CCA MD Kent Nar­rows tour­na­ment set for June 4

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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 tony@ccamd.org.

* * * 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.

*** Duck blind know-it-all It’s ba­si­cally im­pos­si­ble to whis­tle on the moon, not enough air pres­sure.

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