Record Observer - - SPORTS -

striped bass in the ar­eas around the Triple Buoys, the Love Point chan­nel edges, and Pod­ickor y Point. In the mid­dle bay re­gion, fish­ing suc­cess for tro­phy rock­fish is gain­ing mo­men­tum as more post-spawn fish exit the spawn­ing rivers and ply the ship­ping chan­nel edges. One 50-inch fish was brought back to the docks in Ox­ford.

Steep chan­nel edges have been where the ac­tion is, and a mix of char­treuse or white para­chutes and buck­tails dressed with large sassy shads have been the win­ning spread. Most an­glers are trolling tan­dem rigged baits, but an um­brella rig here and there in a trolling spread is not some­thing to be over­looked. Large spoons are an­other good op­tion.

Wa­ter tem­per­a­tures in the spawn­ing rivers are in the mid-60s. Nearly all of the spawn­ing is on the Eastern Shore.

Fish­ing for hick­ory shad on the up­per Chop­tank River from Greens­boro to Red Bridges has been ver y good. The up­per Marshy­hope near Fed­er­als­burg has also been good for hick­ory shad catch-an­drelease fish­ing.

Tidal rivers are pro­vid­ing white perch fish­ing that will carry on through the fall months, and fish­ing for chan­nel cat­fish con­tin­ues to be pro­duc­tive and a fun type of re­lax­ing fish­ing.

On the fresh­wa­ter scene, crap­pie fish­ing con­tin­ues to be very good as they hold to deep struc­ture. Small min­nows un­der a slip bob­ber or small soft plas­tic crap­pie jigs do the trick. Large­mouth bass (catch and re­lease un­til June 15 for non-tidal) will re­spond to shal­low wa­ter baits this time of the year.

The fish­ing at Ocean City has been ex­cit­ing for those at the in­let, surf, and just off the beaches as a horde of northerly mi­grat­ing blue­fish de­scended upon the re­gion. They are be­ing caught in the surf on bottom rigs baited with fin­ger mul­let or men­haden baits. Surf an­glers are also catch­ing short striped bass and some medium-sized black drum. *** Duck blind know-it-all Spade­foot toads smell like peanut but­ter. Fol­low me on Twit­ter @csknauss / email me at ck­nauss@star­

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