An­glers fish­ing deeper now in Bay, on Coast

Record Observer - - Sports -

The Dorch­ester Chap­ter of the Mary­land Salt­wa­ter Sport­fish­ing As­so­ci­a­tion will host its an­nual Kids Fish­ing Derby from 9 a.m. to noon, Satur­day, Aug. 5, at Long Wharf Park in Cam­bridge.

The free derby is open to kids ages 5 to 12 ac­com­pa­nied by a guardian. Pre-regis­tra­tion is re­quired by Wed­nes­day, Aug. 2. You can email each par­tic­i­pant’s name to web­mas­ter@mssadorch­ with the sub­ject line: Kids Fish­ing Derby, or call Bob at 443225-6440.

Bait and tackle will be pro­vided, but feel free to bring your own rod and reel. Wa­ter and hot dogs will be avail­able for the kids. All reg­is­tered kids re­ceive a pack­aged lure and a cer­tifi­cate of par­tic­i­pa­tion.

First- and sec­ond-place prizes will be awarded for the largest striped bass, white perch, cat­fish, spot, and croaker.

A big thanks to spon­sors R&D Boat Sup­ply, Is­land Tackle, and the City of Cam­bridge.

Regis­tra­tion is closed now for the first Lit­tle Bob­bers Fish­ing Derby, Aug. 12, hosted by the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay En­vi­ron­men­tal Cen­ter in Gra­sonville. The derby has reached its full ca­pac­ity of 100 kids. Spe­cial thanks to Bass Pro Shops and Shore Tackle & Cus­tom Rods for spon­sor­ing the event. There should be a lot of bass and bluegill caught that day. I’ll be there help­ing out. Bug spray is rec­om­mended.

* * * Good places to fish

The Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources has a new on­line tool, “Click Be­fore You Cast,” which is de­signed to help an­glers iden­tify the best places to fish based on sci­en­tific data points. Those data points in­clude wa­ter clar­ity, habi­tat, oxy­gen lev­els, and salin­ity.

Mary­land and part­ner agen­cies col­lect, an­a­lyze, and post a lot of en­vi­ron­men­tal mon­i­tor­ing data to aid in the pro­tec­tion and restora­tion of nat­u­ral re­sources. This data now can also be used by an­glers as they pre­pare for a fish­ing trip.

“When this gold­mine of data and mon­i­tor­ing in­for­ma­tion is com­bined and dis­tilled, it can pro­vide an­glers with a pow­er­ful new tool to avoid un­pro­duc­tive wa­ters, save fuel, and in­crease the chances of fish­ing suc­cess,” said Tom Parham of the depart­ment’s Re­source As­sess­ment Ser­vice.

* * * Fish­ing re­port Ch­e­sa­peake Bay sur­face and up­per wa­ter col­umn tem­per­a­tures are in the low 80s with nu­mer­ous rivers show­ing higher wa­ter tem­per­a­tures. Larger striped bass pre­fer cooler wa­ter tem­per­a­tures and will avoid tem­per­a­ture above 84 de­grees. For­tu­nately, there are lots of Mary­land wa­ters that have ad­e­quate oxy­gen from sur­face to bot­tom, so the fo­cus is on deeper wa­ters that will pro­vide the best com­bi­na­tion of cool wa­ter and ad­e­quate oxy­gen.

The Bay Bridge area up to Rock Hall at depths down to about 30 feet has a good com­bi­na­tion of cool wa­ter with ad­e­quate oxy­gen. The best fish­ing ar­eas can be re­fined by in­ter­sect­ing th­ese prime ar­eas with un­der wa­ter points, dropoffs, schools of bait­fish, and mov­ing wa­ter.

Swan Point, the Love Point area, which in­cludes the Triple Buoys, the Mud Flats, and Pod­ick­ory Point are still good lo­ca­tions to find fish. An­glers are chum­ming or chunk­ing with suc­cess along the chan­nel edges, and live-lin­ing spot is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar. Fish are also be­ing caught by jig­ging un­der sur­face ac­tion or trolling in the vicin­ity. Metal jigs and large soft plas­tics work for those jig­ging and small spoons, red sur­gi­cal tube lures, and buck­tails have been good trolling lures. In­line weights and plan­ers are in or­der to help get trolling lures down to where the larger striped bass are hold­ing.

There con­tin­ues to be some trolling ac­tion along the steeper chan­nel edges of the ship­ping chan­nel on the west­ern side of the bay from Ch­e­sa­peake Beach south.

Gen­er­ally, be­cause of the warm tem­per­a­tures, it’s too warm to catch stripers over the le­gal limit in shal­low wa­ter th­ese days. Even white perch are find­ing the shal­lows a bit toasty and the larger fish tend to be hold­ing deeper now.

Far­ther south, Span­ish mack­erel are start­ing to be more com­mon and they are mix­ing it up with blue­fish and striped bass chas­ing bay an­chovies. Trolling a mix of small spoons, hoses, and buck­tails have been suc­cess­ful. When tar­get­ing mack­erel, small spoons be­hind in­line weights or plan­ers and kick­ing up the speed works well. Co­bia are steadily be­com­ing more com­mon around the Mid­dle Grounds and the Tar­get Ship ar­eas. There con­tin­ues to be good fish­ing for speck­led trout on our side of the bay along sedge marsh edges and small creeks run­ning out of the marshes.

On the fresh­wa­ter scene, large­mouth bass fish­ing is solidly in a sum­mer pat­tern. The bass are feed­ing at night in the shal­lower ar­eas of lakes, ponds, and tidal rivers and re­treat­ing to cool shade dur­ing the hot­ter day­time hours. That shade can come in the form of over­head cover such as docks, fallen tree­tops, or thick float­ing grass. Usu­ally, when they are hold­ing in the shade, they will sub­tly pick up baits such as whacky-rigged stick worms. Late in the evening or early morn­ing hours will find them shal­low and top­wa­ter lures such as chat­ter­baits, buzzbaits, frogs, and pop­pers are all good choices.

On the At­lantic Coast, surf an­glers are catch­ing a sum­mer mix of king­fish, croaker, floun­der, and small blue­fish. The early morn­ing and late evening hours tend to of­fer the best op­por­tu­ni­ties and an in­com­ing tide helps. Floun­der are be­ing caught in in­let dur­ing the day on squid and some larger floun­der are com­ing to net for those drift­ing live spot.

Floun­der are also be­ing found on some of the nearshore shoal ar­eas and out at the wreck and reef sites for those fish­ing for sea bass.

* * * Duck blind know-it-all The per­son who in­vented the Fris­bee was cremated when he died and made into Fris­bees.

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Bay­side Breeze cen­ter fielder Kennedy War­ren makes the catch Thurs­day in the USSSA World Se­ries.

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