Record numbers for CCA Kent Narrows tournament
With the largest turnout in its 13-year history, the CCA Kent Narrows Light Tackle & Fly Catch and Release Tournament saw Craig Sheridan of Davidsonville catch the largest fish to win the Light Tackle Division. Sheridan caught a 38-3/8-inch striped bass in the Saturday tourney, June 4.
Other division winners were Jack Mister of La Plata with a 30-3/4-incher to take top honors in the kayak division, and Mike Dunlap of Chestertown with a 31-5/8-inch striper to win the fly category. More than 170 anglers participated in the one-day event, an increase of 50 anglers from last year.
Other top finishers were:
Light Tackle — Chris Richardson, Grasonville, 35-1/2 inches, second, and Jess Rossman, Baltimore, 35-1/4, third.
Kayak — Dan Frank, Middle River, 29-7/8 inches, second, and Chuck Chambers, Easton, 27-1/2 inches, third.
Fly— Doug Romaine, Washington, D.C., 26 inches, second, and Ed Liccione, 25-1/4 inches, third.
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* * * Talbot rockfish tourney The Talbot Chamber Rockfish Tournament is slated for Friday, June 24, headquartered at Pier Street Marina. The $125 entry fee includes a half day of fishing, a luncheon, refreshments, and an awards ceremony. If you bring your own boat, the entry fee is $75.
Hope For The Warriors will bring six service members to be special guests for the tournament. Families are encouraged to participate. You can register at talbotchamber.org or contact the chamber at 410-822-4653 or info@ talbotchamber.org.
* * * Fishing report Many of the tidal rivers in the upper bay region are offering good to excellent fishing for white perch. Water temperatures are now in the upper 70s in most rivers and the white perch are holding near deeper structure during the day and shallower structure during the evenings and early morning hours. Small jigs, with or without a piece of bloodworm, work well in deeper waters and small spinners and beetlespins cast on ultra-light tackle are a fun way to fish the shallows. Chartreuse Clousers with some silver crystal flash sparkle are a fly fishing favorite.
Striped bass are also holding in the tidal rivers. Many are sub-legal fish but larger fish over 20 inches can be found along channel edges and deep structure such as bridge piers, bulkheads, and rocks.
Out in the Chesapeake, chumming for striped bass is producing fish for boats anchored up at Swan Point, Love Point, Sandy Point, and the Bay Bridge piers. Some of the large stripers are being caught on the bottom in the back of the chum slick. A good tide is essential and the best catch reports are coming from an ebbing tide.
Most all of the traditional steep edges in the bay, Eastern Bay, and the mouth of the Choptank have been holding fish. Trolling along major steep channel edges with an array of umbrella rigs or tandem bucktails and swim shads, or single spoons behind inline weights or planers has been very productive.
Chumming has been very good at the dropoff near the green can at Hackett’s Bar, the Hill, inside of Buoy 83, the Clay Banks, and the Summer Gooses. Suspended fish can be spotted at many of these locations and the steep edges off Tilghman Point and the steep edge just northeast of Hollicutts Noose in Eastern Bay.
Rockfish action has also been good in the cuts at Hooper’s Island and along the marsh edges. The shallow-water bite in the mornings and evenings has been excellent and a few speckled trout are part of the mix.
Recreational crabbing has greatly improved recently as water temperatures warm and crabs began shedding and moving into tidal rivers.
The Ocean City area has seen some hot bluefish action as large bluefish have decided to invade the surf zone, the inlet, and the back bay areas. Surf casters have been catching them on cut menhaden or finger mullet on bottom rigs. At the inlet they are being caught on Got-Cha plugs and bucktails as well as north to the Route 90 Bridge and south to the Verrazano Bridge. Flounder are moving through the inlet headed for the back bay areas and tautog are still being caught at the south jetty on sand fleas and pieces of crab.
Outside the inlet and offshore at the wreck and reef sites the sea bass fishing has been good to excellent. A few flounder are also filling in as part of the catch. Farther offshore the trolling action has been focused at the canyons, the Rock Pile, and the 461 Lump. Good catches of yellowfin tuna along with a mix of white marlin releases and mahimahi catches are being reported. * * * Duck blind know-it-all Bees feasting on the nectar-rich blossoms of an acre of Black Locust trees could produce 800 to 1,200 pounds of honey. Follow me on Twitter @csknauss Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org