August 9, 2017 | The cobia broke wide open in the Bay from the Target Ship to Smith Point on Sunday as the low pressure and rain event approached.
Chummers using cut bait and live eels had a great day as a couple of dozen were landed in the 30- to 60-pound range. There are lots of rays in the mix so there was lots of action.
Bluefish and Spanish mackerel are taking trolled surgical eels (6-inch Jarv-eels are the ticket in all colors). Most fishermen are using planers, although in-line sinkers will do. The ship's channel from Point No Point to Point Lookout is best. There are no birds or jumping mackerel to give away the locations. Blind trolling and searching with the depth finder is key to finding them.
Rockfish showed up Sunday in the Potomac in big schools, breaking and attracting sea gulls in great number. The mouth of Herring Creek on the stones was very good. This will be the pattern for rockfish from now until the season ends in December with the fish working their way south in the Potomac to the mouth from Point Lookout to Smith Point.
Spot are everywhere in the rivers and in the Bay. from the mouth of St. Jerome's Creek merely turn north or south into 6 to 10 feet of water and drop over a double hook bottom rig baited with bits of bloodworm to catch them. There are some small croaker mixed in. The Potomac and Patuxent have plenty of spot; perch and croaker most everywhere.
Live-liners using live spot are catching rockfish daily in the vicinity of the Bay Bridge. Live-liners found rockfish this week around the boundaries of the Gas Docks. The stars are aligning for a fabulous fall rockfish season all over, and that does not figure in the sea-run fish coming in November to add really big fish into the mix.
Shore fishermen found spot and croaker at Piney Point in the public fishing area under the St. George Island Bridge. Point Lookout Pier has spot about halfway out onto the pier, and blue fish on the end. A rockfish of good size can be caught there too. All the fishing areas on the Naval Air Station around Cedar Point and Hog and Fisherman's Point have rockfish, spot, blues, and perch.