KNAUSS

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Sur­face wa­ter tem­per­a­tures are now around 82 de­grees, so larger fish like to stay deep and morn­ings will usu­ally of­fer bet­ter fish­ing re­sults. Chan­nel cat­fish can be part of the mix when fish­ing baits on the bot­tom.

Trolling is an­other op­tion near Buoy 86 and the mouth of East­ern Bay, pulling small to medium para­chutes, buck­tails, and sur­gi­cal tube lures in tan­dem or be­hind um­brella rigs with in­line weights. Jig­ging can also be a fun tac­tic on a good run­ning tide at places such as the Bay Bridge py­lons and rock piles.

White perch con­tinue to pro­vide ac­tion in the tidal rivers and out in the bay. Deeper struc­ture in the rivers, such as old piers, rocks, and prom­i­nent points, is good to fish with bot­tom rigs and blood­worms or grass shrimp or shad darts and jigs tipped with the same. Small spin­ners and Rat-L-Traps will catch them in the shal­lows.

The shal­low-wa­ter striped bass fish­ery in the mid­dle bay con­tin­ues to of­fer enough striped bass over 20 inches to make get­ting up be­fore sun­rise worth­while. Top­wa­ter lures are best in the grassy ar­eas to avoid foul­ing your lure. Old sub­merged break­wa­ters, prom­i­nent points, and shore­line struc­ture in the lower por­tions of the tidal rivers and the bay shores are good places to tar­get. The rock jetty shore­line of Po­plar Is­land is a pop­u­lar place to fish as are the shores of East­ern Bay and the lower Chop­tank.

Farther south, there is good chum­ming for a mix of striped bass and small blue­fish along the east­ern edge of the ship­ping chan­nel from the HS Buoy south to Buoy 72 and the Mid­dle Grounds.

Recre­ational crab­bing in the mid­dle bay re­gion is good with chicken necks and ra­zor clams among ef­fec­tive baits.

On the fresh­wa­ter scene, fish are seek­ing shade and cool wa­ter dur­ing the day, which usu­ally means they go deep or seek refuge un­der shore­line brush, docks and piers, fallen tree tops, or sus­pended logs. They tend to move into shal­lower waters at dusk and bass will feed all night into early morn­ing and then re­treat to cooler waters. Gen­er­ally the best tac­tics are to be on the wa­ter at dawn to fish top­wa­ter lures in the shal­lows over grass or shal­low struc­ture. Frogs, buzzbaits, chat­ter­baits, or pop­pers are all good choices. Dur­ing bright sun­shine it’s of­ten best to fish whack­yrigged soft plas­tics down through the float­ing grass in deeper waters or pitch them un­der docks or near deep struc­ture.

* * * Duck blind know-it-all Toads have to blink in or­der to swal­low, be­cause this presses their eyes onto their mouths, push­ing the food down their throats. Fol­low me on Twit­ter @csknauss / email me at ck­nauss@star­dem.com

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