Maryland Fishing Reports sponsored by Solomon's Charter Captain's Association and Tri State Marine.
Cooling water temperatures are creating lots of exciting action. The striper action is hot all across the Upper, Middle, and Lower Bay. For all you trollers out there, fall is definitely the prime trolling season as we head into late October and early November. Also, for those of you who haven’t already, it’s time to get in on the speckled trout action; it’s the best it’s been in years.
(Photo: Dedicated Tidal Fish Poster kayak456 reports catching 4 stripers with the biggest around 26 inches on black/white smackits.)
Tournament & Events:
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:
Striped bass are ranging throughout the Bay and its' tributaries, with the best concentrations being found up the rivers. The middle bay is giving up large numbers of legal sized stripers to chummers on the Southwest Middlegrounds. The mouth of the Potomac and St. Mary's Rivers are experiencing a blitz, with huge schools of stripers, bluefish and gray trout feeding on surface schools of baitfish. Some of the season's best fishing for school trout remains along the Eastern Shore, seaside. Schools tend to move further offshore in response to rough seas, but can often be found just 1-3 miles off the beach during calm periods. Some good catches of flounder are being made along the seaside inlets, as these fish prepare to move offshore to spawn. The Cape Charles area has good fishing for tautog, as well as the black drum, moving through the lower bay. The Western side of the middle bay region has grey trout in the 3-5 pound range for trollers along the Mud Leads and some fine speckled trout on the Tangier Target Ships for jiggers. Fair numbers of tautog are reported from the Cell, while taylor blues remain plentiful throughout the region. In the lower bay, anglers are catching grey trout, speckled trout, bluefish, flounder, sea bass and tautog all along the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.
UPPER CHESAPEAKE BAY REGION – Striped bass are definitely in their fall pattern and anglers are finding plenty of them in the upper Bay. The Bay Bridge piers are an excellent place to find the stripers as they like to hold in the current awaiting bait. This is also the time for white perch as they begin to school in the deeper waters of the bay and tidal rivers.
|Eleanore from Herb’s Tackle Shop states that there have been many reports of Stripers being caught in their area. The Susquehanna flats are producing some nice Stripers up to about 25 inches on poppers, Bass Assassins and various other lures.
Stripers are also being caught at the Conowingo Dam when guys are casting soft baits into the running water of the gates that are open.
In the Northeast, guys cast netting small Bunker and Mud Shad are having good success with the Stripers. Also large Shiners, cut bait and Bloodworms are working.
There are plenty of nice sized Catfish being caught in the Northeast, Susquehanna and Elk Rivers.
MIDDLE CHESAPEAKE BAY REGION – The stripers have moved to the tidal rivers to get close to their food sources. This is time of year for anglers to stock up on white perch; they can be found in the tidal rivers of the Middle Bay. Also, there are good numbers of bluefish in this region and anglers are having good success on metal jigs. Also, there are still some nice speckled trout occasionally for the taking on plastic jigs and peeler crab.
LOWER CHESAPEAKE BAY REGION – Striped bass and bluefish are plentiful for anglers in the lower Bay. The striped bass are chasing bait along traditional channel edges; those trolling or using light tackle are finding a decent range of sizes around 18 inches.
Captain Sonney Forrest reports that there are still a few large Spanish mackerel being caught in the lower bay region and the large spot that everyone has been enjoying catching in the Patuxent River are leaving.
OCEAN CITY – surf anglers are enjoying the last of the red drum before they make their final exit. Flounder are moving through the inlet and it’s time for the tog. Anglers have also been seeing plenty of sheepshead near the inlet as well. As for offshore, there is a mix of wahoo, yellowfins, white marlin, and dolphin in the canyons and sea bass and flounder near the wrecks.
Potomac River Fishing Reports:
Potomac River and freshwater reports from Captain Ken Penrod:
On the tidal Potomac, bass fishing has not been up to par for a few weeks. It is interesting that this decline closely followed the massive die-off of a common snail.
WASHINGTON DC VICINTY: It’s tough now; from Fletchers to Three Sisters it’s hard to get a bite let alone a bass. There are bass on the old, submersed C&O Canal foundations and the Key Bridge. You can troll for stripers in the Washington Channel--but that’s been pretty disappointing. Blue Plains wastewater treatment plant does hold some rockfish.
MATTAWOMAN CREEK VICINITY: Mattawoman upriver of the “6-MPH” zone was a dud even with a great outgoing tide. Also, Sorties to Leesylvania jetties, Chickamuxen, Possum Point grass beds, etc. were tough.
POCOMOKE RIVER: Bass fishing has been very good this week as it usually is when a falling tide is included in your day. We may do very well with buzzbaits cast to spatterdock in the main stem near Shad Landing—and the pattern works well to Dividing Creek.
WICOMICO RIVER, MD: This area is polluted; legislators are intimidated by the Mayor and the EPA just thinks the water is a nuisance. However, MD IP just doesn’t want to rock the boat.
“This great tidal water that heads upstream of Salisbury, MD was at one time listed # 3 on my best places to fish the DELMARVA region—actually, in a book I wrote titled “Ken Penrod’s Top Ten For DELMARVA.” The best launch, upriver, is in Salisbury, there is a “6-MPH” zone for miles up and down—but we didn’t care. We could catch quality largemouth bass all day, every day. Tournament anglers launching in the Nanticoke River would risk life and limb to make the 1.5 hour trip—because the Wicomico fostered the best bass in the upper Bay complex.
That upper Wicomico had simple died—because the Salisbury wastewater treatment plant is derelict. For years gone by, the treatment plant has been one of the country’s worst performers and the Mayor of Salisbury just doesn’t care. He ran his campaign on the premise that he would heal the river’s wounds. He lied.
MBFN Conservation Chairman, Scott Sewell, questioned him about this a few years ago and the Mayor’s response was arrogant. The Wicomico has one lonesome champion on this deal—and I don’t even know him. Captain Bruce Wooten is “up-his-butt” with each and every treatment plant digression—which happens too frequently. You can complain directly to this Mayor, EPA or MDE.”