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September 24, 1992|By Peter Baker

**** EXCELLENT*** GOOD** FAIR* POOR

Salt water

OCEAN

Inshore *** 1/2 Large flounder have been taken on minnow and squid combinations in the inlet at Ocean City, at the Route 50 bridge and near Buoy 13. Blues from 1 to 6 pounds are hitting finger mullet in the surf at Assateague and North Ocean City. Some sea trout are in the surf, too, but a better bet is to fish the south side of the inlet with bucktails and grubs on the rising tide.

Offshore *** Tuna fishing has been slow at the canyons, but several white marlin were caught and released last week. Dolphins under 10 pounds still are being taken, with the best action near weed lines at Washington canyon. Headboats turning up sea bass and occasional sea trout.

CHESAPEAKE BAY

Lower bay **** Flounder fishing headlines the activity in this area with drifted minnows and squid working best. Try drifting along the edges of drop-offs rising to 15 to 25 feet when the tide is moving well. Good places have been the Puppy Hole in Tangier Sound, Cornfield Harbor, St. Jerome's Creek, Hooper Straits and the mouth of the Patuxent River. Large schools of bluefish from 1 to 5 pounds have been active throughout the area, with the Target Ships a prime location. Chumming, trolling, casting into breaking schools and bottom fishing all work well for the blues.

Middle bay **** Poplar Island, Mouth of the Choptank, Stone Rock, Eastern Bay, Hacketts Bar and Brickhouse Bar are turning up good catches of flounder on squid and minnow combinations or spot belly. Bluefish from 1 to 4 pounds have been active throughout the area, with the mouth of the Choptank being a good location. Blues also breaking late in the day at the mouths of the West, South and Severn rivers. Peeler crabs fished near Sharp's Island Light have turned up sea trout to 7 pounds.

Upper bay **** Blues from 1 to 4 pounds continue to be active from Swan Point to Love Point and at the Dumping Grounds, with schools scattered and breaking and casting spoons a great way to go. Jumbo spot are at Belvedere and in the mouths of the Magothy and Chester rivers. Curtis Creek, Key Bridge and the Susquehanna, Corsica and Chester rivers have been good choices for white perch on grass shrimp or crab baits.

POTOMAC RIVER

Upper tidal *** 1/2 Grass beds in mid-river have been holding good numbers of bass, but the river will be heavily fished this week by the 200-man field of the invitational pro tournament based out of Sweden Point.

OTHER RIVERS

Patapsco *** Occasional small schools of blues breaking off the river mouth in the evening. White perch active in Curtis Creek and near the Key Bridge on grass shrimp, peeler crab or bloodworms.

Patuxent **** Bluefish in the evening are off the river mouth. Spot, sea trout, speckled trout and flounder action as well.

Susquehanna *** to **** Crankbaits and shiners are taking smallmouth bass from the grass beds near Port Deposit.

Choptank *** 1/2 At the pier in Cambridge, there still are good numbers of spot, although the fish are beginning to move. In the upper river, from Denton to Greensboro, bass fishing has been good on buzzbaits and spinnerbaits cast to the edges of the pads.

Freshwater lakes and rivers

Upper Potomac River **** Hancock, Point of Rocks and Brunswick have been good locations for smallmouth bass on salty grubs, top-water lures, shiners and helgrammites. Check river conditions before picking where to fish (703-260-0305).

RESERVOIRS

Liberty *** Crappie fishing is very good near bridge pilings while using small minnows and jigs.

Loch Raven *** Yellow perch, crappie and largemouth bass are active in shallow water, but a predicted cold front could change that. Spinnerbaits and minnows work well for bass, night crawlers for yellow perch and small minnows on shad darts for crappie.

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