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Rockfish, Blues, Makerel, Cobia & Spot Galore

August 23, 2016  |  Rockfish and blues were mixed together, breaking and attracting lots of birds Sunday evening at Cedar Point.

The rockfish were right at the 20-inch legal limit, and the blues were about the same size. 

Rock, blues and Spanish mackerel are in a big thrash from buoy 72A to below the target ship. Many of the rockfish are in excess of 20 inches, blues are good sized, and most of the Spanish are around 18 inches, but some are pushing 30.

Trollers like to use planers with small spoons pulled really fast for the mackerel which are fantastic smoked. Big rockfish in the 30 inch class are up the Potomac on the bars and on the shoreline. All manner of lures cast at dusk and dawn will bring strikes from the feeding fish. Boaters cruising out of Breton Bay and St. Clements are getting their limits every evening using top water poppers or bucktails. The Patuxent has rockfish, likewise. Jiggers will find willing rockfish around the pilings of the Solomons bridge.

Cobia are still being chummed up in the Bay on the lumps below the target ships. The big tropical fish can get closed mouth at the end of August and will swim into the chum line but not hit any bait offered. This will change when we get into fall and the water cools.

Spot showed up at Drum Point this week in 43 feet of water. The first big catches of the year were reported there starting last Monday. The spot are big - about hand size; the bigger humpbacks are not here yet. Small spot in the 3- to 6-inch range are in the shallows now.

White perch are in the creeks and eager to take cast spinner baits on the high tides most any day in the dusk and dawn. Bright sunshine with the sun high will find the perch in siesta mode. Bottom fishermen can find perch in the rivers most anywhere. Drift around in 30 feet of water until you strike a few and drop the anchor. They love bloodworms, squid, and peeler crab.

Croaker have headed for the deep water in the rivers. They will come ashore in the evening looking for food. These fish will be more active when cooler weather triggers feeding.

There are tons of crabs everywhere. This is the best crabbing we can remember.

Richard Norris landed this 16 inch bullhead catfish at St. Mary's.
Ron Jackson and sting of croaker.
Ron Jackson again with croaker from Hog Point NAS.
Ron is getting these fish every evening and night off the beach in the mouth of the Patuxent.
Ron Jackson caught third 12 and 3 quarter inch croaker at Goose Creek NAS.

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