KNAUSS

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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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