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A Work in Rockfish

Croaker are on the shorelines in the Patuxent as multiple reports of catches totaling in the 30-inch range have come from the Naval Air Station beaches and points. 

 The fish are best caught at dusk and dawn and are hitting bloodworms and squid. The Croaker should be joined by their cousins the Norfolk Spot in the next few days.

White Perch are very active now in the rivers. The creeks are still muddied by the incessant rain, but they will clear up and fill up with Perch with a few dry days.

Crabs turned on this week almost overnight, and the pots are full of bigger ones, though they are still on the poor side. Bigger and fatter crabs will come on the waxing moon starting around mid-month.

Rockfish are hitting lures in everywhere now. The Patuxent was a work in Rockfish all week from Point Patience to Cedar Point in the shallows and under the docks. They love bucktails, sassy shads, long slender crankbaits like Bomber Wind Cheaters, Yo-Zuri Silver Minnows, and most any topwater plug. Get there at daybreak for best results.

The season is setting up to be really great.

Joe Tippet shows off typical Patuxent River Rockfish

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