Image: Left: Brennan Horton caught this rockfish trolling spoons with his dad Nathan near Tilghman Island. Right: Kaileigh Maggio was trolling for rockfish around the mouth of the Severn River when she caught this Spanish Mackerel!
Rockfish: The best Rockfish bite has been north of the bridge around the mouth of the Chester River, the Patapsco River, Belvedere Shoals and Tolchester. However, we’ve also gotten good reports from the Mouth of the Severn, down to Eastern Bay, Poplar Island and Tilghman Island. Trolling is a good way to cover a lot of ground in these areas! Troll lighter, smaller profile tandem rigs or spoons. Use The topwater bite has really picked up in shallow water at first light and in the evening. Look for points, structure or of course, breaking fish. A Rat-T-L trap is also a great lure to throw at breaking fish. Try a Rat-L-Trap around the Love Point and Bay Bridge rockpiles as well!
Mackerel and Bluefish: Bluefish and Mackerel are still in the area the whole way to up to the mouth of the Severn. While bluefish are still plentiful, the mackerel are a bit more scattered. But if you are moving from one area to another, fast trolling some spoons on the way is a fun way to do it. It certainly doesn’t hurt, and you might catch one of them! If you really want to try for a larger harvest of mackerel, your best bet will be to head south to the Little Choptank or Chesapeake Beach.
Perch and Puppy Drum: Perch and Puppy Drum are still being caught in all of the rivers around our mid-bay area! A small paddletail will target the puppy drum and catch large perch as well. Soft crab is also a great bait to use!
Cobia and Bull Reds: Cobia fishing is hot anywhere from Solomon’s down south into Virginia waters, and we are also getting reports of schools of bull reds in the area! Troll surgical hoses or spoons, or sight cast for Cobia using a bucktail or heavier jig head with a larger plastic. For Red Drum, you can also cast a metal jig beneath breaking fish.