Acres of Surface Splashing Fish

Huge schools of weakfish (gray Trout) are gathered in the Bay at various locations and they are drawing lots of predators.

The Trout are 6- to 14- inches, just right for Rockfish, Bluefish, Channel Bass, and Cobia to munch on. The feeding frenzy locations are at the PR buoy at Cedar Point extending down to the Targets and on to Point No Point Lighthouse.

Breaking Rockfish and Bluefish are feasting daily on smaller bait on the surface and on the tiny Trout below. Acres of surface splashing fish are attracting flocks of seagulls. The big bull Redfish come crashing into the Trout that are driven to the surface and the Reds are following turning the water white with froth. One boat jigging in the middle of this activity had six Reds on at one time last week; the fish are 35- to 45- inches. Alas the regulations do not allow any over 28-inches, but sport fishing for these brutes is some of the best hook and release fishing one can experience.

Blues and Rockfish are in the mouth of the Patuxent, the Potomac and in the Bay from Cove Point north to the Bay Bridge. There are plenty of Rockfish too short, but schools of fish from 22- to 30-inches are scattered about but one must move from one batch breakers to the next to find the big ones.

Lure casters using top water poppers are finding good sized Rockfish at dawn in the Potomac and Patuxent on the shorelines. Trollers are getting keepers (20-inches and over) in the Potomac off St. George Island in the deep trough (30-40 feet). Deep trollers near the 301 Bridge in the Potomac are finding Rockfish mixed with Blue Catfish taking the same small bucktails.

Bottom fishing for Spot and Perch is still very good the lower Potomac and Patuxent. The upper Potomac near the 301 Bridge you’ll find the Spot have shrunk to 4- to 6-inchers. The big ones of late last month are now in Cornfield Harbor and other locations near the mouth at Point Lookout. Some fine specimens of Redfish and Speckled Trout can be caught at any time in the shallows by lure casters, though.

Cobia continue to be caught in the Maryland area of the lower Bay by chummers, trollers, lure casters, and crafty fishermen drifting live eels to sighted fish. Cobia this late in September is a rare treat. The availability of tasty, small weakfish could be a factor.

Rockfish and Blues are being caught off Point Lookout Pier daily. There are both significant quantities and size. Cut fresh alewife is great bait. A 40-inch Cobia was reported caught off the pier this past week. We didn’t see the fish, but we repaired the broken-up rod that caught it!

Darmarion Warrick with another catch of Perch
Ronald Ault caught this 26-inch Speckled Trout in the St. Mary's River