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Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report – June 22nd, 2018

Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report Fishing has been as hot as the weather lately! Anglers are quickly catching their limits of Rockfish in the Mid-Bay area whether they are Jigging or Chumming/Chunking. Now that schools are out and Summer is officially here, what better thing to do than to get the entire family enjoying some lines in the water?! If you’re headed out on the water or headed to the beach, make sure you stop by and grab everything you need to make your trip successful AND fun!  Rockfish Jigging Jigging the Mid-Bay region has been great recently. The Bay Bridge pilings have been especially good these last few weeks with anglers catching their limit in no time. The Eastern side of the bridge has been better, but nearly every piling is holding some fish. Using a 1/2oz-3/4oz G-Eye jig paired with a BKD in Limetruese or “Go-to” has been hot. Some other spots that have been hot lately have been Swan Point, the Key Bridge and the mouth of the Magothy River. Chumming/Chunking The Chumming/Chunking bite continues to stay hot as it has been over the past couple weeks. We want to make sure everyone is aware at this point…you MUST be using in-line (non-offset) circle hooks if you are Chumming/Chunking. We’ve been using 6/0-8/0 hooks with a 24″-36″ leader and 2oz of weight in 20′-35′ of water. Best baits to use are FRESH Bunker (LY), Soft Crab or Bloodworms. If you’re using Bunker, make sure the hooked baits

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Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report – June 15th, 2018

Happy Father’s Day! We want to wish all the Dads out there a happy Father’s Day! This weekend is looking fantastic weather wise so hopefully you’re going to be able to get on the water at some point! Good news is that the bite has been just as hot as the forecast! If you haven’t liked, commented and shared the Father’s Day Facebook Giveaway, be sure to head on over to our facebook page and do that! We’ll be announcing the winner of the giveaway this Saturday between 1-2pm. Rockfish Trolling Over the past week we’ve seen the trolling bite continue to be just ok. Anglers are trolling a mix of spreads from Tandem Shads to Spoons to Hoses. The most productive colors we’ve seen are holographic chartreuse & darker colors due to the stained waters. Fish are being caught in a variety of places in all parts of the water column. Some of the hotter spots have been just outside of Rock Hall, just south of Bloody Point along the channel edge and transition points along the main shipping channel. Make sure you’re covering the different parts of the water column to increase your chances! Chumming The Chumming/Chunking bite continues to stay hot this past week. Head out with a few chum bags, some fresh LY on a 7/0 circle hook and fish it on the bottom! Ideal spots are going to be areas with muddy bottom in 27′-35′ of water. Some of the better spots have been Love

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Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report – June 8th, 2018

 Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report – June 8th, 2018 With Father’s Day fast approaching, we’d like to remind everyone we have the best selection of Hats, Apparel, Gifts, Gear and MORE…all perfect for Dad! If you’re not sure what Dad might want, you can contact us or come in and we’ll be happy to guide you to the perfect gift! One special note…we have some HUK Kryptek gear on sale through Father’s Day! Rockfish Trolling This past week we found that downsizing your spreads really paid off. Trolling 4″-6″ baits including spoons & spoonbrellas seemed to be the hot ticket. One great area was just south of Bloody Point. Just west of Poplar Island was also a decent spot to target. Pretty much in/around the Eastern Bay was the hottest spot for Trolling this past week. Jigging Jigging has been on fire this week. The majority of the fish we were all catching were jigged up. 1/2oz-3/4oz G-Eye Jigs (or your favorite jighead) with 6″ Chartreuse trailers were a hot bait. Focusing on transition points and structure like channel ledges and bridge pilings in 25′-35′ of water was ideal. Some of the better locations were the Bay Bridge, Love Point (Triple Buoys), Eastern Bay (The Hill) & Thomas Point Lighthouse. Chumming/Live Lining The Chumming bite has been great, during a moving tide! That is the key to the Chum bite…a moving tide. If you’re out there during a slack tide, you might as well crack a few cold ones and

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Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report – June 1st, 2018

Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report Welcome to the Summer season! Today marks the beginning of the Summer/Fall Rockfish season where all Maryland Chesapeake waters are open to fishing! Make sure you’re up to date on all the new regulations which can be found here. Fishing this past week has been good overall and we’re expecting it to get even better over the next few weeks!  Rockfish Trolling The past week was hit or miss if you were trolling, which isn’t much different from the start of the season. Anglers trolling outside of Bloody Point down past Poplar Island were able to pick up some decent keeper fish trolling Spoonbrellas & smaller tandems deep. The more productive color has been Chartreuse recently, mostly because of the water clarity. Anglers trolling in the southern region of the Bay were having success just outside of the Patuxent & Potomac Rivers. Look to vary the depths and presentations of your spreads to find the pattern. Once you key in on where they are and what they’re biting on, change out your spreads accordingly! Chumming/Chunking Hot, Hot, HOT! The Chumming and Chunking bite has been great the past week. Anglers are figuring out how to use these circle hooks and are landing nice keepers. Some good spots recently have been Love Point, Podickory Point, Hacketts Point & just south of Thomas Point. As far as terminal tackle is concerned, we’re recommending 6/0-8/0 circle hooks depending on the brand you’re using. Make sure you have fish

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Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report – May 25th, 2018

Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report With the holiday weekend here, we’d like to thank and remember all that serve and all that have served this great country. It is you that make this country great! We’ll have 20% OFF the entire store* for all active and retired service men and women from today through Monday! Our Snowball Shack will be open with extended hours and $1.00 snowballs for all military personnel!! Check out the Snowball Shack page for more info! Wether you’re trolling, chumming or jigging for fish, it’s looking like everything is working right now. Now that most of the rain is gone, we’re finding plenty of fish and this past week has been great! If you’re headed out this holiday weekend, make sure you stop by to stock up on fresh bait, the latest gear or anything else you may need to make this weekend awesome.  Rockfish Trolling Trolling has been good over the last week. Anglers are finding fish in a variety of areas including Bloody Point, just outside of Chesapeake Beach, and Breezy Point along the edges in 25′-40′ of water. Zig-zagging ledges and transition areas during moving tides is going to increase your chances of landing fish. Another good thing to do right now is troll smaller baits like 6″-8″ shads in tandem or on an umbrella rig. Colors that have been working lately are chartreuse, holographic green, and some white.   Chumming/Live Lining The Chum bite has been hit or miss but when it’s on,

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Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report – May 18th, 2018

Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report By now most of us have started growing fins and webbed feet with all the rain we’ve been getting. It seems the world is coming to an end, or at least it’s on our doorstep…haha! Fear not good fishing friends, there are dryer days on the horizon. The rain certainly has had an effect on all of us, but the fish don’t seem to mind it too much. Over the past week we’ve seen good fishing and if you’re willing to get a little wet, the fish are biting! This past Wednesday we transitioned from Trophy Rockfish season to the start of the Summer season. With that, some Rockfish rule changes are now in effect and anglers should be aware of them before they head out! As a quick-hitter overview, this is what you need to know: • If you are live-lining or chumming (chunking or using any attractants in the water that are not hooked), you must use a non-offset circle hook; • If you are fishing with fish, crabs, worms or processed baits, you can use either a J hook or Circle hook, no treble hooks allowed; • the Keeper size requirement drops from two fish @ 20″ to 19″ 1 of which can be over 28″ For the full skinny on the rule change, head over to the DNR page here.  Rockfish Trolling With the start of the Summer season, many anglers are eager to put some meat in the coolers. The

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Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report – May 11th, 2018

Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report As we near the end of Trophy season, the action has picked up quite a bit compared to the first few weeks of the season! In the last week we’ve seen more and more keeper sized fish caught – most of them already spawned out. With the forecast looking like mid Summer over the next week, the end of the Trophy season should go out with a bang! The start of the Summer season is fast approaching (May 16th) and with that new Rockfish regulations have been passed regarding keeper size limits and hook requirements. In short, the keeper sizes will be 2 @ 19″ 1 of which can be over 28″. Regarding the hooks, if you are fishing live bait or chumming you must use circle hooks. If you are just fishing cut bait or with no chum, you can use circle or J hooks with no size requirements on the hooks. For the full details regarding these regulations, please familiarize yourself by going here.  Rockfish Trolling The trolling bite has been good over the last week. Anglers trolling from Love Point down past Poplar Island have been doing great, especially on white tandems. Fish are being caught all over the water column so try running spreads in all parts of the column. If you’re running 6 or more spreads, evenly distribute your baits to cover all your bases (2 down on the bottom, 2 in the middle and 2 in the upper water

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Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report – May 4th, 2018

Things are heating up! The first couple weeks of Trophy season were definitely slower than usual. Blame the cooler water, unseasonably cooler weather or whatever you want, all that is behind us now! With a string of warmer days this past week the bite is ON! We’ve had reports of several keeper fish being caught all over the mid bay region and we anticipate the bite to continue through the next few weeks. Now is the time of year to get the kids out there and get a rod in their hands! With so many kids fishing events going on this time of year, there’s really no good reason not to get out!  Rockfish Before we get into the fishing report, we’d like to share the recent news. Maryland DNR has announced that the proposed Circle Hook regulations and updated keeper size limit have been APPROVED. This means at the start of the “Summer Season”, May 16th, we’ll have a 19″ keeper size limit and when Chumming/Live-Lining bait anglers must use a non-offset circle hook or a J-hook with less than a .5″ gap.  This is an effort to reduce the mortality rate due to gut hooked Rockfish during this timeframe. To view the official news on DNR’s page go here. Trolling The mid-bay area has been decent this past week. We’ve had reports of anglers catching keepers in deeper water with white tandems near the bottom. The mouths of the rivers and the ledges of the shipping channels

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Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report – April 27th, 2018

Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report Well opening week has come and gone leaving many asking, “Where are all the Trophies?” They were here in numbers the couple weeks leading into the season and we believe it has everything to do with water temps. With main bay temps hovering in the mid 50º range, this weekend is looking prime! We’ve had reports of visible spawning happening in some of the area’s tidal rivers so these are all good signs that it will be picking up! Rockfish Report Trolling In the upper/mid bay region anglers trolling may have a bad taste in your mouth from last week. Don’t let it get you down! Be patient and focus on what we know to be successful trends. The mouths of the rivers are hot spots as these are perfect intersecting points from where they’re spawning to where they’re headed and vice versa. Vary your depths. Have half of your spread in the upper half of the water column and the other half in the lower part of the water column. Run Chartreuse and White until you find a pattern. Look for untouched water. These fish don’t like engine noise so try to get in spots where there isn’t so much traffic. Utilize planer boards and long lines to get your spreads away from your boat. With water temps rising and warmer temps in the forecast, start to focus on shallower water (30′ or less) especially around the mouths of the rivers. Some of the better

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Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report – April 20th, 2018

 Trophy Season is here! With Trophy Rockfish starting this Saturday, we’re all hyped up & ready for the season to kick off! We’re stocked up on bait, umbrellas, chum and whatever else you may need to land the fish of a lifetime! We want to remind everyone to be safe and respect your fellow anglers who are also running around out there tomorrow! Rockfish So were are you going to find that fish of a lifetime?! Well, truth is, you can find them in a variety of places, fishing a variety of ways. Trolling Pre-season patterns have shown us that trolling has been consistent near the mouths of major rivers off the Bay. In the upper bay area, we’ve been seeing trophy fish being caught at the mouth of the Magothy River, just off Hacketts in the shipping channel and just south of Thomas Point in 25′-40′ of water. With that info, we’re going to recommend zig-zagging the shipping channels and the mouths of the rivers in all parts of the bay. Your best bet is going to be covering all parts of the water column with umbrellas deep and lighter tandems or daisy-chains higher in the water column. Earlier in the morning these fish are being caught higher in the water column. Chartreuse and White have both been catching their share of fish. If you’d like to learn more about Trolling for Trophy Rockfish check out our recent Trolling Seminar! Chumming What do these giant trophy sized Rockfish

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