- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 24, 2003

What a week this has been. The fishing has been simply outstanding. It all starts with the largemouth bass in the tidal Potomac River, which you would think would be a little shook up. After all, the huge Maryland Bassmaster Northern Open that ended Saturday saw a large amount of the competitors’ bass released by tournament and Maryland Department of Natural Resources personnel. These bass do not return to their catch sites quickly — if at all — yet we haven’t had any problem hooking fish up and down the river in a variety of locations.

Then comes our friend Ken Lamb of the Tackle Box store in Lexington Park (St. Mary’s County), who says, “The spot are ripping it up in the mouth of the Patuxent River. Bunky’s boat rentals on Solomons Island are going out and returning with tons of fish.” Of course, don’t take that word “tons” literally. What Ken is saying is that the areas from Drum Point to Green Holly and other hangouts are loaded with tasty Norfolk spot. So go and have yourself a wonderful time. You can catch dinner and have fun without spending a lot of money.

In case you’re visiting Maryland’s Ocean City, be aware that offshore fishing might be hampered because of government tests over parts of some of the most popular fishing grounds, but inshore catches have been unhampered and wonderful. Ocean City party boats have found spadefish and exotic triggerfish over some of the wrecks, while pier anglers up and down the coast are scoring on small bluefish and sea trout. Occasional whoppers also are seen. Virginia offshore catches include a mixed bag of bluefin tuna and chopper bluefish, with closer-to-shore action delivered by amberjacks, spadefish and Spanish mackerel.

We fear that some of the mountain rivers again will be threatened by strong thunderstorms that can dump a lot of rain in little time, raising water levels in some and certainly discoloring the water to make fishing a chore.

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

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