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    Hi, I'm new to the forum, hoping this is the right place to post for some fishing advice. I plan on fishing near Downs Park in Pasadena, MD this upcoming weekend. I've caught plenty of catfish and perch in my previous trips, but I'd like to try to catch a striped bass. My question is, during this time of the year, are striped bass something that I can reasonably expect to catch there? I believe it is only about 5 feet of water that I'll be in, right off of a pier.

    I've caught a few smaller rockfish at the same location in late September, but I was just curious to know if any rockfish were around the shallower water this time of year in that part of the bay, and what techniques/baits I could try if so.

    Thanks!

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    Not sure about that but I know at Sandy Point they catch a few early morning and at dusk

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    Keeper Rock will move into shallow water. Early morning and late evening will be best bet - so will cloudy days. A rising tide will offer best chances.

    If you can catch a small 3-5 inch White Perch or even better a Spot - try rigging a rod with one live under a bobber. Set bobber 2-4 feet. The slip bobbers are best - look for ones that hold line until Rock takes the live fish.

    Cut bait or cut crab will work but right now more likely to get you a Catfish.

    Casting lures should work too - 3-4 inch top water very early or late. A 1/8 to 3/8 leadhead / bucktail with a 5 inch plastic Bass assassin type tail.

    Small 3-5 inch swimming plugs ( Rapala type ) or Rattle Traps. Cut off one hook of the trebles or better - swap out for larger single hook.

    Watch for swirls - not uncommon for Rock in shallows to give you a clue.
    They say that life's a carousel - spinning fast, you've got to ride it well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 27 sailfish View Post
    Keeper Rock will move into shallow water. Early morning and late evening will be best bet - so will cloudy days. A rising tide will offer best chances.

    If you can catch a small 3-5 inch White Perch or even better a Spot - try rigging a rod with one live under a bobber. Set bobber 2-4 feet. The slip bobbers are best - look for ones that hold line until Rock takes the live fish.

    Cut bait or cut crab will work but right now more likely to get you a Catfish.

    Casting lures should work too - 3-4 inch top water very early or late. A 1/8 to 3/8 leadhead / bucktail with a 5 inch plastic Bass assassin type tail.

    Small 3-5 inch swimming plugs ( Rapala type ) or Rattle Traps. Cut off one hook of the trebles or better - swap out for larger single hook.

    Watch for swirls - not uncommon for Rock in shallows to give you a clue.
    Thanks for the info. I was looking at this tide chart.
    I'm guessing that based on what you're saying, trying to fish at either ~5am or 5pm would be the best time to go?
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    Yes , if you can get a high or rising tide very early - chances are very good.

    Old adage - one hour before or after high tide is good. The tide will be roughly one hour later each day - so if you catch at 6 am on Monday - same pattern should be about 7 am on Tuesday.

    On days the wind is blowing onto the shore - it can be OK fishing as wind will push some bait to shore and waves will stir up bottom.
    They say that life's a carousel - spinning fast, you've got to ride it well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 27 sailfish View Post
    Yes , if you can get a high or rising tide very early - chances are very good.

    Old adage - one hour before or after high tide is good. The tide will be roughly one hour later each day - so if you catch at 6 am on Monday - same pattern should be about 7 am on Tuesday.

    On days the wind is blowing onto the shore - it can be OK fishing as wind will push some bait to shore and waves will stir up bottom.
    thanks! i'll give it a try

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