October 11, 2018 - This Week
We are having a fabulous rockfish run as the cooler nights and drier weather has brought our stripers to all the usual locations.
The bigger fish can be sought out at dusk and dawn on moving tides in the shallows and around structure for lure casters. The fish will smash top water poppers, swimming lures, bucktails and spoons.
Trollers in light skiffs can cover a lot of water around the shorelines using bucktails and spoons. The Patuxent has rockfish on the oyster beds. Sheridan Point, Captains Point, and the mouth of St. Leonard's Creek have all been good.
Rockfish have been breaking at Cedar Point, Cedar Point Hollow, Point No Point in the bay. The Potomac has had breakers in Calvert Bay and at Point Lookout and at Ragged Point. There are some fine rockfish in the St. Mary's River.
There are huge numbers of stripers that are just under the 19 inch limit most everywhere when they are breaking. If you are getting only under sized fish, try getting all lures as close to the bottom as possible. The big fish will be under the splashers on the top.
Cobia are still in the bay, and sport fishermen who wish to test their equipment on huge fish sought them out this week. The big fish wanted yellow surgical hose lures this week. Last week it was red and orange. Who knows what color they will want tomorrow. The cobia were below the target ship on the middle grounds. The season is over, so all these fish will have to be released.
Bottom fishermen are finding plenty of white perch in the creeks and rivers. There is a remnant of spot left and they are the biggest of the season.
Spanish mackerel are active along with some bigger bluefish. These fish are in the ship's channel throughout our area. Flashy spoons and smaller surgical hose lures are the ticket.
The largemouth bass went on a tear this past week. All fresh water was teeming with hungry bass. Top water frogs are great lures this time of year.