Fishing in our middle bay area continues to get better and better! Alex gives us the weekly rundown in the video above!
Rockfish: The rockfish bite has spread out quite a bit. Some areas like Love Point have been hit or miss, but we have been seeing a number of larger size rockfish being caught further north near Poole’s Island and Hodges Bar. Floating live eels trolling red surgical hoses has been successful in these areas! While the bay bridge has slowed down, we are still seeing some very nice size rockfish being pulled from near the pilings. Live-lining spot continues to produce results in all areas, while soft crab is the best bet if you are fishing from a pier. As you head further south, you will see many schools of rockfish, but they tend to be smaller in size. Try top water fishing near structure and rocks in the rivers and in the Thomas point area!
Perch: Perch are being caught in the creeks primarily with spin baits such as perch pounds and meps spinners. Gold and pink colors have been working especially well! Fish for them in two to six feet of water near structure and rock piles. If you find yourself over an oyster bed, use a Chesapeake Sabiki Rig!
Bluefish: An exciting number of Bluefish are being reported in our middle bay area! They are primarily being caught trolling. In-line rigs and billy bar rigs are working well, so are red surgical hoses! Troll at speeds just slower than you would for Spanish mackerel to catch more bluefish.
Spanish Mackerel: While they are being caught further north, trolling from Tolly Point down to Bloody Point and the top side of Poplar island will be your best bet for catching larger numbers of mackerel! Troll from 7-8 knots with number one or two planers and smaller sized spoons. Cast into schools of breaking fish and diving birds with casting spoons or rain minnows!
Crabbing: There are some jumbo sized crabs coming out of the rivers on the western side of the bay! Outgoing tide in the early morning and late evening hours and chicken necks or razor clams will be your ticket to success!