Fished the back bay just south of the Airport July 8-11 about 1 1/2 hours per day, fished the incoming tide about half full. Clear, cold water is the key!! Used a rod in each hand, one with jig and jerk shad doubled up with a bare hook on 3-4' leader and another rod with 2 bare hooks.
Caught 2 keepers Sunday 3 Monday 2 Tuesday 0 Wednesday but did see some caught. Multiple throwbacks each day and some that were right on 17" if you "extended" the jaw. Threw them back. 3 of the 7 were caught on a 1.5 oz home made jig/skirt and a Gulp jerk shad. 3 bare hooks versus 1 jig and jerk shad. Could have limited all 3 day days if I had fished for say 2-3 hours.
Instead of bottom rigs use 50# mono, 2/0-3/0 straight J-Hooks baited with nothing but live minnow and squid.
For the double bare hook, I tie 50# mono directly to the braided line with a double uni. DO NOT CUT MONO UNTIL LAST HOOK IS TIED. As close as you can, tie off a dropper loop that when cut open, will give you about a 12-14" leader. Tie a bare hook to this to result in a 6" leader MAX. You want this to stick out, hence the 50# leader. From this hook drop down 12-16" and tie on a snap swivel for the sinker. From there peel off about 3-4' of leader and tie another bare hook. Then cut the leader.
For the jig head, start out the same way with a double uni. Then tie the dropper loop and attach the jig head with about 6" drop. From there peel off the same 3-4' leader and tie bare hook. Cut leader.
Keep enough weight to solidly feel bottom when vertically bouncing. Weight must be enough to consistently bang bottom.
Eastern channel had been excellent for those live lining live spot.
"The Chesapeake does not impress those who know it best as the grandest or most of anything. For all its size and gross statistics, it is an intimate place where land and water intertwine in infinite varities of mood and pattern."
William W. Warner "Beautiful Swimmers"