Talbot County native Hughes hired as CCA assistant director
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.