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*** Som­er­set ducks Hunters can now sub­mit ap­pli­ca­tions for the an­nual per­mit-only wa­ter­fowl hunt­ing days on Deal Is­land and Fair­mount wildlife man­age­ment ar­eas, lo­cated in Som­er­set County. Per­mits will be is­sued through a lot­ter y draw­ing with as­sign­ments based upon a hunter’s stated pref­er­ence for each im­pound­ment area and/or date. Ap­pli­ca­tions must be re­ceived by Sept. 11.

Wa­ter­fowl hunt­ing within the im­pound­ment is by per­mit only on the open­ing days of each of the three sep­a­rate splits of duck sea­son. Af­ter that, hunt­ing is re­stricted to cer­tain days and/or hol­i­days through the re­main­der of each split sea­son.

Ap­pli­ca­tions are avail­able on the DNR’s web­site. For ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion, call the Welling­ton WMA of­fice at 410-543-8223.

*** Fish­ing re­port In the up­per Ch­e­sa­peake Bay, an­glers con­tinue to catch striped bass at the Pod­ickor y, Swan, and Love Point lo­ca­tions. Some small blue­fish are start­ing to show up high in the chum slicks and chan­nel cat­fish have been hold­ing the bot­tom.

Live-lin­ing spot is a good op­tion as the tasty lit­tle guys be­come more abun­dant on the in­side of Hack­etts Bar or

the shal­low ends of the Bay Bridge. Trolling is al­ways an op­tion and there are some nice stripers be­ing caught along the main chan­nel edges near the chum­ming fleets. Red hoses and Storm-type shads are work­ing be­hind in­line weights. Chunk­ing up cur­rent of the Bay Bridge py­lons can of­fer some ac­tion at times and jig­ging is worth a stop at bridge bases.

Fish­ing for white perch in the tidal rivers and shoals out in the up­per bay can of­fer some fun bot­tom fish­ing. Water tem­per­a­tures have dropped a bit, so perch can be ac­tive in shal­lower wa­ters. Ac­cord­ing to the DNR, white perch pop­u­la­tions are up 118 per­cent over­all, based on 2017 win­ter sur vey re­sults, so an­glers should en­joy good fish­ing for years to come.

Sur­face water tem­per­a­tures in the mid­dle bay re­gion have dropped to 78 de­grees re­cently and that will help with gen­eral ac­tiv­ity of fish. A mix of sub-le­gal striped bass and blue­fish have been chow­ing down on men­haden near the mouths of some of the tidal rivers and ship­ping chan­nel edges. They have been push­ing bait up to the sur­face, which sets up a jig­ging un­der­neath to can get to larger striped bass.

Spot can be found on shoal ar­eas in the tidal rivers and live-lin­ing is a great op­tion along some of steeper chan­nel edges in Eastern Bay, the Hill, Thomas Point, and wher­ever fish can be found sus­pended. Blue­fish, white perch, and croak­ers are bit­ing at the mouth of Eastern Bay, the mouth of the Chop­tank, and the Lit­tle Chop­tank. Peeler crab and blood­worms are good baits to use on bot­tom rigs.

Farther south, chum­ming near the Tar­get Ship and the Mid­dle Grounds con­tin­ues to pro­duce a mix of blue­fish and co­bia. Most of the co­bia are un­der­sized, but it only takes one big one to make your day. Most an­glers are us­ing cut bait in their chum slicks. Those tar­get­ing co­bia have been look­ing for them around the Tar­get Ship and buoys and cast­ing skirted buck­tails, live spot, or live eels.

Recre­ational crab­bing con­tin­ues to move along past the half way point of sum­mer. Crabs are shed­ding and light crabs need to be culled out of one’s catch since they will gen­er­ally not be wel­comed at a crab feast. Both chicken necks and ra­zor clams are work­ing well.

At the ocean, king­fish, small blue­fish, floun­der, blow­fish, and spot are be­ing caught in the surf. At the in­let and Route 50 Bridge area, sheepshead are be­ing caught near the jetty rocks and bridge piers on sand fleas. Floun­der can also be found in the area, and at night, when boat traf­fic calms down, blue­fish and a few striped bass are be­ing caught by cast­ing lures or drift­ing cut baits.

* * * Duck blind know-it-all In 2015, more peo­ple were killed from in­juries when they were tak­ing a selfie than from shark at­tacks. Fol­low me on Twit­ter @csknauss / email me at ck­nauss@star­

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