Three generations of fishing! Anglers owner Charlie, his daughter and Anglers manager Anna, and Anna’s daughter Ella caught perch using soft crab and catfish using fresh alewife!
Rockfish: There are a lot of fish being caught out there and some nice sized ones too! The bite north of the bridge has picked up, with Love Point and Podickory Point being hot spots, but they’re actually catching fish all the way up to Tolchester already! The bite around the bridge has been good too. Jigging is the most popular method to catch fish right now, and you’ll still want to use those larger 7-8 inch baits! Live lining spot is also very productive in these same areas though! We have spot available, and they are already extremely easy to catch around structure! Additionally we’ve heard several reports of people catching nice rockfish chumming. Previously chumming had really only been producing catfish, but now you are likely to catch some catfish and some nice rockfish too!
Perch: White perch are plentiful in the rivers! Spinner baits like Perch Pounders are working well, along with our favorite Chespaeake Sabiki Rigs from Hayabusa! We now have two new Chespeake Sabiki Rigs, the Grass Shrimp Edition and the White Perch Edition, designed exclusively for Anglers by Hayabusa. While spinners work well in shallow water and around structure, Sabiki Rigs work great in 10-20 feet of water over hard bottom. You can tip them with grass shrimp or fish bites, but they also catch fish without any bait at all!
Speckled Trout: The rain and colder weather this week seems to have pushed trout back down the bay a little bit. They are still biting down in Tangier, but the bite around the mouth of the Choptank and the mouth of Potomac seems to have turned off. So for now heading down to the Islands is your best bet, but more warm weather is in forecast, so look for it to pick up in the middle bay area again soon. Look for them in about 4-6 feet of water around points, flats and grass beds, and use 3/16 or 1/4 oz jig heads with 3-4 inch paddletails.
Red Drum: We are already starting to get reports of puppy drum being caught in places like the Patuxent and South Rivers, usually as a by catch while perch or trout fishing. It’s a promising sign that it might be another great summer for them! Meanwhile down in Virginia waters they are catching big Bull Reds! We’ll let you know as soon as hear reports of them in Maryland waters!
Crabbing: Crabbing is really picking up in any of the rivers south of the bridge! Rivers north of the bridge, such as the Magothy, is picking up as well but a bit more slowly. You’ll need to weed through a lot of small crabs to catch a couple of dozen. In the rivers south of the bridge though, people are catching nice sized, full crabs!