Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
April 30th, 2015
Angler’s Sport Center latest fishing report announces great news! Reports of catches from Anglers and Charter Boat Captains have numbers doubling since the first week of the season. With most fish now being caught in post-spawn, the consensus is that the Rockfish are now starting to head out of the rivers and back down the Bay. We expect the next two weeks of fishing will be “prime time” for Trophy Rockfish. This is an exciting fishing report for sure!
Trolling bite has been good up and down the Bay, anywhere from 25-45ft, along the channel edges. Most of the catches reported are still being caught on white parachutes rigged in tandem, on daisey chains, or off umbrellas rigs.
Off of planer boards, most fish are being caught in the first 5-15ft of the water column anywhere from 20-50ft off the boards. Off the boat fishing, your rigs 100-150ft back are best on your lighter rigs, and 50-80ft are best on your heavy rigs with in-line weight. Recent hot spots have fish off of Thomas Point, Bloody Point, and Calvert Cliffs.
Chumming bite has been surprisingly steady for the trophy season. Good catches are being reported in 25-30ft of water off of Hackets Point, Podicory Point and Love Point. The best strategy has been fishing fresh cut alewife or bloodworms on the bottom at anchor while chunking small pieces of alewife on a moving tide. We suggest using a fish finder rig with a 5/0-7/0 hook on a 36” fluorocarbon leader, 2-3oz of weight should be plenty to hold bottom.
Surf fishing has been great at all the major locations along the Bay, including Sandy Point and Mattapeake State Park. Anglers have had success using a fish finder rig with bloodworms or fresh cut alewife. Look to cast out as far as possible, while fishing your bait on the bottom.
The spawning run has just about come to a close. Now that the perch have started to move out of the headwaters of the rivers we should see them start to school up on oyster beds, pilings, and other structure all over the bay. Look to fish bloodworms, grass shrimp, minnows, or nightcrawlers off of bottom rigs rigged with #4 hooks on the bottom.
So far this spring we have had great a fishing report every week…here’s hoping the good luck will last!
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