Plentiful Rockfish and White Perch
November 14, 2016 | Rockfish are very plentiful in the rivers and Bay.
The rockfish (striped bass) are domestic fish that range up to 35 inches (8 to 10 pounds). Most of the breaking fish that attract birds are the tiny rockfish that are everywhere in the Bay that run from 13 to 17 inches. The bigger fish are in the smaller schools orbiting the breakers and hang out on the bottom. Jiggers and lure casters can catch the big ones once located. Trollers can find them biting on the change of tide in the rivers and Bay using 12 to 20 ounces of lead. The rock love smaller to medium sized bucktails presented in tandem rigs.
Those lucky enough to have some remaining spot to use to live-line rock find great fish in a hurry.
There are still no reports of ocean stripers in the 40 to 50-inch range, but we should have a few during the MSSA tournament this coming weekend when trollers will seek big fish for the tournament prize.
White perch are carpeting the bottom of the rivers now. Catching hundreds of perch from 8 to 12 inches two at a time on double hook bottom rigs is the norm. The perch love bits of bloodworms on spinner hooks.
Catfish are in the upper reaches of the Potomac and Patuxent in great numbers and size. Cut alewives is great bait. The catfish are so prevalent that many are caught by bass fishermen in the upper Potomac on bass lures.