Just chiming in... I have nice family conflicts the first 2 weekend of the trophy season. After last yr when I went 5x and caught zero big rock I will skip the planer boards and 26 rod gear up and start chumming May 16.. Fish on!
Just a theory but there is a decent possibility that the bulk of the stripers may be on the spawning grounds up the rivers right now. Hopefully this is the case and a lot of them may be spawned out by next week.
Like Skip said fish were marked here and there just not feeding. We saw the same thing. Our raft up group was fishing the same general area. One boat was as far south as Bloody Pt. He said he did think he had one knock down. We saw some dead alewives and I understand they were really thick closer to Kent Island. Strange thing for this time of year. Normally a summer deal.
It is rather disturbing that the guy’s in our raft up group didn’t hook up with any fish as all are better then average fishermen and know what they are doing. We fished from sun up until 2 pm. All our boats had a six rod limit. Just about everyone was trolling parachutes and umbrellas.
My question is if they knew the fish was in trouble in 2017, as most rec and commercial fishermen did, why are they waiting until 2020 to do something? And they wonder why we have no faith in them.
I ran the boat around a bunch Saturday from the upper Severn to Tolly Pt. Fog was bad from the navy bridge out but that didnt bother the sailboats, just added Garmin XHD 2 weeks ago so I was able to put really test it out. I noticed a few dead fish floating on the way out but once I started coming in from Tolly, there were quite a few floating fish up to the Severn River bridge.
Let's hope the spawning grounds are covered with breeding fish. The catching didn't start getting good last year until May 7-8th (near BB). Everyone was worried in April last year when fishing was slow, then it popped in early May and it was on. I'm not in anyway saying the numbers aren't down....and I'm planning on C&R only this year, but I'll bet the fishing heats up in a few weeks.
We need more pics of guys getting together and having a beer.
My question is if they knew the fish was in trouble in 2017, as most rec and commercial fishermen did, why are they waiting until 2020 to do something? And they wonder why we have no faith in them.[/QUOTE]
With all due respect, we all knew they were in trouble. The question is why didn't we all do our part earlier?
J bones - I heard the fish kill might be related to a mahogany tide - similar to a red tide.
I doubt it was due to water warming up or cooling off too fast ( thermal shock ) as water has slowly risen in temperature over last month to just 55*.
Whatever the cause - it covered at least ten miles of bay.
They say that life's a carousel - spinning fast, you've got to ride it well.
There may be a chance that there are fish on the spawning grounds but according to DNR’s report last week 16-28” fish were being caught on the flats and the big females were expected to show soon.
Well if that’s the case, they should be down around the Bay Bridge to Solomons now or have moved through last week.
Anybody see the problem with that?
The choptank is full of breading fish now. So the BB area should be having them in the next week or so.... we shall see