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Fishfinder by Dennis Doyle

Fish-finder ~ by Dennis Doyle   

Ten-year-old Dean Charlson, of
Marshall, N.C., shows a big perch he caught on the Rhode River with his grandfather July 24.

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October 16, 2014
    The windy chill that has descended on the Chesapeake has affected the rockfish bite — and not in a good way. Nice-sized fish are scarce in the mid-Bay. Chumming and trolling are producing some limits of rock and bluefish, but the schools are moving about and are difficult to reliably locate. Smaller soft plastics and bucktails are working well when the bluefish are not around. When blues are present, spoons and bucktails with synthetic hair and surgical hose are doing the job.
    More perch are showing up in deeper water at the mouths of the tribs as they school up to move toward their wintering grounds. Some are good sized; most are not. Crabbing is pretty much done for the year recreationally, though the commercials are continuing to set their pots for their last crack at the troubled species. Crab season runs into mid-December, but I suspect not many crabs will be around by next month.
    Ducks in fair numbers, more than I’ve noticed in recent years, are moving onto the Chesapeake from up north. We could be in for another cold winter. Better lay in a good supply of firewood.