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Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report – October 12th, 2018

 Maryland Fishing Report October 12th, 2018 Fall officially started a few weeks ago but now it FEELS like it! We’ve been experiencing a hot/dry Fall so far but after the storm passed through last night we’re now feeling the crisp, cool air. This cool weather will no doubt kick the Fall pattern into high gear. Trolling, Jigging and Topwater during low-light conditions will now be the pattern to look for. Rockfish Trolling The pattern over the last week in the Upper Bay has been slowly transitioning to a Fall pattern. Trolling the channel ledges around the mouths of the tidal rivers like the Magothy, Chester and Patapsco have all produced fish in 25′-40′ of water. Holographic Green or White 6″ Shads on umbrella rigs have been working well. Spoonbrellas have also been used with success when getting into areas where Bluefish are mixed in. Jigging Jigging structure like the Bay & Key Bridge pilings has been working this week. You can also jig around schools of breaking fish with the G-Eye Jigs Rain Minnow or Lil’ Bunker vertical jigs. Look to use a 1/2oz – 3/4oz jig head with a 6″ soft plastic trailer like the Angler’s exclusive BKD Slimey Bunker color. Other good spots to target are the channel ledges in the main bay just outside the tidal rivers on an outgoing tide. The mouth of the Eastern Bay around “The Hill” or Poplar Island are good spots to jig up some nice Rockfish. Topwater The topwater bite

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Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report – October 5th, 2018

   Maryland Fishing Report October 5th, 2018 October is a special time in Maryland. There are so many things to see and do that Hunters and Anglers alike may have a hard time deciding how to spend their weekends. The United States Sail & Power Boat shows are October 4-8 and 11-14 respectively. The Maryland Renaissance Festival runs through October 21st. The Maryland Fleet Week runs from October 3-9 in Baltimore and will have U.S., Canadian and British naval vessels ready for boarding in the Inner Harbor. Even with all this going on, the lure of the Chesapeake Bay and it’s rich bounties are always calling to us. Take some time this week and wet a line, make some memories, and enjoy this beautiful place we live in! Now on to the fishing report! Rockfish “Rocktober” is off to a great start so far. Conditions are perfect and we’re seeing more and more schools of breaking fish and birds working the surface. In the upper bay we’re seeing the typical hot spots producing like normal. Swan Point, Love Point, Podickory Point and the Bay Bridge have all been productive. The Patapsco River has had many reports of good fish being caught on topwater as well as jigging the submerged structure around the Key Bridge and the mouth. Live-lining Spot or Chunking Fresh Alewife in a chum slick has been working all year. Look to target Rockfish in 15′-30′ of water around the popular points (Swan, Love, Podickory and Hacketts)

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Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report – September 28th, 2018

 Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report September 28th, 2018 As we transition into Roctober, the air has a noticeable chill and smell of fall. Over the last week the live-lining bite continued to stay productive while the topwater bite continued to improve. We are looking forward to a beautiful couple of days in a row after dealing with rain for what seems like forever! Now is the time to get out and enjoy the last little bit of nice weather before we get into the cold wet stuff! Rockfish October is a special month in Maryland. Hunters and anglers alike are spoiled with the bounties that Maryland has to offer this time of year. Many anglers call it “Rocktober” because some of the best fishing all year happens this month. This is mostly due to the conditions being ideal, with cool oxygen rich waters from the Susquehanna down to the Bay Bridge Tunnel. Chumming, Chunking, Live-lining and Jigging are all working really well in the usual hot-spots. Using baits like Live Spot, Soft Crab or Fresh Alewife have been working the best. Areas like channel ledges around Swan, Love, Podickory and Hacketts Points are all good places to start. Casting topwater lures around shallow structure continues to improve this week with several reports of 25″-30″ fish being caught in many of the area’s tidal rivers. Topwater hot-spots have been the rock piles under the Bay Bridge, around submerged structure near the Key Bridge, Thomas Point Light and in 10′ of water

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Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report – September 21st, 2018

Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report September 21st, 2018 Well folks, Fall is officially here tomorrow! It’s been a hot, crazy summer and many are looking forward to cooler temps and Fall fishing patterns. The good news is that Bay water temps have been dropping the entire month and fishing has been fantastic! If you haven’t stopped into the shop lately, you should. We’ve had a TON of new and exciting gear hitting the shelves the last couple weeks and we’re ready for Fall! Rockfish Fishing for Rockfish in the upper bay has been great the past week. Chumming/Chunking/Live-lining have all been working really well. Focus on the typical hot spots like Swan Point, Love Point and Podickory Point. Some other good areas to try are the Key Bridge, mouth of the Magothy and the Bay Bridge. If you’re fishing bait on the bottom, look to use Fresh Alewife or cut Soft Crab. Live-lining Spot or small Perch will give you the best chance to find the big Rockfish. There are more and more breaking fish in these areas so the Fall pattern has definitely begun. Target schools of breaking fish with either topwater, jigs or casting lures like Rattletraps or metal jigs like Sting Silvers. Good areas to target are going to be the bridge pilings at the Key and Bay Bridges, the Triple Buoys near Love Point, the mouth of the Magothy and further south around the mouth of the Eastern Bay and Thomas Point Lighthouse. Hot colors have been

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Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report – September 14th, 2018

Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report September 14th, 2018 Fishing over the last week was actually really good despite the unfavorable conditions. We’ve had reports of anglers catching a variety of species all over the Bay. This weekend is looking like it may be another wet one with rain in the forecast. We are asking that if you plan on going out, make sure to pay attention to any advisories the state may issue and fish with extreme caution. Due to hurricane Florence we are anticipating high water conditions that could be anywhere from 1′-3′ higher than normal. This could wash large debris into the bay and create dangerous conditions for boaters. Make sure you’re aware of your surroundings and be safe out there! Rockfish The live-line bite continues to produce this week as many anglers are hooking into good sized keeper Rockfish while live-lining Spot or White Perch. Some of the better areas this week have been the channel ledges around Swan, Love, Podickory and Hacketts Points. The Key and Bay Bridge pilings have also been holding decent size Rockfish. Look to target them with skirted jigs, live-lined Spot, or cut Alewife/Soft Crab on the bottom. Water temps have dropped significantly over the last week with temps right around 75º in the Upper Bay region. With the cooler, oxygen-rich waters, we’re seeing more and more breaking fish out there. With that, Fall patterns are starting to take shape. Breaking fish around structure is prime for some seriously fun topwater action. Look

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Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report – September 7th, 2018

Rockfish Chumming Over the last week the chum bite has been producing some good sized fish north of the bridge at Podickory Point and further north to Belvedere Shoals. There are reports of success in anywhere from 18 to 25 feet of water at the start of an incoming tide. Taking things south of the bridge, people have been doing well off Tolly Point in 23 to 28 feet of water.  Plus a good grade of fish off Dolly’s Lump in 25 feet of water. The bridge has had a good live-lining bite this week. Live-lining Spot has been good at Podickory, Love and Hacketts Points as well. Light Tackle Casting As we enter the fall season, the light tackle game is going to come on strong. Casting topwater lures in the early morning hours will be great in shallow ambush areas like the rock piles under the Bay Bridge, points and coves with good structure and around breaking fish in open water. We just got a new shipment of Smack-it Jr.’s in so be sure to swing in and grab some of them before they’re all gone again! Anglers casting jigs or swimbaits in the tidal creeks are landing a surplus of throwback sized Rockfish. Casting around docks, pilings and rip-rap earlier in the morning or later in the evening has been the best times but many fish have been caught in the middle of the day also. Popular colors have been white, chartreuse and a natural color like

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Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report – August 31st, 2018

 Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report August 31st, 2018 It’s been a long hot week and we’re excited for a Labor Day weekend where the temps stay under 90º! A front will be moving through this evening with some thunderstorms bringing somewhat cooler weather. Good news is, despite the heat, fishing this past week was excellent. Fish are being caught all over the bay, in a variety of ways. School, that’s right, school is back in session for most this upcoming week so get those kids out fishing this weekend and make some memories! You can easily get them on fish by casting worms under bobbers in freshwater ponds catching Bluegill and some Bass. Simple Bloodworms or Grass Shrimp on bottom rigs in a tidal river near you will most likely land some Perch. Either way, they’re sure to have a blast, and you’ll be a hero! Rockfish Chumming/Chunking/Live-Lining The Chumming/Chunking bite continues to produce fish, much like all year. In the Upper Bay we’re finding that chumming and chunking fresh Bunker will land you a mix of throwback Rockfish, Channel Catfish and a few decent keeper Rockfish. Decent spots this week have been Podickory Point, Love Point, Swan Point and around the Key Bridge in the Patapsco. The fish are constantly on the move looking for cooler, oxygen rich waters and can be found in these areas in about 20′ of water. Live-lining Spot has been the best way to catch nice keeper Rockfish the last few weeks. In all

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Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report – August 24th, 2018

Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report August 24th, 2018 With the White Perch Open behind us, we look forward to a successful Fall season of fishing and crabbing here in the Chesapeake Bay area. If you missed the event, you can check out the full results from the tournament here. We would like to thank everyone for coming out and congratulate our winners. We are looking forward to making the White Perch Open bigger and better next year! Rockfish Chumming/Chunking/Live-Lining In the Upper Bay area, Rockfish are being caught in many of the usual areas that we’re used to. The Channel ledges from Swan Point down towards the Bay Bridge, Love Point, Podickory Point, and the pilings at the Key and Bay Bridges. Chumming with either large chunks of FRESH Alewife or while live-lining Spot has been the best method for catching them. Soft or Peeler crab has also been working as bait on the bottom. Speaking of bait on the bottom, you will most likely get into a mix of small Rockfish, Channel Catfish and some random big Black Drum in these areas.   Light Tackle Casting Topwater plugs and spooks are working very early in the morning in 10′ of water or less in many of the same areas as the Chumming bite. Areas like the rock piles near the bridge, submerged structure near the Key Bridge, and also some areas in the Narrows and into the Eastern Bay. Once the sun comes up, look to switch to a Yo-Zuri

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Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, August 17th, 2018

Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report – August 17th, 2018 Another hot Summer week is behind us and there was lots of activity out on the water! We’re finalizing all the details of our 3rd annual White Perch Open today and are nearly ready for Sunday!! The forecast is looking like there will be a little rain but that isn’t going to stop us…the White Perch Open will take place, rain or shine! If you haven’t signed up, you should do that on this page. We will close registration at 10pm today. If you have already registered, you can expect an email tomorrow with all the details about Sunday! Now on to the report… Rockfish Chumming/Chunking/Live Lining Not much has changed since last week regarding the Chumming/Chunking/Live Lining bite. It’s still the hot ticket this week. Some of the better Spots have been just north of Swan Point, Love Point, Podickory Point, the Key & Bay Bridge pilings, and just outside the Eastern Bay around the Hill and Bloody Point. A chum slick while fishing cut bait like fresh Alewife or Soft Crab on a 8/0-9/0 circle hook will work well in 20′-25′ of water. Lots of throwbacks being caught so please handle with care and release the fish with as little handling as possible! Live Lining Spot or smaller White Perch around the bridge pilings has been the best way to land the big Rockfish. Trolling Anglers getting out early trolling the channel ledges from Swan Point down to the Bay

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Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report – August 10th, 2018

Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report As Summer rolls on through, we put another hot week behind us and gear up for what looks like another hot one ahead of us. Forecasts call for isolated thunderstorms throughout the weekend so make sure you have your foul weather gear just in case! The bite this past week has picked up, especially in the typical areas such as Swan, Love and Podickory Points. One housekeeping note before we get into the report…Our White Perch Open is NEXT SUNDAY! On August 19th, we are holding our 3rd annual White Perch Open tournament at Podickory Point Yacht Club. Everything you need to know about the event can be found here. Sign up soon! Rockfish Chumming/Chunking/Live-lining The Chumming/Chunking bite has continued to shine over all other methods this past week. Especially in the areas of Pooles Island, Swan Point, Love Point and Podickory Point. We’re finding fish in 20′-25′ of water near channel ledges, earlier in the am or later in the evening. Fishing either FRESH Alewife, Soft or Peeler Crab on the bottom has been catching numbers recently. The size has come from Live-lining Spot in these same areas. Another great place to Live-line right now is going to be at the Bay or Key Bridge pilings. Specifically the Eastern side of the Bay Bridge in 15′-20′ of water. Don’t forget that you need to be using in-line circle hooks while fishing with Chum/Chunk or while Live-lining. Ideally a 6/0 or larger hook will be used

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