Image: Anglers Pro-Staff Employee Jimmy headed north of the bridge to jig for rockfish this week, while Pro-Staff Employee Mike headed south to the tangier sound to fish for trout!
Rockfish: There are a lot of nice sized fish being caught north of the bay bridge, and around the bridge itself. Try the sewer pipe, Love Point and up to Tolchester and Rockhall. The mouths of the rivers on the western shore and the Six Foot Knoll and Seven Foot Knoll should be heating up as well. Jigging has been productive, using 3/4-1.5 oz jig heads depending on the current. Live lining is also working well, especially around any kind of structure.
Perch/Spot: Perch and Spot are plentiful in the main bay and in the rivers. They are in deeper water over hard bottom. Try a Chesapeake Sabiki Rig with a 1 oz weight on the bottom and tip it with bloodworm, fish bites, lugworm or grass shrimp. Then just give it a slight bouncing action off of the bottom. They are also starting to move into their summer patterns in the rivers, so fish for them around structure using spinners!
Speckled Trout: The speckled trout bite was great this week from the Little Choptank down to the Honga and in the Tangier Sound around all of the islands. Look for them in shallow water around points, structure and grass flats, but don’t be afraid to move out a bit deeper if you don’t find them in shallow. They do tend to move to secondary ledges in warmer temperatures! Use a 1/4 or 3/16 oz jig head with a 3-4 inch paddletail. Use a steady retrieve with occasional jerks. In heavy grass cover, a lighter weight will help to keep you just above it.
Redfish: Big Bull Reds are still down in Virginia waters but will hopefully be moving into Maryland waters very soon. Using peeler crab or soft crab is a great way to target them! Jigging large plastics works as well. In Maryland waters, we are hearing reports of nice sized Puppy Drum being caught on small paddletails.
Snakehead: The normal Eastern Shore spots around Blackwater are still producing a consistent bite, but we are also getting reports of people catching snakehead in the Western Shore rivers such as the Severn and the Magothy while Perch fishing! Throw a Mepps and you never know what you might catch!
Crabbing: Crabs have moved into the rivers! Running a trotline or pull traps in 4-6 feet of water has been successful, and both western shore and eastern shore rivers have been producing!