In the spring it is more of a location thing, 25'-40' ....For the most part......Dumping Grounds, Tolley, Hackets, WR Lumps, off Poplar, all along KI, Podickery, ect, ect...I like a weighted bucket on bottom and light chunking from top.....don't feed'm just get them interested.Any tips for chumming. Did it once last year with no success. Dont have a grinder but will buy a frozen block with a bag. Also have a bucket with holes I made but havent used yet. My main concern is just getting my buddies some action. Only trolled first 2 weekends and it was really slow. I leave out of Deale so hopefully I dont have to run to far. Whats the best bait this time of year, cut up bunker. I know some people use razor clams later in the summer.
^^^^ yup....about same time physteria...aka fisher and disease, aka flesh eating disease was making the news......there was lots of talk about " nutrient load" and chumming......that's why I didn't even respond, knew he was trolling .....no harmFor TF newcomers, rocksandblues is making reference to what was a thoroughly and frequently debated topic in this forum before live-lining and LTJ curtailed most of the summer chumming effort in MD. Between the harvest of menhaden for bait and then dumping of millions of tons of them back into the water processed into chum, some members were concerned it was not a very ecosystem friendly way to fish. I would guess the chumming effort now is 1% of what it was in the 90s and early 2000s, and that dramatic drop off ended interest in the debate. There used to be an almost daily chum slick on the Bay stretching from Rock Hall to the VA line... Good times, light tackle, lots of rockfish, bluefish, plus some croaker and flounder mixed in.
so the lack of fishing reports and interesting and helpful posts are because of the health of the bay?so is our bay
Yup.....that's why I've stayed away....plus I've had little to share since I've been so busy last few yearsso the lack of fishing reports and interesting and helpful posts are because of the health of the bay?
No, fishing reports have moved to FB and private websites. Bashing and the enviro police have crushed this site down to a handful of thick skinned posters and a cacophony of " my FIL is in town help me catch fish, you are killing all the breeders, the bay is doomed, etc"
Patterns in general change......I am 38, grew up in annapolis.....and even I remember when if you had a truck you were a *******.....until someone was moving or needed a load of wood. I remember bottom bouncing 3 ways with bucks ails and pork rinds in the fall at #4 and # 6 in the fall on the south river.....I think there are many more boaters, jet skiers and fishermen.....I think there is a lower quality of water and less suitable habiats for said fish/crabs so as other factors such as quality habitat, prey avaliabilty, quantity of target species ect,ect all change ...it is only natural for practices to change......I also remember slammer blues tearing acres up at a time and gator trout schooled up under.......so maybe the rockfish have changed a little too since they no longer have to contend with the 5-15lb bluefish and 5-10lb seatrout?......I'm sure some of you all remember rag mop lures....or when poplar island was nothing but a shallow flat of tree stumps and a couple acres of island.Do you older guys on the forum think that its just natural for fishing techniques to change overtime.