Fourth of July, Cool Weather and Hot Fishing

June 27, 2016  |  All the stars have aligned: perfect weather, a holiday weekend, and abundant fish.


The white perch and croaker are in all the creeks and rivers waiting to be presented with bait or lure. The high tides are best with water moving on the ebb and flow. The croaker are consistent in the 10 to 12 inch range with a gradual growth in size.

The rockfish are schooled up in the northern regions bay in huge quantities and in size ranging from 20 to 34 inches. Boats out of Deale and Chesapeake Beach have the fish at their doorstep. Bait and fish are in profusion at the Bay Bridge and north to Baltimore Harbor.

Individual rock and small schools are in the Potomac and Patuxent on the shorelines eager to take cast lures. These fish are smaller and many are under the 20 inch minimum.

The word is out that cobia are on the Middle Grounds and in the vicinity of the Target ship. Chummers using cut bait are sighting, hooking, and occasionally landing these big fish that are in the 35 to 45 pound category. Live bait like small crab, bait fish, and eels will generate strikes in the chum line.


Rockfishing up the Bay near the Bay Bridge on The Miss Susie.

Rockfishing up the Bay near the Bay Bridge on The Miss Susie.

Rockfishing up the Bay near the Bay Bridge on The Miss Susie.

Alessandra Fabian with her 12 and 12 inch croaker from the St.Mary's River.
Ken Lamb with white perch form a creek off the Patuxent.
Leisa and Tony Barrett and their catch of 24 perch form a Patuxent Creek.
Leisa Barrett and 12 inch perch.
Rockfishing up the Bay near the Bay Bridge on The Miss Susie.