Spot in the Patuxent

August 30, 2016  |  Spot are now in the Patuxent as far as Sandy Point. The tasty summer visitors are usually here by the fourth of July, but 30 days of rain in June and other factors have delayed them until now.


The head boats out of Bunky's in Solomons made excellent catches over the weekend. The spot may reach Kingston Hollow and Hawk's Nest by the time you read this. The Town Creek Pier is now re-opened after a tiff with authorities over permits; spot love that area and the pier should produce good spot catches. The croaker have slowed at the pier, but rockfish have been caught there in the 24-inch range. Perch and crabs are very good.

Spanish mackerel are all up and down the ship's channel. The super fast, high-jumping mackerel are mixed with blues and stripers in the Target Ship area in the south and all along the eastern shore edge from Punch Island to the false channel into the little Choptank. The Solomons boats find the fish under birds and visit one batch of birds to the next looking for keeper size rockfish which allow them to limit out in the two per person daily. The blues and mackerel are all sizes from 14 inches to 24 or so. This is really good fishing.

Trollers fishing right at the PR marker off Cedar Point are getting Spanish mackerel, rockfish, and blues in good numbers.

The mackerel can best be caught with planers which hold down a small spoon and trolled fast. Big dodgers in front of small spoons is another effective mackerel rig. They can be caught sight-casting and reeling lures in fast as possible, but this is not reliable.

An amazing story of huge channel bass in schools of several acres chasing all manner of smaller fish (rockfish, mackerel, and blues) drawing big bull sharks breaching in the middle of the feeding fish grabbing the big reds for a meal has come from the cut channel off the mouth of the Rappahannock. The big reds have been sighted and caught below the Target ship in the mid-Bay.

Bottom fishing for croaker on the middle grounds at sunset and into the night has been successful this week. Croaker in the Patuxent have been hard to find in the heat. Perch are in the rivers in good numbers in 30 or more feet.

Rockfish are in the Potomac and Patuxent in the evening and morning for trollers and lure casters on all the bars and oyster beds.​

Catfishing has been excellent up the Patuxent near Benedict, and in the Potomac from Port Tobacco to Nanjemoy.

Some big largemouth bass are being caught in ponds and St. Mary's Lake.

Ethan Frericks landed this 13 inch croaker in the Patuxent to lead The Tackle Box croaker contest for August.
Travis Haffer with a string of white perch caught on Beetle Spins in a Patuxent creek.
Tony Barrett caught these big cats near the Benedict Bridge in the Patuxent.
Matthew Rucker landed this 19 inch 5 and 12 pound bass in a local farm pond.