Bluefish Have Arrived

July 5, 2016  |  Bluefish have arrived in the lower Bay in really good size (5-6 pounds). 


The big blues were breaking on the middle grounds east of buoy 72 and just east of the Target Ship. The toothy bluefish were breaking and took cast lures (bucktails, spoons, and sassy shads). Wire leaders are a must; the razor sharp teeth and powerful jaws can wreak havoc on monofilament and fingers. When the fish went down, anglers switched to spoons trolled on the surface until located. 

By the weekend, the Tayor blues ranging from 12 inches to a couple of pounds are on the west side of the Bay from Point No Point Light to Point Lookout. The big brutes are on the eastern edges from the Kedges Straights to the mouth of the Honga. Two to three-pound blues are in the 10 to 12-foot edges from Parker's Creek to Chesapeake Beach and are breaking filling the skies with feeding seagulls.

Rockfish are schooled up in huge quantities from Chesapeake Beach to the Bay Bridge. These fish are big and fat ranging all the way up to 30 inches and weighing 12 to 15 pounds.

The Patuxent has rockfish in the shallows that can be targeted with trolled bucktails and spoons. Lure casters locate a batch and cast top water plugs to them. Trollers in deeper water on the oyster beds are finding rockfish over the 20-inch minimum using spoons and bucktails. Trolling gear with braid line, in line weights (5-6 oz.), and 10 feet of fluorocarbon leader is the ticket. Helens bar north to Sheridan Point and all points in between are holding good-sized fish.

The Potomac has rockfish all up and down from Vermar Beach to the-the 301 bridge. These are small schools and loners.

Hardhead (croaker) continue to be plentiful in all Southern Maryland. They go dormant on slack tides. Croaker will bite on overcast days, but bright sunlight finds them deep and unresponsive until the sun sets. The fish are going into shallow water now at night seeking crab and grass shrimp.

White perch are big and beautiful hitting tiny spinners and Mepps style lures. Find clean water where the plague of sea nettles are absent and fish the moving water at high tide. Bottom fishermen can catch them on bloodworms, squid, and shrimp in the deep water in the rivers. Hawk's Nest in the mouth of Cuckolds Creek in the Patuxent has perch and croaker most every day.

Ken Lamb with handfuls of perch from the Patuxent.
Travis Haffner with a string of white perch from a Patuxent creek.
Oscar Nicholson caught this 13 inch perch at Drum Point Beach in the mouth of the Patuxent.
Snakeheads like this one from this week are in the Patuxent and Potomac.