Seth McCauley, Recreational Angler
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Posted on November 10, 2011 | Permalink
Location: Susquehanna Flats Area
My uncle tried his luck near Carpenter's Point early last week and described the water as "fishing in chocolate milk." I put in around 7:00 AM last Thursday 11/3/11, while my uncle stayed behind. I saw a bunch of boats off Red Point but headed down to Rocky Point. There were working birds off Rodney and a boat fishing them, at Rocky Point there were more working birds and I caught these two nice fat Rockfish within 90 minutes. I also had other hits which shook off, as well as a smallie. I finally realized they were shaking off because I was using a lure I had bent the barbs down on in the summer when I was catching smalls and did not want to mess them up, that's what I get for not checking my tackle. The two keepers were caught on a 1/2 inch rattle trap with a black top and chrome sides. The water at Rockey Point was not clear (about 6 inch view) but after hitting my limit earlier than I anticipated I drove around the flats. It looks terrible, I would estimate that 80 to 90% of the grass is completely gone. There are still some pockets but they are covered in silt. Has DNR taken a look at this damage? I was told by some that they thought the storm pushed out some of the silt yet other think more was dumped in. I was reading 6 feet on my depth finder in areas that were normally 4 but I figured the absence of the grass I am usually getting my reading over may account for the difference?
Moving on, when I returned and showed my uncle my catch he asked if I was going out Friday morning. He did not have to twist my arm. We left early Friday 11/4/11 and again saw boats off of Red Point. We headed to Rocky Point and I caught two more keepers. The armada that was off Red Point on Friday appeared to move towards Rodney and Rocky Point and appeared to be jigging deeper water in the channel. I caught all my fish off the same rattle trap. One in less than 4 feet of water close to shore.
The Rockfish are definitely biting and fat. I hope the storm's destruction of the grasses is only temporary. Oh, and a word to other fishermen. When you see working birds and a boat working the outside of where the birds are feeding, this is on purpose! Please don't run full throttle into the area the birds are working and start fishing. Not only do you look like a novice fisherman but you mess up the fishing for those trying to actually catch fish!