- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 22, 2003

If the wind ever stops blowing, some of the best tuna fishing of the year is under way in the offshore waters of Virginia and Maryland. Most of the fish are taken by trollers, but bait chunking is growing in popularity. Closer to land, the seabass catch is fine over various ocean wrecks.

In the Chesapeake Bay, the fishing should be back after several days of strong winds and whitecaps on the water. Rockfish and a variety of small blues are available, with the fish spread over wide sectors of the Bay, but Southern Maryland and Northern Virginia probably are the most productive areas.

For example, from his Lexington Park Tackle Box store, Ken Lamb reports that some whopper striped bass are found in the Potomac in the 60-foot hole just off St. George’s Island in St. Mary’s County. Slow-trolled surgical tubing or parachute bucktails and the like see action there.

Meanwhile, the weekend should be fine for western Maryland and Virginia river smallmouth bass anglers, as well as certain portions of the tidal rivers where largemouth bass reign. In the tidal Potomac, find secluded pockets of hydrilla weeds that are away from the typical boat crowd. Cast a Rattlin’ Thin Fin or similar medium depth crankbait in firetiger or crawfish colors to the edge of the weeds and retrieve it slowly. The bass come along sooner or later.

On a non-fishing matter, the Maryland Bowhunters Society (MBS) will have its quarterly meeting at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, in the Arundel Mills Shopping Center, Hanover Md., off I-97, Sunday, noon to 2p.m. All bow hunters are invited. During the meeting a representative from the Heritage and Wildlife section of the DNR will discuss issues and activities and to answer questions from the floor. Door prizes will also be given away. For directions, call Bass Pro Shops, 410/689-2500 or www.marylandbowhunterssociety.org for a map and instructions.

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