Monday, March 4, 2013

The yellow perch run was more like a crawl in Southern Maryland

An outing into the Nanjemoy Creek, a tidal Potomac River tributary, turned out to be anything but newsworthy. After all, March was here and the annual yellow perch run should be under way. However, with water temperatures hanging around 40 degrees and the wind "blowin' a gale," as Southern Marylanders like to say, the yellow perch appeared to have disappeared --- at least in the Nanjemoy.

Cecil Bell shows us his catfish, while dad, Andy, looks on approvingly
All the same, 10-year-old Cecil Bell and his dad, Andy Bell, came into the Nanjemoy with catfish on their minds. Close to the upstream Helwig Farm's shore, Cecil and Andy, who live in St. Mary's County, caught catfish on bottom baits. Good show!

What pleased us especially was the willingness of a 10-year-old to stick it out on a wind-blown, cold day. All kids should be as tough as Cecil.

Southern Maryland's Rick Roselle caught this fat
roe-filled female at Allen's Fresh (Rte. 234, Charles Co.)
Meanwhile, some of our friends and acquaintances have stuck a hook into a "ned" (the colloquial Maryland term for yellow perch). For example, even though the water temperature at the always popular Allen's Fresh (Wicomico River, Charles County, MD) stood at 39 degrees, local angler Rick Roselle found a little action. Be reminded, though, that as this was written, the run had not started.

Fred Fox, looking very serious, hooked this 
Patuxent River perch around Hills Bridge

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