- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 1, 2003

There’s consensus among brackish river anglers and saltwater fans on the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean: Things are getting back to normal.

In some cases, it might not be happening as fast as we’d like, but there’s plenty of action near and far. Along the Virginia and Maryland coast, for example, the chance for an offshore tuna is good, along with bites from longfin albacores, a few dolphinfish and marlin.

That type of fishing, however, will quickly come to a halt when cold weather arrives to stay.

Close to shore, or in the surf, red drum (aka channel bass or redfish) have shown up. So have some decent-sized striped bass, snapper bluefish and kingfish.

In the Chesapeake, everybody agrees that things are back to normal as far as the fishing boats are concerned. Catches of rockfish, bluefish, sea trout and flounder are the order of the day, while inside many of the lower feeder rivers, white perch of all sizes can be caught in tributary creeks.

The brackish rivers, especially the Potomac, still contain floating debris, but some bass can be caught in the tributary creeks. In the Potomac, the Smallwood State Park, Marshall Hall, Fort Washington and Nanjemoy launch ramps are open. On the Virginia side, the Leesylvania and Belle Haven ramps were closed when we checked yesterday, but Pohick Bay ramps are open.

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