Fishing continues to be outstanding in the lower and upper bay and medium to outstanding in the middle bay.
The Solomon's area is rolling in fish. Bluefish are everywhere, and Spanish mackerel are comingon strong. Ken Lamb of the Tackle Box in Lexington Park reports thatsome trollers have caught as many as 100 mackerel. These ocean fish are averaging 2 1/2 pounds, with some going to 5 pounds.
Norfolk spot are plentiful in the Patuxent and a few legal croaker (hardhead) have been caught at the mouth of the Patuxent. Best timefor these bottom dwellers is after 4 p.m. A few legal flounder have been caught in the Patuxent. I think there are more flounder around this year, but few people are fishing for them.
The middle or uppermiddle bay (Deale/Chesapeake Beach/Tilghman Island) runs hot and cold. One day you will find bluefish everywhere, the next you are begging for a fish. Spanish mackerel range from Cove Point to above Deale. Spot continue to bite well in the Choptank River, and an occasional speckled or gray trout is brought in.
Upper-middle and upper bay fishing is excellent. Bluefish range from the mouth of the Severn Riverto Swan Point. Spanish mackerel have been caught as far north as theBay Bridge, and white perch have moved north but remain very active.Catfish is the only species that I have not heard too much about, but maybe my reports do not go high enough in the bay. I looked for catties last Friday and went as far north as Tolchester. We found nice perch, but few catfish.
Fishing now is very good. You really shouldwet a line.
Know someone who wants to learn fishing from thebottom up? Well, Capt. Ed Darwin is looking for a mate for the fall.He is one of the very best fishing captains on the Chesapeake Bay. The work is hard but very rewarding if you like to fish.
For more information, call Darwin at 254-1711.
George Bentz of the Pasadena Sportfishing Group wants to remind everyone that the white perchfishing contest will be on Aug. 17. Those interested should come to the group's meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Waterbury Inn.
The Waterbury is at the junction of Magothy Beach Road and Riverside Drive. The contest fee will be $10. A special prize will be offered for the biggest toadfish.
Subsequent to the contest, the group will hold a fish fry/cookout.
For more information, call George Bentz at 255-3678.
One of the more interesting aspects of our current fishing conditions is the lack of success chumming bluefish. These blues just aren't interested with cut bait.
Ed Darwin told me that they will bite a live spot, but they will go out of their way to make certain that they do not get the portion of the spot that has a hook in it. He says he has never seen anything like it.
Best trolling lures have been small surgical hose. I've been using red hose on them, but other colors will probably work just as well.
When the blues want to bite, they really commit suicide. When they don't want to bite, forget it.
Sunday, I waited seven hours for them to turn on. I could see them. I knew where they would bite. I just had to wait them out. Finally they turned on and it was two and three fish each time Iwent over them. There are days when you must be patient.
Fishing is very good. Go out and enjoy it.
Bob Spore is a Coast Guard-licensed charter boat captain from Pasadena. His Outdoors column appears every Friday and Sunday in the Anne Arundel County Sun.