- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 3, 2002

Along the Atlantic Ocean fronts, much of the weekend fishing might be curtailed by Hurricane Lili. It's not that the hurricane will visit us in the Middle Atlantic, but there's a chance of wind and rain that might be associated with the outer edges of the storm, kind of the way tropical storms Gustave and Isidore recently brought us weather changes. In addition, we're told that a weather front from the north could meet up with southern breezes over our area and that could make for a wet weekend or maybe not. How's that for vacillating?

However, with a little luck there'll be more bluefish and rockfish schools seen breaking the water's surface all over the Chesapeake Bay, with even some keeper-size rockfish hooked by bass boaters inside the tributary rivers. Ocean surf fishing could provide bluefish, some channel bass and kingfish, with offshore boats doing the marlin and tuna thing.

Maryland's Department of Natural Resources wants fishermen to know about two Web sites with lots of useful information that can be applied to fishing excursions. The Tidewater Ecosystem Assessment Program sites will provide Chesapeake Bay water temperatures, dissolved oxygen amounts, salinity, pH factors and turbidity. They will also show where submerged aquatic vegetation or harmful algae is located, what fish species are found in any particular area and how the water quality rates. This monitoring data is available at www.dnr.state.md.us/bay or www.eyesonthebay.net. The data is not available in winter because of reduced ecological activity and the chance that remote sensing equipment might be damaged by ice.

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