Image: Left: Brennan and Jace Horton caught three dozen keeper blue crabs running a trot line with their dad Nate near Tilghman Island. They were using chicken necks! Right: Zach LeMaster caught this 9 lb, 30.5 inch snakehead on a black and yellow lunkerhunt popping frog in the Bush River.
Rockfish: Early this week, the live lining action continued up at Hodges Bar, Pooles Island and the Mouth of the Patapsco, but we are predicting that the storm will have pushed them further south.. Try jigging the bay bridge pilings or fishing around the bridge and Love Point with live spot or soft crab, or try trolling small spoons in that area! When trolling for rockfish keep your speed between 1.5 and 3 mph.
Bluefish: Bluefish are all over the middle bay from Thomas Point up to Love Point! Look for schools of breaking bait and cast in to them with metal jigs! Let the metal jig sink below the breaking fish then reel it in catch quickly to catch the larger ones. You can also troll for them with spoons on number one planers!
Speckled Trout: The eastern side of the bay will be the best bet for speckled trout, especially after the rain. Good areas have been the lower Choptank, the little Choptank and the Hoopers Island area, as well as the Tangier Sound. Look for points and grass beds, and use small paddletails on very light jig heads. White and pink continue to be the best colors!
White Perch: Use bottom rigs with bloodworms or fish bites to catch large white perch at the bay bridge, Tolly Point and Hackett Point. In the rivers, use a Chesapeake Sabiki rig over oyster beds or hard bottom, and cast spinners towards shoreline and structure.
Mackerel: As with rockfish, the storm has most likely pushed the Spanish Mackerel back south a little bit. We had reports of them up at Bloody Point and even towards Thomas Point prior to the rain, but your best bet now will be from the Choptank south. The best way to find them is to look for breaking bait fish. Use a metal jig like you would for bluefish, or troll your spoons at a faster speed, 7-9 mph.
Cobia: Chunking with cut alewife and using the live eels in the middle grounds and Virginia waters will most likely still be your best bet for cobia. You can also slowly troll surgical hoses, large spoons and live eels.
Red Drum: Puppy drum are being caught in the shallow waters of the lower bay on soft plastics! Large bull reds will be in deeper water often under schools of breaking fish. Use a heavier jig head and a large soft plastic, or troll large spoons.
Flounder: Flounder are in the lower bay as well!! Bottom bounce gulp over hard bottom or structure and look for ledges.
Crabbing: Crabbing is really picking up! The Severn River is hot, and the Magothy is getting better! Eastern Bay is also a great spot. Try splitting up your trot lines or traps and run some more shallow, 5-7 feet, and some deeper, 8-10 feet. Chicken necks or razor clams are the ticket!