There’s been decent largemouth bass action on Susquehanna Flats. One of the most exciting ways to target them is with floating plastic frogs fished over the grass. Big bass will blow up through the grass to smash frogs. At times it can be tough to hook them, but big bass erupting through the grass and sending a frog flying through the air is a pure adrenaline rush! An outgoing tide, and long casts away from the boat, are recommended. If possible, fish a
weekday, as there’s usually an armada of boats on the flats during summertime weekends.
“Breaking fish action has really picked up on the main bay west of Kent Island,” according to Captain Richie Gaines at Angler’s Connection Guide Service. “The pattern has come on strong right on schedule with lots of stripers in the 18- to 20-inch range, very few bluefish, and a few Spanish mackerel have showed up.” Richie and his anglers have been casting white or silver 1-ounce Lil Bunker spoons. “We can cast these into breaking fish and also vertical jig them when the fish sound. The pattern should only get stronger until early September when fish will spread out and some will venture into the rivers and tributaries.”
The recent red-hot rockfish action at the pipeline and dumping grounds has cooled somewhat, as previously-congregated fish and anglers have spread out to locations both to the north and south. But man, it was wild while it lasted, with fishermen packed together tightly right on top of the fantastic action! Angler’s Sports Center said chummers and liveliners have had success near Love Point, the Triple buoys, Podickory, Hacketts and Tollys. Liveliners report that it’s been tough to catch smaller bait-size spot, as many of the spot they have been hooking have been larger than what is typically used for livelining rockfish. Trollers have had lots of hook-ups while pulling red surgical tubes; the magic numbers have been 10 to 20 ounces of weight and 25- to 40-foot water depths. At the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, rockfish have had a hankering for Bass Assassins, BKDs, and 7-inch Z Man baits on 3/8-ounce and ½-ounce leadheads. Angler’s reported the best bite to be from pilings 47 to 56A on the eastern side of the bridge. Breaking fish have provided topwater excitement at Gum Thickets, Poplar Island/mouth of Eastern Bay, and other locations.
Pictured is some breaking fish action north of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge courtesy of Capt Pete from Four Seasons Guide Service.
Shallow-water speckled trout action has been good for anglers with Captain Walt at Light Tackle Charters. “Now all we need is for red drum to show up and we’ll be catching striped bass, speckled trout and red drum in all my favorite locations. Until reds show up I’m really happy to have specks added to the striped bass mix.” Walt said rockfish hot spots have included shallow water along jetties, grass banks, points and rockpiles. There have been bluefish under working birds. Both the rock and blues are “providing plenty of rod-bending and drag-pulling action” in the Tangier Sound/Pocomoke Sound area of Chesapeake Bay.
Along the Maryland/Delaware coast, Oyster Bay Bait & Tackle in Ocean City said larger flounder have been pulled from wrecks and reefs in the ocean, while fishermen in the bay report mostly undersized flounder. Surfcasters report typical summertime bottom-fishing action with kingfish, snapper blues, spot, sharks and rays. Anglers at the Route 50 Bridge said they have managed to catch summertime stripers, although many have been small, on bucktails, Gotcha plugs and swim shads.
Best flounder action in Delaware has been in the ocean, specifically at artificial reef site 10, the Old Grounds and on other reefs and hard structure. Joe Morris at Lewes Harbour Marina said bucktails with Gulp! have tempted flounder, as have hair teaser rigs baited with strips of squid, bluefish, croaker or sea robin. Flounder to well over 6 pounds have been brought to Joe’s scales recently. The reef sites in Delaware Bay have also provided flounder action. In addition, catches of croaker, snapper bluefish, spike trout and kingfish have also been reported. Stripers in the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal have been caught on eels, bloodworms, clams, Rat-L-Traps, Zara Spooks, Storm Shads and Gulp! On the offshore scene, Joe said dolphin have been caught east of reef site 11, and toothy torpedo-like wahoo have been trolled up at a number of locations.