CCA MD Kent Narrows tournament set for June 4
The 13th annual Bass Pro ShopCoastal Conser vation Association Kent Narrows Light Tackle & Fly Catch and Release Tournament is set for Saturday, June 4, with more than 200 anglers from three states expected to attend.
The tourney operates on a catch-andrelease format with entries judged by photos.
The tournament will feature three divisions—fly, light tackle, and kayak. Tournament boundaries are the Sassafras River to the north and Cedar Point to the south. Lines may go in no earlier than 5:30 a.m., and the deadline for photo weigh-in is 2 p.m. at The Jetty Restaurant at Kent Narrows.
Sponsors include Bass Pro Shops, Shore Tackle & Custom Rods, Annapolis Boat Sales, Dvorak Electrical Contractors, Costa Del Mar, CD Outdoors, Simms, Engel Coolers, Backyard Boats, Chesapeake Bay Kayak Anglers, and AFTCO.
The per-angler registration cost is $50. Participants who register before May 30 will receive a tournament shirt, and there will be complimentary food and beer at The Jetty from 1:30-5 p.m. Nonanglers can join the party for $15. Registration and more information can be found on the CCA Maryland website, www.ccamd.org. Captains meetings are scheduled for Wednesday, June 1, at 7 p.m. at Bass Pro Shops in Arundel Mills Mall and Thursday, June 2, at 6 p.m. at Shore Tackle, 3100 Main St., Grasonville, to review rules, distribute rulers, and pass out tournament shirts.
For additional information, contact Tony Friedrich at 202-744-5013 or at email@example.com.
* * * Youth fishing fun In partnership with the Friends of Blackwater and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge will hold its 14th annual Youth Fishing Fun Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 4. This family-friendly event will be held at Hog Range Pond on refuge property located off state Route 335. Children 15 and under can register for the event by calling 410-228-2677, or beginning at 8:30 a.m. the day of the event at the pond.
Bait and fishing equipment will be provided or participants can bring their own. The number of loaner fishing rods is limited. Experienced adults will be available to assist young anglers. This is a non-competitive, catch-andrelease event, meant to introduce children to the fun of fishing. Each registered youth will receive a free T-shirt and a lunch ticket. The first 100 people registered will receive a special gift. No pets are allowed. For more information and to register, call 410-228-2677.
* * * Fishing report Fishing for large post-spawn striped bass in the upper Chesapeake has slowed considerably now that most large fish have moved south toward the mouth of the bay and the Atlantic. If you’re fishing below the line drawn from the south corner of Hart-Miller Island across to Rt. 21 at Tolchester, striped bass above 20 inches in length are now legal to catch. The striped bass map site on the DNR website is a good place to keep up with the changing striped bass regulations prior to the June 1 when the switch to the summerseason regulations begin.
A few good places to start looking for medium-sized striped bass would be the Love Point channel edges as well as Podickory Point. Umbrella rigs are good for trolling with inline weights to get them down. Medium-sized spoons and bucktails or swim shads can be trolled behind planers.
White perch can be found in many of the upper bay region’s tidal rivers. The perch still tend to be in the deeper waters in the lower parts of the rivers. Depths of 20 to 30 feet tend to be best and bottom rigs baited with bloodworms or jigging with small rigs tipped with a piece of bloodworm. There are also plenty of channel catfish in the tidal rivers that will bite on most any kind of fresh cut bait, nightcrawlers or chicken livers on a bottom rig.
The Bay Bridge piers and rock piles continue to be popular with anglers looking for stripers holding near structure. Jigging can be effective as is slow trolling down deep or even chumming. The sewer pipe and channel edges outside of Hackett’s Bar, Thomas Point, and Gum Thickets are also good places to check.
The edges from Buoy 83 south along the Clay Banks, the False Channel, and down to the CP Buoy are good places to target. The cuts through Hooper’s Island have also been a great place to fish for medium-sized rockfish with light tackle. Anchoring up on the inside edge of the channel cuts and casting soft plastic jigs or bucktails up current at a 45-degree angle and walking the dog is a great tactic to get in on the action.
Recreational crabbers are still working on the adult crabs that have emerged from the bottom of the bay. Catches have been fairly good in the lower Eastern Shore counties with a half to a full bushel being caught per outing. The locust trees are getting ready to bloom, which usually marks the time of the first shed for our blue crabs.
On the freshwater scene, largemouth bass are either actively spawning or are off the nest sites. In many cases the males will still be protecting the nests from pesky sunfish and other small species, but the females should be more mobile. They can be found holding anywhere from the shallow areas to transition areas near structure such as grass, spatterdock edges, or sunken wood. Spinnerbaits are often a good choice when trying to cover a lot of water.
At the ocean, surf casters trying for some of the rockfish in the area have been catching large bluefish while casting topwater lures, bucktails, and suspended jerkbaits. Offshore tautog fishing has been good on the wreck and reef sites and the sea bass season got off to a good start once the wind subsided.
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