THE CHESAPEAKE Bay Foundation has a new series of T-shirts at its Save The Bay shop in Annapolis. This is part of the fo ndation's Life of the Bay series and depicts the river otter in full color. Its logo and "Save the Bay" are on the back of the shirt. Adult sizes are $11.95, children's $10.50 and sweatshirts are also available at $18.95 and $15.95. The store is at 188 Main St. WHAT'S THE CATCH?
WASHINGTON AND VICINITY
POTOMAC RIVER --
Guide Glenn Peacock says largemouth bass action is fantastic; the grass beds of Greenway Flats are alive with 4-pounders and a few tip the scales at 6. Peacock says the best lures are electric blue plastic worms rigged on lead heads. Excellent catches also at the mouths of Pamunkey and Matawoman Creeks, especially early mornings and late evenings. Guide Ken Penrod reports hot largemouth action at Washington Channel, South Point, the Spoils and the mouth of Piscataway Creek. Upriver, near Brunswick and Point of Rocks, according to guide Mark Kovach, there's good smallmouth action, but most are throwbacks of less than 12 inches. Small grubs, some spinners and tiny crankbaits worked in deeper pools are the best lures.
TRIADELPHIA AND ROCKY GORGE --
"They're catching lots of 1- to 3-pounders," says Bob Griffith at Fishing and Archery Outfitters in Laurel. He says the top lures are Rebel Pop 'R' and most small buzz baits worked close to shore. Crappie action is holding up at both reservoirs, but the crappie are only medium-sized, not the whoppers of earlier in the season.
LAKE ANNA --
Guide Gene Hord reports striper action is red-hot and most of the fish are large. Crappie are still plentiful throughout the lake, hitting live minnows and small jigs worked slowly close to the bottom.
LAKE OCCOQUAN --
Crappie are plentiful throughout and largemouths are beginning to show up in their usual summer haunts. The crappie seem to be holding over submerged brush piles, feeding on small minnows. The largemouths will hit spinner baits and plastic worms worked along the edge of dropoffs.
Carl Gentry at Chesley's Sporting Goods in Fredericksburg reports smallmouth bass action is hot in the upper reaches. Tiny torpedoes, crayfish and broken-back Rapala's seem to be the most productive lures. Gentry says lots of blue catfish are being caught in the tidal portion of the river, but most are just 10- to 12-pounders.
SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE --
Striper catches are up and many push 18 pounds. They go for live shad and small bucktails worked over sand bars and near creek mouths.
SUSQUEHANNA RIVER --
According to Randy Hunton at Hunton's Sportfishing Center in Bel Air, perch are hitting live shiners fished just above the mouth of Deer Creek. Hunton says some top 13 inches, a huge perch in any body of water.
SUSQUEHANNA FLATS --
Scattered catches of largemouths in the dense grass beds. The secret is to fish at high tide when nearly a foot of water covers the grass. Plastic worms, twister tails, pig and jig combos and shallow-running crankbaits are the best lures. Catfish are plentiful, most tipping the scales at 1 to 3 pounds, hitting chicken livers, cut bait and nightcrawlers fished on the bottom.
NORTH EAST RIVER --
Herb Benjamin at Herb's Tackle Shop reports good catches of medium catfish in the upper reaches. Benjamin said the catties will take most bottom-fished baits. There've been scattered catches of largemouths in the same vicinity by casting small spinners and crankbaits near pier pilings.
BUSH RIVER --
Hayward Putnam at Stonewall Sports reports lots of catfish in the upper reaches, but bass action is slower than normal. Putnam says there have been a few bass of 5 to 6 pounds checked in since the season opened June 15, most caught in farm ponds.
ROCK HALL --
Francis Toy at Toy's Outdoor Store says an avid fisherman staying at the local camp grounds hit a school of chopper blues at the Entrance Lumps. They ran 12 to 15 pounds and hit Rebel Jaw Breakers. Toy says bottom fishing is hot with excellent catches of white perch, catfish, small spot and even a few croaker. Clam snouts and nightcrawlers are the best baits.
UPPER BAY --
Captain Chris Slomski on Daddy's Toy II says he's having a tough time finding bluefish, but there are fair numbers of catfish and white perch. Marley Creek, Curtis Creek, Key Bridge, Alpine Beach and the Hart-Miller Island Cut are good bets. According to Clyde Blamberg at Clyde's Sport Shop the perch range from 6 to 12 inches and hit bloodworms, grass shrimp and live minnows. The catfish prefer bottom-fished chunks of peeler crab.
MAGOTHY RIVER --
Good catches of white perch at the mouth of the river. They run 8 to 10 inches and hit grass shrimp or live shiners close to the bottom. According to Captain Clyde McGowan on Christina, the best action is at Padickory Point on moving tides.
BAY BRIDGE --
Captain Jerry Hardesty on Samuel Middleton is finding lots of white perch between Gibson Island and Baltimore Light, hitting bottom-fished grass shrimp. Fishin' Charlie Ebersberger at Angler's Sport Center reports croaker teeming at the old Severn River Bridge, but they're just under legal size. Ebersberger reports a few large sea trout caught at the outfall pipe on the eastern shore side of the bridge. They hit small bucktails trimmed with chartreuse twisters.
CHESAPEAKE BEACH --
Calvin Tyler at Tyler's Tackle Shop says black drum action is improved; one boat caught seven drum to 65 pounds and released five. Captain Virgil Buttrum on Carol Ann is running across the bay to the mouth of the Choptank for medium spot. Captain Shaker Black at the Rod 'N' Reel Dock says the headboat Tom Hooker is finding large spot near Buoy 12 and down the bay at the Diamonds.
Anglers fishing from the old Route 50 bridge are hooking lots of small spot, white perch and catfish. According to Keith Turner at Tommy's Sporting Goods perch and spot are hitting bottom-fished bloodworms while the catfish prefer chunks of peeler crab and clam snouts. Captain Mike Murphy on Tiderunner is still hooking speckled trout of 1 to 2 pounds casting bucktails near Cook's Point.
PATUXENT RIVER --
According to Rick Lauterbach at First Marine, large spot are near the mouth of the river and hit bottom-fished bloodworms. Ken Lamb at the Tackle Box in Lexington Park reports large spot at Drum Point and at the line buoy near Hog Point. Lamb says rental boats are harvesting 12- to 16-inch trout in that area. Captain Bill Meadows on El Toro reports an excellent catch of snapper blues and a few trout while trolling near Smith Island. Even larger trout are biting near Second Beach and the Gas Platform, mostly at night.
HONGA RIVER --
Captain Henry Gootee on Striker is taking speckled trout near the mouth of the river in shallow water near the grass beds. Weakfish are near Point No Point Light, hitting bucktails trimmed with peeler crab.
POINT LOOKOUT --
Norma Ince at Rick's Marine says charter boats are hooking lots of small bluefish and big spot seem to be everywhere. Sally Scheible at Scheible's Fishing Center reports the charter fleet is working the Middle Grounds for snapper blues. Buzz Orebaugh at Buzz's Marina says large sea trout are being caught by anglers drift-fishing at night with chunks of peeler crab near the mouth of Saint Jerome's Creek. Captain Gary Sachs on Marica and Captain Paul Kellam on Patty Lee report good numbers of snapper blues at the Target Ship and the Mud Leads. They take small bucktails, surgical hose eels and spoons trolled close to the surface.
Captain Mopey Barber on Mopey Rose is still bottom-fishing near Ragged Point and Nomoni Bay, hooking spot and white perch on bloodworms.
TANGIER SOUND --
Every charter boat in Crisfield seems to be fishing for spot in the northern end. Tim Carson at the Pines Motel says trout are few and far between.
Sheila Watson at Dave's Sport Shop reports white perch and catfish caught in the creeks, but if you want trout, head for Hooper Island straits.
SMITH POINT --
Most charter boats running out of Reedville and Deltaville are fishing for spike trout. They range from 8 to 14 inches and hit bottom-fished bloodworms. The top areas are Tangier Target Ship and the Cut Channel in depths of 25 to 30 feet.
CAPE CHARLES --
Jim Jenrette at the Fishing Center reports big cobia, sharks and fair numbers of Spanish mackerel caught this week. Jenrette says cobia and sharks go for cut menhaden while the mackerel hit small spoons trolled just beneath the surface. Scattered catches of flounder near the concrete ships at Kiptopeke. The flatties run 14 to 16 inches and hit live minnows.
DELAWARE BAY --
Hans Burchardt at the Ocean Pro Shop says a few anglers are hooking excellent catches of sea trout, but these individuals are persistent and know the haunts of weakfish. Among the best areas are Cape Henlopen, 14-Foot Light and Brandywine Shoals.
INDIAN RIVER --
Murray's Bait and Tackle in Ocean View reports flounder action improved with several 4-pounders checked in. At the inlet, snapper blues and striped bass. A striper of 29 pounds was caught from the north jetty on a surface plug. Surf fishermen are hooking lots of snapper blues while dunking cut mullet. Offshore at Wilmington Canyon, the first bluefin tuna of the season was taken.
OCEAN CITY --
According to Sandy Smith at the Fishing Center, several large sharks were checked in, and a few bluefin tuna. Inshore, flounder of 1 to 2 pounds are active in the shallows near the inlet. Live minnows and squid strips rigged on light tackle are the secret for flounder.
Captain Otis Asal on Buccaneer traveled to 26-Mile Hill and loaded up on bluefin tuna to 60 pounds. Chopper bluefish are there also and they'll hit any lure traveling slower than 8 knots.
According to Henry Fabricatore at Wachapreague Marina, the headboats are still hooking lots of sea bass and tautog at the wrecks, but the flounder action inshore is poor; most flatties are under the 13-inch minimum size limit and must be released.
VIRGINIA BEACH --
The headboats are back at the wrecks hooking sea bass and tog. According to Karen Feller at the Fishing Center, several citation-sized sea bass are checked in daily. Offshore, lots of big bluefish and some bluefin tuna.
OUTER BANKS --
Judy Williams at the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center reports good dolphin catches, but the big news is that large numbers of blue marlin, white marlin and sailfish have been tagged and released by the charter fleet. Williams says a 106-pound bug eye tuna and a few large wahoo were caught by boats fishing south of the Point. The Oregon Inlet bridge pilings have been a good bet for sheepshead and lots of Spanish mackerel are showing up near the fishing piers.