Main Image: Liz Coats with an 11 inch perch from Cedar Point, NAS.

July 15th, 2020 - Excitement About Cobia

There is a lot of excitement about cobia in the bay.

Fishermen are chumming using frozen chum logs or grinding fresh alewives, chunking fresh alewives, using cut alewife or live eels or spot for bait. Big cobia are caught in chum lines everyday, but there are plenty of folks striking out on the cobia, but landing bluefish that are now moving in in good numbers. Other visitors to chum lines are bull redfish in the 40 pound category, and skate (cow nosed rays).

Trollers using big surgical eel lures are catching cobia in the mud leads and on the middle grounds below the target ship.

Left: Ken Lamb with white perch from the Patuxent. Right: Paulo Santos and his 18 inch trout from the shoreline of Cedar Point, NAS.

Spot have been in the mouth of the Patuxent for about a month, and now they are in the Potomac around Piney Point, St. George Island, and Ragged Point. Spot and perch are being caught at the public fishing area off the rocks at Piney Point at the foot of the bridge to St. George Island. The spot and perch catches at Point lookout have been very good.

Speckled trout are being caught in the creeks and rivers all over southern Maryland. Lure casters are finding hungry trout in the shallows in the 15 to 22 inch range in the Potomac, St. Mary's River, and in the Patuxent.

Left: Brandon Teston leads the July big perch contest with this 11 1/2 inch beauty from Tall Timbers that took a Beetle Spin lure. Right: Eric Packard is catching trout like this in the Patuxent daily.

Rockfish catches are good in the Potomac and Patuxent on any given day for trollers, lure casters, and bottom fishermen. The oyster bars above Brooms Island in the Patuxent have been consistent for trollers.

Fresh water fishermen are finding plenty of largemouth bass in the ponds and at St. Mary's Lake.

Speckled trout from Point Lookout Bar. The big one got away!