Awaiting Fall Fun of Big Rockfish
Weather and tides got the fishing in a tangle most of last week.
The humid, tropical air and easterly winds made conditions poor for the fish and uncomfortable for the fishermen. Then a cool front came with a North wind through dropping temperatures and chasing the water out of the bay. Going from super high tides to super low tides confuses man and beast.
The Rockfish remained consistent in rivers and bay this week for lure casters and trollers. Top water lures are still bringing strikes in the shallows. Trollers are finding Stripers on the oyster bars in 30 to 40 feet in both the Patuxent and Potomac. There have been few breaking fish this week, but a bright spot has been the mouth of the Patuxent where lots of birds are tending bait fish driven to the surface by Rockfish, mostly too short to keep.
Live-liners are finding Rockfish out of Solomons both north of Cove Point and south to the targets. This fishing is good, but the charters are having to work hard to get limits. The Spot and Perch are being caught near the Three-legged and off the O'Club.
We are awaiting the fall fun of big Rockfish from the ocean. The first of them may come this weekend.
Perch in the creeks are in the deep holes and go closed-mouth on extreme low tides. The water is clearing up and cooling down, and that will chase the Perch into the rivers. There is bottom fishing for Perch in 20 to 40 feet in both the Patuxent and Potomac.
Huge Catfish are breaking up tackle and spooling reels in the Potomac at night. Fresh Alewives and Peeler or Soft Crabs is best bait.