- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 5, 2003

Don’t be fooled by any sudden sunshine. The rains will return and we say let it rain. We don’t care. The wet stuff certainly won’t stop us from going fishing. In fact, as far as the catches in the Chesapeake Bay are concerned, the recent downpours apparently did nothing to dissuade the fish from looking at lures or bait.

From Lexington Park in St. Mary’s County, Ken Lamb reports that chumming for rockfish has begun and good success is enjoyed up and down the bay. “Average size of the fish is 24 inches,” he said, which isn’t bad. Better yet, whenever the chum bait is ladled over the gunwales of the charter fishing boats, the rockfish respond, and lately also the bluefish. The blues are in the 18-inch class and that, of course, is a size that is very desirable for the table.

Captain Billy Pipkin, of Ingram Bay Marina in Virginia’s Northern Neck, joins the chorus about chumming for rockfish and whatever else comes along. “Chumming now is the most effective method of catching fish,” he says. It seems to indicate that water temperatures have climbed sufficiently because chumming in water colder than 60 degrees is generally useless.

Those of you hoping to tie into a bunch of tasty croakers, the catches are fine from the bay’s Middle Grounds across to the Northern Neck and up into the tidal rivers, although they are slowly abandoning shallow water now in favor of deeper channel ledges and such.

Bass fishermen in the Potomac are doing quite well. If the tides cooperate, the early hours can be very productive. Use topwater poppers or buzzbaits alongside weed edges and inside spatterdock fields. Later in the day, switch to plastic worms. They’ve been very effective in the Potomac’s feeder creeks — pretty much all of them south of the Wilson Bridge. But if it’s upper river smallmouth bass you’re after, this weekend will again be a washout.

E-mail Gene Mueller at [email protected].

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