- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 25, 2003

Since the rains have given us a bit of a respite, the Atlantic Ocean, Chesapeake Bay and freshwater fishing has been exemplary. It starts with Virginia’s offshore ocean fishing that includes yellowfin and bluefin tuna hookups. Closer to shore, amberjacks and Spanish mackerel have arrived, while inside the Chesapeake Bay’s entrance, spadefish, cobias, bluefish and some hefty redfish are taken by small boat anglers.

In the Maryland portions of the Chesapeake Bay, young rockfish (few of them measuring the required keeper size 18 inches) are now showing up in good numbers in the upper and middle parts around Love Point at the mouth of the Chester River, as well as bay areas known as the Hill and Hickory Thickets. In the Southern Maryland and lower Eastern Shore sectors, chummers find rockfish up to 24 inches in length.

Big croakers are hooked during day and night hours all across the Middle Grounds, but the tasty “hardheads” are also caught inside the lower Potomac and Patuxent rivers and co-operate even for pier anglers at Solomons and Point Lookout. Some fishermen find croakers with squid baits while standing at the bulwark just before crossing the bridge at St. George’s Island.

In the tidal Potomac River, bass boaters score with Senkos and French Fry worms, as well as Berkley Pulse worms, in such feeder creeks as the Mattawoman, Occoquan, Quantico, Potomac, Chopawamsic and Chicamuxen. Some days, bright chrome/blue shallow water crankbaits will do the job. Spinnerbaits in white or chartreuse are always a good bet.

Even the upper mountain rivers, including the Shenandoah and Potomac should be fishable this weekend. It’s about time.

You can reach Gene Mueller via e-mail at gmueller@washingtontimes.com.

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