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* * * Fish­ing re­port Spot are still avail­able on many shal­low hard-bot­tom ar­eas but seem to be mov­ing around more. The mouth of the Magothy River, Ch­ester River, Sandy Point, and shal­lower ends of the Bay Bridge have been lo­ca­tions to look for spot. The chan­nel edges at Swan, Love, and Pod­ick­ory points con­tinue to be good places to live-line spot, but shoals, knolls, and other chan­nel edges in the re­gion can also be worth­while places to find sus­pended striped bass.

Trolling can be a good op­tion to cover plenty of ter­ri­tory when look­ing for stripers along chan­nel edges. Spoons, buck­tails, and sur­gi­cal-tube lures be­hind plan­ers or in­line weights are a good choice. Slow trolling with deep­div­ing crankbaits is also an op­tion. It’s im­por­tant to get

your lures down to where the fish are sus­pended, which of­ten is close to the bot­tom along the chan­nel edges.

Plenty of bait is stag­ing out in the Ch­e­sa­peake and be­ing swept along by cur­rents at chan­nel edges. The bait is mostly made up of bay an­chovies and small men­haden. A mix of small rock­fish, blue­fish, and a few Span­ish mack­erel are feed­ing on them and at­tract­ing the at­ten­tion of birds and an­glers.

Rock­fish are gen­er­ally hold­ing along chan­nel edges in about 35 feet of wa­ter. The out­side edges of Hack­etts, Thomas Point, the Hill of Po­plar Is­land, and the False Chan­nel are good lo­ca­tions to check out.

Recre­ational crab­bing con­tin­ues to be worth the ef­fort since the larger male crabs are heavy and full of meat. Catches in the lower bay have been very good as well as in the mid­dle bay.

On the fresh­wa­ter scene, grass is be­gin­ning to break up in lakes and ponds through­out Maryland as the

hours of day­light di­min­ish each day. Cast­ing spin­ner­baits and small crankbaits near the edges is a good tac­tic for large­mouth bass.

On the At­lantic Coast, there has been good fish­ing at the Ocean City In­let for sheepshead and a mix of sea trout, blow­fish, and trig­ger­fish. Sand fleas and pieces of green crab and clams have been pre­ferred baits. Floun­der fish­ing has been very good in the chan­nels lead­ing to the in­let. Large Gulp baits,

live spot, and strip baits have been good choices on an in­com­ing tide. Floun­der fish­ing has also been very good out at the in­shore shoals, wreck, and reef sites. * * * Duck blind know-it-all Wild tur­keys gen­er­ally move a mile or two in one day de­pend­ing on habi­tat and dis­tance to food and wa­ter sources. Fol­low me on Twit­ter @csknauss / email me at ck­nauss@star­

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