- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 17, 2003

It could be you’re growing tired of reading about hurricanes and bad weather, but sport fishermen might as well face the facts. At her very worst, Hurricane Isabel will surely ruin the fishing for all of us over the next several days, maybe a week. Even if she doesn’t devastate the Middle Atlantic region, most likely there will be strong enough winds and heavy rain to put most of our angling plans on hold.

We’ll simply wait and see what happens.

With that in mind, some of our area reports today will deal with the kind of fishing that took place before the weather took a bad turn. In the case of dropping a line into ocean waters, forget it altogether. After Isabel travels on, Marylanders itching to go surf fishing can call the National Park Service’s Maryland District Visitor Information Center, 410/641-1441, to keep abreast of beach closures. And if it was an offshore charter fishing trip you were planning, remember that many of the captains had their expensive boats pulled up on dry land to keep them from getting damaged by high winds and dangerous waves. It could take a few days before the boats are back in the water, ready to find angling action.

However, if the rain isn’t very heavy in the mountains, there’ll be a chance for some kind of fishing in the upper James, Rappahannock, Potomac and Susquehanna rivers. The operative words are “if it doesn’t rain heavily.”

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