Maryland Fishing Reports sponsored by Solomon's Charter Captain's Association and Tri State Marine.
Autumn marks the beginning of the brief run of red drum for surf casters. Flounder fishing remains steady for anglers in Ocean City. Also, the white marlin and dolphin are still biting offshore.
The striper action has been steady in the Middle Bay. Anglers have been seeing tons of taylor blues just East of the Smith Point Light to the Target ships. In the Lower Bay there has been tons of spot action. Anglers have also been seeing good numbers of flounder and speckled trout with most of the action during the incoming tide.
(Photo: Tidal Fish Subscriber jumbo1 reports catching some nice trout from 5 to 8 pounds “using gulp baits and keeping the lure on the bottom...not raising it up just twitching it across the bottom did the trick.”)
Tournament & Events:
Pasadena Sportfishing Group
Meeting on Monday, October 8th at Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Company, 161 Ritchie Highway in Severna Park. The guest speaker will be Tom Hughes; he will discuss 'Light Tackle Casting & Trolling the Upper Chesapeake Bay'. Prize Table with fishing equipment, special kid’s drawings, door prizes and a 50/50 drawing. Meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with food and beverages available. Meetings are open to the public and are free. BRING A FRIEND!
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:
Fishing Reports provided by Charlie Taylor:
MIDDLE CHESAPEAKE BAY AREA - Excellent striper action is had by anglers fishing trolled spoons, bucktails and eels. Chummers are taking 50+ fish per day, 16-22 inches and bluefish to five pounds. Good catches of trout and Spanish mackerel at the Target Ships and around the Smith Point Lighthouse.
Peeler crab, fished on the bottom or tipping a jig, is the top bait. A few trout are being caught by anglers trolling small bucktails. Acres of taylor blues are available from just East of the Smith Point Light to the Target Ships. The fish are taking almost anything cast or trolled through them. Good numbers of grey trout have moved into the Gwynn Island area, but the spot are about gone. Flounder are making a strong showing at Butlers Hole, but most are small. The Piankatank River and the Hole-in-the-Wall are showing good numbers of speckled trout on dark colored Mirrolures. Late evenings are the best time. Good catches of grey trout near the Silos on the Rappahannock River.
LOWER CHESAPEAKE BAY AREA - Good spot action just outside the Lesner Bridge, while flounder and speckled trout action has been fair to good, inside the inlet, with best results coming on the incoming tide. Good spot action is also available at the M&M Crossing, Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel and Twin Stakes. Along the Bay Bridge Tunnel, nighttime anglers are finding increasing numbers of grey trout, while daytime anglers report good catches of tautog. Anglers fishing top water baits around the Fourth Island are taking good numbers of school stripers, and bluefish to five pounds. Spanish mackerel are again showing off Cape Henry. Speckled trout and puppy drum are "just about everywhere" inside Lynnhaven Inlet, with some of the best action coming along the "Ditch". Nighttime anglers are finding speckled trout in front of the Duck-In Restaurant, around high tide. Around the Chesapeake Light
Tower/Artificial Reef area, chopper blues to 15 pounds, and large Spanish mackerel are hitting deeply trolled spoons. A few amberjack continue to linger around this structure also. Bottom fishing with peeler crab is producing some of the best fishing of the year in the Severn River, lower York River and Mobjack Bay. Grey trout, spot and flounder are providing excellent action.
Potomac River Fishing Reports:
Potomac River and freshwater reports from Captain Ken Penrod:
On the tidal Potomac, the upper Potomac rose a little more than three feet that will push the salt wedge downriver some.
WASHINGTON DC VICINITY: the Washington Channel rarely becomes muddy and there are stripers and largemouth along the Fort McNair drop-off best caught with Rapala Thugs, Mizmo tubes and Penrod Special spinnerbaits. The bridge foundations are holding nice smallmouth bass and Blue Plains Treatment Plant is offering rockfish and largemouth bass. Fox Ferry Point structure is in DC water—and it is producing also.
WOODROW WILSON BRIDGE/BELLE HAVEN MARINA VICINITY: this sector has improved with the best fishing places being Penrod Cove, Smoot Bay and Belle Haven coves. Use Rapala DT crankbaits in the deeper water and Mizmo tubes or Case Magic Stiks in the shallow areas.
MATTAWOMAN CREEK VICINITY: this area is stained but during lower water tides you can get some bass on spinnerbaits and buzzbaits. The wood cover in the marshland cove is s good bet with Mizmo tubes and Big Mouth spinnerbaits. Grass beds in Chickamuxen Creek and on the VA shore above the power plant holds bass and a rockfish every now and then.
DEEP CREEK LAKE: The speed boats are gone and the skiers are too, so serious bass fishermen now have this lake to themselves. The top water bite is still strong and the grass bass are cooperating much more now.
More Potomac River reports:
POTOMAC RIVER - D.C. - Above Key Bridge, fish the Virginia shoreline for good numbers of smallmouth and largemouth bass, and the coves for schools of crappie. The upstream point of Three Sisters Island normally holds a nice school of walleye. These fish bite well on bottom-drifted minnows, nightcrawlers and plastic grubs. Washington Channel is producing good stringers of bass on the drop-off, along the War College Wall and around the boat docks and pilings. Small stripers are also roaming the drop-off along the wall. These fish are taking trolled Shad Raps and Rebel FasTrac minnows. Most of the fish are undersized. Some bass are present around the submerged wood structure at the mouths of Oxon Cove and the Spoils. Crankbaits and plastic worms are the preferred baits here. Although the fish have been deep, they should come up in the rejuvenated waters.
POTOMAC RIVER - BELOW WOODROW WILSON BRIDGE - Most of the bass action is centered around main river drop-offs and submerged wood structure along the channel edges. The best method seems to be casting small crankbaits or plastic baits onto the flats and fishing them slowly to the edge of the drop-off. Allowing the baits to fall off the edge of the drop-off will normally trigger the strike. The fish are aggressive and strikes will be easily felt. Some main river grass beds with well defined edges are attracting cruising bass. Crankbaits, particularly Rat-L-Traps, are taking the fish. Make sure that the
grass is still green. When the grass turns color, the fish move out. The creeks are holding large numbers of fish, primarily oriented to grass beds, lily pads and steeply-dropping banks. Topwater lures, such as the Zoom Horny Toad, are taking lots of fish. Crappie are schooled and biting well. Striper action is great in the main river, all the way to Colonial Beach and beyond. Local anglers would be well advised to try the humps at the mouth of Nanjemoy Creek. These humps come up from 50+ feet of water to less than 10 feet. The stripers are holding on the edges of the humps and should be there throughout the balance of the striper season. Casting Sassy Shads and bucktails or trolling with Mann's Stretch 25+ baits or umbrella rigs with Sassy Shads, are producing well.