Going Where No Man Has Gone Before (Sorta)
Rockfish are the primary target for fishermen now as the water cools and clears.
Stripers are in the shallows at dusk and dawn around structure, and in in the mouths of creeks on falling tides.
Speaking of tides, there has been very little water movement this week. There have been two tides: low and lower with very lazy flow. These conditions are typical of October with calm wind and falling temperatures. This shortens the feeding time of fish and puts emphasis on being the first caster or troller in the right spot.
Cedar Point has many locations where tide eddies, rocky shorelines, rock piles, and other structures will find Rockfish eager to take cast lures (crankbaits, jigs, bucktails, and surface poppers). Trollers in the shallows up the Patuxent using bucktails and small spoons are doing well. An 18 inch Redfish was taken there over the weekend. I have caught Reds as late as Halloween, but the last of these tropical fish will be gone soon. Deep trollers find fish in 30 to 40 feet on the oyster bars in both the Patuxent and Potomac.
The Honga River and Hooper Straights have a wealth of structure points for hefty Rockfish. Capt. Brady Bound on the "Miss Lena" (301-904-0471) is an expert on sight casting and his boat is perfect for taking parties to sight cast for fish in skinny water. Barren Island and Hoopers Island straights, the Honga River, and the thoroughfares of Bloodsworth Island are his specialty. He can take you where no man has gone before (sorta) and put you on fish in a ditch with a mud hole at the end where you would never guess a 26 inch rockfish ventures.
There are plenty of Perch for bottom fishermen in the rivers. Creek fishing is difficult with these low tides. A bit of rain and bigger tides will give us back that resource until some real cold comes along. Spot are still hanging around, and they are mostly jumbo size.
Bass fishing is very good now in ponds and St. Mary's Lake. Crappie fishing in the lake should take off soon.