the sport with an experienced and licensed guide and mentor. You can find all the details online about such things as season dates, bag limits, hunting regulations and registration procedures in the 2017-2018 Maryland Guide to Hunting & Trapping.
As most of you already know, most hunting accidents happen because of problems with tree stands. Please be sure to inspect all tree stands and wear a safety harness when climbing in or out of a stand as well as while in a stand.
Also please remember the fine folks who organize the Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungr y program. Last year, more than 600,000 venison meals were provided to food banks.
* * * Fishing report Recent warm weather has caused Chesapeake Bay and tidal river water temperatures to be rather stagnant. It’s going to take a prolonged cool front to drive water temperatures down to the upper 60s, which will then cause baitfish to move out of the rivers and into the Bay. Striped bass will be waiting for them and hopefully the fall fishery for our state fish will finally kick into gear. Fish are biting now under working birds and elsewhere, but they tend to be smaller than the legal limit of 20 inches.
However, some nice fish are being caught at Podickory and Love Point channel edges with vertical jigging as well as near the Bay Bridge pylons, rock piles, and some of the shoal areas.
Trolling is also producing
fish along the steeper channel edges and some shoal and knoll areas. A mixed spread of small spoons, medium-sized bucktails, and surgical tube lures (hoses) have been popular. Some anglers are also slow trolling with deep diving crankbaits with some success.
Jiggers can also find some fat white perch and small sea trout under working birds in the tidal rivers. Due to warmer water temperatures, some perch can still be found by casting small lures in relatively shallow areas near shoreline structures.
Live-lining spot is still catching some legal striped bass. Thomas Point, Tolleys, the False Channel, and the Diamonds have been popular locations to live-line. Small pesky bluefish continue to be part of the mix as well as a few Spanish mackerel as they chase Bay anchovies. The surface action has been common along shipping channel edges, near anchored ships, and at the mouths of some of the major tidal rivers.
Recreational crabbing in the middle and lower Chesapeake continues to be an option for anyone hoping to catch some heavy crabs for at least one more fun crab feast. Fifteen feet of water and hard bottom has been a good place to find them hanging out, with razor clams as the best bait.
On the Atlantic Coast, the surf has calmed down and surfcasters are catching kingfish on bloodworms and bluefish on cut bait. Those casting out heavier baits have been catching inshore sharks and rays as well as releasing a few large red drum.
Inside the inlet and around the south jetty, the sheepshead bite continues strong with some nice catches using sand flea and green crab baits. Tautog are starting to show up and flounder are moving through the inlet with larger ones caught on large baits. Live spot and mullet are popular live baits to drift in the inlet. Puppy drum can be part of the mix along with sea trout.
Outside the inlet, flounder are holding on the inshore shoals, wrecks, and reef sites. Tautog are also showing up and should provide some action prior to the sea bass opening day of Oct. 22.
* * * Duck blind know-it-all According to State Farm, the likelihood of colliding with a large animal more than doubles during the months of October, November, and December.
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