Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report – July 6th, 2018
We hope everyone had a safe and happy 4th of July holiday! It sure was a HOT week and we’re looking forward to a cooler, less humid weekend! Over the last week we’ve seen great fishing in several areas and we’re excited about what this weekend looks like. If you’re planning on heading out, stop by the shop to grab fresh bait, supplies and any other last minute items you may need!
The Chumming bite continues to be the most productive way to catch fish right now. We noticed the HOT bite moved north of Swan Point around Gale Shoals and Hodges Bar this week. Love Point, Podickory Point and the Bay Bridge were also areas where anglers are catching fish, just not the same grade or as many. For a few hours of fishing, bring a Chum Log or two, a few bags of FRESH Bunker, in-line 6/0-8/0 circle hooks and a couple ounces of weight on fish-finder rigs.
Cut the FRESH Bunker into 1″-2″ chunks and fish that on the hook. Use FROZEN Bunker for your cut chunks and throw those all around your boat. Anglers are targeting fish in 25′-35′ of water early in the morning or later in the evening during a transitioning tide.
If you’re fishing around the Bay Bridge, look to use Soft Crab bait banded to a circle hook with enough weight to get it to bottom. Keeper size fish are being caught pretty regularly with some throw-backs and one or two overs mixed in.
The topwater bite has been on fire this past week. Anglers are finding breaking fish early in the morning around the same areas as the Chumming fleet. The Bay Bridge rock piles have also been a decent spot to target them. Look to use either a Smack-It, Chug Norris or a Whopper Plopper and hang on!
Jigging has also been good this past week. Anglers are finding fish around the Bay Bridge pilings, around the Triple Buoys in the Love Point area and further north in the Patapsco around the Key Bridge. Popular colors have been chartreuse/white as well as natural bunker colors.
The Trolling bite has been much like others, it continues to trend northwards. Focusing on the channel ledges around the mouths of the rivers in 25′-40′ of water has been ideal. Bouncing surgical tubes off the bottom or pulling spoonbrellas were the two most popular rigs this week. Purple, Red, Green or Blue tubes were all good color choices this week.
The Perch bite has been hit or miss depending on where you’re fishing. Anglers fishing the creeks/rivers around this area are finding some fish early in the morning around shallow structure. Ideal spots are going to have grass, bait, structure and should have easy access to deep water. With water temps increasing the best times to fish are going to be early in the morning or later in the evening. Look to use spinner baits in shallow water or bait fished on the bottom in deeper water. Good baits to use are the Perch Pounders in your favorite color, Bloodworms, Soft Crab or Razor Clams on top & bottom rigs.
If you’re looking for an awesome/fun tournament to get into, we have opened registration for our 3rd Annual White Perch Open on August 19th. You can head over to our WPO page to register now! There is an adult & children’s division so sign the whole family up!
As water temps rise, fish are finding deeper holes and structure to retreat to. Look to find fish around vegetation, fall-downs or submerged stumps. Present an easy meal with a flipping jig, stick worm or spinnerbait. Fish these baits slow but deliberate. When the water is hot, fish get lazy. You’ll need to give them a larger easy presentation to entice a bite. Be patient and persistent. Keep your color choices simple. Black/Blue in stained water. Green Pumpkin in clear water.
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