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.
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.