Catching Stripers Hand Over Fist on the Yuckatan
Rockfish, Bluefish, Redfish, Spanish Mackerel, Spot and Perch are all active in Southern Maryland waters.
There are even Cobia still cruising around where several small ones have been taken off Point Lookout Pier in the state park.
I was lucky enough to fish with Capt. Greg Buckner out of Deale, Md. this week. We got on the Stripers live-lining spot and caught them hand over fist near the false channel in the bay out from the mouth of the Choptank. This area is known informally as the "Yuckatan" for reasons unknown to me by the fishing folks in Solomons. The grade of fish was smaller this week (big ones come and go on their own schedule), but they were eager and stacked from the surface to the bottom. After getting our limit we moved off to catch Spot for the next day's party and landed around 150 in an hour or so catching them two at the time on many occasions. These Spot were in the mouth of the Choptank . We moved around looking for them and on the third anchor drop we were in the midst of Spot as thick as I have ever encountered. I can say that I enjoyed the Rockfishing and Spot equally.
Bluefish and Mackerel are all up and down the ship's channel chasing bait. Trollers using planers and Drone spoons are loading up. There are schools of Rockfish in mid-bay too attracting seagulls, and some schools contain 22 to 30 inch fish. Capt. Brady Bounds on the Miss Lena (301-904-0471) found some breakers in this size last week while returning from fabulous top water fishing in the Salt Islands. Alas, they already had their limit of smaller fish and released several fish in the 28 to 32 inch range to fight another day.
There are Channel Bass (alias Redfish, Spot Tail, Bull Reds , Red Drum, and Reds) all over in the shallows and deep taking all manner of lures. There are more keeper size this year in the slot (18-27 inches) than I can recall any other season.
An intrepid fisherman targeted Flounder on Tuesday and landed five on live minnows in Tangier sound.
Perch fishing is great in the rivers and creeks with under- sized Redfish and Specked Trout in the mix. The larger creeks have Reds in the slot.
The upper Potomac has Rock and Blue Cats mixed taking Trolled Bucktails. This mixture is a trend that may be the shape of thing to come.