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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.

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