Cover Image: Anglers Pro-staff employee Mike F. caught this puppy drum while kayak fishing with a popping cork near Point Lookout! Right: Eric Packard also fished the Potomac this week and caught speckled trout, red drum, mackerel, blue fish and more!
Rockfish: There’s an outstanding rockfish bite around the bay bridge, at the sewer pipe just north of the bridge, and north of the bridge at spots such as Love Point and the 7 Foot Knoll. There are a lot of small fish that you’ll need to safely release, but there are some really nice sized fish in the mix! The rivers are also good spots to fish right now. Just inside the Chester has been good, along with the Magothy River and the Patapsco River. The Severn has slowed down a bit, but there are still fish to catch there! Live lining Spot and using Soft Crab have been productive methods of fishing. Jigging and topwater in the early mornings and late evenings are also good options to try!
Mackerel and Bluefish: Mackerel and Bluefish are being caught as far north as the shipping channel outside of the mouth of the Severn! Fish the tide change, especially in the evening. Troll from there south using #1 or #2 planers and small spoons to find them. If you see schools of breaking fish, cast a metal jig such as a G-Eye Jigs Rain Minnow! Click here for a video about how to fish a rain minnow lure!
Red Drum: Schools of Red Drum are being found as far north as Taylors Island across to the Gas Docks. Your best bet it to ride around looking for them on your side scan, then jig for them, or to troll to find them. Trolling surgical hoses and large spoons works well.
Cobia: Cobia are found a little futher south than Red Drum, near Solomons and the Target Ship. You can troll for them the same way as Red Drum, with surgical hoses and large spoons on number 2 0r 3 planers. You can also look for them on and sight cast a bucktail to them, or you can use live eels or fresh alewife!
Panfish: Perch, Spot and Croaker fishing is still excellent all over the bay and in the rivers. Small pieces of soft crab and razor clams still seem to be the most productive baits! Look for structure, hard bottom or oyster beds!
Crabbing: Crabbing continues to be pretty good in the rivers even with the hot water temperatures. You’ll just want to move a little deeper to 6-8 feet. There is a mix of very small crabs along with large, full crabs, so you’ll have to weed through the small ones but should be able to get some nice ones as well!