"We are jigging and swimming Lil Jimmy bucktails and 5-inch swim baits on structure in 20 to 30 feet of water in the main stem of the bay," Captain Richie Gaines at Angler's Connection Guide Service said. Fish have been on the move, making them somewhat difficult to locate at times. Captain Richie said rockfish have established their summer pattern of hanging out on structure in the
main bay. But the challenge has been that the fish "come and go" on the structure, and a "bit of luck is needed to be there when they visit and feed." Captain Richie has been visiting his favorite structure several times each day to increase his chances of being there when the fish are there. "There are some large fish in the 30-inch class available, mixed in with the smaller fish." Richie said good current is important for successful fishing. The first breaking fish of the season, 16- to 24-inch bluefish, made their debut recently.
Pictured this week is fellow Tidal Fisher Skiffler with some nice bluefish. Check out his full fishing report and details on the new boat he just landed.
Lots and lots of smaller rockfish, with a few bigger fish mixed in. Recent rain moved fish that had been suspending to deeper water. Lenny Rudow at boats.com said "bunker that had been everywhere on the surface dropped down a bit in depth, making it more difficult to spot them." At times, anglers have had to wade through 20 to 30 undersized rockfish before catching a keeper. However, when a bigger rockfish shows up, it typically has been a real nice fish of more than 30 inches.
Anglers working bucktails and soft plastics on leadheads have pulled rockfish from the pilings of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. No surprise here, the Hill has been a chumming hot spot, as it usually is. Anglers wishing to liveline for rockfish have been held back by a lack of spot, but that could change at any time. Rockfish have been caught by anglers casting to the rocks at Poplar Island. Quality largemouth bass have been caught in the grass on Susquehanna Flats. However, rain has frequently created poor water conditions on the flats, where there's also been significant fishing pressure on the weekends. In many areas of the bay, water clarity and quality have been issues recently because of frequent and heavy rainfall in Maryland and Pennsylvania.
“Shallow-water fishing has been hit for miss because of violent thunderstorms every few days.” Captain Walt at Light Tackle Charters said “storms scatter the fish and it takes several hours to find their new locations after each storm.” Captain Walt said striped bass in the lower portion of Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay (Crisfield, Tangier and Pocomoke sounds) have been plentiful and willing to bite. Meanwhile, a few speckled trout have been reported, and red drum had not yet made an appearance, although that could change at any time.
On the coast in Ocean City the White Marlin Open is coming up. Offshore anglers are gearing up and when boat can get out the fishing has been very good. A report from Sunset Marina the other day said that fishing was almost as hot as the weather! They reported "Fishing in the Hambone today was the “My Cin” who picked up a nice catch of 10 yellowfin, “Osprey” went out to the Poormans and brought back 8 dolphin to the dock, “Reel Chaos” had a great catch of dolphin bringing home 15 in the box while fishing in the Washington! “Marli” did a little deep dropping and caught 8 nice golden tilefish also in the Washington. The marlin bite yet again was in the Baltimore with the following boats fishing there today, “Espadon” released 1 white marlin and caught a nice yellowfin tuna, “Billfisher” released 5 white marlin, “Pumpin Hard” released 3 white marlin and caught 2 yellowfin, “No Quarter” brought back a nice 38lb bull dolphin!
With the tuna bite being a little slow recently our boats are still able to weed through and pick up nice 50lb class fish. Deep dropping for tilefish has also been great with them being excellent to eat and easy to fish for! The amount of gaffer dolphin we are seeing brought in is unbelievable with a lot of boats bringing in nice dolphin 25lbs plus! "
Until next week, get out on the water, have some fun and catch some fish!