Fishing report

September 25, 1997|By Peter Baker

Upper Chesapeake Bay: Rockfish angling has been good recently, with trolling, chumming and drifting eels producing at many locations. Chummers have done well at Love Point, Hickory Thicket, Hodge's Bar, Podickory Point and Baltimore Light, with keepers ranging mostly in the 18- to 22-inch range. Eels drifted in the same areas have been catching fewer, but larger fish, with some ranging to 36 inches. Bucktails and spoons have worked well for trollers at Worton Point and Poole's Island and along the channel edges. Bluefish action has slowed, but pockets of blues to 4 pounds are still being encountered along the Eastern Shore from Love Point to the Bay Bridge. White-perch fishing has been excellent off the Magothy and in the Chester River.

Middle bay: Action for rockfish is steadying as water temperatures cool, with chummers and trollers having off-and-on success. Chumming has been good at the Stone Rock, The Hill, mouth of the South River and the Gas Docks. Trollers on both sides of the main shipping channel have done well for stripers along the 35-foot contours -- especially from Holland Point to Randall Cliffs and Sharps Island to Poplar Island. Bluefish also moving through the area. White-perch fishing remains excellent from Thomas Point to Hacketts, with some small sea trout, spot and croaker mixed in. Flounder action at False Channel, Kent Point and the edges of Poplar Island.

The bluefish that have been moving out of the upper and middle bay areas are concentrated in the Middle Grounds and the Triangle in the lower bay. Rockfish mixed with blues for chummers and trollers. Bottom fishermen will find spot, sea trout and flounder and an occasional red drum at the mouth of the Potomac, the Mud Leads and along shipping channel edges.

Ocean City: Flounder action at the Route 50 bridge and in the inlet, along with sea trout, spot, croaker and rockfish mostly under the 28-inch minimum. Sea trout, rockfish, spot, croaker and kingfish in the surf.

Offshore, chunkers at the Hambone and Hot Dog have been doing well for yellowfin tuna to 70 pounds. Billfish action has been hit or miss.

Pub Date: 9/25/97

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