KNAUSS

Record Observer - - Sports -

worms, and syn­thetic Fish Bites, are good baits for catch­ing spot. Drop­ping down live spot into a school of striped bass at the Di­a­monds, the Hill, Thomas Point, and Hack­ett’s can also pay off with a keeper or two.

The mid-bay shal­lowwa­ter fish­ery is now mostly a pre-sun-up sit­u­a­tion now that water tem­per­a­tures are in the 80’s. Top­wa­ter lures, so you can stay above the grass, are ef­fec­tive. Speck­led trout are be­com­ing a more com­mon ad­di­tion to this fish­ery, es­pe­cially in the Lit­tle Chop­tank and Hooper’s Is­land area.

Farther south, chum­ming for a mix of rock­fish and blue­fish con­tin­ues to be good at the Buoy 72 area and the Mid­dle Grounds, the lower Po­tomac near St. Ge­orges Is­land, and Piney Point as well as the rock piles just north of Point Look­out on the bay side. Co­bia and in­shore sharks are be­com­ing more com­mon chum slick vis­i­tors. Large red drum are in the area of the Tar­get Ship and the Mud Leads.

On the fresh­wa­ter scene, lakes, ponds, and tidal wa­ters of­fer good fish­ing for large­mouth bass. An­glers are tar­get­ing shal­low wa­ters at night and cool deeper and shaded wa­ters dur­ing the day. Crap­pie can be found schooled up deep around bridge piers and ma­rina docks in tidal wa­ters.

On coastal wa­ters, a mix of king­fish, floun­der, blow­fish, and blue­fish can be caught in the surf. Due to warm­ing water tem­per­a­tures and bright sun, the early morn­ings and late evenings of­ten present the best fish­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Fish­ing for sea bass and floun­der at the in­shore wreck and reef sites can be good when there’s not sub­bot­tom pro­fil­ing go­ing on. Acous­tic sur­vey work seems to drive fish away. An­glers head­ing farther off­shore near the canyons have been en­joy­ing ex­cel­lent catches of sea bass and tile­fish.

Chunk­ing for yel­lowfin and bluefin tuna at some of the off­shore hot spots has been good at times but not al­ways pre­dictable. Those who are trolling are catch­ing a mix of tuna, mahimahi, and wa­hoo as well as white marlin and blue marlin from the 30-fathom line out to the canyons.

*** Duck blind know-it-all Grasshop­pers, a good source of pro­tein, are com­monly eaten in African, Cen­tral and South Amer­i­can coun­tries. It’s best to cook them first.

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