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An Active Fishing Week

September 26, 2016  |  All fish were active this week.

Rockfish are breaking daily in the mouth of the Patuxent from the Three Legged Marker to the PR bouy. The bite in the morning was not as good the evening, but there was plenty of action for everyone with some blues and Spanish mackerel mixed in. Spanish up to 30 inches were caught at buoy 76 in the Bay. The rockfish and blue mix stretch up the Bay all the way from Cove Point to the Bay Bridge with lots of birds and frothy water. Rockfish were caught at Point No Point Lighthouse by lure casters, and breakers are off the Hotel site and Point Lookout. The Potomac is loaded with rockfish - the trick is to catch them in excess of 20 inches to make dinner.

Cobia and big bull red drum are still on the Middle Grounds. Sight casters caught them last week as well as trollers, but this is a diminishing resource as the cool weather will chase them south soon. 

Bottom fishermen can find spot in the mouth of the Patuxent, even up in the creeks. They seem to be making up for lost time as they did not come in until very late in the season. Perch are plentiful and some small speckled trout are now showing up. The croaker are still dependable most everywhere, but they are small. Big white perch are hungry everywhere.

A big school of weakfish (gray trout) was located by jiggers south of the PR buoy under breaking rockfish. The limit on these fish is one per day at 13 inches. The fish found were up to 17 inches.

Catfishing is excellent in both the Patuxent and Potomac. Fresh cut  alewife will find the cats eager to bite.

Tony Barrett with a load of blue catfish from Jug Bay in the upper Patuxent.
Leroy Grumby with a string of croaker, blues and spot from the public fishing pier at the boat launch under the Solomons bridge.
Talon Sanchez shows off a catch of perch and a lone spot caught on beetle spins in a creek off the Patuxent.
Leroy with a 13 inch croaker to lead the big croaker contest for September at The Tackle Box.
Gary McGraw with a 26 inch rockfish from the mouth of the Patuxent in breaking school Friday.

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