Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report for November 8th, 2016

Alex Perez lands a few nice rocks!

Pro Staffer Alex Perez with a couple nice rockfish caught on a Rapala shadow rap suspending jerk bait.

The fall bite is on! Fishing has been fantastic all over the bay and in the rivers. This week has been hot and we’ve seen success with cut bait, trolling and light tackle. The fish are hungry and moving in big schools following the bait. Look for rockfish moving from shallows to deeper water concentrating on structure and channel ledges. Let’s talk a little about the success we’ve had with our three most popular fishing techniques for this week:

Cut (live) Bait

Great reports coming off of Love Point and down off Hacketts using cut LY and Spot. Cutting small steaks and hooking them through the back then bouncing them off the bottom. We’ve been seeing 22″-30″ rockfish and its going to stay pretty strong for a couple weeks. Try drifting with the wind off shallower water into the deeper channels and look for those rockfish trying to gorge themselves now that the water temps are dropping. Love Point and Hacketts are just two hot spots where we’ve seen a great class of fish but there are really fish all over the bay right now!


Trolling is strong right now and we’ve seen fish moving from the rivers out to the mouths and into the bay. Good reports coming from the mouth of the Magothy up to Baltimore Light trolling 15 and 17 Tony Spoons. 15, 17 Tony Spoons Reports of 28″+ fish being caught in about 20-30ft of water with this technique! One of our customers, Dillon Flaherty III, sent us a message reporting he took our advice to target rockfish between SP Light and the Baltimore Light. He said he targeted fish around the green channel marker, working the edge of the deeper channel. Trolling tandem white bucktails and a green shad umbrella rig deep, he was catching nice 22-24″ fish! Way to go Dillon!


Rock Candy Jigs with Z-Man ElaZtech Jerk ShadzJigging has been producing some quality fish as well this week in areas like the mouths of the rivers and deeper channel ledges. A few specific hot spots are between the mouth of the Magothy to Baltimore Light. Fishing has just been great in this area all week no matter what technique you’re using. Fishing the shallower waters using 1/2 or 3/4oz. jig heads with 4″ paddle tails sub surface has produced some quality fish. If you’re targeting a bigger class of fish, concentrate on the deeper channel ledges using 1-3oz. jig heads with either 5″ or 7″ Z-Man Scented Jerk Shadz in clear colors such as pearl, smoky shad or baby bass.


That about covers everything for this week folks! Stay tuned over the next few weeks for great reports covering the fall bite in and around the Chesapeake Bay region. If you have any questions or need to pick up any gear to land the big one, come on in and our pro staff will be glad to help you out!