Reel Report: Exhale and relax with some fishing | Outdoors – Arizona News

Reel Report: Exhale and relax with some fishing | Outdoors – Arizona News

They say good things come in threes, but I spent a lot of time wondering as I watched the Weather Channel the past week if that phrase, along with the forecast, was wrong.

Southern Maryland contended with Isabel and then Irene, and I couldn’t help but think Irma was next.

Now that the peak of hurricane season is behind us, perhaps we can exhale and relax with some fishing. The weather has been downright glorious for this time of year and September has been good to both freshwater and saltwater anglers.

Southern Maryland lakes and ponds — Anthony Hancock, assistant manager of Gilbert Run Park in Dentsville, reports bass are active and biting all day. But since you can’t have your cake and eat it, too, the trade-off is most are on the smaller side. Using soft plastic lures and jig/craw combos along the well-defined grass edges is a productive way to target them.

The bluegill and redear sunfish are cruising close to shore and eager to take a small piece of worm fished under a bobber. Nymph patterns and small poppers on a flyrod are an exciting way to tempt panfish too.

Patuxent River — The rockfish are busy feeding at the mouths of creeks, according to Ken Lamb of the Tackle Box in Lexington Park (301-863-8151).

Lure casters using topwater poppers are doing well and keeper redfish in the slot from 18- to 28-inches are often encountered. Trollers working the shallows with bucktails and spoons find rockfish at dawn.

Lamb said white perch can be found around structure, rockpiles and eddies in the tide flow. Beetle Spins are…

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