The Rockfishing in the lower Potomac has turned red hot in the last few days.
Huge schools of breaking fish are in 20 to 60 feet of water on the Virginia shore from marker 3 to marker 7. One troller reported counting 24 different clouds of Seagulls in a stretch of water about five miles long. The white water under the birds is being whipped up by mostly 18 to 19 inch fish with an occasional keeper over 20 inches, but between the birds there are hefty fish in the 30 inch plus range. These are domestic fish schooled up on this favorite feeding ground. This is an easy find. Simply come out of the boat ramp at Point Lookout and head due south to the Virginia shore and you will run into breaking fish. You can jig, troll, or cast most any lure including surface poppers (if you want to play with the little guys). Remember, stay off the breakers and get your lures down deep for the big ones. We have heard of fish close to 40 inches.
There are Rockfish of small size in the mouth of the Patuxent schooled up and busting the water chasing bait fish with the plenty of birds to show their location. The same is true from the PR buoy south to the Targets and Point No Point. Breakers are gathered off the Hotel and at Point Lookout. There can be some decent sized fish in the mix most anywhere. A fisherman trolled a couple of hours out of Buzz's Marina leaving St. Jeromes Creek and venturing into the bay near the Target Ship. He returned with a 28 inch and 40 inch Striper on Wednesday.
There have been rumors of big fish with sea lice off Smith Point. These ocean- run bruisers will be here in numbers soon.
This is the Striper frenzy we have waited for all year and it is happening now. The only factor will be the weather which will keep us at bay with high winds and rough seas. Check the weather forecast and squeeze in the calm days between the cold fronts for great fall fishing.