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Summer Temperatures Should Bring Big Fish with Appetite

The trophy Rockfish season is heating very slowly as temperatures are more like early March instead of nearly May.

Hopefully all that has ended now as normalcy in weather is set to begin this Tuesday and last for at least four consecutive days.

We have had two big Rockfish from the Potomac which were caught on Shaun Raney's boat while trolling near St. Clements Island on Friday evening. The big fish struck chartruse tandems rigs in about 40 feet of water.

The Tackle Box still has eight $20 gift certificates to give away for the next trophy Stripers to be brought in.

Trollers in the bay are getting one or two fish per day on average. There were a couple of bright spots where charter captains scored six fish and eight fish in a single trip. The break out summer temperatures should hasten the spawn in the shallows and bring the big fish into the bay with appetite.

Smaller Rockfish in the 20 to 32 inch size are available for lure casters on points and around structure up the Potomac and in the salt islands in the mid-bay regions in the Honga River and Tangier Sound. All this fishing is catch and release until the 20 inch minimum begins on May 16th.

White Perch will fill the creeks late this week as warmth finally arrives. Crab pots will start to fill up.

Catfish continue to eat up cut bait off the Bushwood Wharf and most other locations in the upper Potomac. The Patuxent has plenty of catfish from the Benedict Bridge and Chalk Point Power Plant north to Jug Bay.

Crappie are active in St. Mary's Lake and local farm ponds. Bass are on the beds and will take plastic worms and lizards.

Conner King shows off a 31 pound, 36 inch catfish from Nanjemoy in the Potomac
Nick Shuk with his 45 inch, 37 pound 12 oz. Rockfish from the Potomac
Shaun Raney landed this 41 inch, 29 lb. 13 oz. Rockfish in the Potomac near St. Clements Island

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