Baker's Fishing Report, Journal

September 02, 1993

MAXI FOR ST. MARY'S COLLEGE Teddy Turner, son of cable television magnate and Atlanta Braves owner Ted Turner, has donated an 80-foot maxi-ketch to St. Mary's College.

Designed by Bruce Farr and Associates in Annapolis, Challenge America was purchased by Turner in 1990 to race in the Whitbread Round the World Race, which begins in England later this month.

This spring, Turner abandoned the Whitbread campaign and decided to donate the $600,000 boat to the college sailing program.

CHINCOTEAGUE SIKA HUNTS Applications for the coming sika deer hunts on Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge are now available.

The archery season begins Oct. 4 and ends on Oct. 15. Bowhunters must have completed the International Bowhunter Education Course or an equivalent course.

The firearms season opens Nov. 29.

For more information, contact the refuge at (804) 336-6122.

DOVE DATESThe correct days for dove hunting in Caroline, Dorchester, Somerset and Worcester counties were listed incorrectly by the Department of Natural Resources in a recent news release. The correct hunting days for doves in those counties during the first split of the season are Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.

THE FISHING REPORTSALT WATEROcean

Inshore -- very good -- On the rising tide, night fishing for sea trout has been improving steadily in the Ocean City inlet area, with white bucktails and curly-tailed artificial grubs taking good numbers of 5- to 8-pounders. The Route 50 bridge also is a good choice for sea trout. Schools of spot have moved into the back bays and the surf and are taken easily on bits of bloodworms. At Assateague and North Ocean City, the surf also is producing croaker from 9 to 12 inches and small sea trout on bloodworm or squid. Flounder fishing has been marginal with the Thorofare and Inlet turning up a few keepers on live minnows drifted in deep holes.

Offshore -- good -- Small dolphin and Spanish mackerel have been hitting at the First Lump. Several white marlin have been caught and released outside Poorman's Canyon and albacore and yellowfin tuna catches have been reported from Poorman's, Baltimore and Washington canyons.

Chesapeake Bay

Lower bay -- excellent -- Dave Blazer of the DNR reports that many schools of breaking, 1- to 4-pound Spanish mackerel and bluefish have been reported throughout the region, with a few 10- to 12-pound blues around as well. Small silver or gold spoons will work well for mackerel when trolled at 6 or 7 knots. Trolled surgical hoses or spoons or bucktails cast into breaking schools will work well for bluefish. Bottom fishing continues to be good, with 9- to 14-inch croaker, jumbo spot and 12- to 18-inch sea trout hitting crab baits or bloodworms at the Middle Grounds, Hooper Strait, Mud Leads, Cornfield Harbor and Solomons. In Tangier and Pocomoke sounds, flounder fishing has been very good, with live, drifted minnows taking several fish over 20 ZTC inches. Bottom fishing in this area also is good for croaker, sea trout, spot, small sea bass and porgies.

Middle bay -- excellent -- Large schools of bluefish, with Spanish mackerel mixed in, have been cruising near Cove Point, Stone Rock, Chesapeake Beach, Thomas Point, Tolly Point, Hacketts Bar and Poplar Island. Large to jumbo spot and 9- to 12-inch croaker have been hitting bloodworm bits at the mouth of the Choptank River, the fishing pier in Cambridge, Eastern Bay, Thomas Point and Hacketts Bar. Sharp's Island Light and Poplar Island have been turning up an occasion keeper flounder and nice sea trout once in a while. Try drifting live minnows for the flounder and crab baits for the sea trout.

Upper bay -- very good -- Love Point, Swan Point, Pooles Island and Eastern Neck Island have been the sites of increased bluefish catches, with most of the blues running 2 to 5 pounds and hitting green or red trolled hoses. Jumbo spot and croaker to 12 inches have been active near Kent Narrows, Love Point and Eastern Neck Island and other areas where there is hard or oyster bottom. At Belvedere Shoal, Seven-Foot Knoll, the Key Bridge, Tolchester, Worton Point and in the Chester River, white perch have been hitting crab baits. Catfish also have been active in the Susquehanna and Sassafras and around Hart-Miller Island.

Potomac RiverUpper tidal -- very good -- Grass bed edges and drop-offs in Washington Channel continue to be top-notch for largemouth bass, according to Ken Penrod of Life Outdoors Unlimited. In the Fort Washington area, the lighthouse and the mouth of Swan Creek have been good for bass on crankbaits, with grass patterns working well along the Virginia shore. In the Marshall Hall area, topwater action may be best, although the fish are scattered in grassy coves. Farther downriver, the area of the Mattawoman above Slavin's is good with topwater baits at low tide and Nanjemoy and Aquia creeks can be good bets if you fish close to wood cover or grass.

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