Abundance of blues adds to the fun

August 22, 1993|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,Staff Writer

Seems we have been waiting all summer for bluefish to get close enough to the Baltimore area to make a half-day boat trip worthwhile.

Blues from 2 to 3 pounds have been scattered in the area from the Bay Bridge to the Stone Rock off the mouth of the Choptank River for a couple of weeks, but at the end of last week, the blues seemed to school up in larger groups and the fishing has picked up.

On Thursday and Friday evenings off the mouth of the Severn River, for example, the blues were along the 30-foot edge, chasing schools of menhaden. Trolling Wobble Eels with green tube tails worked very well.

But the real fun began when, less than an hour before dark, the blues started feeding on top and small spoons such as the 1-ounce Kastmaster, and bucktails with twister tails started taking a blue on virtually every cast.

Top-water plugs also will produce dynamic strikes, as will flyrod poppers and deceivers.

Something to keep in mind when fishing breaking schools: Don't drive the boat through the middle of the school, because it will fragment the school or put the fish down. Back off the throttle a hundred or more yards from the fish, idle toward the edge of the action and fish around the school, slowly working from the edges in.

Not only will you get more fishing time, but also your fellow anglers will appreciate the courtesy.

Fritts is BASS winner

David Fritts of Lexington, N.C., won the BASS Masters Classic last weekend on Lake Logan Martin near Birmingham, Ala., by using a crankbait pattern on isolated rocks and stumps near tapered points and ledges. Most of his winning total of 48 pounds, 6 ounces were bass that came from 5 to 7 feet of water.

The crankbaits he used were Poe's 300, 400, 400 Plus and a 400 with an internal weight, as well as a flat-sided diving plug made by a friend.

Fritts won $50,000, more than $1,000 a pound for the fish he caught.

Catfish record

Joseph B. Gross of Laurel set a Maryland record on Aug. 8 by catching a 28-pound, 4-ounce blue catfish from Piscataway Creek. Gross caught the 30-inch fish by using an eel as bait. The previous record was held by Kenneth Foland, who caught a 27-pounder at Red Rock on the Potomac River in 1983.

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