December 4, 2019 - Fabulous December
Rockfish are gathered in the mouth of the Potomac and out into the bay in the "Triangle " area.
The fish are feeding on alewife large enough to bring gannets in to feast on the bait balls. The big sea birds like the alewives, or menhaden that achieve the 6 to 12 inch size.
The rockfish we are catching are in the 22 to 30 inch range. The big stripers in the 40 to 50 inch Atlantic Ocean fall run have yet to show up, but they prefer the big bait that is here now and may arrive soon. There have been reports on one or two big rockfish caught around the bay bridge tunnel, but they are unconfirmed.
The fish have been very dependable biting everyday with vast flocks of birds showing the location of the feeding fish. If you get out and can't find active birds, look for birds sitting on the water and motor around looking for fish on the depth finder. You may find them and not get the expected strikes, but they will turn on sooner or later.
Fresh water fishing is very good in the ponds and at St. Mary's Lake. Crappie are hitting live minnows and the bass are loving lures.
A 30 inch fish caught on Capt. Greg Buckner's "Miss Susie".
Julian Tsai cast a Rat-L-Trap in a local farm pond and found this beauty, along with plenty of others on a rainy Sunday.