KNAUSS

Record Observer - - Sports / Clas­si­fieds -

4. It’s a great op­por­tu­nity for some­one to try the sport with­out buy­ing a li­cense.

The main Ch­e­sa­peake Bay wa­ter tem­per­a­tures have reached the up­per 70s as a re­sult of warm and sunny con­di­tions. You can ex­pect the hot, sunny weather to con­tinue to push wa­ter tem­per­a­tures to­ward the low 80s. These warmer tem­per­a­tures will re­sult in rock­fish seek­ing cooler, deeper wa­ters with ad­e­quate oxy­gen lev­els.

Last week­end striped bass in the up­per bay moved in mass to an area be­tween the Bal­ti­more and Sandy Point lights along a 15 to 28-foot chan­nel edge. The ac­tion tended to last through­out the day and most would agree that the last hour of a tide of­fered the best fish­ing.

The chum­ming ac­tion at Hack­etts seems to have fallen off, but there has been some ac­tion at the edge of Thomas Point. Trolling a mix of buck­tails dressed with a sassy shad or twister­tails, gold spoons, sur­gi­cal tube lures, and crankbaits have been lur­ing some fish.

The shal­low wa­ter rock­fish fish­ery is alive and well, but with wa­ter tem­per­a­tures in the up­per 70s, it’s usu­ally a very early morn­ing bite and to a lesser ex­tent a late evening af­fair. Top­wa­ter lures are in or­der for this fun light-tackle ac­tion. Cast­ing skip­ping bugs with a 7-weight fly rod with a float­ing line or cast­ing pop­pers with a spin­ning rod of­fer the most ex­cit­ing ac­tion. Dark-col­ored lures tend to work the best in sub­dued light.

Fish­ing for white perch in the up­per and mid­dle bay con­tin­ues to of­fer plenty of good op­por­tu­ni­ties. Large white perch can be caught in deeper wa­ters on bot­tom rigs baited with blood­worms or grass shrimp. Cast­ing small spin­ner­baits or jigs with light tackle is a fun way to fish shore­line struc­ture in the morn­ing or evening hours.

Far­ther south, the Mary­land Ar­ti­fi­cial Reef Ini­tia­tive re­cently sank a barge at the Tang­ier reef site near Fox Is­land Light, which will help pro­vide more struc­ture and habi­tat for fish. If the co­bia show up, they may hold close to such the struc­ture. Tau­tog have been doc­u­mented on this reef site that in­cludes con­crete slabs from the Woodrow Wil­son Bridge, which were de­ployed in 2007.

Recre­ational crab­bing con­tin­ues to im­prove, so catch­ing a full bushel of crabs per out­ing in the mid­dle and lower bay is now be­com­ing more of a re­al­ity. The crabs tend to be shal­low; us­ing ra­zor clams will greatly im­prove catches.

On the At­lantic Coast, the king­fish seem to have moved on from our beaches; they are still be­ing caught, but not to the de­gree they were a week or two ago. Blood­worms, squid and small strips of cut bait have been a good choice for the king­fish and a mix of blow­fish and floun­der. A few large stripers are be­ing caught, but those fish­ing with large cut baits are mostly catch­ing skates, stingrays, and small in­shore sharks.

At the in­let, sheepshead are be­com­ing more com­mon and are be­ing caught on sand fleas at the South Jetty. Floun­der are be­ing caught and a few le­gal-sized stripers in the early morn­ing and evening hours by cast­ing buck­tails and swimshads or by drift­ing fresh cut baits or live eels.

Sea bass fish­ing at the off­shore wreck and reef sites has been good and cap­tains re­port that floun­der are be­gin­ning to be a larger por­tion of the catch. Sites far­ther off­shore have been pro­duc­ing the largest sea bass.

Fish­ing for a mix of off­shore pelagic species has kicked into gear for Ocean City an­glers. Lim­its of yel­lowfin tuna and a mix of bluefin tuna, big­eye tuna, dol­phin-fish, and white mar­lin are be­ing caught at Poor­man’s, Bal­ti­more, Wilm­ing­ton, and Nor­folk canyons. *** Duck blind know-it-all Fire­flies, the an­gler fish, and some jel­ly­fish pro­duce light with­out gen­er­at­ing heat. Fol­low me on Twit­ter @csknauss / email me at ck­nauss@star­dem.com

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