KNAUSS

The Kent Island Bay Times - - SPORTS -

Stamp, also now avail­able, fea­tures a pair of trum­peter swans painted by Isaac Schreiber, 12, of Duffield, Vir­ginia. Judges se­lected his en­try as the win­ner dur­ing the Ju­nior Duck Stamp Art Con­test in April from among the best-of-show win­ners from all 50 states, Wash­ing­ton, D.C. and Puerto Rico.

The na­tional con­test is the cul­mi­na­tion of a year­long ed­u­ca­tional pro­gram that helps students ex­plore their nat­u­ral world and learn about wet­lands and wa­ter­fowl con­ser­va­tion.

Some 3,000 Ju­nior Duck Stamps are sold an­nu­ally for $5 each.

The 2017 Fed­eral Duck Stamp Art Con­test to select the 2018-2019 stamp will be held Sept. 15 and 16 at the Univer­sity of Wis­con­sin-Stevens Point.

*** Fish­ing re­port Fish­ing in the up­per Ch­e­sa­peake Bay is im­prov­ing as fish from the mid­dle bay move into the re­gion. Chum­ming has been very good at Swan Point, Love Point, and Pod­ick­ory Point chan­nel edges. A lot of sub-le­gal 2- and 3-year-old fish are swim­ming through chum slicks with larger fish of­ten hold­ing close to the bot­tom and at the tail end of the slicks.

Trolling with medi­um­sized buck­tails dressed with twister tails, Storm­type swim shads, and sur­gi­cal tube lures in tan­dem or be­hind um­brella rigs have lured a nice grade of striped bass over the le­gal 20 inches. In­line weights are needed for um­brella rigs and there is the op­tion of us­ing plan­ers for sin­gle- or tan­dem-rigged lures.

Break­ing fish be­ing spot­ted through­out the re­gion, usu­ally on a good run­ning tide. Most of­ten these are smaller fish but larger striped bass can be found un­der­neath, close to the bot­tom by jig­ging or trolling deep.

Fish­ing for white perch has been ex­cel­lent in the tidal rivers. The perch tend to hold tight to struc­ture such as bridge piers, old piers, rocks, and hard bot­tom. You can usu­ally catch them with small spin­ners and Rat-LTraps. Blood­worms and peeler crab are ex­cel­lent baits when fish­ing with a bot­tom rig. Shad darts tipped with a piece of bait will also get the job done. These same ar­eas are also teem­ing with chan­nel cat­fish that can be caught on bot­tom rigs baited with cut fish bait, chicken liv­ers, or nightcrawlers.

In the mid-Ch­e­sa­peake, chum­ming is still good along the 35-foot outer edge of Hack­ett’s Bar. Thomas Point has been of­fer­ing some chum­ming ac­tion as does any­where sus­pended fish can be spot­ted on depth find­ers. Jig­ging is a good op­tion when sus­pended fish can be found on depth find­ers along chan­nel edges on both sides of the bay. The western ship­ping chan­nel edge from Thomas Point south past Ch­e­sa­peake Beach con­tin­ues to pro­vide ac­tion as does the chan­nel edges off Kent Is­land and in­side East­ern Bay.

Shore-bound an­glers are catch­ing rock­fish at the Kent Nar­rows in the evenings when boat traf­fic sub­sides and at sun up. Most are cast­ing buck­tails and soft plas­tic jigs up cur­rent at an an­gle and bounc­ing them along on a tight line.

The lower bay re­gion has a lot of ex­cit­ing fish­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties as more fish are mov­ing up from the south. A mix of striped bass, blue­fish, speck­led trout, floun­der, croak­ers, and spot are be­ing caught and co­bia and Span­ish mack­erel are on the way. Chum­mers are find­ing a mix of striped bass and blue­fish at the Mid­dle Grounds north to the HS Buoy.

A mix of striped bass and speck­led trout are be­ing caught from Hooper’s Is­land south to Po­comoke Sound near creek chan­nels and marsh edges on top­wa­ter lures, Gulp mul­let baits, and by drift­ing crab baits.

On the At­lantic Coast, sum­mer species are mov­ing in and fish­ing is hop­ping. In the surf, you can find a mix of blue­fish, rock­fish, floun­der, and blow­fish. At the inlet and U.S. Route 50 Bridge, floun­der and sheepshead are be­ing caught. Out at the wreck and reef sites, sea bass are be­ing caught along with floun­der and trig­ger­fish.

Off­shore, a run of bluefin tuna has been pro­vid­ing some great fish­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. The first white mar­lin have also been caught. Char­lie Horn­ing, fish­ing out of the In­dian River Inlet, caught this year’s first white mar­lin on June 16. He won a $5,000 prize from the Ocean City Mar­lin Club, which goes to a mem­ber who hooks the sea­son’s first white mar­lin. The next day, fel­low club mem­ber David Taylor, fish­ing out of the Ocean City Inlet, caught another white. He claimed $5,000 checks from both the town and Fish­er­men United of Ocean City.

* * * Duck blind know-it-all Over 300 species of fruit de­pend on bats for pol­li­na­tion. Fol­low me on Twit­ter @csknauss / email me at ck­nauss@star­dem.com

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