- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 26, 2002

Two state record fish were caught in Maryland waters in the past week, Department of Natural Resources biologist Angel Bolinger says. The first, a 236.5-pound yellowfin tuna, was boated Sunday after a 40-minute battle at the Washington Canyon in the Atlantic, east of Ocean City. The record tuna exceeds the old mark, set in the summer of 1998, by 49.5 pounds.

On top of that, DNR officials are in the process of certifying a store's scale on which a black drum, caught in the surf at Assateague Island last weekend, tipped the needle at 80 pounds. If the scale is accurate, it would beat a 1985 black drum record by one pound. An 80-pound drumfish on 20-pound line in shallow surf water is a heck of a catch, as is the 236.5-pound yellowfin taken on 80-pound monofilament line. Wow!

If it's gray sea trout you enjoy fishing for, get to the Chesapeake Bay and troll or drift with baits between the Point No Point Lighthouse and the nearby St. Jerome's Creek mouth in St. Mary's County. Most of the weakfish, as they are also called, are taken by boaters, but even fishermen standing on private docks inside the creek have connected on trout up to 24 inches long, says Ken Lamb of the Tackle Box in Lexington Park.

Flounder fans, meanwhile, connect on their favorite fish just around the corner of Point Lookout in the Potomac River's Cornfield Harbor, as well as around the three-legged marker in the mouth of the Patuxent River and at marker 76, where drifted minnows will see action.

Locally, the tidal Potomac River continues to be a good bet for bass between Charles County's tributary, the Port Tobacco River, and the Wilson Bridge, adjacent to the District line. Floating weeds are beginning to be a problem, but largemouth bass like plastic worms, topwater lures or small crankbaits if you can find some open water to work them in. In the upper, freshwater portions of the river, the water is low and star grass and other water weeds can make life miserable, but some decent smallmouth bass catches are reported.

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