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Posted on July 10, 2015 | Permalink

Perch Rivaled the Croaker in Size

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Wicomico River Tributary

Fished a Wicomico River Tributary around 6:00 am on 7/7/2015 form the shore. Used a short spreader rig with hooks attached directly to the wire arms, no mono. Perch were gathered along a retaining wall and all that was needed was a simple drop and a jig instead of casting. Many of the jumbo perch that were caught were larger than the croaker. Largest perch was 12 inches. Also caught one spot. Fresh blood worm was used for bait.

Tags: croaker, white perch

Posted on July 8, 2015 | Permalink

The Night Bite was Right

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Cornfield Harbor

Fished Cornfield Harbor on 6/29. Not a great day of fishing but things turned hot in the evening. Caught fish consistently from 5:00 pm until sunset. Moonrise was 6:08 pm. For bait we used small pieces of sea-salted blood worm on hooks with rigid twisted leaders. The catch was a croaker/spot mix.

Tags: croaker, spot

Posted on July 1, 2015 | Permalink

Very Tough Bite

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Pt. Lookout

After catching our limit of croakers a few days ago at Pt. Lookout, we couldn't wait to get back out on the water. We fished from a boat using fresh bloodworms, sea-salted bloodworms, squid and green worms.

We visited our favorite waypoint, and the first cast yielded the first fish using a fresh bloodworm on a red-beaded rig. Great, we're going to pick up where we left off, so we thought. To our surprise, we didn't get a another nibble or bite for the next two hours. We bounced around from waypoint to waypoint with no success.

It was a great time to try out these new green-dyed worms that we bought at Wal-Mart. Don't know what kind of worms they are, but they caught our second fish of the day. We think they're dyed because the green color comes off on your hands. Since the green worms worked, we decided to try a rig with green beads, and we were back to catching using all baits. Cycled through our rig colors just to make sure we weren't missing anything, and we also caught fish on light green and purple beaded rigs. Purple actually turned out to be the best. The colors that did not work at all today were yellow, gold, black and orange.

Although is was a tough bite, we ended the day with 18 croaker, 1 spot and 1 toadfish. A challenging yet fun day on the water.

Tags: croaker, spot, toadfish

Posted on June 24, 2015 | Permalink

Uncle, Uncle!!!

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Southern
Location: Point Lookout State Park

I went fishing the late evening of 6/22/2015 at Pt. Lookout State Park. Fished several location throughout Cornfield Harbor before settling on a location about a mile or two right outside the ramp entrance. Bottom fished while drifting and caught croakers until we had to say uncle after reaching our limits. Tried a few different techniques: Salted last week’s bloodworms using sea salt and they surprisingly caught more croaker than the fresh bloodworms and squid, stayed on the hook longer too. Also, instead of using a single bait per hook, we put 3 to 5 smaller pieces of bait on a single hook. This prevented the fish from stealing all of our bait at one time. Really worked well with our circle hooks, rarely retrieved an empty hook. For ice we used frozen water in recycled Gatorade bottles. Filled our Engle Deep Blue Coolers with sea water and the frozen water bottles to keep the temperature a very cold 40 degrees.

Tags: croaker

Posted on June 17, 2015 | Permalink

Plenty of Croakers

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Tributary off of St. Clements Bay

Date: 6/15/2015

Time: 6:30 am - 1:00 pm

Place: Tributary off of St. Clements Bay

Fish type: Croakers O-Plenty. Also caught several large white perch just pulling in-line spinners in the shadows along pier edge.

Bait: Primarily bloodworm and night crawler.

Tags: croaker, white perch

Posted on October 30, 2014 | Permalink

Looking For Fishing Fun

Type: Freshwater
Location: Maryland Stream

Just looking for some fishing fun, and boy did we find it. We put on our waders and fished a half mile stretch of this Maryland stream. Caught and released about 50 of these sunfish in about 2 hours. Throwing small spinner blades tipped with a piece of worm. Retrieve was moderate, interrupted by a pause long enough for the bait to hit the bottom. Crystal clear water made it easy to see the bite and make adjustments. The first few fish in each fishing hole struck on the retrieve, the remaining fish would strike on the pause and a few would even pick the bait up off the bottom. The rains came and ended our fun. It was wonderful while it lasted.

Tags: sunfish

Posted on October 10, 2014 | Permalink

Point Look Report

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

Launched from Point Lookout State Park in the afternoon on 10/9/2014. Slow drifted big spinner blades during outgoing tide. Caught and released several Sea Bass, Puffer Fish and a few Flounder. Ended the day with a beautiful sunset.

Tags: Black Sea Bass, Northern Puffer, Summer Flounder

Posted on August 8, 2014 | Permalink

Lower Potomac Variety

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac river

Bottom fished the lower Potomac below the 301 bridge. Caught several spot, croaker and perch but the big surprise came while testing umbrella rigs for bottom fishing. We caught 13 perfect sized catfish while dragging a 15 inch castable umbrella rig on the bottom in 14 feet of water. We placed an in-line weight up front, left the bait arms expanded but empty and put bloodworm and cut-bait on the long center arm. Dragging the bait kept the bait just above the bottom with zero snags.

Tags: Catfish, Spot, Croaker, Perch

Posted on July 21, 2014 | Permalink

Spot and Croaker Trip

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

I boat fished the lower Potomac between Cobb Island and 301 bridge in 15 – 17 feet of water. I fished from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Caught 32 jumbo Spot and 5 keeper croakers. Not too bad for a 2 hour trip.

Tags: Atlantic Croaker, Spot

Posted on July 14, 2014 | Permalink

Lower Bay Flounder

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Lower Bay
Location: Point Lookout

Nice flounder caught and released at Point Lookout on 7/11/2014 while bottom bouncing a multi-colored spinner rig in 15 feet of water.

Tags: Flounder

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