Left: Chase caught this nice Mackerel on a Jerk Bait while fishing with his dad Javy! Right: Melissa Brown caught her first Rockfish trolling a drone spoon on a #2 planer in Eastern Bay this weekend!
Rockfish: There is a great rockfish bite in both the main bay and the rivers! In the main bay, our staff has had success live lining spot at Love Point, and also fishing with soft crab! Soft crab will definitely be your best bet if fishing from shore, either in the main bay or the rivers. Soft crab is also great to use around structure like the bay bridge or the light houses, as is live spot. Jigging is also productive. We found a great bite in the Magothy River this week by marking fish on our electronics and jigging them up! Look for them around reef and and drop offs. Early morning and late evening topwater is also on fire in all of the rivers. Cast in shallow water towards points and rockpiles. Also don’t be afraid to search for them by looking for breaking fish and birds. There you will find rockfish mixed with…
Spanish Mackerel and Bluefish: The storms and rain have definitely moved things around, and it seems to be in our favor! Schools of spanish mackerel are now being reported the whole way up to the mouth of the Severn, and there are plenty of bluefish mixed in. There is also still a solid bite from Poplar Island down to Point lookout. Cast metal jigs and jerk baits with a fast retrieve when you find those breakers! You can also troll using #1 or #2 planers an 00-1 size spoons. This is a great way to cover some ground when the breakers aren’t as obvious! Spoonbrella rigs have reportedly been working really well for Bluefish!
Red Drum: There are still reports of bull reds being caught as far north as Eastern Bay, but it’s anyone’s guess as to how the rain will affect them. Generally, people are finding them on their sonar or side scan and are jigging soft plastics or dropping soft crab on the bottom. Our suggestion is to go out for mackerel, rockfish and bluefish in the mid-bay, but keep rods rigged for bull reds on the boat in case you spot them! You can also sometimes locate them by spotting a chum slick or a swirl on the water.
Of course, there are reports of them being marked and caught on the bottom further south around Solomon’s and Point Lookout, along with…
Cobia: Cobia are definitely in the area from Solomons down to Cape Charles and can be caught chumming, trolling or sight casting. Recently, most reports have been from people who anchored up on points and caught them with fresh alewife, but we also heard of some nice sized fish caught trolling surgical hoses and sight casting! On a bright, calm day, trolling while also having rods rigged up with bucktails prepared to sight cast is the way to go!
Croaker/Perch/Spot: A less-reported on species that we are actually super excited about is croaker! We are seeing more croaker being caught in this area the bay than we have in years, including some really nice sized ones! Soft crabs seems to be the bait of choice for this fish as well, and they are easy to catch from piers in the rivers and the main bay! Lots of white perch and spot are also being caught in the rivers and bay using pieces of soft crab on a bottom rig or sabiki rig. Additionally, reports from our White Perch Open last weekend indicate that Beetle Spins are a great lure to target perch with!