Plenty of good fishing happening despite the conditions
A new organization, the Chesapeake Bay Sportfishing Association, held its first summer flounder tournament in Ocean City last weekend.
Prizes were awarded for the first-, second- and third-largest (by length) flounder caught.
Rich Daiker on the “Delicious” walked away with all the prize money for his flounders measuring 23 1/2, 22 5/8, and 21 1/2 inches. Daiker went home with $,1243. Not too shabby for 3 flat fish.
There’s another tournament coming to town this weekend, this one launching out of Smallwood State Park at 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
This tournament, the 2018 T-H Marine Fishing League Worldwide Bass Fishing League Shenandoah Division Season Finale, roughly translates to about 400 weekend warriors trying to land the 10 biggest bass over the course of two days. It probably also means that if you hunt and fish, this weekend you might want to head into the woods.
Southern Maryland lakes and
ponds — As our smaller waters cool off this fall, the fishing should get better and better in the weeks ahead. Bluebird skies kinds of days sure are easy on the eyes, but dark and overcast days will give you an advantage when trying to catch fish.
According to Ken Lamb at the Tackle Box in Lexington Park (301-863-8151), several hardy bass fishermen braved the wet weather last weekend and found the largemouth eager to take most any lure at St. Mary’s Lake. One kayaker landed nine bass with the biggest measuring 17 inches.
Patuxent River — The heavy rains which brought another influx of fresh water and reduced salinity means there’s still no shortage of catfish in the river.
Lamb recommends we just accept the bounty and catch ‘em and eat ‘em. They like any kind of cut bait and even trolled lures.
Capt. Bernie Shea out of Solomons (301-672-3282) took out a bottom-fishing party last weekend and caught plenty of white perch and spot in the medium to large size range.
The mouth of the Patuxent held eager bottom dwellers ready to take pieces of bloodworm on a bottom rig with two-at-a-time quite common.
Some rockfish near 30-inches have been caught off Cedar Point on top water poppers and swimming plugs.
Potomac River — Life Outdoors Unlimited guide Ken Penrod (240-447-2206) said the door is closed on the upper Potomac once again due to the mid-week rise on the river.
Reel Bass Adventures guide Andy Andrzejewski (301-9321509) reports bass fishing has remained steady in the grass beds throughout the tidal portions of the river.