Peter Baker's Fishing Report, Journal

OUTDOORS

August 12, 1993|By PETER BAKER

CLASSIC BEGINNING

The BASS Masters Classic begins on Lake Logan Martin near Birmingham, Ala., today, with the 41 top-rated professional and amateur bass fishermen in the country chasing a $50,000 first prize and the chance to cash in on as much as $1 million in endorsement and personal appearance fees.

Robert Hamilton of Brandon, Miss., is the defending champion, but Denny Brauer of Camdenton, Mo., probably is a better bet to win this year.

Brauer finished second to Hamilton last year on the same lake and has had a good season, while Hamilton has found it hard to fish well and meet all his sponsors' requirements.

Lake Logan Martin is different this time around, too.

This month there have been tremendous schools of baitfish on the surface of the lake, unlike last year, and the bass in the lake have moved away from structure to feed on the baitfish.

"The patterns I did well with last year really weren't working well this year," said Brauer. "It is going to be harder to use those same patterns and techniques and do well."

The Classic ends Saturday afternoon. The Nashville Network (cable) is scheduled to televise coverage on Sept. 26 at 12:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

BASS has a new telephone number for daily Classic updates, (900) 448-4BASS. The cost of the three-minute call is 95 cents per minute.

CALL OF THE WILD

On Saturday and Sunday, the Call of the Wild Sportsman's third hunting and fishing benefit will be held at Frederick Fairgrounds (I-70, Exit 56). The schedule of seminars:

Saturday

10 a.m. -- Rick Johnson and John Beardmore on turkey calling.

11 a.m. -- Bill Kramer on bass fishing.

Noon -- Stacy Grosscup on trick archery.

1 p.m. -- Ken Penrod on fishing the Upper Potomac.

2 p.m. -- Tom Flemming on bow hunting white tail and sika deer.

3 p.m. -- John Buhay on bow hunting turkey.

@4 4 p.m. -- Brad Vosburgh on blackpowder shooting.

Sunday

10 a.m. -- John Buhay on bow hunting turkey.

11 a.m. -- Ed Loughraf on bass fishing.

Noon -- Tom Flemming on bow hunting deer.

1 p.m. -- Stacy Grosscup on trick archery.

2 p.m. -- Ken Penrod on fishing the Lower Potomac.

L 3 p.m. -- Rick Johnson and John Beardmore on turkey calling.

All proceeds benefit childrens' charities. Admission is $5 for adults, with children under 16 admitted free when accompanied by an adult. For more information, call (301) 831-9586.

THE FISHING REPORT

SALT WATER

Ocean

Inshore -- very good -- Dave Blazer of the DNR reports that flounder fishing has been off, with the best bets for keeper fish over the 14-inch minimum being the Thorofare and the channel )) near 14th street in Ocean City. Spot and croaker have moved into the back bays and have been taken on bloodworms up to the Route 90 bridge. Night fishing for sea trout continued to be slow at the O.C. inlet, but some 5- to 8-pounders were taken from the Route 50 bridge on drifted lie spot or casted bucktails and grubs. In the surf at Assateague, spot, croaker and small sea trout have been hitting bloodworms.

Offshore -- excellent -- White marlin and blue marlin remain scattered, with catches reported from the Hot Dog, Hambone, Rockpile and Washington Canyon. Yellowfin tuna to 100 pounds have been active and plentiful from the 30 fathom line to the canyons. Washington Canyon also produced several bigeye tuna around 200 pounds.

Chesapeake Bay

Lower bay -- excellent -- The small schools of spanish mackerel that were near the Maryland-Virginia line a week ago apparently have not moved much north. However, there are reports of increasing bluefish action on the Middle Grounds, where trolling or chumming has been turning up 2- to 4-pounders. The best of the action here still is bottom fishing for spot, croaker, sea trout and flounder.

Middle bay -- very good -- Increased catches of bluefish reported in the Stone Rock area. Hackett Point, Kent Point, Bodkin Island, Blackwalnut Point, Cooks Point and Cove Point all will turn up croaker or spot on crab baits or bloodworms.

Upper bay -- very good -- Catfish has been very good for fish averaging 3 pounds in the Susquehanna near Lapidum, North East River, Hart and Miller Island, Pooles Island and in the Chester River. Cut bait, worms, crab or shrimp will work well. Grass shrimp, bloodworms or clam snouts will turn up white perch at Belvedere Shoals, 7-Foot Knoll, Pooles Island, Tolchester and the Chester River near Eastern Neck Island.

Potomac River

Upper tidal -- very good -- Grass beds in Washington Channel continue to be top-notch for largemouth bass, according to Ken Penrod of Life Outdoors Unlimited. Early in the day, topwater lures fished over the beds will work well.

Other rivers

Patapsco River -- good -- Good catfishing at night; white perch to 10 inches or so near Key Bridge.

Susquehanna River -- very good -- From Havre de Grace to Port Deposit, try crankbaits or jigs near bridge pilings or submerged wood for largemouth bass. Spinnerbaits will work well in areas of grass.

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