KNAUSS

Record Observer - - Sports -

The shal­low-wa­ter striped bass fish­ery con­tin­ues to be good in the early morn­ing and late evening hours near shore­line struc­ture. Sunken break­wa­ters, prom­i­nent points and marsh edges are good places to cast top­wa­ter pop­pers. White perch abound in the tidal rivers and creeks near piers, rocks and sim­i­lar sunken struc­ture both deep and shal­low.

Black drum have showed up at the Stone Rock area and Sharps Is­land Flats and should stick around for a while.

Far­ther south, an­glers have been chum­ming at Buoys 70 and 72A, the Mid­dle Grounds, Cove Point and Point No Point or any­where fish can be spot­ted sus­pended along chan­nel edges. There is a mix of striped bass of vary­ing sizes along with 2-pound blue­fish be­ing at­tracted to the chum.

Speck­led trout are bit­ing along the marshes and is­lands in the Tang­ier and Po­comoke Sound ar­eas. Drift­ing soft crab or peeler crab baits on an ebbing tide at the mouths of tidal creeks and guts is a great way to catch them. Cast­ing Gulp mul­let swim baits also is very pro­duc­tive.

Recre­ational crab­bers have been do­ing well in tidal rivers and creeks of the mid­dle and lower bay re­gions.

The Ocean City area has plenty of fish­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties with a mix of striped bass, blue­fish, and black drum in the surf for those fish­ing larger baits. Fin­ger mul­let tends to be the bait of choice for blue­fish. Floun­der and blow­fish can be caught on squid.

Off­shore, there is good sea bass fish­ing on the wreck and reef sites and a few floun­der are help­ing round out the mix. Far­ther off­shore, at the 20- and 30-fathom line, mako sharks and at least one large thresher were caught re­cently by chum­mers. At the canyons, yel­lowfin tuna up to 45 pounds are be­ing caught as well as big­eye tuna and gaffer dol­phin.

*** Duck blind know-it-all A blonde squir­rel has a less-than-nor­mal amount of melanin, a pig­ment de­riv­a­tive of the amino acid ty­ro­sine.

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