The menu includes steamed shrimp, “Pit-Style” beef, barbecue pork ribs, and a salad bar. Tickets are available online through rmef.org.
*** 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.
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