Image: Left: Donnie Tang caught this 48″ Cobia off of Cape Charles using cut bait! Center: Anglers manager Anna Driscoll’s daughter Ella caught her first perch in the Magothy River! Right: Johnny Velasquez caught a 23″ rockfish using soft crab at Romancoke Pier.
Rockfish: We now have live spot available! Live-lining spot has been productive around the bay bridge pilings and other structure such as the Baltimore light, the Thomas Point Lighthouse and the Bloody Point Lighthouse. Use size 6 or 7 circle hooks and a light sinker if there is a lot of current. Trolling the channel ledges south of the bridge is also a great way to catch rockfish right now. Use lighter, 4 oz tandem rigs. Fishing the shallow waters of Eastern bay with 4-5 inch paddle tails has also been successful, along with top water around structure!
Perch: Perch are being caught in shallow waters of all of the rivers now! Use a spinner such as a perch pounder and cast towards structure, or use a Chesapeake Sabiki rig in deeper water over hard bottom or oyster beds. You can also use small jigs to catch large perch around the Bay Bridge pilings.
Off-Shore Tuna Fishing: Good numbers of Yellowfin and Big Eye Tuna are being caught at the canyons off of Ocean City. Troll daisy chains or use cut ballyhoo!
Trout: Sea trout fishing continues to be productive from Hoopers Island south! Use a 4-5 inch paddle tails on 1/4-1/2 oz jig heads and look for grass beds!
Mackerel: We are starting to see mackerel coming in to lower Maryland waters! Troll Clark Spoons or Trolling Bomber Spoons on #1 or #2 planers at about 7 mph.
Snakehead: Rain and spawn have caused the snakehead bite to be a bit inconsistent. At Blackwater, using a white topwater frog is a good bet, along with chatterbait. The Patuxent and Jug Bay have also been good spots, as well as the Susquehanna flats. The Potomac has been great for bow fishing! Our Monster Snakehead Hunt ends Sunday, so if you are registered now is the time to get out there and catch some big ones!