Main Image: Captain Bob with 30 inch Spanish mackerel from Drum Point at Patuxent's Mouth.

September 9th, 2020 - Perfect Weather for Great Fishing

Spanish mackerel are erupting in the bay and the mouth of the Patuxent daily as trollers and lure casters are catching them on small spons and jigs.

Big catches of mackerel were made off Point Lookout in what used to be known as "The Hotel", but is now better described as near the fishing pier. The Potomac has mackerel too, but they are more scattered and can get hard to find.

Spot are in the rivers everywhere, eager to bite bloodworms, fishbites, squid, and even night crawlers.

The spot attract bluefish which are in the salty brine eating cut baits cast from the shoreline by surfcasters at Point Lookout and in the mouth of the Patuxent at Hog Point and, in particular off the Test Pilot Pier on the Naval Air Station. Bluefish were breaking from St. George Island to Point Lookout over the weekend in the Potomac. Bluefish are in the 16 to 22 inch range, a healthy three pounds or so.

White perch are very plentiful in the creeks and rivers.

Speckled trout are active in the shallows for lure casters along with plenty of puppy drum. A 24 inch redfish was caught in the mouth of St. Jerome's Creek this week. Keepers in the slot of 18 to 27 inches will be much more common this season as we approach cooler weather.

Some big hardhead (croaker) were reported at Cornfield Point in the lower Potomac; also off the O'Club in the Patuxent.

Kids, kayaks, and fun.

Eric Packard with Spanish mackerel caught near Solomons Bridge; Point Patience in background.

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