Fish Hard Fished hard...but
We got in the water about 8. (A bit later than I'd hoped.) We ran out of Lewisetta to #7 and although their were plenty of boats, there did not seem to be any fish or anyone catching them. We ran to #9 on the north side, same thing. Checked the drop off north of 9…nothing. Ran to Birthday cake..nothing. Boats scattered everywhere, not big tight bunches like when the bite is one and all the chatter for folks catching seemed to be out in the bay. Sooooooooooooo Off we go.
Nice flat day made the run great. Seemed like a mad dash at point lookout from the patomac to 70/72 area. When we got there we put out our set of 5 lines. Mojo rig deep, tandems, umbrella and daisy chain WFB. Marked a few nice fish at last but still very scattered.
Watched some folks bring in some great fish around us off and on but never got a hit. After several hours at 70/72, ran down to Smith Point in the afternoon to try there. Nada. Watched two more boats pull in 2 more nice looking fish and at 5 said that’s enough for today and ran back in.
We’ll try again tomorrow. The four fish we watched get boated were on 2 white umbrellas and two yellow umbrellas. It just seems very hit and miss. No evidence of any schooled up feeding rockfish in a lot of miles of looking.
The nicest part was even though there was about ten thousand boats, they were all so scattered about it did not matter. Plenty of room for everyone and it was a beautiful day.
We had our best luck on shallow rods. I think the most hits were on single parachutes between 2 and 4 ounces. Try to get things shallower and see what happens.
Had two tanden Parachute rigs on planer boards, one set white, one set yellow, no added wieght about 10-150 behind the boards...I'll keep trying though. It worked last year. Every fish I marked was deep. Every fish i saw or heard caught was shallow! Weird.
We lost two fish off our deep rods today but everything else I am guessing was in the top 10 to 15 feet. I think that's why I like the springtime so much, you never know when its going to happen but when it does its a great fight even from a smaller fish.