outside edge of Hackett’s, and the False Channel. The shallow-water striped bass fishery is improving in many areas. Sub-legal stripers below 20 inches tend to be a large percentage of the catch but offer plenty of fun on topwater lures.
Farther south, large red drum continue to be caught and released in the Middle Grounds and Target Ship areas by jigging and trolling.
In the mid-Chesapeake, crabbing has been fairly good but bushel catches are hard to come by — what you can catch though are usually large and heavy.
On the freshwater scene, largemouth bass are becoming more active during the day. Grass beds are declining and sunken wood and channel edges help provide some cover for largemouth. Small crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and a variety of soft plastics are good choices around these types of cover.
On the Atlantic Coast, the heavy surf that pounded the Ocean City area has subsided and surf fishing is now a better possibility. Surf anglers are catching small bluefish on cut bait or finger mullet. Kingfish and spot are being caught on bloodworms.
At the inlet, fishing for sheepshead at the north and south jetties remains excellent with some impressive catches being made. Sand fleas, pieces of green crab, and clams have been preferred baits. Flounder are moving through the inlet and headed to offshore waters. An incoming tide tends to offer the best fishing. Flounder can also be found on some of the near-shore shoal areas as well as wreck and reef sites. *** Duck blind know-it-all Once the sea squirt becomes stationary, it eats (reabsorbs) its own brain.