Rockfish: “Rocktober” may be coming to a close, but the bite is still hot! We are getting great reports from just north of the Bay Bridge, around the Baltimore Light, the Seven Foot Knoll, Belvedere Shoal, Podickory Point and the mouth of the Magothy. The mouth of the Chester, Love Point, and just inside the river is also still a great place to fish, and we are getting reports of fish running down around Poplar Island, Bloody Point and the mouth of the Eastern Bay. Trolling and jigging have both been very effective. Troll an umbrella rig with 6 or 7 inch shads, anywhere from 15-30 foot of water. Jig around ledges at 15-20 feet of water. Stop by our Customer Appreciation Event this weekend to pick up the best lures to use right now. Jig heads with holographic shads, BKDs (brand new colors being released this weekend!) Bust’em baits, Z-Man Diezel Minnowz and more. Live lining eels around the Bay Bridge pilings or other structure has also been very successful!
Bluefish: Your last chance for bluefish in Maryland waters this year is down south near Point Lookout and the mouth of the Potomac! Drop sting silvers below schools of breaking fish.
Snakehead: The bite at Blackwater will likely slow down soon, but this week has proven to be fantastic! Chatter baits and spinners with weedless paddle tails have been the lures of choice. Live minnows also work well this time of year. As water temperatures cool, look for late afternoon and early evening to be the best time to catch them.
Pickerel: If fishing from shore this time of year, throw a minnow or a small paddle tail in shallow water to try for pickerel! While numbers have been down in previous years, we are seeing a lot more of them this year!!
Perch: White Perch have moved to deeper water, with large sizes being caught around the bay bridge. A Chesapeake Sabiki Rig is perfect to use there! For Yellow Perch, fish in the rivers from the mouth to the mid-river.
Tautog: Tautog is a cold weather fish so the bite is really heating up on the Route 50 bridge in Ocean City. Use green crab, sand fleas or peeler crab.