Cover Image: Left: Anglers Employee Jimmy caught this 50″ Bull Red at Assateague using cut spot on a fish finder rig! Right: LJ of G-Eye Jigs found a mix of Rockfish, Bluefish and some nice sized Mackerel breaking off of Chesapeake Beach! G-Eye rain minnows were the key!
Rockfish: The Rivers are the place to be for Rockfish, whether it’s the Severn, Magothy, Patapsco, or Chester. There is a decent bite in the main bay too though. Fish the mouths of the rivers or, north of the bridge try the six foot knoll, the seven foot knoll or Hodges Bar. Further south in the bay, shallow water seems to be the way to go! Fish jerk baits or 4-5 inch paddletails along the shoreline. Live lining spot is still productive, although many anglers are switching over to jigging 7-10 inch plastic. Look for schools of fish on your fish finder. Trolling also continues to be a popular method of fishing. Top water in the morning and evening is also a lot of fun!
Because the weather has remained pretty warm, we really aren’t seeing “Rocktober” like we normally do this time of year! Hang in there though, it’s coming. The end of the this month and November will pick up!
Mackerel/Bluefish: The weather, and the water temperature in the bay has continued to remain pretty warm, and as a result there are still mackerel and bluefish in the mid bay! There are good numbers of them breaking anywhere from Chesapeake Beach, south. Casting seems to be more productive than trolling at this time. Cast a metal jig such as a rain minnow into the breaking fish. You don’t need to reel super fast right now, just do a steady retrieve while occasionally pausing it and jigging it a little bit. These fish are going to continue to move south, so get them while you can!
Speckled Trout: There is a nice speckled trout bite in the lower bay, on the western shore side from Piney Point to Point Lookout, and on the eastern shore from the mouth of the Choptank down in to the Tangier Sound. Use 3-5 inch paddle tails on light jig heads, or a popping cork!
Redfish: The big excitement of the last couple of weeks has been the big bull reds that are migrating down the coast. You can catch them from the surf from Assateague down to Chincoteague. Almost any cut bait will work. Try spot, mullet or alewife and get fresh if possible! You can also catch kingfish or bluefish using fish bites and cut them up for bait! In the lower bay, there are also puppy drum mixed in with those speckled trout in the lower bay too!
Pickerel: Pickerel fishing in the rivers is really picking up! There are lots of lures for that work for them! Paddletails, jerk baits, spinners and more. You can also use live minnows! Cast around shoreline and structure like downed trees in the rivers.