Tal­bot County na­tive Hughes hired as CCA as­sis­tant direc­tor

The Kent Island Bay Times - - Sports -

The Coastal Con­ser­va­tion As­so­ci­a­tion of Mar yland has hired Tal­bot County na­tive Mag­gie Hughes as its new as­sis­tant direc­tor.

Hughes was born and raised around the wa­ters of the East­ern Shore. Af­ter earning a de­gree in jour­nal­ism and pub­lic re­la­tions with a mi­nor in en­vi­ron­men­tal stud­ies from Sal­is­bury Univer­sity, she spent the last eight years in sunny Sarasota, Florida.

Ac­cord­ing to a CCA news re­lease, while in Florida, Hughes nur­tured her pas­sion for all things coastal, and worked with mul­ti­ple com­mu­nity groups and non-prof­its as a pub­lic re­la­tions con­sul­tant to help ed­u­cate the pub­lic on the im­por­tance of sus­tain­able use of our re­sources and re­spon­si­ble waste prac­tices. “As a foodie at heart, Mag­gie has worked on mul­ti­ple food-based ini­tia­tives, and planned a num­ber of great so­cial and mis­sion driven events.”

Hughes will work with CCA’s vol­un­teer chap­ter and com­mu­nity lead­ers to im­prove the non-profit’s ex­ist­ing events and will likely help bring some new events into fruition as well.

An up­com­ing event ben­e­fit­ting CCA is the West­min­ster Oys­ter Stroll Fes­ti­val, which is an event de­signed to raise aware­ness about the im­por­tance of oys­ter aqua­cul­ture in the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay. At­ten­dees will have a chance to meet oys­ter farm­ers and taste the vary­ing fla­vors of oys­ters from through­out the re­gion.

The fes­ti­val is in down­town West­min­ster from noon to 5 p.m. on Oct. 13. Tick­ets are $5 for adults and free for kids 12 and un­der. In ad­di­tion to oys­ters, the event will of­fer live mu­sic, a beer/wine/spir­its gar­den, ar­ti­sans, and free trol­ley rides around town.

CCA is also host­ing its Rock­to­ber Cup & Trash Tour on Oct. 20 at Weaver’s Marine in Es­sex. Reg­is­tra­tion for the fishing tour­na­ment is open now un­til the day of the tour­na­ment. You can sign up via the iAn­gler­tour­na­ment sys­tem. In­for­ma­tion is avail­able on CCA’s web­site.

* * * Fishing re­port Cooler weather is pro­vid­ing more fa­vor­able con­di­tions for striped bass and fishing has been good through­out the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay. The 20-foot to 25-foot chan­nel edges at Swan, Love, and Pod­ick­ory points have been very ac­tive as well as the Bay Bridge. Smaller striped bass tend to swarm into chum slicks with larger fish hold­ing close to the bot­tom in back of the slicks. An­glers will find chan­nel cat­fish hold­ing back there also.

Fishing for white perch has been good in the ti­dal rivers for those cast­ing small spin­ner­baits and jigs near shore­line struc­ture. Fishing with a bot­tom rig baited with peeler crab, blood­worms, or grass shrimp is a good way to catch them over hard bot­tom in deeper ar­eas.

Feed­ing gulls and break­ing fish are be­com­ing a more com­mon sight­ing as schools of bait­fish move out of the ti­dal rivers and into the bay. This is a won­der­ful time of the year for striped bass as they re­cover from the heat of the sum­mer months and be­gin to feed heav­ily. I had some good luck this past week cast­ing bass as­sas­sins into the fray and let­ting them sink to get to some keep­ers.

When break­ing fish and div­ing sea gulls can­not be spot­ted, stripers can of­ten be found sus­pended along ship­ping chan­nel edges in the bay and var­i­ous chan­nel edges in the lower sec­tions of the re­gion’s ti­dal rivers. Jig­ging will catch fish and trolling can be ef­fec­tive with small spoons, buck­tails, and hoses be­hind plan­ers and in­line weights. The chan­nel edge from Tol­ley Point to be­low Thomas Point has been a great spot to troll lately.

Shal­low wa­ter striped-bass fishing has im­proved as cool­ing wa­ter tem­per­a­tures tend to draw fish into the shal­lower wa­ters. Cast­ing top­wa­ter lures, swim­baits, and crankbaits are all good choices for spin­ning gear. Skip­ping bugs on a float­ing fly line can of­fer a lot of fun. Clouser flies on a sink­ing line or sink­ing tip are good choices for deeper wa­ters or break­ing fish.

Recre­ational crab­bing in all three re­gions of the bay may be at its zenith. Cooler wa­ter tem­per­a­tures have moved many crabs into shal­lower wa­ters in the range of 10 feet or so and they are very ac­tively feed­ing.

On the fresh­wa­ter scene, large­mouth bass are be­com­ing ac­tive for longer pe­ri­ods dur­ing the day and can be found near grass and sunken wood. Grass beds are de­clin­ing, so any ex­ist­ing ones are good places to tar­get. Bait­fish are find­ing fewer places to hide and more vul­ner­a­ble to pre­da­tion. In ti­dal ar­eas a fall­ing tide is one of the best times to tar­get the out­side edges of grass and spat­ter­dock beds.

On the At­lantic Coast, king­fish are still be­ing caught in the surf and more than a few an­glers have been catch­ing pom­pano. At the in­let and Route 50 Bridge area, sheepshead are be­ing caught at the South Jetty and to a lesser ex­tent at the North Jetty. Floun­der are be­ing caught in the area by those cast­ing Gulp baits or drift­ing live mul­let, spot, or small men­haden.

The wrecks and lumps near the 30-fathom line are pro­vid­ing good floun­der and sea bass fishing. Those who are trolling are catch­ing dol­phin in the area and blue­fish are show­ing up now and then. Out at the canyons such as Poor­mans and the Nor­folk, white and blue mar­lin are be­ing caught and the ac­tion is ex­pected to con­tinue if fish from up north make their way south. There have been ex­cel­lent catches of large dol­phin at the Rock­pile and the 30-fathom lumps. There’s a great re­source for find­ing fishing hot spots of­fered by Fish Ocean City Mary­land (fishocmd.com/ ocean-city-md-fishing-hotspots/). Yel­lowfin tuna will hope­fully be pass­ing through our re­gion again soon from the north as well.

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SEV­ERNA PARK — Cap­tain Richie Gains of An­gler’s Con­nec­tion Guide Ser­vice will be the guest speaker at the Oct. 8 meet­ing of the Pasadena Sport­fish­ing Group at Ear­leigh Heights Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany, 161 Ritchie High­way, Sev­erna Park. He will dis­cuss “Fall Fishing Tech­niques for Striped Bass in the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay.”

Fishing tackle raf­fle tick­ets and a 50/50 draw­ing will be held af­ter the dis­cus­sion by Gains that will last about 45 min­utes, dur­ing which ques­tions and com­ments will be re­ceived from the mem­bers.

“Jet­ski” Julie Brown from the Mary­land Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources will dis­cuss wa­ter safety is­sues and hand out some life vests to mem­bers and chil­dren.

Food and bev­er­ages are avail­able. Chil­dren will re­ceive free ice cream. Doors open at 6 p.m. Reg­u­lar meet­ing be­gins at 7:30. Meet­ings are free and open to the pub­lic. Door prizes. Bring a friend or your first mate.

For more in­for­ma­tion, see www.pasade­nas­port fishing. com.

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