Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report October 5, 2015
The fall season is upon us, ladies and gentlemen! The rivers are loading up with plenty of football sized stripers in the shallows and main river channels throughout the Severn, Magothy, South, and Eastern Bay. Look to top water fish Smack-It’s, Zara Spooks, MirroLures, and Rebel Poppers on structure and shallow grass flats from 2 to 5 ft of water. Another great option past top water is stick baits, spinnerbaits, chatter baits, and anything you would use to catch a largemouth, the only difference is these guys have stripes! The jig bite has been hot as well with plenty of bait loading up off of Hackett’s and Tolly point in the midst of bluefish and a few weakfish with sting silvers and tin jigs. Although the chumming bite has been productive, the grade of fish is in much shallower water. Bridge fishing remains solid as well as trolling spoons and bucktails along channel edges cutting through schools off the main channel from the bridge on down to Thomas Point.
Plenty of blues are still around being caught around bait balls and breaking rockfish. Sting silvers, Kastmaster’s, and Hopkins spoons are still an effective tool to utilize while they are still here, although the better grade of blues seems to be further south around Poplar and such. If you are going to use bait, cut alewives are still an effective option chumming in 15 to 25 ft. of water.
It seems as though the last cold front we had pushed the mackerel right on south out of the Bay. They do not tolerate a temperature drops well but who can complain, what a heck of a year for the ol’ Mack Attack!
We are starting to hear more and more reports of keeper trout being caught jigging down off of Tolly and Thomas Point across to Gum Thickets here and there. Look for the birds, and the breakers and use smaller metal spoons and bucktails of various sizes and colors.
Still plenty of perch to be caught although they are staging up to move into their winter holes so once you find them STAY ON THEM. Ten to twelve-foot holes in the creeks are producing solid grades of black backs, as well as a great bite at the bridge pilings on bloodworms and razor clams on a slack tide.
For the most part, the red drum have moved on South and out of the bay or at least in our neck of the woods. Reports are still coming in from down South around Point. Lookout, but, for the most part, the run of ol’ Mr. Spot Tail is done and gone for the year.
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