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Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report – November 27th, 2017

Welcome to another report folks! We hope everyone had a happy and safe Thanksgiving weekend full of family and friends. Fishing over the past week has been great for those who are braving the cooler weather. Grab some windproof cold weather gear and you’ll be able to stay out all day and catch plenty of fish! Rockfish This past week was a good week for catching Rockfish in the Chesapeake Bay. The better fishing was further south near the Point Lookout area but we saw fish being caught all over the place in a variety of ways. Trolling Trolling this week was strong along the channel edges outside the mouths of the rivers in the Middle Bay area. Anglers had success with deep tandem rigs in 35’+ of water. 6oz to 8oz tandems worked well with chartreuse or white shads. Bottom bouncing chartreuse or white 1oz. bucktails was also really productive this week. Some of the better areas were outside of the Magothy River, Love Point or the mouth of the Eastern Bay. Jigging It seemed that Jigging was the most productive way to catch Stripers this week. 1oz-1.5oz jig heads with 6″ natural color trailers worked well especially in deeper water near the channel edges. The Bay Bridge produced quite a few fish however most of those were throwbacks. The best quality fish was found further south near Point Lookout and a few of those hit the 40″ mark. The best way to locate fish right now is by

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Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report – November 17th, 2017

Your weekly fishing report for the Chesapeake Bay~ Rockfish Over the last week we’ve had a decent cold front come through which shut the bite down for a couple days. The front dropped main bay water temps down to the high 40ºs in the upper bay and the low 50ºs in the lower bay. With that, many of the better quality fish have been caught in the southern bay area near Solomons, Point Lookout and the Hoopers Island area. In the middle bay area, we’ve seen the best fishing between the Magothy River and the Chester River. Trolling Trolling in the middle bay area has produced not only the most fish over the last week, but the best quality fish as well. Anglers trolling the Addiction Baits 6oz (4oz/2oz) tandem Purple head/White Shad rig had good success. Areas like the mouths of the Magothy and Chester rivers as well as the Eastern Bay area. One thing we’d like to suggest this week is GO BIG! Over the last couple days we’ve had anglers report fish over 40″+ so the 9″ baits can start to come out! Topwater Overall, topwater has been relatively slow going this year. One of the better areas that is still producing some decent topwater action would be in the Patapsco near the Key Bridge and the Inner Harbor. Anglers in 5′-10′ of water near submerged structure in the Magothy, 7ft Knoll, and even in the Eastern Bay near Poplar Island have all had success. Try using

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Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report – November 10th, 2017

Striped Bass Trolling for fall Rockfish has been extremely productive over the last week. Fishermen have been reporting large fish and numbers of fish all the way from the mouth of the Magothy River, south to 83A and virtually every channel edge/river mouth in between. Topwater fishing has also been productive in 10′ or less of water in many spots in the Bay this past week. The Narrows, North Point State Park and a few of the other parks in the Annapolis area have all produced fish with surface plugs or sub surface baits. Productive areas have been in 35 to 45 feet of water, trolling deep white umbrellas and tandems. Many anglers have started to run planer boards as well, trolling a typical fall/winter spread of anywhere from 10 to 25 rods. They have been using a variety of tandems and single baits, which have been producing some decent fish upwards of 40 inches while most remain in the schoolie range of 24 to 30 inches. The Bay Bridge has been hot the last few days using live eels along pilings at the start of an ebb tide. As far as a jig bite goes, if you can get soft plastics down to where the fish are at off the channel ledges, you can produce a very nice grade of fish with ¾ to 1 oz jig heads and 7 inch Bust ‘Em Baits and Bass Assassins. As far as a bait bite goes, Hackett’s and Tolly’s Points have remained

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Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report – November 3rd, 2017

Striped Bass The fall pattern continues to present itself as we are getting more and more reports of fish over 28″ being caught all over the place. While most of these fish are on the move out of the rivers and staging to head to their wintering grounds, the mouths of the rivers have been red hot! The Magothy River has been particularly productive on light tackle jigging and trolling. Anglers in 30′ to 35′ of water have found schools of hefty fall stripers moving through. If you want to try your hand at some light tackle jigging, grab some 3/4 oz Hard Head Custom Baits jig heads in candy corn or chartreuse. Use these along with some 7-inch Striper Snipers, Bass Assassins or Bust ‘Em Baits in a vibrant color. There are ALWAYS fish around the Bay Bridge throughout the year with some bigger fish in the mid 30’s being pulled off around the eastern rock pile and pilings in deeper 35′-45′ of water. With the weather changing over to cooler/rainier days, we’ll start to see the migratory stripers moving south from Jersey.   While the hope is that we will see some fall cows within the next couple weeks, unless a severe cold front comes through up north pushing bait south, don’t expect those 50″ fish just yet! Although anything’s possible! As far as trolling goes, small boat spreads of six to nine rods have been killing it either trolling white double drop umbrellas 6-8 bars back on 8 to 12 oz

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Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report – October 27th, 2017

Fishing Report for October 27th, 2017 Striped Bass Over the last week we’ve seen plenty of fish being caught but most have been smaller (unders). Reports of bigger fish (overs) are being caught from the Chester down to the Choptank River. In the Annapolis area, most of the larger fish have moved out towards the mouths of the rivers. Areas like Round Bay and the Upper Magothy produced some decent fish which were suspended in 25 feet of water along channel edges. Though keepers are still being caught in these areas, the majority of these fish, especially overs, are holding out towards the mouths of these rivers. This is also the case in the Eastern Bay down to the Choptank. Primary methods for wrangling stripers has been with plastics such as BKDs, Bass Assassins, Striper Snipers and Z-Man’s, jigging on 1/2 to 3/4oz Hard Head Jig heads with Chartreuse or White patterns. Sting Silvers have also been working well. The sting silver is a popular one that is a time-honored favorite as it almost perfectly resembles a silverside or bay anchovy. The topwater bite seems to remain present around jetties and grass beds on ledges with Smack-it’s and Zara Spooks. However, this last high-pressure system that moved in brought cold air and a significant water temperature drop that is likely to end very quickly, unless a warm front moves in. The troll bite around the mouth of the rivers has been phenomenal, barring the right ebb and flood tide relevant

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Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report – October 20th, 2017

Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report We’ve been super busy this past week getting ready for our huge Customer Appreciation Sales Event that starts this Saturday @ 5am! For all the details head over to our events page and check them out! Some highlights are 25% OFF Costa Sunglasses, 20% OFF all lures, 15% OFF all rods and combos and every $20 spent gets you a raffle ticket to win a $1500 shopping spree at 5pm! Don’t miss this one day event!! STRIPED BASS The fall season is in full effect from the start of Rocktober until now. Rivers have been chock-full of healthy fall fatties in and around the Severn, Magothy, South and Chester. Early morning and late evening topwater bites have been prime with key baits being Smack-it Jr’s and Mega Eye’s from The Lonely Angler. The shallows have been just as productive on an ebb tide in late morning mid-afternoon using stick baits, Rattle Traps, and subsurface swim shads, bass assassins, etc. As far as the jig bite goes all is well. Look for breakers on key ledges in the river. Frankly, if you just look for the birds, they will be in close contact with fish. Most of the bigger fish seem to be sitting down tide from the smaller “schoolies”, but anglers have been jigging fish up to and over 30 inches, which makes for a heck of a light tackle fight. Out to the Bay, front fish are still holding on the bridge pilings as they

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Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report – October 13th, 2017

Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report Happy Friday the 13th! “Roctober” has been pretty good so far this year. Fish are definitely being caught all over the place, mostly smaller fish right now though. There are a few keeper sized Rockfish being reported, they just aren’t flying over the rail. Some of the better spots this past week have been inside Love Point on the Chester River. From the LP buoy to the Dumping Grounds, you’ll find fish in shallow and deeper water. If you’re fishing shallow water, look to use a topwater bait like a Smack-It or a Mega Eye Holographic Popper made by The Lonely Angler. You can also throw the Logic Lure tandem rig and swap out the fluke that comes with it to your favorite soft plastics like BKDs or Bust’em Baits. The Bay Bridge pilings have been good this week. Live-lining and jigging have both produced a decent amount of fish, just mostly smaller fish. If you work the deeper part of the water column, there are definitely bigger fish toward the bottom of the schools. If you can’t find Spot to live line, look to use smaller sized Perch as an alternative. The 4″-5″ range of Perch work just fine. Shallow Water Fishing shallow water in the area? The Patapsco River around Mount Point, Hacketts Point and Thomas Point have all been great spots to target. At Thomas Point, we’ve heard great reports from anglers fishing from shore and from boat around the light house. Early

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Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report – October 5th, 2017

Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report – October 5th, 2017 Fall is officially here and “Rocktober” is one of our favorite months! Crabs are running thick, Rockfish are getting aggressive and we’re throwing an epic sales event on Saturday, October 21st! We’re going to have deep discounts on lots of different things in the store and every sale over $20 that day will receive a raffle ticket to win a 4 minute $1500 shopping spree in our store! Go here for more info and to see all the sales going on that day! Rockfish As the temperatures fall, fish become more aggressive, chasing bait all over the bay. It’s a pretty common thing to see birds attacking bait from above and breaking fish attacking bait from below. This is exactly what you want to look for if you’re running around on the bay. In the upper section of the Bay anglers are having success fishing topwater plugs and poppers on grass and channel edges early in the morning. Once the sun is up you can switch to trolling or chumming the channel edges. If you’re trolling, look to use surgical hoses, umbrella rigs with 4″-6″ shads in chartreuse or white and metal spoons…they have all been working. Chumming has also been producing fish while using cut bait like Alewife (aka LY or Menhaden) or soft crab. Some of the hotter spots have been between Hart-Miller Island and Pooles Island, North Point State Park as well as the mouth of the Patapsco River.

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Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report – September 29th, 2017

Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report Time really does seem to fly when you’re having fun! Can’t believe October is on our doorstep…especially since it’s been so hot! This weekend looks like it’ll be a bit nicer with temps in the 60º-70º range! That means the fall transition will be in full effect. Topwater will be picking up even more and everything seems like it’s on the move getting ready for winter. Northern Bay Area In the northern section of the Bay, near the Susquehanna Flats, the topwater bite continued to pick up even more this week. Focusing on the edges of grass flats and channel edges with topwater baits like plugs and walk-the-dog baits produced a good amount of fish. Once the sun came up, light tackle trolling was the ticket with chumming/chunking also catching a decent amount of small to keeper sized Rockfish and Channel Catfish. Middle Bay Area The fish are spread out but they’re there! The sizes were considerably smaller this week with a few 35″ fish being caught in the Love Point/Swan Point area. The majority of the fish were definitely smaller, though. The key to finding the larger fish is to first find the birds then you find the bait. Once you find the bait, focus on the bottom of the school, casting toward the down-tide section of the school using heavier jigs like Sting Silvers. There were a considerable amount of 5-10lb Bluefish mixed in with these schools. If this is the case, you’ll definitely

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Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report – September 21st, 2017

Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report Been a busy week in the shop this week! We’ve been getting ready for our big St. Croix event this Saturday from 5am-5pm. It’s going to be a good time! A very relevant seminar brought to you by the Legendary Charlie Ebersberger and our resident fish whisperer Alex Perez starts at noon. We’ll have free hats for anyone who buys a St. Croix rod and anyone who does will also be entered into a raffle to win one of seven very nice St. Croix rods! Lots of good times to be had! We’ve also been busy catching fish while we aren’t getting the shop in shape! Let’s get into that now… In the Upper Bay region we’ve seen the fall transition in full effect. Lots of breaking schools of fish, especially in the early morning. You’ll be able to catch these fish in a variety of ways. Jigging in the schools of breaking fish has been really good this past week. Some other techniques that have had success have been topwater with buzzbaits, Whopper Ploppers, wake baits and walk-the-dog baits like the Shimano Coltsniper. Focusing on the grass edges in the flats has been a good area to start. You’ll catch a mix of Rockfish, Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass in this area. Trolling the channel edges up north has also been doing well. Near the Port Deposit/Deer Creek area anglers have had success with smaller jigs (1/2oz. w/ a 6″ BKD in natural or chartreuse color),

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