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We interrupt this Hurricane blog…. - Chesapeake Light Tackle

We interrupt this hurricane blog to bring you a fishing report.¬† Yes, this IS a website dedicated to light tackle fishing, and on most Sunday evenings, that’s what I do.¬† I spent most of the day singing the lumberjack song with chainsaw in hand, cutting up the trees and limbs that fell in our yard.¬† After seeing all the trees down around Kent Island today, I’m surprised that we didn’t have more damage than we did.¬† We are also fortunate that the only complete tree that was uprooted in our yard fell harmlessly instead of taking out our picket fence or part of the church next door.¬† We worked on the house and yard most of the afternoon, finishing about 5:00 PM.¬† That left just enough time to go fishing.

I launched Thunder Road at Matapeake and ran north to the Bay Bridge.¬† Winds were about 12 knots out of the west when I started, but came down to near zero as the evening wore on.¬† The water was stained, but not as much as I expected.¬† Water temperature and air temperature were exactly the same at 76 degrees. That’s significant because the water has been well into the 80s. ¬†It means there was a lot of top-to-bottom mixing due to the storm. I did expect the fish to be freaked out and hunkered down, and they were.¬† I gave the Bay Bridge a good shot, but only caught one little rockfish.¬† I thought the fish might be deep, so I started my fishing trip looking for more of a winter pattern.¬† I marked a few fish deep, but I couldn’t get them to bite.¬† I moved to the shallow pilings and there wasn’t anything going on there either.¬†

Traffic was relatively light on the bridge tonight.¬† I noticed a few vehicles loaded up with belongings, obviously returning after evacuating the Island or the beaches, but there were also many emergency and military vehicles traveling across the Bay.¬† There’s a lot of cleaning up left to do all along the eastern seaboard.

I decided to check on the fish that have been breaking to the south of the Matapeake ramp, and sure enough they were there.¬† I was also glad to see the water color improve as I ran toward Bloody Point.¬† I played around with the little rockfish and blues that were breaking, but I didn’t catch anything big enough to brag about.¬† I saw one Spanish mackerel jump, so I started casting and ripping a spoon.¬† I might have hooked one mack, but he got off before I landed him.¬† There was no problem catching blues.¬† I noticed several additional pods of birds around, but it was already sunset, so I didn’t have time to look at them to see if any held bigger fish.

I finished the evening by throwing top-water plugs to some rocks along the shoreline, but I didn’t even get a smell.¬† Still, I was happy with the results of my trip considering the conditions.¬† I don’t think it will take but a day or two for fishing to get back to normal.¬† The most interesting thing I noticed this evening was the business-as-usual ospreys out hunting for fish. Amazingly, many of their nests are still intact.¬† Even though I saw a half-dozen 100-year-old oak trees uprooted at Matapeake Park, the osprey nests survived the hurricane.¬† I’m no engineer, but if I were, I think I’d be studying the construction techniques those birds are using.¬† Wow!

Posted Sunday, August 28th, 2011 at 9:55 pm
Filed Under Category: Fishing Reports
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Responses to “We interrupt this Hurricane blog….”

  1. Mike Burrows says:

    Glad you came thru the storm ok. Thanks for the pics and video they were very interesting.


  2. Mike TJAM Dunlap says:

    Very jealous. Glad to hear you made it through the mess. I was curious who would get out tonight after the wind fell off, I should have known….thanks for the updates.
    Sea ya out there!

  3. uncle phill says:

    Thanks for the report! Looks like you may have a bent guide on that spinning rod…

  4. JOE YACK says:

    Thanks for the report… glad you made it thru O.K. and good to hear the water quality is not that bad…I should be able to fish this week and not a moment too soon! See ya on the water!

  5. Roger T says:

    Thanks for the report,good to hear the bay is not in that bad of shape,lets hope runoff is minimal.

  6. Doug M says:

    Thanks for the update glad to hear you and your family are ok!

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