Left Sandy Point at 9 am with fellow Tfer Rhahn427 ( Rick ) and my friend Leroy. Idea was to go after Spanish Mackerel. Have not been out for 19 days - due to too much work.
Tide was very high - almost up to the boards on the piers. Knew we would have a long and strong outgoing current - good as wind was from north.
Ran south to mouth of Severn and put over a four rod spread in 25 feet - two #1 planers at 80 and 100 feet and two # 2 at 50 and 60 feet. Speed was 6 knots . Worked slowly south and saw birds diving - trolled edge and got a hit. Leroy reeled in his first Mack - about 16 inches. Md rules are min. 14 inches with 15 fish per angler.
We circled a general two mile area - working in as shallow as 18 feet where the # 2 planers would tick bottom and out to about 35 feet. Easy to cover ground at 6 knots. The # 2 at 60 feet was hot - Clark spoon about 3 inches long with green tape. The Macks were spitting up little 1 inch minnows but liked the larger spoon.
Rick got one about 22 inches - we had a steady but slow bite. One tiny 7 inch Blue was caught - with 3-4 small 14 inch Rock.
Had a close call with charter boat pulling planer boards - white riding low with no flags. None of us saw them until very close - luckily with four down planers I could turn hard. Called the boat on VHF # 16 - switched to 68 - I apologized for getting too close but explain the boards were tough to see and unexpected this time of year.
We stayed away from that boat and had area mostly to ourselves. Wind picked up but only a few whitecaps - then laid back down. Birds stopped diving - just about to go south but got few more so stayed in same area. Got one 20 inch Rock - nice bonus catch. The # 2's out caught the # 1's but #1 seemed to get better Macks. Our best was 27 - really nice fish.
Lost one spoon when a black swivel got hit. I run 15 feet of heavy 50 lb mono from planer to Sampo black ball bearing swivel - then 10 feet of 20 or 30 mono to spoon. Mack hit the swivel - cutting the lighter mono.
We did have some nicks in the lighter leaders near spoons - easy enough to check after each fish and cut back. Tried different colors - gold got a few but silver with green tape was best.
Trolled up to bridge about 1:30 and pulled lines with 13 Macks in cooler and 4 or 5 lost reeling in.
Went north of bridge and caught about 15 Spot - then live line at bridge.
Leroy dropped the - I have to be back - bomb on Rick and I , hate that when fishing. We ended up catching Rock bt all were 18 to 18 1/2. Circle hooks did well - all released. Ran back in and Leroy took his share of fish and had to go.
Hope to get back out again before the water cools and Macks head south.