Peter Baker's Fishing Report, Journal

OUTDOORS

June 24, 1993

PRFC ROCKFISH SEASON SET

The Potomac River Fisheries Commission will run its fall rockfish season as a split season from Oct. 1-19 and Nov. 5-14.

The size limit will be 18 to 36 inches.

The creel limit will be one striper per day per angler and a special permit will be required for each boat fishing either of the splits. There is no charge for the permits that will cover all persons fishing aboard. Pier and shoreline fishermen will not need permits.

Permit applications will be available at sporting goods and tackle shops and marinas as of Aug. 2.

TUNA REGULATIONS The National Marine Fisheries Service has announced the Acurrent daily bay and boat limits for bluefin tuna as of June 9:

Size Party/charter boats Private boats

Young school, less than 26" 0 0

School, 26 to 45" 1 per angler 2 per boat

Large school, 45 to 57" 2 per angler 2 per angler

Small medium 1 per boat 1 per boat

Large medium/giant, over 70" 1 per boat 1 per boat

Measurements are determined by total fork length; permits are required for bluefin over 70 inches. Permits may be obtained by contacting the fisheries service, One Blackburn Drive, Gloucester, Mass. 01930-2298.

TROY SETS RECORD Timothy Troy of Arnold, who hopes to compete in the single-handed 1994-1995 BOC Challenge sailing race around the world, won the first leg of the Bermuda One-Two race recently.

In beating a 30-boat fleet, Troy set a record for the event, finishing the 650-mile race in three days, 2 hours and five minutes.

Today, Troy and Paul Amlong of Baltimore were to start the double-handed portion of the race back to Newport, R.I.

Troy set the record in the 60-foot boat he purchased from Australian Kanga Birdles after it finished fifth in the last BOC Challenge.

THE FISHING REPORT SALT WATER Ocean

Inshore -- very good -- Flounder continues to be the headliner here, but sea trout from 5 to 8 pounds have been taken at night from the Route 50 bridge and the North Jetty at Ocean City. Bucktails and spoons have worked best for sea trout. Flounder catches reported from behind Assateague Island northward to the Route 90 bridge. In the surf at Assateague and North Ocean City, striped bass (which must be released) from 3 to 5 pounds have been taken along with kingfish, medium spot, small croaker and weakfish.

Offshore -- very good -- Tuna are moving in over the canyons, with a 100-pound bigeye taken at Washington Canyon and increasing numbers of yellowfin taken there as well. Dolphin to 30 pounds taken at Poorman's Canyon. Makos in the 200-pound range still being taken at the Fingers, with plenty of bluefish showing up in chum lines. Sea bass from 9 to 11 inches and tautog over 14 inches are the main fare for headboats.

Chesapeake Bay Lower bay -- good -- Flounder, croaker and sea trout action has slowed in Tangier and Pocomoke sounds, but spot have begun to move in. Live minnows drifted along the drop-offs in 12 to 25 feet of water have worked well for flounder. Crab baits in 20 to 40 feet of water were good choices for sea trout and croaker. The Honga River, Cornfield Harbor and St. Jerome's Creek, Cedar Point, Richland Point have been good choices for croaker and some keeper sea trout as well as a scattering of spot. Bluefish from 2 to 5 pounds have been more active on the Middle Grounds and at the mouth of the Potomac River, where chumming and trolling also have turned up a few 15-pounders. Schools of blues starting to break late in the day.

Middle bay -- good -- If you can get past the rockfish, which are out of season and must be released, bluefish catches have started to pick up with a few small schools of 3 to 5 pounders in the area. Black drum are still being taken occasionally in the James Island, Stone Rock and Poplar Island areas. Some bottom fishing for medium to large spot in the mouth of the Choptank River and mouth of the Patuxent. White perch action at the Bay Bridge should be picking up.

Upper bay -- very good -- White perch are starting to fill in on the lumps at Belevidere Shoals, Podickory Point, 7-Foot Knoll, Craighill Light, Hart and Miller Island, Susquehanna Flats and the mouth of the Chester River. The first bluefish catches of the season above the Bay Bridge were reported last week at Love Point. Scattered catches of spot also have been reported in the Chester River and at Love Point. Catfish action has been hot at Hart and Miller Island, Fort Armistead and the Corsica River. In the tributaries, catfish, perch and bass are good possibilities (see river reports).

Potomac River Upper tidal -- very good -- Ken Penrod of Life Outdoors Unlimited guide service says plastics and fire-tiger crankbaits will take bass in the Washington Channel, along with sunken barges at the Spoils, Belle Haven Cove and Hog Island. Buzzbaits and poppers will do well early in the day at Bryan's Cove. Grass beds below Marshall Hall are another good choice; try spinnerbaits or worms. Mouth of the Mattawoman and the grass beds inside are good bets, as are Mallows and Wades bays and Blue Banks.

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