Main Image: Big stripers are here. This one was caught live-lining a spot bait fish on Capt. Greg Buckner's "Miss Susie" last Saturday.

November 18th, 2020 - Big Rockfish Have Arrived

Big stripers from the Atlantic showed up on Saturday.

Live liners with a cache of live spot had big 40 inch rockfish come to the baits quite unexpectedly on Saturday morning. Capt. Greg on the" Miss Susie " out of Solomons had the fish take live spot all weekend. Trollers also got into the 40 inchers trolling umbrellas and tandems from Cove Point to the Power Plant. We did not get big fish last year until well into December. In previous decades the big ocean run fish started arriving in October, but the last five years or so they were held up until the season was almost closed. Now, we have an entire month of opportunity to land a trophy rockfish.

The huge rain of 6 inches in 48 hours last week on Thursday and Friday seems to have chased the rockfish from the upper reaches of the Potomac and Patuxent. The hot fishing grounds before the deluge went barren Friday and Saturday. It seems that all the fish headed for the bay where the action was hot from Cedar Point to the Targets. Fishing was also good for trollers off Point Lookout and into mid-bay.

More big Rock this week.

Fall run of stripers from the Atlantic has begun!

There is still the chance of catching stripers from the shore. Surfcasters using cut bait or bloodworms can find a big rock seeing food, but the shallow water action will be slow.

Catfish are plentiful and eager to bite most every day in the upper Potomac from Bushwood to the District. The weather for this week looks sunny and warm.

Let's go fishing!

Monster rockfish caught on Capt. Greg's "Miss Susie."

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