large­mouth bass that is post-spawn is hun­gry and ac­tively feed­ing to build up body stores from the spawn­ing process. Cast­ing spin­ner­baits, sus­pended jerk­baits, and small crankbaits in the ar­eas ad­ja­cent to the spawn­ing shal­lows is a good bet. Cast­ing soft plas­tics near cover such as grass and wood is a good tac­tic in the shal­lows.

Ocean City area sur­f­cast­ers are en­joy­ing the first run of post-spawn striped bass head­ing north along the beaches. The striped bass that lead the northerly mi­gra­tion tend to be some of the larger fish, so now is a great time to be out on the beaches soak­ing cut men­haden baits. Large blue­fish also tend to be part of the mix as well as skates and dog­fish.

Boats go­ing out to the wreck and reef sites are catch­ing tau­tog in good num­bers. The much an­tic­i­pated recre­ational sea bass sea­son is now open.

Duck blind know-it-all About one-sixth of Earth is made of iron. Fol­low me on Twit­ter @csknauss Email me at ck­nauss@stardem.com

PHOTO BY DAVID INSLEY

Queen Anne’s County’s Alyssa Jack­son, left, heads home, where her team­mates await to con­grat­u­late her, af­ter her sec­ond home run of the day helped the Lions to a 13-1 win.

CHRIS KNAUSS

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