September 18, 2019 - Fabulous September
The weather is finally acting right.
Lure casters are easing up on them casting spoons, bucktails, or jigging under them with shiny metal jigs. The results are spectacular. Plenty of fish for all. Undersized rockfish on the top; big ones underneath. Snapper blues by the score and mackerel if you can wind in your lure fast enough. There are some big bull red fish under some of these schools.
There were spanish mackerel caught off the Point Lookout Pier this week by both lure casters and bottom fishermen using cut bait.
There are cobia for trollers, chummers and sight casters in the lower bay below the target ship. The big red drum are there too. The drum like big flashy spoons trolled on the middle grounds. Cobia like sugical eel lures.
These predator fish are chasing alewives and bay anchovies. They are also feasting on the spot which appear to be everywhere. A dozen bloodworms and a double hook bottom rig will produce spot in the OPotomac and Patuxent and in the bay. The challenge is to find big ones to make a mess for dinner. The smaller ones can become live bait for rockfish.
Perch fishing is excellent with big ones in the St. Mary's River off Chancellor's Point and in the horseshoe. Perch are in the Patuxent at Green Holly, Hawk's Nest, and most all oyster bars up river. The Potomac is loaded with spot and perch.
Hordes of small speckeled trout are in the rivers and creeks. There are keeper sized specks in the Patuxent on the oyster beds and be caught by trollers using small bucktails. These fish are on the bottom and 16 to 20 ounce weights on drop rigs is the key. Plenty of keeper rockish too.
We have excellent fishing from now until Thanksgiving so do even think about putting that boat away anytime soon.
Crabs are big and plentiful.
Bluefish in the mix of breaking fish.
Johnny Csldwell jigged this 28 inch rockfish from below a school of breaking rock, blues, and spainsh mackerel in the mouth of the Patuxent
Marck Morlock caught theis spanis mackerel jigging under breaking fish near the power plant north of Cove Point.
Noah Tressler with a 26 ins spanish mackerel.
Rockfish breaking everywhere.
Spanish in the mix of breakers.