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  • Maryland Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report - November 1, 2014

    Passing cold fronts with gusty winds, especially on weekends, have significantly hampered fishing activity in recent weeks. It’s often been uncomfortable, or even impossible, to fish. On days when the weather has been decent enough for anglers to hit the water, they have often come up with nice rockfish catches.

    There have been striped bass on Susquehanna Flats. Most of them haven’t been big, but the 14- to 18-inch fish provide exciting light-tackle casting action. A few larger rockfish, including nice fish to more than 30 inches, have been
    caught occasionally. In the early-morning hours, there’s been topwater rockfish action for anglers working Heddon Chug Bugs, Zara Spooks and other surface baits. As the sun rises higher in the sky, small soft plastics on light leadheads have been more productive. Rockfish have been caught on Alabama rigs. Two productive locations have included the shoreline at Battery Island and just off Sandy Point on the western side of the southern end of the flats.

    Pictured this week is Capt. Greg from IFishMd Charters (aka on Tidal Fish as B-Faithful) with a nice Halloween catch. Check out his full fishing report with all the details of the action.

    Chesapeake Bay trollers continue to catch nice stripers. Angler’s Fishing Center said 20 to 30 feet of water has been most productive, and Belvedere Shoals has been a hot spot. Anglers jigging bucktails and Stingsilvers at the Bay Bridge, on the eastern and western rockpiles, have also made nice catches. Chumming in 25 to 35 feet of water off main points has been productive. The topwater bite has been holding up with anglers enjoying exciting surface action primarily during the early-morning and evening hours on Smack-It’s, Rat-L-Traps and soft plastics on leadheads.

    Fall Chesapeake Bay rockfish action is in full gear. “We’re catching them under birds as well as in the shallows,” according to Captain Walt at Light Tackle Charters, who is now fishing Tangier and Pocomoke sounds and the main stem of the bay. “As big as 30 inches, and as many as 87 in a day! Way too much fun on light tackle. It should remain very productive from now through November and into December.”

    Along the Maryland –Delaware coast, the popular Cape Henlopen Fishing Pier at Lewes has been closed because of safety concerns caused by deteriorating pilings. The pier is a wooden structure that was built during World War II, and for decades anglers on the pier have caught croaker, spot, flounder, seatrout, bluefish, an occasional striped bass, plus lots of rays and skates.

    Bill’s Sport Shop reports an improving tog bite for anglers dunking sand fleas and chunks of green crabs among the boulders at Indian River Inlet. Striped bass to more than 35 inches and 18 pounds have been checked in at Bill’s recently.

    When the wind has subsided and anglers have been able to get out on the ocean, they’ve often made nice catches of sea bass. Joe Morris at Lewes Harbour Marina said a few bluefish and even flounder have been mixed in with the sea bass. Hot spots for sea bass have included artificial reef site 11, snags in 15 to 20 fathoms, and at Del-Jersey-Land. When the weather has been decent, toggers have done well on structure in Delaware Bay and the ocean.

    Hoping for calm winds and good fishing weather ahead.
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