Peter Baker's Fishing Report, Journal

OUTDOORS

September 16, 1993|By PETER BAKER

ROCKFISH VIDEO

The traditional method of catching rockfish is trolling with heavy sinkers, wire line and fairly deep-running spoons and bucktails or drift fishing with live eels or peeler crab baits.

A couple of avid largemouth bass fishermen -- Gene Mueller and Bob Denyer -- would like to interest fishermen in a different approach -- casting for stripers with spinning, bait casting or fly tackle.

Mueller, outdoors editor of The Washington Times, and Denyer, a top guide with Life Outdoors Unlimited, have put together a video tape called River Rockfish, which explains where, when and how to try this different twist in striper fishing.

The video, which was filmed on the Potomac River between Washington and Charles County is worth a look if you'd like to try something different this fall or during the ongoing D.C. season.

The cost of the tape is $17.95, which includes shipping and handling. For a copy of the tape, write B&G Co., 1311 AE Simms Landing Road, Port Tobacco, Md. 20677 or call (301) 753-8172.

COLUMBUS CUP FIELD FILLED

Ken Read, co-owner of Sobstad Sails New England and five-time J/24 World Champion, has been added to the PACT '95 team for the Columbus Cup, which will be sailed in Annapolis and Baltimore from Oct. 11-16.

Read will captain the PACT '95 team, which also features skippers Kevin Mahaney and John Kostecki.

The Columbus Cup, which in previous years has been a match-racing regatta, will be a team-racing event this year. Other teams in the regatta are made up of sailors from Japan, the Chesapeake region and the best women from the Santa Maria Cup match-racing regatta.

THE FISHING REPORT

SALT WATER

Ocean

Inshore -- good -- Flounder fishing improved last week, with fish to three pounds taken at the Route 50 Bridge, Thorofare, Inlet and the 14th Street area in Ocean City. Squid and minnow combinations were the best bait. In the surf, kingfish, spot, croaker, sea trout, snapper blues and occasional pompano and channel bass have been taken at Assateague and North Ocean City. Bloodworms work well for kingfish and spot, and squid works well for sea trout and croaker and cut bait works well for bluefish and channel bass.

Offshore -- good -- From Washington to Poorman's canyons, dolphin to 40 pounds have been active along with white and blue marlin and yellowfin tuna taken from the rock pile near Washington Canyon. The Lumps have been a good choice for Spanish mackerel. Fenwick Shoals have been good for cobia and croaker and sea trout have been active near McCabes and Little Gull shoals.

Chesapeake Bay

Lower bay -- excellent -- The Middle Grounds and the mouth of the Patuxent have been good choices for mixed schools of Spanish mackerel to three pounds and bluefish to five pounds on trolled small spoons or hoses. Richland Point and the Mud Leads have been good for sea trout between 12 and 18 inches and croaker to three pounds on crab baits. In Tangier and Pocomoke sounds, bottom fishing in 20 to 60 feet of water has turned up sea trout, croaker, spot, porgies, bluefish, sea bass and flounder. Bloodworms will work well for spot, porgies and sea bass, and crab baits are good for blues, flounder, sea trout and croaker.

Middle bay -- excellent -- Best of the action in this region is for Spanish mackerel and bluefish, which have been active in mixed schools at Hackett's, Tolly Point, Thomas Point, Gum Thickets, Poplar Island, Eastern Bay, Herring Bay, mouth of the Choptank and below Chesapeake Beach. Trolled spoons work best for mackerel and dark hoses seem best for blues. Croaker and jumbo spot have been good choices for bottom fishing at the pier in Cambridge, Todds Point, Thomas Point, Hackett Point and Romancoke.

Upper bay -- excellent -- Bluefish from two to four pounds and some Spanish mackerel have been taken at Fort Smallwood, Love Point and Swan Point, with most of the mackerel taken near Love Point. In the mouth of the Chester and up to Kent Narrows and Eastern Neck Island, large spot have been taking bloodworms and croaker have been hitting crab baits. White perch fishing has been good at Belvedere Shoals, Curtis Creek, Key Bridge, in the Chester near Cliffs City, with grass shrimp or peeler parts the best baits.

Potomac River

Upper tidal -- very good -- Bridge pilings and humps in the main river will turn up good largemouth on crankbaits in the D.C. area, as well as along the drop-offs in the Washington Channel. Near Wilson Bridge, the Spoils, Smoots Bay, Belle Haven Cove and Hog Island have been sites of increased activity for largemouths, as well as the grass beds in the main river above the bridge. In the Fort Washington area, Gunston Cove has been the best choice, with worms and spinnerbaits working well along wood cover.

Other rivers

Patapsco -- good -- Bluefish continue to break occasionally at the river mouth; white perch activity in Curtis Creek area and at Key Bridge.

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