Sum­mer­time is a great time to get kids out fish­ing

Record Observer - - Sports - CHRIS KNAUSS

The 12th an­nual Kid’s Clas­sic fish­ing tour­na­ment hosted by the Ocean City Mar­lin Club is sched­uled for July 15-17. The tour­na­ment, open to an­glers 19 years old and younger, ben­e­fits the Wish-a-Fish Foun­da­tion.

Reg­is­tra­tion for the event is Fri­day, July 15 from 6:30 to 8:30 with a cap­tain’s meet­ing start­ing at 7:30. Fish­ing days are Saturday and/or Sunday with lines in at 6:30 a.m. and out by 3 p.m.

Par­ents may help reel in fish. Cir­cle hooks are re­quired if fish­ing in the Off­shore Di­vi­sion. Along with other rules, green sticks and live bait are not al­lowed.

Prizes to three places will be awarded for most bill­fish re­leased and heav­i­est fish. Fish el­i­gi­ble for heav­i­est fish are blue­fish, bonita, dol­phin-fish, mack­erel, rock­fish, sea bass, tog, tuna, wa­hoo, shark, and for un­usual catch. There will also be a prize for heav­i­est stringer weight of five fish for croaker and spot.

A car­ni­val and awards ban­quet is sched­uled for Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the club­house.

The Wish-A-Fish Foun­da­tion hosts fish­ing events in Mary­land and Vir­ginia for spe­cial needs chil­dren and their fam­i­lies. The foun­da­tion’s first event was held in 2000 and in­cluded 23 fam­i­lies and 38 chil­dren (spe­cial needs chil­dren with se­ri­ous or life-threat­en­ing ill­nesses, phys­i­cal or de­vel­op­men­tal dis­abil­i­ties plus their brothers and sis­ters). It has grown to three or four events per sum­mer and now hosts 100-125 fam­i­lies each year. Dozens of vol­un­teers who love to fish also en­joy shar­ing their pas­sion for the out­doors.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit oc­mar­lin­club.com and wish-a-fish.org.

Kent Is­land Derby The 11th an­nual Kent Is­land Fish­ing Club’s free Youth Fish­ing Derby will be held Saturday, Au­gust 13 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Ro­man­coke Pier on Route 8. Awards and lunch will be held at the Kent Is­land Amer­i­can Le­gion #278 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Lou Wade at wot­wa­ter@at­lanticbb.net.

Fish­ing re­port Striped bass can be found in the lower sec­tions of the up­per Ch­e­sa­peake’s tidal rivers. Out in the bay, chum­ming fleets con­tinue

to set up on stripers hold­ing on ma­jor chan­nel edges at Swan Point, Love Point, and the edge from Sandy Point Light north to the mouth of the Magothy River. A good tide is a must and a fall­ing tide tends to be the best.

An­glers are spot­ting fish on depth finders be­fore set­ting up with the best catch re­ports com­ing from those who al­low their baits to sink to the bot­tom at the back of a slick. None­the­less, it’s usu­ally a good tac­tic to fish baits at dif­fer­ent depths and vary­ing dis­tances. To limit killing sub-le­gal fish, Ga­makatsu makes a great cir­cle hook in 5/0 and they will not kill as many un­der­size fish as a reg­u­lar J hook.

In the mid­dle bay re­gion, when it comes to chum­ming or chunk­ing for striped bass, the outer edges of Hack­ett’s, Dolly’s Lump, and Tol­ley’s have been good places to look for sus­pended striped bass to set up on.

Trolling deep with spoons or swim shads be­hind in­line weights or plan­ers is a good tac­tic when try­ing to cover ter­ri­tory. Light-tackle jig­ging is a fun way to lure fish sus­pended over the bot­tom. An­other op­tion is to catch some small white perch in one of the tidal rivers and try some live-lin­ing along ship­ping chan­nel edges.

In the shal­lows, old piers, promi­nent points, bridge piers, and rock struc­ture are all good places to cast top­wa­ter lures for rock­fish with the best ac­tion usu­ally in the early morn­ing and late evening hours. These ar­eas also hold white perch, which can be caught by cast­ing bee­tle-spins and small spin­ners or jigs. Perch can of­ten be caught through­out the day. I tossed a Mepps #2 spin­ner at them the other day with plenty of luck and at­tracted a cou­ple of nice chan­nel cat­fish as well. Smaller drop­per jigs or bot­tom rigs baited with blood­worms will do the trick for perch deeper in the wa­ter.

A few croaker are be­ing caught in the mid­dle bay re­gion with the ma­jor­ity of the re­ports com­ing from the lower Chop­tank River. The best croaker fish­ing in Mary­land wa­ters con­tin­ues to be in the lower bay.

Recre­ational crab­bing con­tin­ues to be good in most of the tidal rivers and creeks in the lower bay and mid­dle bay re­gions. There has been some im­prove­ment in the up­per bay tidal rivers and this may im­prove fur­ther with time and less rain­fall.

In the surf on the At­lantic coast, king­fish are be­ing caught on small baits in the early morn­ing and evening hours. Blue­fish are be­ing caught on fin­ger mul­let rigs and there are plenty of in­shore sharks and rays for those seek­ing a lit­tle more pull.

In the back bays, floun­der fish­ing has im­proved with warmer wa­ter tem­per­a­tures and clearer wa­ter. The chan­nel ar­eas of­fer the best day­time fish­ing and chan­nel edges are great places to tar­get on a fall­ing tide in the morn­ing or evening hours.

Off­shore, yel­lowfin and bluefin tuna are be­ing caught at tra­di­tional spots like the Fin­gers, Jackspot, Hot Dog, and Massey’s Canyon. The size grade on the yel­lowfin tuna has im­proved re­cently with fewer throw­backs re­ported. Mahi-mahi, large wa­hoo, and big­eye tuna have also been part of the mix lately at the canyons.

Duck blind know-it-all Poi­son hem­lock, the juice of which killed Socrates, is bloom­ing now and is widely dis­trib­uted through­out the U.S. and Mary­land.

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