Fall Fishing in Full Swing

November 7, 2016  |  Trollers, lure casters, and bottom fishermen are enjoying plenty of rockfish action in the four to twelve pound (24 to 32-inch) range.


The Potomac and Patuxent are chock full of chunky striped bass eager to take bucktails, sassy shads, swimming plugs, spoons and surgical eel lures. The Bay has plenty of rockfish at Cedar Point, the Targets, Point No Point, the Middle Grounds, Point Lookout and most everywhere else.

We have yet to hear of ocean run fish in the 40 to 50-inch range, but some of the bigger fish caught so far have had sea lice. The lice usually indicate ocean migrants, but maybe the drought and warm water temps have brought the lice to us (?).

The big fish may choose to come in late as last year when only a few were caught before the season ended, but the local domestics were very plentiful, and that trend is continuing.

Some bottom fishermen using cut bait have caught some serious rockfish in the Patuxent from Point Patience to Sandy Point.

White perch are in the mouth of the Patuxent at Drum Point, Sandy Point, and Point Patience in the deeper holes at around 40 feet. They like shad darts tipped with bits of bloodworm jigged on the bottom.

There were some big red drum still hanging around this past week, and some bluefish. These species will be driven south with cold weather if and when we get any.

Jason Tomsaic and friends caught rockfish casting lures near Cedar Point.
Michelle Cheoednik with her 11 pound, 31 inch rock that took a cast Bomber Wind Cheater at Cedar Point.
Tony Barrett with a fine bass from local pond.
One of two big Redfish caught in last days of October in the Potomac.
Al Henkell with a shore caught rockfish that took a Storm Shad.