Trolling for fall Rockfish has been extremely productive over the last week. Fishermen have been reporting large fish and numbers of fish all the way from the mouth of the Magothy River, south to 83A and virtually every channel edge/river mouth in between. Topwater fishing has also been productive in 10′ or less of water in many spots in the Bay this past week. The Narrows, North Point State Park and a few of the other parks in the Annapolis area have all produced fish with surface plugs or sub surface baits.
Productive areas have been in 35 to 45 feet of water, trolling deep white umbrellas and tandems. Many anglers have started to run planer boards as well, trolling a typical fall/winter spread of anywhere from 10 to 25 rods. They have been using a variety of tandems and single baits, which have been producing some decent fish upwards of 40 inches while most remain in the schoolie range of 24 to 30 inches.
The Bay Bridge has been hot the last few days using live eels along pilings at the start of an ebb tide. As far as a jig bite goes, if you can get soft plastics down to where the fish are at off the channel ledges, you can produce a very nice grade of fish with ¾ to 1 oz jig heads and 7 inch Bust ‘Em Baits and Bass Assassins. As far as a bait bite goes, Hackett’s and Tolly’s Points have remained extremely productive in 35 to 40 feet of water, chumming bunker.
The Pickerel bite has been hot folks! Grab your Mepps, Rooster Tails, Bert’s Perch Pounders, Daredevle Spoons, etc. and concentrate on jetties and areas around grass beds and shallow clam beds. We have heard good reports about the Annapolis area in the Severn and Magothy Rivers.
The Perch bite is still on in deep water oyster beds anywhere from 25 to 45 feet of water depending upon the structure. Sting Silvers and small metal jigs have been an effective method to catch these fish. Using jigs, bloodworms, and bull minnows are surefire techniques to have some bottom-fishing fun. If all else fails, head to the bridge and anchor up on some deeper pilings.
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