Maryland Fishing Report

August 2nd, 2019

Welcome to August! The dog days of summer are here and the fishing has been just as hot! We’ve had several reports over the last week with unusual catches scattered throughout the bay, including Pompano, Bonita and Cutlassfish as well as Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish and Cobia moving in! It’s always nice to have exciting stuff to target as the summer winds down. We’re also excited for our White Perch Open which is set for Sunday August 18th at Podickory Point Yacht Club. For full details regarding the event and to register, head on over to the White Perch Open page! You really don’t want to miss this year’s event!

Rockfish

Live Lining/Chumming

Tom Rennie came down from Michigan to get out on the Chesapeake and had success live-lining Spot near Love Point! Way to go Tom! Photo courtesy of Ron McClain.

As the summer rolls on, the live lining bite continues to be the most efficient and productive way to catch some decent keeper Rockfish. With that said, we have seen a TON of throwback fish being caught. Some of the better spots this week were typical spots like the area around Swan Point (north to Pooles Island), the triple buoys in the Love Point area, Podickory Point and the eastern shore side of the bay bridge pilings . Chumming with LIVE/FRESH Soft Crab or Alewife on an in-line 7/0-9/0 circle hook has been the ticket in 15′-25′ of water in these areas.

We have plenty of Spot available as well as Soft shell and Peeler crab in stock! Stop by the shop on your way out to grab what you need!

Light Tackle Casting

Nice sized Rockfish are being caught on topwater very early in the morning and also late in the evening. Areas where you can target them on top are in 10′ or less along ledges in the Eastern Bay, around Thomas Point and also around shallow structure that has deep water close by. The rock piles under the Bay Bridge as well as the area around the Kent Narrows bridge are decent spots to target them on top before the sun comes up.

Jigging for these fish is also working well around vertical structure like the Bay and Key Bridge pilings. Look to find them in 15′-20′ of water near these pilings. Some other areas that have been producing have been the channel ledges in the mouth of the Eastern Bay and just north of Poplar Island.

Trolling

In the upper or middle bay area trolling is going to be nearly impossible. There is just so much debris that planer boards and lines are getting fouled up quickly. If you can find clean/clear water in the southern portion of the bay look to use hoses and spoons on size 1 planers. Ideal tube colors are going to be Red, Purple and Green. Look to use size 17 gold Pet Spoons. Some decent spots further south are going to be between the mouth of the Patuxent River to the mouth of the Potomac River.

Perch/Spot/Croaker

Brecken Ellington caught his first couple fish at 2yrs old! Brecken managed to get into some perch with his dad this week! Always great to see the next generation get started fishing! Photo courtesy of Cody Ellington.

Despite the hot water conditions, Perch have been biting like crazy. The tidal rivers in the middle bay area have been producing good numbers of Perch, especially in 8′ of water or less around submerged structure. Look to use a small spinnerbait like the Perch Pounder in Jamie’s Halloween or Chartreuse/Gold blade. Other good spinners are the Mepps Super Roostertail or the Beetlespin with a Mr. Twister soft plastic trailer.

You can find Perch and Spot in deeper water as well. Look for hard shell bottom in 10′-20′ of water. Popular baits are going to be Soft Shell Crab, Bloodworms or Razor Clams rigged on top & bottom rigs with 1/2oz of weight. You can also vertical jig a Hyabusa Chesapeake Sabiki rig around the same areas with no bait at all and you’ll end up catching a good amount of perch, assuming the bite is on! If you’re bottom fishing, don’t be surprised if you hook into a decent Channel or Blue Catfish!

We’ve had several good reports of Spot and Croaker in the Choptank at Bill Burton’s fishing pier. The Sabiki rig will work for them as will pieces of bloodworm/razor clams on bottom rigs!

On August 18th we are holding our 4th Annual White Perch Open tournament! It’s a fantastic tournament for the entire family as there is a children’s division and an adult division. The fun filled event will be held at Podickory Point Yacht Club and begins at 1pm. To register and for more details, head on over to the White Perch Open page! Good luck and tight lines!

Spanish Mackerel/Bluefish

Isaac got to troll some spoons with his granddad, Eric Packard, and managed to land a bunch of Bluefish and Spanish Mackerel! Great times guys! Photo courtesy of Eric Packard!

Lots of reports of Mackerel and Blue fish being caught in the middle bay area around the Target Ships. Trolling small spoons on size 1 or 2 planers has been a popular way to fish for them. Spoons in gold, silver or white have been good and hoses in red or purple are also good options. Casting to them with G-Eye rain minnows or hard metal jigs is also a fun way to catch these fish!

Coastal Fishing

Regular contributor Eric Packard landed some Mahi this week while fishing off Ocean City! From Eric “Fished Friday with a few friends off Ocean City. Casting around the bass pots and catching some mahi-mahi. We were using squid and I was casting a white fluke. Great day of fishing.” Good stuff Eric!

Surf fishing in Ocean City has been good for a mix of kingfish, small bluefish, croakers, spot, and flounder. Bloodworm is going to be the best bait to use for the kingfish, spot and croaker. Finger mullet is the bait of choice to catch bluefish.

Anglers are catching bluefish around the inlet and Route 50 Bridge area with good tidal movement. They often come in on a flood tide and can be caught by casting bucktails, metal or Got-Cha lures. Some large flounder are being caught by live-lining spot or by casting Gulp baits. A few triggerfish have been showing up at the South Jetty lately and can be caught on sand fleas or pieces of squid.

Flounder fishing has been good in the back bay channels this week. Lots of throwbacks with some decent keepers mixed in rewarding the dedicated anglers. Never forget the old addage, “big bait, big fish”! Use larger baits such as Gulps or live spot can often increase the chances of catching larger flounder.

Unusual Catches

Regular contributor Eric Packard caught this Cutlassfish (Ribbon fish) while targeting perch near Piney Point this past week! Super cool Eric!

From Eric:

Fished Piney Point on Monday morning looking for perch and possibly some spotted trout. 
Catching five perch and a greater number of last years recruits of striped bass. 
I then moved to the channel feeding from the Potomac to St Mary’s Creek hoping to avoid catching more small striped bass. 
And, to my surprise. A cutlassfish! Measuring at 29” the fish put up a great fight!!! 
I caught the fish on a 1/10 oz paddle tail jig. I released the cutlassfish. 

Eric Packard
Anthony Hall landed this Atlantic Bonito while fishing just outside of Chesapeake Beach this week! Bonito are very uncommon in the bay and are typically found in shallow Atlantic Ocean waters! Nice catch Anthony!
Scott Hartzell Jr. is the new holder of the Maryland State Record Florida Pompano at 3.375lbs! Scott caught this awesome fish while trolling gold spoons near Stone Rock this week! Photo courtesy of Scott Hartzell.

Largemouth Bass

Many of the area’s freshwater fishing spots are holding a little more water than normal right now. Generally the water is of good quality and the bite has been decent. Look for an early morning bite in shallower water and as the day gets later, the fish will be either taking refuge under docks, trees or moved to deeper points. Topwater in the early morning with a stickbait bite in deeper water as the day goes on.

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