- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 10, 2003

As far as the weekend fishing in the Atlantic Ocean is concerned, we have no idea how various storm systems now spinning about in the Caribbean will affect our beaches and offshore waters. If the weather remains reasonably calm, there will be tunas, sharks and some billfish hooked by bluewater boaters from Maryland to North Carolina, while the inlet and backwaters of Ocean City should give up stripers, sea trout and a few flounder.

In the Chesapeake Bay, you will begin to notice the start of a southward migration by croakers, while striped bass, bluefish and Spanish mackerel continue to delight boaters inside some of the bigger feeder rivers and over large areas of the Bay itself.

Talk about the tidal and freshwater rivers, what a difference a little bit of cool weather makes. In the tidal Potomac, the bass fishing has perked up, while the muddy waters of the upper river are clearing now, and smallmouth bass, catfish and scattered walleyes are possible in the mountains. The same holds for Virginia’s Rappahannock and Shenandoah rivers.

And here’s an important hunting note: Maryland’s deer archery season begins Monday and continues through Jan. 31. The archery hunt contains two new elements this year. Hunters will be allowed to hunt on a Sunday — the first Sunday in November, which is Nov. 2. It is a radical departure from past Maryland hunting seasons, when Sunday hunting was strictly forbidden. But on Nov. 2, archery deer hunters will be allowed to do their thing on private properties only in Allegany, Calvert, Caroline, Cecil, Charles, Dorchester, Garrett, Kent, Queen Anne’s, St. Mary’s, Talbot and Washington counties. The use of crossbows will be legal for deer hunters during the archery season, Oct. 1-15 and Jan. 15-31.

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