Turn off the TV and take a kid fish­ing

The Calvert Recorder - - Sports -

Did you tune into the NFL games this past Sun­day? Or was all the drama enough to make you tune out?

Like many of you, I was raised watch­ing foot­ball with my fam­ily. I grew up root­ing for the great­est foot­ball team in the world, the Wash­ing­ton Red­skins. Dave Butz, Dar­rell Green, Charles Mann and Art Monk were revered names in our house­hold, and for good rea­son.

Not only were they stel­lar play­ers on the field, these guys also spent a sig­nif­i­cant chunk of their off time work­ing to make the com­mu­nity a bet­ter place.

Just do a quick search on­line to see what these gentle­men are up to today and you’ll see noth­ing has changed. Thirty

years later they still give their time and en­ergy to var­i­ous char­i­ties that make a pos­i­tive im­pact on our youth. Role mod­els, in­deed.

So in­stead of wor­ry­ing about who might de­cide to take a knee this Sun­day, how about we all just go ahead and turn off the tele­vi­sion and con­sider if it might make more sense to take a kid fish­ing?

Fish­ing is some­thing so fun­da­men­tal and pure that (I hope) it can’t be politi­cized by this crazy world we live in. Also, by tak­ing a kid fish­ing, you will have op­por­tu­nity to serve as the kind of role model that has be­come in­creas­ingly rare.

Spend some time to­gether with friends and loved ones

pass­ing on a time-hon­ored tra­di­tion and maybe even have some­thing a lit­tle health­ier than pizza or na­chos for din­ner Sun­day night, a meal your son or daugh­ter can proudly say they caught, fileted and cooked up just for the fam­ily. That’s what real fam­ily time is about.

Be­sides, there’s a fish­ing derby com­ing up next month at Gil­bert Run Park in Dentsville, and you’re go­ing to want to get in a lit­tle prac­tice be­fore the big day.

The fall derby will take place from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct 14. An­glers will com­pete as teams and each team must con­sist of one adult 21 or older and one child 6 to 15. Tro­phies will be awarded for the largest and most large­mouth bass, crap­pie and bluegill. All teams will be en­tered into nu­mer­ous door prize draw­ings and lunch is pro­vided.

The cost to par­tic­i­pate is $7 per team. Reg­is­tra­tion is on­line only. To reg­is­ter, go to www. charle­scoun­ty­parks.com and click on “On­line Reg­is­tra­tion.” The dead­line is noon Oct. 11. For more in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the derby or reg­is­tra­tion, call 301-932-3470 or 301-9321083.

South­ern Mary­land lakes and

ponds — The fish­ing has been quite good lately. My daugh­ters and I hit a lit­tle farm pond last week­end and we did well on bass us­ing small crankbaits and

plas­tic worms. This pond hap­pened to have some crap­pie bruis­ers in it that were ea­ger to take lit­tle white curly-tailed plas­tic grubs on small jigs.

We didn’t have any on hand, but if you can find some small or medium min­nows, those would en­tice the crap­pie to bite as well. Right now, and through the end of next month, will be the premier time for visit­ing any farm ponds you have ac­cess to.

Patux­ent River — The Solomons Char­ter Cap­tains As­so­ci­a­tion re­ports good bot­tom fish­ing near Drum Point, Green Holly and the Town Creek pier. Re­cent catches in­clude spot mixed in with whit­ing and a few le­gal-sized croaker.

The spot fish­ing is just about fin­ished for the year. For bet­ter suc­cess, fish over a hard oys­ter bot­tom shelf in 50 feet or deeper wa­ter.

Po­tomac River — Capt. Ken Pen­rod Sr. (240-4472206) of Life Out­doors Un­lim­ited re­ports Big Mouth spin­ner­baits with the skirt re­moved and a Case Magic Swim added re­mains his top of­fer­ing this week. Pen­rod also rec­om­mends Case Magic Stiks in “Ken’s Stik” and green pump­kin/gold, too.

Aqua­land Ma­rina re­ports steady cat­fish ac­tion with perch and the very last of the sum­mer­time croak­ers. Trollers are do­ing well on rock­fish

in the Swan Point area with sev­eral 30-inch fish re­ported. Six-inch sassy shads on buck­tails pro­duce the big­ger fish.

Don’t for­get the up­com­ing Aqua­land Roc­to­ber Tournament for char­ity on Oct. 7th. For de­tails call 301-259-2222.

Ju­ni­ata and Susque­hanna rivers (Pa.) — LOU guide Ja­son Shay (717-5074377) re­ports that fish­ing has been de­cent with low-light times get­ting the best re­sults. Spin­ner­baits and top­wa­ters work well and when the sun gets high, slow down for a fi­nesse pre­sen­ta­tion us­ing flukes, jerk­baits and tubes.

LOU guide Matt Greene (717-576-3735) re­ports top­wa­ters, spin­ner­baits, swim baits and Case Magic Stiks have been his go-to baits this week, in that or­der.

Lake Anna (Va.) — The guides at McCot­ter’s Lake Anna Guide Ser­vice (540-894-9144) sug­gest tar­get­ing the up-lake re­gion for large­mouth, es­pe­cially above the first two bridges in both the North Anna and Pa­munkey branches.

This re­gion of­fers plenty of shore­line struc­ture in the form of wil­low grass lines, rocks, docks and stumps. Pitch­ing small plas­tic worms to docks has been the go-to pat­tern right now. The McCot­ter’s guides rec­om­mend the 1/8-ounce Tiger Shad spin­ner­bait in the Lake Anna spe­cial for­mat for the re­ally skinny wa­ter in the flats in the ex­treme up­per ends of both trib­u­taries.

Mid-lake bass are mov­ing to the backs of creeks like Mar­shall, Pi­geon, Mitchell, Stur­geon, and Con­trary. Each will have fish in them some­where. It’s up to you to be there early and leave late to bump into them. The wa­ter is clear now, so use sus­pend­ing jerk­baits or li­p­less crankbaits like RatL-Traps.

Jamie Drake jamiedrake­out­doors @out­look.com

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