Record num­bers for CCA Kent Nar­rows tour­na­ment

Record Observer - - Sports -

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.

The Coastal Con­ser­va­tion As­so­ci­a­tion Mar yland is one of 18 state chap­ters of the Coastal Con­ser­va­tion As­so­ci­a­tion, which has more than 100,000 mem­bers na­tion­ally.

* * * 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 ck­nauss@star­dem.com

CHRIS KNAUSS

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