Maryland Fishing Reports sponsored by Solomon's Charter Captain's Association and Tri State Marine.
The first official day of fall is almost here! While many of you are thinking about getting your boats ready for winter the rest of you are dreaming of stripers. As we head into the month of October the striper action will be in full swing. However, most anglers in the Middle Bay are already filling their boats with stripers and 1 to 3 pound bluefish in less than an hour. In the Lower Bay the tautog are giving anglers the most action with an occasional flounder or large croaker being taken. Offshore, the yellowfin tuna action has been outstanding along with wahoo and dolphin.
(Photo: Tidal Fish Subscriber sunman reports that this 17 inch red drum hit a suspending bait on an ultra lite rod.)
The Chesapeake Bay Fall Classic
20th Annual MSSA Fall Rockfish Tournament
November 17 & 18, 2012
2011 marked the best year in the tournaments long history with 250 boats and a payout in cash and prizes of $93,000.
2012 is looking to be even better with our neighboring states looking to come in and compete against us. Let’s not lose our tournament to Virginia or Delaware or New Jersey!
2011 Top Payouts (Total paid out over $93,000)
Andrew Turner – $43,225 – 42.45 lbs
Steve Dodson – $21,875 – 51.65 lbs
John Patchett – $15,410 – 41.5 lbs
Doug Scott – $8,100 – 41 lbs
How To Register:
Call: MSSA at 410-255-5535
Mail: 8461 Ft. Smallwood Rd., Suite C, Pasadena, MD 21122
Attend one/all of the four Captains meetings
CAPTAINS MEETINGS – (all meetings 6-8pm)
All Captains Meetings will have food and drink available. You may also register for the tournament at these meetings, OR, pick up your Captains Packet if you registered online. Door prizes will be at all meetings courtesy of Alltackle.
November 12th – BOE Marine – Kent Island
November 13th – Commodore Hall – Essex
November 14th – Alltackle – Annapolis
November 15th – Solomons Pier Restaurant – Solomons Island
FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT MSSA Online OR CALL 410-255-5535
Chesapeake Bay Fishing Reports:
The following Middle Maryland Chesapeake Bay report is from Breezy Point Marina:
The fishing report does not have much info for this week, the main reason being no one has been fishing! The weather has been awful and the wind has not stopped. On the few days someone was able to get out, the fishing was good and some really large blue fish were caught. However, no sign of any whopper stripers being caught.
Fishing Reports provided by Charlie Taylor:
LOWER CHESAPEAKE BAY AREA - Tautog are providing the most consistent action for bottom fishermen, with a few flounder and large croaker also being taken. Excellent catches of speckled trout and puppy drum are being made inside Lynnhaven Inlet, along with a few large flounder. Best action for croaker is around the First and Second Islands of the Bay Bridge Tunnel, Thimble Shoal, Lesner Bridge, Long Creek and inside the York River, near Cheatham Annex. Inshore wrecks are producing triggerfish, flounder, puppy drum, taylor blues, sea bass and tautog. Seaside, school king mackerel are found south of the 4a Buoy. Spot are still biting in the vicinity of Twin Stakes, with jumbo spot being taken at the M&M Crossing. Flounder and puppy drum are being caught around the mouth of Back River. Excellent trout action at Hampton Bar and Back River Reef, while Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel is giving up lots of croaker. At the Tower Reef, jack crevalle are providing action. Offshore boats are recording fantastic yellowfin tuna action, along with wahoo and dolphin at the Fingers and the NOAA weather buoy.
MIDDLE CHESAPEAKE BAY AREA - Striped bass and bluefish are "eating the paint of the bottom of the boats" throughout the middle bay. Most boats are loading up with stripers and 1-3 pound bluefish in less than an hour. Good bluefish action at Buoy 62 and around the Smith Point Light. Flounder are still being caught on the Middle Grounds. Speckled trout and a few grey trout are hitting at the Tangier Target Ships. Striped bass are surface feeding on the Southwest Middlegrounds, mixed in with the bluefish. Best striper action on the Rappahannock River should come from the upriver areas. Good catches of speckled trout came from Windmill Point and Hole-in-the-Wall this past week. Grey trout have moved into the Cell and Target Ships area. Taylor blues have also moved into the Cell area. Flounder are still hitting off buoy 42 and around Mosquito Point. Plenty of stripers are available around the White Stone Bridge, but expect a crowd. Trollers, working off Windmill Bar are registering limit catches of Spanish mackerel on small gold spoons.
Potomac River Fishing Reports:
Potomac River and freshwater reports from Captain Ken Penrod:
On the tidal Potomac, bass fishing has been very good in some areas and disappointing in others. There is a lot of transition going on because in some areas the grass is sickly.
WASHINGTON DC VICINITY: It’s getting better; smallmouth action is best, especially in the Three Sisters area: Key Bridge, Kennedy Center; Columbia Island Marina entrance, and Long Bridge. Use 4” Mizmo tubes in Penrod/Purple and Road kill Camo.
WOODROW WILSON BRIDGE/BELLE HAVEN MARINA VICINITY: Fox Ferry, Wilson Barges, South Point and Hog Island are holding quality bass best taken with Mizmo tubes, Rapala DT6 crankbaits and jigged Case Magic Stiks. To the south, Bulltown Cove, Pomonkey Bay, Pohick Bay and Hallowing Cove creeks are worthy. We do best with Big Mouth spinnerbaits, Case plastics and somedays—buzzbaits.
MATTAWOMAN VICINITY: there have been improved catches in the creek with spinnerbaits and swim baits. The vegetation between Marsh Island and the main stem has been just so-so but grass near both points at Chickamuxen—and near Possum Point can keep you busy. Swimming jigs, spinnerbaits and buzzbaits are first options. Lots of blue crabs in this area.
POCOMOKE RIVER: Bass fishing is getting better here, especially in the Snow Hill and “beyond” sector where Penrod Special spinnerbaits and Big Mouth swimming jigs work well. The pads near Shad Landing, both sides of the river, are hammered by anglers but are my favorite.
More Potomac River reports:
POTOMAC RIVER - D.C. - This portion of the river is hot. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are being caught along the Virginia bank above Key Bridge. Crankbaits, spinnerbaits and live crayfish are the best producers. Crappie are schooling up, taking small minnows and tiny jigs in Fletcher's Cove and around
the docks in Washington Sailing Marina. Catfish are plentiful, taking clam snouts, night crawlers and cut bait. Main river bridge pilings and other submerged cover are holding good bass. Some rocky points and shorelines are also attracting bass. Crankbaits, spinnerbaits and plastic grubs are the preferred baits.
POTOMAC RIVER - BELOW WOODROW WILSON BRIDGE - Best fishing is currently on main river points, grass beds and in the creeks. The Fall movement to the drop-offs has begun in areas lacking grass beds. Many of the better fish have moved to drop-offs and submerged structure. The creeks are producing bass from lily pads, grass beds and wood cover adjacent to drop-offs. Crankbaits are the best producing lures on the drop-offs at this time of year, while Horny Toads, plastic worms, buzzbaits and spinnerbaits are still taking their share of fish in and near the grass beds. Crappie are schooling in deeper water in the back of the creeks. Live minnows and tiny jigs are still the ticket. Yellow perch are beginning to bite in the creeks. White perch are thick on main river points. Best bait is cut white perch belly strips. Catfish are still responding to the usual catfish baits throughout the river. The larger fish have moved to deeper water in the main river channel, but plenty of 3-6 pound fish are available. Stripers are available on points, near cover and vegetation, as long as there is moving water. Best action occurs on the high incoming tide.