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the up­per Ch­e­sa­peake have been the Triple Buoys and Love Point chan­nel edges and the Craighill Chan­nel just above Sandy Point Light. The Sandy Point Light area, or what many call Pod­ick­ory Point, has also been a place where those chunk­ing or chum­ming have been hav­ing suc­cess. The Bay Bridge Piers that are in deeper wa­ter have also been hold­ing large striped bass and are al­ways worth a few passes if trolling or jig­ging with large soft plas­tics.

Far­ther south, boats have been ply­ing back and forth across the ship­ping chan­nel from just be­low the Bay Bridge to be­low Breezy Point. Some of the tra­di­tional steep chan­nel edges to check out are Bloody Point Light, the Gum Thick­ets, Thomas Point, the chan­nel edge west of Po­plar Is­land and down to off Tay­lor’s Is­land. Lure col­ors have set­tled down to char­treuse and white and a char­treuse para­chute with a white sassy shad tail has been very pop­u­lar.

The western edge of the ship­ping chan­nel from Cedar Point past Cove Point has been one of the bet­ter places to troll. The east­ern edge of the ship­ping chan­nel from Buoy 72 up to the CP Buoy has been an­other good place to troll.

Fish­ing for white perch has been good in most of the tidal rivers in all re­gions of the bay. The white perch have set­tled into their sum­mer habi­tat and are ea­gerly tak­ing small lures and bot­tom rigs baited with blood­worms or grass shrimp. Chan­nel cat­fish of­fer good fish­ing in most tidal rivers. Hick­ory shad are still pre­sent in the up­per Chop­tank and Marshy­hope Creek, but are fad­ing out as spawn­ing com­mences.

The lo­cust trees are in full bloom and tra­di­tion­ally this event marks when blue crabs un­dergo their first shed of the season. Early season crab­bing has been good for many for sweet tast­ing rusty bot­tom crabs that sur­vived their win­ter in the bot­tom of the bay.

Large­mouth bass are fin­ished spawn­ing in most ar­eas of the state and are ac­tively feed­ing to build up body stores af­ter spawn­ing. Grass beds in rel­a­tively shal­low ar­eas near the spawn­ing ar­eas as well as the mouths of feeder creeks are good places to tar­get. Un­weighted stick worms are a good bet in the grass. Top­wa­ter lures are also a fun way to work some of the shal­lower ar­eas.

Our tidal rivers tend to get over­looked ex­cept by lo­cals and these rivers pro­vide pic­turesque places to fish for a mix of large­mouth bass, chain pick­erel, and north­ern snake­heads. A fall­ing tide is of­ten one of the bet­ter times to work the edges of grass and spat­ter­dock fields.

Sur­f­cast­ers at the beach have been catch­ing blue­fish on bot­tom rigs baited with cut baits or fin­ger mul­let. At the in­let, cut baits, Got-Cha lures, or any­thing else that looks good to eat are be­ing ea­gerly taken by blues. Tau­tog are also be­ing caught at the in­let and the Route 50 Bridge area along with a few floun­der.

An­glers fish­ing nearshore wreck and reef sites re­port good fish­ing for tau­tog. Far­ther off­shore, an­glers tar­get­ing the Triple Zeros area have come back to the docks with the season’s first yel­lowfin tuna, dol­phin-fish, and bluefin tuna. Fish­ing near the 30 Fathom line has pro­duced a cou­ple of nice-sized mako sharks. * * * Duck blind know-it-all Most rocks are mostly made up of oxy­gen. Fol­low me on Twit­ter @csknauss / email me at ck­nauss@star­


Black­wa­ter Vis­i­tors by Paul Makuchal

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