Fishing is fishing right now.
We're riding on a seam between spring and summer, and action on the bay is different from one day to thenext.
Bluefish, for example, are neither here nor there. Saturday, large schools of the 1- to 5-pound snappers moved north of what used to be buoy 54 in the Point No Point area and were headed in our direction. A nasty afternoon thunderstorm moved through the area, overturning small boats and causing havoc, and by Sunday, the bluefish had retreated several miles south, below the Target Ship.
There are some bluefish in the Deale/Chesapeake Beach/Tilghman Island area, but they are not consistent. One day, they show up at Parker's Creek; the next, on Sharp's Island Flats. You might have a good day if you hit them, apoor day if you miss them completely. Most captains come up with at least a straggler or two as they search for the mother lode.
Up our way, a bluefish around the Bay Bridge was about as hard to find as a bottle of Schweppes tonic water in Pasadena last Saturday. One clerk told me that they always ran out of Schweppes on the weekend. He was stumped when I asked him if they had considered increasing their order.
Although our shipment of summer bluefish has not yet arrived,the white perch are biting if you get a good tide. At this time of year, no tide means no white perch. The very best white perch action thus far has been at Hodges Bar above Swan Point, but we know of some good action at Podickery Point.
The big news has been the black drum, often referred to on the radio as "big lips," the "elephants" or the "boom-booms." Whatever their name, they are heading into Eastern Bay to what some call their summer home. Occasionally, they will pop out and feed on Poplar Island Flats; once they get into Eastern Bay, they disappear.
Ocean City fishing has been outstanding if you like bluefish and sea bass. The more affluent may chase mako shark, which are also biting well these days.
Most of the makos are caught chumming. The bluefish are caught trolling during the day and
chumming at night, and the sea bass are caught during the day by bottom fishermen.
The O.C. Princess (bottom fishing by day, bluefish chumming at night) will be going on a 24-hour shark fishing trip June 16. The cost is $150 per person, which includes bait and tackle.
The limit is 30 fishermen, and about half of the slots had been reserved by Wednesday. For more information, call 1-800-457-6650.
The Mayissue of Tidelines, the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen's Association newsletter, is one of its best.
The president's message by Fred Meers puts much of what I have written on the Striped Bass AdvisoryBoard in perspective.
Meers was appointed to the board to represent his group and ended up representing all recreational fishermen.
In the article, Meers describes his proposal and his rationale for the fall recreational season. I'll get more into that Sunday.
The issue also contains a chart that will help an angler avoid damaging a rockfish during weighing. If the angler knows the weight of the fish,the chart will supply the weight, age and year class of rockfish.
And finally, the issue has a listing of many of the favorite fishinghot spots in the Chesapeake Bay.
The county has a new fishing club, the Pasadena Sportfishing Group.
George Bentz, who is trying to put the group together, told me the group will concentrate on fishing, not politics, and has no official ties to the MSSA.
Members are planning a flea market Sunday and a fishing contest next weekend. Their June meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Waterbury Inn (corner of Magothy Beach Road and Riverside Drive).
For more information, call Bentz at 255-3678.
Bob Spore is a Coast Guard-licensed charter boat captain from Pasadena. His Outdoors column appears everyFriday and Sunday in The Anne Arundel County Sun.