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Great Fishing Continues this Week

September 12, 2016  |  Great fishing continues this week as rockfish are now in the mouth of the Patuxent and above the Power Plant in good numbers and size.

In addition there are rockfish in the Potomac and Patuxent on the oyster bars and drop offs for trollers and jiggers. The rockfish off Sea Breeze like drone spoons trolled behind planers.

Rockfish are breaking from Flag Harbor north to Chesapeake Beach in the Bay on the western side. These fish are mixed with blues and many are keeper size in excess of 20 inches. They are in pods with birds working in all directions and can be cast to with bucktails, sassy shads, or crank baits like Rattle Traps or Bomber wind cheaters.

These same fish are in the mouth of the Patuxent from the Three-legged to the PR buoy. The fish are on the shoreline at the swimming beach to the Cedar Point lighthouse rocks and in the Cedar Point Rip. The fish in the northern region are bigger; lots of little ones at Cedar Point.

Some big black drum have drifted into the Patuxent. Spot are now in the Patuxent too, but can be tricky to find.

Perch are now back to normal after a week of super high tides. Lure casters and bottom fishermen find plenty of big perch on the change of tides.

Croaker are still around in the rivers in 25 to 30 feet of water and are getting bigger as they feed up getting ready to migrate to the Atlantic next month.

The big redfish and cobia survived the tropical storm and have been caught and sighted near buoy 70 in the Bay, but they are not as steady as before. There will be opportunity for the next two weeks to catch some of these big fish until the cool weather makes them restless for the ocean and routes south.

Catfishing is excellent in the upper Patuxent. The right spot and fresh Alewives will produce a pickup load full of big cats up to 30 pounds. The Potomac has plenty of big catfish too.

Tommy Greenfield landed this 32 pound, 26 inch black drum while spot fishing at Sandy Point in the Patuxent.
Tony Barrett with 20 perch from Lewis Creek off the Patuxent.
Anne Mattingly with a 13 and one quarter inch perch from St. Clements Bay.
Tony Barrett again with catfish from Jug Bay in the upper Patuxent.

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