Maryland Fishing Report

June 7th, 2019

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Rockfish

Trolling

This past week we found that downsizing your spreads really paid off. Trolling 4″-6″ baits including spoons & spoonbrellas seemed to be the hot ticket. One great area was the mouth of the Eastern Bay, just south of Bloody Point. The northwest side of Poplar Island was also a decent spot to target. Pretty much in/around the Eastern Bay was the hottest spot for Trolling this past week.

Jigging

Regular contributor Eric Packard landed this pretty fish while jigging just outside Calvert Cliffs. He reports catching 135 fish between 3 people!! Using barbless vertical and standard jigs and silver/purple trailers. FUN day Eric!!

Jigging has been on fire this week. The majority of the fish we were all catching were jigged up. 1/2oz-3/4oz G-Eye Jigs (or your favorite jighead) with 6″ Chartreuse trailers were a hot bait. Focusing on transition points and structure like channel ledges and bridge pilings in 25′-35′ of water was ideal. Some of the better locations were the Bay Bridge, Love Point (Triple Buoys), Eastern Bay (The Hill) & Thomas Point Lighthouse.

Chumming/Live Lining

Christian Schou landed a few nice keepers while fishing soft crab around the bay bridge pilings. Nice fish Christian!

Fishing soft crab around the bay bridge pilings has been the ticket to landing your limit of keepers. Watch for a moving tide, and pitch soft crab on a in-line circle hook weighted with a 1.5oz sinker on a fish finder rig. Fishing fresh bunker (alewife) on the bottom around Love Point, Podickory Point, Hacketts point and Thomas Point has been landing a heavy mix of catfish.

We do not have Spot in stock yet but we’re anticipating their arrival within the next few weeks. As of right now, live-lining Eels has been decent around the Bay Bridge pilings, Love Point and Thomas Point. Make sure you’re using an in-line circle hook when either Chumming or Live-Lining!

Perch

The Perch bite continues to be hot right now. Plenty of fish are being caught in 5′-40′ of water all over the Bay and in the rivers. Target shoreline or submerged structure like rip-rap, piers, bulkheads or bridge pilings. Fish either Razor Clams, Bloodworms or Soft Crab on the bottom with an ounce of weight. You can also have some fun with spinnerbaits like Mepps or Bert’s Perch Pounders casting to submerged structure like pier pilings and utilize a slow retrieve close to the bottom!

Ocean City/Coastal Fishing

Jason Wilson says “Had a great day at the Baltimore canyon on Sunday limiting out on blue fin! Trolled with frozen ballyhoos in cooler than expected water (65º). Pictured are a 40″ 49lb blue fin and a 89lb 48″ blue fin! Great start to the offshore season!”

Many Anglers are catching Flounder, Bluefish and some Rockfish from the piers and bridges in Ocean City. The Flounder bite has been decent with a few keepers mixed in with a ton of throwback size fish. White Gulp Mullet worked on the bottom will catch you some nice Flounder. Surf fishing from the north end of Ocean City up into Delaware Anglers are landing plenty of mixed sizes of Black Drum on Sand Fleas and Sea Clam. We’ve had reports of Sand Tiger and Sand Bar Shark being caught in the same areas.

Allison Lorden got out on the Wizzy this past weekend while in O.C. and managed to pull in this nice Bluefish with Gulp Mullet! Nice fish Allison!

Crabbing

Dylan Keller and Mike Fiore managed to pull in quite a few bushels of nice ones this week. Trotlining razor clams on a good moving tide in 6′-10′ of water!

Crabbing has been slow to start but picking up over the last couple weeks. We’re finding that the best crabbing is in less than 15′ of water on a moving tide. It’s not that great in the rivers like the Magothy or Severn but in the Eastern Bay it’s been decent. Bait your trap with Chicken Necks, Razor Clams or Bunker and set them just before a moving tide. It’s important you are crabbing during a moving tide. You won’t catch many crabs unless the tide is moving.

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