Image: Left: Belinda Chen caught this Cobia near Kiptopeke State Park using fresh alewife. Center: Will Underwood enjoyed fishing on the Wye River with Capt. Guy Pilli. Right: Our Monster Snakehead Hunt wrapped up this past Sunday. The winner was Joey Cover. His heaviest three fish totaled 28.9 lbs!
Rockfish: The bite in the middle bay has been a bit slow! Live lining the bridge, Love Point, Podickory Point, Hacketts and Tollys has produced some fish but it is very hit or miss. Better reports are coming from further north at Hodges Bar and Poole Island. You can also troll the Eastern Shore side of the northern bay. Troll umbrella rigs, tandem rigs or spoons at about 3 mph. Limetreuse is the hot color right now! Heading south, there has been a decent bite at Thomas Point, and the shallow water around Popular Island has been productive in the early morning and evening. Use topwater or 1/4-3/8 jig heads with small paddletails.
Cobia: Cobia are around the mouth of the Potomac, Point Lookout, around the islands, and further south in Virginia waters. Use fresh alewife, sight cast with live eels or bucktails, or troll size 4 spoons.
Mackerel and Bluefish: Mackerel and Bluefish are starting to move up the bay. Troll size 1 or 2 spoons on #1 planers at about 7 mph
Flouder: Yes there are flounder in the bay! You can find them around Point Lookout and the islands. Bottom bounce gulp on a bucktail!
Perch: The perch bite is outstanding right now! The shallows of the rivers are full of them, and there are huge ones at Hackett’s Point and around the bay bridge pilings!
Speckled Trout: Speckled trout fishing in the Tangier Sound continues to be productive, but as the water warms up larger fish will be harder to find. Use paddle tails in shallow grass beds. White has been the hot color!!
Snakehead: Hot weather makes the Snakehead bite tough as well. Early morning or evening at Blackwater will be your best bet. Bow fishing at night in all of the western shore rivers continues to produce fish when they are biting!