The Fishing Report

OUTDOORS

July 01, 1993|By Peter Baker

SALT WATER Ocean

Inshore -- very good -- Bucktails and grubs fished from the north jetty at Ocean City after dark have turned up sea trout from 4 to 8 pounds, but the better fishing activity may be in the surf at Assateague and North Ocean City, where kingfish, sea trout, blowfish and flounder have been active. Bloodworms and squid strips have been the best baits along the beach. In the back bays, flounder fishing has been good, although under the new 14-inch minimum, keepers are not as numerous as they were last year. Live minnows and squid strips are the best baits for flounder.

Offshore -- very good -- The first white marlin of the year was taken and released late last week and since several others have been caught at the tip of Washington Canyon. Washington Canyon and the Jackspot also have turned up dolphin, yellowfin tuna and several bluefin tuna, including one that weighed more than 170 pounds. The First and Second Lumps have produced good numbers of king mackerel. Shark fishing for duskys and blue sharks has been good at the Fingers, but the makos seem to have moved offshore beyond the 40-fathom line. Headboats have been doing very well on sea bass at the wrecks.

Chesapeake Bay Lower bay -- excellent -- Small schools of 2- to 4-pound bluefish have been scattered through the area, with the Triangle the best bet late in the day when the fish might be breaking on top. During the day, trolling and chumming have worked well. Bottom fishing has improved with croaker, spot, sea trout and flounder active at Hooper Island Light, St. Jerome's Creek, the Middle Grounds, Cornfield Harbor and the Virginia shoreline at the mouth of the Potomac River. Crab baits work well for sea trout and croaker; minnows work well for flounder and bloodworms work well for spot. In Tangier and Pocomoke sounds, catches of sea trout have increased near Crisfield and Deal Island. Croaker, spot and flounder also have been active in the area, with many fishermen limiting out on croaker over the 9-inch minimum.

Middle bay -- very good -- Schools of bluefish are scattered through the region from the Bay Bridge to Taylors Island and trolled red or orange hoses seem to be the best bait. The mouth of the Patuxent River, Eastern Bay and the mouth of the Choptank River all have been good for medium to large spot and croaker as well as some sea trout and flounder. Sharps Island and Poplar Island continue to turn up catches of black drum from 40 to 80 pounds on drifted crab baits. White perch fishing at the bay bridges has been good around the pilings toward the western shore on grass shrimp.

Upper bay -- very good -- Increasing reports of bluefish catches from 2 to 4 pounds near Love Point, where trolled hoses and chumming have worked well. White perch fishing has been good on moving tide with grass shrimp at the mouth of the Magothy, Key Bridge, Craighill Light, 7-foot Knoll, Northeast River and in lower Chester River, as well as off Hart and Miller Island. Catfish action has been decent 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 the Wilson bridge pilings are a good bet for largemouth bass as are the sunken barges at the Spoils. Bryan's Cove, Greenway Flats and the mouth of Pomonkey Creek also are good bets on the moving tide. Action at the Mattawoman seems to be best in the shoreline grass beds near the creek mouth.

Other rivers Patapsco River -- good -- White perch fishing is getting very good the Key Bridge area on grass shrimp, bloodworms or crab baits.

Susquehanna River -- very good -- Excellent largemouth bass fishing from Port Deposit to Havre de Grace with crankbaits, artificial worms or live shiners worked near bridge pilings. River grass beds also will produce. Rocky edges of islands where the current breaks are good for smallmouth.

Choptank River -- good -- Action at fishing pier at Cambridge for white perch and catfish. Farther upriver, from Denton to Greensboro, bass in the grass beds on low tide should take spinnerbaits.

Wicomico River -- very good -- On the ebbing tide, try the wood structure to either side of the launch in Salisbury for good largemouth bass fishing on jigs dressed with smoke-colored grubs.

Magothy River -- good -- White perch increasing in number and size at the river mouth.

Chester River -- good -- White perch over hard or oyster bottom near the river mouth. Spinnerbaits or artificial worms will work well for largemouth near submerged vegetation in the Chestertown area.

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