Main Image: Robin Bradfield with three huge catfish from the Potomac near the 301 Bridge.

August 12th, 2020 - Dog Days of August

Good news continues for fishermen as bottom fish (spot, perch, and catfish) are plentiful and eager to bite.

Spanish mackerel are in the ship's channel all up and down the mid to lower bay with plenty of hefty bluefish mixed in.

Rockfish are hitting all manner of lures most everywhere. The Potomac River proper opens up for 20 inch minimum keepers, two per day, on August 21st, that is Friday after next. Maryland closes down on Aug. 15 and is out for a couple of weeks reopening Sept. 1.

There are some huge redfish (channel bass) schooled up and traveling around at a fast pace in the bay from Point No Point to Smith Point on the middle grounds and the mud leads, Where they will come up on a surface break is any body's guess, but they follow the mackerel around looking for a feast.

Cobia are taking a break (some think for spawning), but they will be active when the first hint of cooler weather arrives.

Speckled trout and puppy drum are everywhere eating anything that moves, including you lure if you can get it in front of them.

The Tackle Box awaits the first entry for August in the monthly big perch contest.

Keith Bradfield and his 58 pound catfish from the Potomac.

Capt. Dale Coon jigged up this big bull redfish near Point Lookout last Saturday.

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