Plenty of good fish­ing hap­pen­ing de­spite the con­di­tions

The Calvert Recorder - - Sports - Jamie Drake jamiedrake­out­doors @out­

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.

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