Jerry Sauter of Catonsville has done it again -- set another state fishing record.
First, it was smallmouth bass for a short period in the 1960s and largemouth bass from the early 1970s into the 1980s. Then, it was freshwater striped bass last year, and now it's freshwater stripers again.
Monday morning, while fishing Liberty Reservoir, Sauter caught a 37-pound, 8-ounce striper to surpass the state record he set last November. His catch measured 44 3/4 inches.
Last Nov. 3, Sauter set the initial Maryland record for freshwater striped bass at 43 1/4 inches and 36 pounds, 4 ounces.
Sauter, who works in sales for Kraft Foods, began targeting striped bass only a couple of years ago after decades of fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass.
His first record striper was caught with a Cordell Cotton Redfin, but the latest record was taken on a drifted shiner.
Sauter held the state smallmouth record for about a year in the late 1960s at 6 pounds, 7 ounces and the largemouth record for a decade at 10 pounds, 1 ounce.
Upper Chesapeake: Catch-and-release rockfish and white perch are good bets at the bay bridge, where grass shrimp will work very well for heavy perch. Perch action also in the lower Chester and along the lumps and bars off the Western Shore from the mouth of the Patapsco to the mouth of the Magothy. Catfish still numerous from Swann Point to Gratitude and Belvedere Shoals.
Middle Chesapeake: Flounder fishing has been good at the sharp drops to the west of Poplar Island, James Island, False Channel and Buoy 76. Croaker fishing unpredictable, but Sharps Island Light, James Island, Todd and Blackwalnut points, Breezy Point and Holland Point all are good choices in the evening. White perch from the bay bridge to Holland Point along western shore over hard or oyster bottoms. Also good catch-and-release rockfish action along 30-foot dropoffs and in deeper areas.
Lower Chesapeake: Excellent flounder fishing along edges in Tangier Sound, Pocomoke Sound and up to Hooper Island Light. Croaker action in the evenings in Tangier Sound, from Middle Grounds to Hooper Island Light and at Point Lookout Fishing Pier. On the Middle Grounds, some 1- to 3-pound bluefish on chum lines, along with scattered Spanish mackerel. Also many sea trout in the area, although most are under the 14-inch minimum.
Rivers, reservoirs and lakes: Susquehanna River has good catfish action on cut bait or chicken livers as well as good smallmouth bass action on small plugs and spinnerbaits. . . . Middle and Upper Potomac River have been subject to rainwater runoffs, but catfish action has been good and smallmouth bass fishing has been excellent at times. Water temperature at Williamsport was 78 degrees. . . . Liberty Reservoir has good striped bass action along rocky points close to deep drops. Crappie and bluegill close to brushy shorelines or beaver huts and brushpiles. . . . Piney Run: bass around the weed beds, with crappie to the deeper sides. . . . Good bass fishing around weed beds at Loch Raven early in the day; white perch suspended in deeper channels. . . . White perch suspended in deeper channels at Prettyboy, with bass action in shallows adjacent to dropoffs early and late. . . . Large bluegill and yellow perch around docks and piers at Deep Creek Lake, and some decent trout action down by the dam. Smallmouth and largemouth bass action early and late in the day or at night.
Ocean City: Inshore, lots of flounder from the Route 50 bridge through the inlet area and into the back bays behind Assateague. Most are under the 14-inch minimum, however. Croaker in the back bays, with areas near Route 90 bridge best. Rockfish to 34 inches have been taken from the Route 50 Bridge and inlet. In the surf, kingfish and spike sea trout. . . . Offshore, tuna action good for bluefin and yellowfin, with chumming at the Hot Dog working well.
Pub Date: 8/01/96