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Inshore *** Bluefish, kingfish and spot are in the surf. Tautog, sea trout and blues from 1 to 3 pounds have been turning up in the inlets. In the back bays and the Thoroughfare, flounder fishing has been good with drifted minnows.
Offshore *** According to Tom Arthur of the Blue Marlin Tackle Company in Ocean City, marlin fishing has slowed a little, but there still are quite a few catches being made near Washington and Poor Man's canyons from the 50- to 500-fathom lines. A couple of yellowfin tuna of more than 60 pounds also were brought in this week from Baltimore and Poor Man's canyons. Poor Man's turned up a 100-pound bluefin tuna on Wednesday. False albacore are being taken from the Hot Dog, and dolphin in the 30- to 40-pound range still may be found near the buoys. In the three- to six-mile range offshore, sea trout and Spanish mackerel are being taken near the reefs.
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Lower bay *** Harold Griffith at Sandy's Place in Crisfield says that in the Tangier area, there are large numbers of jumbo spot and sea trout, which now are mainly in the 10- to 14-inch range. In the shallows -- Griffith says in as little as two feet of water -- speckled trout are hitting well in the evenings. Sea trout, spot and speckled trout are taking peeler baits and bloodworms. There are good numbers of 1 1/2 -pound blues around, too. Sea-trout fishing is good from Crisfield Harbor up to Hooper Straits, across to the Middle Grounds and Cornfield Harbor. Spot may be found in the same locations, with croaker mixed in. Fishing for jumbo spot is good up into the Honga River, too. Schools of bluefish still are scattered throughout the lower bay, with some of the fish weighing around 5 pounds. Flounder fishing has been good over rocky bottoms in Tangier Sound, Hooper Straits and the mouth of the Potomac River. Bluefish from 2 to 4 pounds have been reported throughout the area from Point No Point, east across the bay to Tangier Sound and southwest into the mouth of the Potomac. The Honga River, Stone Rock and Hoopers Island Light areas have been turning up small sea trout on peeler crab fished on the bottom. Drifted minnows fished on the moving tides have worked well for flounder in Cornfield Harbor, the Honga River, Tangier Sound and St. Jerome's Creek. Also in Cornfield Harbor, there is a nice run of puppy drum.
Middle bay *** Bluefish angling is very good, with Spanismackerel mixed with the schools of blues, according to Ken Lamb of the Tackle Box in Lexington Park. Many of the blues breaking on the surface are from 13 inches to 1 pound, but beneath the top fish, there are plenty of 1- to 3-pounders. If you are trolling for Spanish mackerel, Lamb says try a Clark spoon and troll about twice the speed for blues. Speckled trout are turning up while trolling around the rocks near Cedar Point. Flounder catches still are good at Cedar Point Rip, but most of the flounder are undersized at 10-12 inches. Near the mouth of the Choptank River, at Bloody Point, the fishing reef off Franklin Point and the Cedar Point reef, spot and croaker catches have been good while using bloodworms. Spanish mackerel have been taken off Poplar Island as well. Large spot and croakers have been active at the mouth of Eastern Bay, Cedar Point and Hacketts Point. Occasional black drum are showing at the Stone Rock.
Upper bay *** Bluefish from 1 to 4 pounds have moved towarthe Tolchester area on the Eastern Shore and the Key Bridge on the western shore. North of the Bay Bridge, white perch have been abundant in the mouths of the Chester, Magothy, Gunpowder and Susquehanna rivers, among others, including Stoney Creek and Bodkin Creek. Grass shrimp have been the best bait for perch, and trolling, casting and bottom fishing work for the schools of blues. Large spot are in the upper bay, especially near the oyster bars or underwater obstructions at Swan Point, Love Point and Belvedere Shoal. Catfish are scattered in deep holes throughout the region. Dave Blazer of the Department of Natural Resources says that bass fishing has picked up in the upper bay the past week. Try top-water lures early or late in the day and worms fished in thick cover during the bright hours. Some of the better tidal largemouth bass
fishing has been in the Bush, Middle and Susquehanna rivers, and in Dundee Creek.
, *POTOMAC RIVER Washington and upper tidal *** Largemouth bass have been hitting plastic worms and crayfish around the grass beds. Catfish still hitting in the deeper holes.