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Where the Potomac & the Chesapeake meet

20 to 50 lb. Fish - Woo Hoo!

Fishing continues to be fabulous with Spot, Perch, Croaker and Rockfish most everywhere.

Spanish Mackerel are in the Bay in great numbers. Most can limit out (ten per day) on these tasty fish using number two planers and #0 drone spoons, silver on bright days and gold in the clouds. Stay away from breaking fish (mostly undersized Rockfish) and look for bait balls on the depth finder. Troll around the bait and Mackerel will respond; troll fast. This goes for the ship's channel from Smith Point to the Bay Bridge.

Cobia are caught daily and the big bull reds (Channel Bass) are available in the lower Bay from 72A to Tangier Island. Chum and live eels are the key for Cobia, trolled big spoons (Tony #19) will catch the drum.

Rockfish are in the rivers on structure in the shallows at dusk and dawn. Breaking Rockfish are in Cedar Point Hollow with birds showing the way. About one in twenty is 20-inches to keep. The big fish bite better at daybreak for lure casters and jiggers.

Bluefish are scattered about and are mostly snapper sized in the 14 to 20-inch range. Some bigger blues, close to four pounds, showed at Hooper's Island Lighthouse this week for trollers using small surgical eels.

Captain Kyle Johnson found the big bull reds below the Target Ship last Friday and landed an astounding 17 fish from 20 to 50 pounds. Johnson, of Rock Solid Charters, likes to sight cast to the huge channel bass and also trolls for them.

Steve Hemrick with Spanish Mackerel from near Cedar Point
Madden Loving and his 14 and a half inch Croaker. Madden is the leader of The Tackle Box's big Croaker contest for August
Carl Harris caught this 13 and one-quarter inch Croaker off of Solomons Pier
Nathan Bonham landed this 12 and a half inch White Perch in Jutland Creek in the lower Potomac River

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