- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 9, 2003

Talk about sounding like a broken record, I plead guilty. For the third — or is it the fourth? — week in a row, the rivers that come out of the mountain counties in Maryland or Virginia will again provide poor pickings for weekend fishing. Blame unrelenting and powerful thunderstorms that have raised the water levels, sped up the flow and discolored the water.

However, once again the fishing in the tidal waters of either state will be fine.

For example, Ken Lamb, from his Tackle Box store in Lexington Park, says, “Norfolk spot fishing is getting better every day in the Potomac and Patuxent rivers. Big spot are all around the mouth of the Patuxent, mixed with some fine hardheads [croakers]. Boat rentals at Bunky’s in Solomons are seeing plenty of action.”

Now add the ever-improving chances of hooking a yellowfin tuna in offshore waters from Ocean City, Md., to Virginia Beach, and you can see why so many blue-water anglers are heading to the Atlantic. Add to that the exceptional numbers of slammer-sized bluefish that chase bait close to the beaches and you have the makings of a fine weekend.

The Potomac, a veritable barometer for largemouth bass anglers everywhere, has been good to those who work the last stages of a receding tide anywhere around the edges of spatterdock lilies. Use long-lipped, 1/4-ounce crankbaits and if that doesn’t work drop a plastic worm into sunken shoreline wood. While on the water, don’t forget to bring a few surface poppers that can do the job early in the day.

You can e-mail Gene Mueller at [email protected].

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