December 1st, 2017
Welcome to December Folks! Wow, time sure does fly when you’re having fun. We have a couple more weeks left in the Rockfish season (season closes the 20th of December) but there is still good fishing going on! Lots of running and gunning over the last week but once you find them, the bite has been hot.
One of the best areas to start looking for Rockfish is the Bay Bridge pilings. They hold fish all year long, just not always the biggest fish. The best techniques to use there are 1) trolling 2) jigging and 3) live-lining eel. The deeper water, the better. Focus on the 35′-50′ areas near channel edges and deep drop-offs.
Another productive spot over the past week has been the Conowingo Dam down to the mouth of the Susquehanna River. Anglers using jigs and sub-surface plugs have been pulling up keepers there. We’ve heard good things from anglers fishing from shore in the Susquehanna State Park as well.
Further south in this region, the channel edge from Matapeake Pier down to Bloody Point has also been productive. We’ve had reports of schools of breaking fish upwards of 30″+ in 40′ of water. Some of the other productive areas have been the mouth of Eastern Bay, Tolly’s Bar, Calvert Cliffs (power plants) and even further south near Point Lookout.
In this general area some of the better places to catch Rockfish from shore have been Sandy Point, Jonas Green Park, Kent Narrows and Thomas Point Park. At Sandy Point, the night bite has been good using frozen bait like Alewife, Spot, Peeler Crab and you can also live-line White Perch & Eel. At Jonas Green Park and Kent Narrows, live-lining eel near the pilings has been working well. From Thomas Point Park, anglers have had success casting lures and plugs from shore, especially around sunset on a moving tide.
If you don’t feel like heading out into the main Bay, you can bop around the creeks and rivers in this area and still have a great time. Many of the tidal rivers/creeks in this area are holding Pickerel, Yellow Perch and even some Rockfish.
Some of the better areas to focus on are the Magothy River, Severn River, Patapsco River and South River. Starting near the headwaters of these rivers will give you the best chances to hook up with either Pickerel or Yellows. If you’re on the eastern shore, Tuckahoe Creek is a great spot to try out.
Lures and baits that have been working well are Savage Gear swim baits and glide baits. Pro-Staffer Alex Perez prefers a weighted swim-bait hoot with a screw lock and a 4″ paddle tail. This is a great lure to use because it’s weedless, it’s weighted and induces strikes from all kinds and sizes of fish. If the artificial stuff isn’t working for you, the tried and true live bait such as bloodworms or minnows on shad darts or light jigs will always work well.
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