KNAUSS

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changes to the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay fishery cap. The amend­ment also con­sid­ers the use of for­age fish in­terim ref­er­ence points while men­haden-spe­cific ERPs are de­vel­oped. The in­terim ERPs are ex­pected to al­low hun­dreds of mil­lions of more men­haden to swim freely while con­tin­u­ing to man­age fish­ing at sus­tain­able lev­els.

The hear­ing at Anne Arun­del Com­mu­nity Col­lege be­gins at 6 p.m. in the Cade Cen­ter for the Fine Arts, Room 219. with small buck­tails, small spoons, and sur­gi­cal hoses in blue, pur­ple, or red has pro­duced some keeper striped bass. Chum­ming and live-lin­ing is still work­ing around the Key Bridge pil­ings, Pod­ick­ory Point, Love Point, and the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Bridge pil­ings. Jig­ging has been work­ing well around the Bay Bridge, Love Point, and far­ther south around the mouth of the Eastern Bay and off Ch­e­sa­peake Beach. Rock­fish are feed­ing on small men­haden ex­it­ing tidal rivers and stripers can of­ten be lo­cated by look­ing for ac­tive sea gulls. Pre­sent­ing lures un­der the feed­ing frenzy can oc­ca­sion­ally pro­duce some larger fish that make or best the le­gal size limit of 20 inches.

Co­bia con­tinue to be found from the Mid­dle Grounds north to the Tar­get Ship and chum­ming and bait­ing with live eels and chunk baits has been a good way to fish for them. Some an­glers are also catch­ing co­bia while sight fish­ing with large buck­tails and plas­tics.

In the Ocean City area and along the At­lantic coast and back bays, an­glers are catch­ing an as­sort­ment of late sum­mer species. Large sheepshead have been bit­ing at the in­let jet­ties on sand fleas along with some small blue­fish and rock­fish. Party boat cap­tains con­tinue to re­port that sea bass and floun­der seem to bite on al­ter­nate days on off­shore ar­ti­fi­cial reefs and wrecks. On some days, the sea bass bite bet­ter, while on other days the floun­der bite bet­ter.

Over­all, off­shore ac­tion has been slow. White mar­lin re­leases, a few blue mar­lin, and some yel­lowfin tuna have been re­ported from the Poor Man’s Canyon, Bal­ti­more Canyon, and Wilm­ing­ton Canyon. Dol­phin­fish were pro­vid­ing ac­tion in these ar­eas when tuna and mar­lin were not co­op­er­at­ing.

PHO­TOS BY CHRIS KNAUSS

Sea Gulls join striped bass in an at­tack on schools men­haden in a trib­u­tary of the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay on Fri­day.

Brown pel­i­cans are one of many species that de­pend on a healthy pop­u­la­tion of At­lantic men­haden to sup­port their nutri­tional needs.

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