Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report September 28, 2015
Well, fall fishing is in full effect! Top water has been crushing solid fish 18 to 26 inches ranging anywhere from Hackett’s to Thomas Point, and most jetties and structure in 2 to 6 feet of water. The jig bite has also been hot lately up around the western ledge from Tolly’s on North. Bridge fishing has remained strong, using half-ounce jigs and bass assassins, although throwing metal for the breakers we are still seeing is the best option as you don’t have to replace baits every 30 seconds. Small crankbaits up in shallow flats have been doing solid as well (RatlTraps, Stick baits, Who Dats, etc.). For the trollers out there, fishing has remained solid around most of your key edges along the western shore from the bridge on south to Thomas Point next to pods of alewives. If you are looking for good bait, Hackett’s and Tolly’s have been very productive live lining eels in 15 to 25 feet of water. You can also head just north of the bridge around the mouth of the Chester River at Love Point. Chumming remains effective. However, the grade has been dropping off, which means lots of smaller fish.
The Blues are still hanging around, but with cold fronts moving in it could mean for not much longer. In the meantime, plenty of bluefish are being caught among Stripers and Mackerel, breaking along the western edge. Primarily there are not a lot of big boys to speak of up north, but a great grade of blues has been recurring south of the Choptank towards Hoopers Island for those who feel like making the run. Stingsilvers, got-cha plugs, kastmasters, and anything metal is a sure bet.
Though they have been reported as far north as Love Point this year, this cold front pushing thru this week means they will likely be heading south and out of the Bay, shortly. As of now, we are hearing a lot of reports along the South River where there has been a steady supply of silversides and bay anchovies which means macks, and a lot of them. Success has been seen in 15 to 35 feet of water along edges, trolling clark and drone spoons at about 7 knots has been the ticket, specifically gold spoons on number 2 planers.
There is still plenty of reds to be caught at the mouth of Eastern Bay down to the mouth of the Choptank and Sharps Island. Though they are tough to target, look for breaking blues and throw some bigger soft plastics on heavy heads down to the bottom and see what happens! Trollers have still been picking up a few while rock fishing along channel edges in the bay.
Still plenty of black backs to be caught, although they are starting to stage up to move to deeper holes. Spinners, darts, spoons, and anything resembling a small bull minnow or grass shrimp is a sure fire way to fill up a cooler quick. Still look for your structure on a moving tide in shallow and have a ball!
As always…Tight lines guys and gals,
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