Mixed Bag of Summer Goodies

We got it all.

A huge run of Spot, Speckled trout, Redfish, Bluefish, Blue Cats, White Perch, and Stripers is upon us. There are some exotic tropical species such as Cutlass Fish and Sheephead in the mix too. Cobia are being caught, but the main body of the big fish are still south of us but tantalizing close.

Capt. Bernie Shea on the Shea-D-Lady out of Solomons is getting them two at the time!

The summer striper moratorium has kicked in on the Potomac and does not end until August 20. The Maryland moratorium begins July 16 and lasts until July 31.

Doug Baumann caught this beautiful striper up the Patuxent River on a surface popper above Half Pone Point in two feet of water.

Spanish mackerel have been caught near Smith Point in the bay and should have moved up to Cedar Point by the time you read this. Trolled spoons behind planers will bring the bite. Look for jumpers and birds wheeling about to find them. Remember to troll fast! Blues are active too, and will hit the spoons with gusto.

Spanish mackerel from near Smith Point in the Bay.

Cobia fishermen are trolling surgical eels and setting up chum lines to present live eels and spot. Expect some good action this week. If you spot them on the surface, you can cast big jigs to them and hope to hookup.

Steve Helmrick is steadily landing speckled trout in the lower Potomac.

Crabs are big and hungry. They are here in excellent numbers. Perch fishing is excellent. Get the tide right and the fish in a biting mood and load up! They rate at the top of the list for table fare. Flounder have sneaked in under the radar to Cedar Point Rip and the edge between buoys 74 and 76.

Big crabs are running hard. Fearless crabbers are racking them up.

Fresh water fishing is excellent. Crappie at St. Mary's Lake are in the upper end from the Dam in about 6 feet of water and will eat your live minnow. Bass will strike small pudgy crank baits.

Capt. Bernie's fish box.

Summertime and the fishing is easy. Fish are jumping and the cobia are nigh. Your Daddy can catch them, and your Momma can cook them. So sleep little fisherman cause 5 am comes early.

Riley and Hunter Tippet show off a bottom fishing catch from close to Smith Point Light. A mixed bag of striped bass, bluefish, speckled trout, slot red drum, and a huge sheepshead. Their grandfather on took them out on his boat the, Box Alarm, and used a mix of soft crab, and bloodworms for bait.

Chris and Jesse Gambling from San Antonio, Texas, with a string of Patuxent River perch.

The Patuxent is loaded with spot.

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