The Weather’s Hot and So Is the Fishing

Perch, Spot, Rockfish and Cobia are hot now in Southern Maryland. Big Perch are congregated everywhere. Great catches are reported in the creeks and rivers for lure casters (Beetle Spins, Rooster tails, Mini Rattle Traps, etc.)

In deeper waters the Perch will bite on peeler crab, bloodworms, squid, and most any other bait including night crawlers. A half of a dozen bloods with a double hoot bottom rig can produce a couple dozen Perch off most any dock or shorline.

Spot are in the Potomac up at Ragged Point and in the deeper areas of the Potomac. They love bloodworms and are of great size. Many are 10 to 11-inches and about a pound or more. These big Spot are at Helen's Bar in the Potomac, A good catch was made in the 70-foot hole at Sheridan Hood in the Patuxent. Spot are tide driven and go dormant on slack tides. When the water runs, they bite.

Rockfish are given to dusk and dawn feeding in the heat. The Potomac Rockfish are heading up river and the best action is above the 301 bridge. Trollers can find them in the deepest holes.

Cobia hunters are finding big fish around the Target Ship in the Bay and south to Smith Point. Chumming is the method of choice. Those who fish daily or twice a week or more are doing well. For weekenders there is a bigger challenge and success seems a matter of some sort of voodoo magic. You just have to go for it and hope the big bruisers choose your chum line and not someone else's.

Spanish Mackrel are very active now in the mid-Bay from the Targets south to Virginia. These fast moving delicacies like trolled spoons and eels on planers. Troller also catch them with heavy in-line sinkers, long leaders to spoons or eels. Snapper blues are a bonus mixed with the Spanish. Keeper-sized Puppy Drum (Channel Bass, Redfish) are scattered around and some Speckle Trout too.

Jason Clark caught this Croaker at Point Lookout
Darmarion Warrick with a fine catch of Perch
Darnell Pittman caught Croaker and Perch at Swan Point in the Patuxent