October 4, 2018 - Rockfish have arrived!
Stripers arrived at Cedar Point Rip where tons of undersized fish are breaking every dusk and dawn.
Stripers arrived at Cedar Point Rip where tons of undersized fish are breaking every dusk and dawn. Mixed in with these little guys are some keepers at 19 inches and better , and there are some big guys close to 30 inches in the 8 to 10-pound range.
The rockfish are not limited to the mouth of the river as breaking fish are in front of the O'Club, at the Line marker in front Pearson creek (Hog Point), and at Town Point. The cooler air has brought out these fish and we should see plenty of action the next two months. The upper Patuxent from Sheridan Point to Half Pone Point has rockfish for trollers on the oyster bars, and lure casters on high tides in the shallows around structure.
White perch are now in the creeks and rivers in excellent numbers and size. The bottom fishermen in the rivers are finding plenty of perch and spot on the 20 to 30-foot edges. They love bits of bloodworm, shrimp, and squid. Shore fishermen at Piney Point on the boat ramp side loaded coolers with perch and spot last week on the high tides. There are keeper rockfish under the St. George Island Bridge.
The cobia season ended the last day of September in Maryland, we hope they come back bigger and better next year. 2017 was as good as any in recent memory for these huge semi-tropical fish in our waters.
There are still some big channel bass (redfish) to caught by trollers and sight casters from the Targets to the Middle Grounds.
There were some breaking rockfish on the Virginia side of the lower Potomac last week. Breakers also showed up at Point Lookout Bar.