froth2Looks like we’re settled in to a pretty typical summer pattern of breaking fish over hard bottoms.  The action around the mouth of Eastern Bay has slowed somewhat, but there’s plenty of fish on the west side from Thomas Point Light all the way down Cove Point.  I haven’t seen any huge schools of fish yet, just roving bands of stripers and bluefish.  They’re up and down quickly, so you have to have a good eye and react quickly when you see birds close to the water.  Since bluefish will quickly devour soft plastics, I’m throwing mostly metal jigs but occasionally switching to some of the newer generation plastics that are resistant to being bitten off.  

dsc_00561I fished Wednesday evening with Mark on board Der Fischadler II.  We found fish right away, but lost our current and had some inactivity for a while.  We saved the day by looking around a little and finished the night with all the fish we could handle.  It gave me a chance to try out some new flies I’ve tied and experiment with other new lures.singlebreaker2

Last night I fished with Dianne’s sister Judy and her friend Karen.  Neither of the girls have done much fishing, but they wanted to try.  We were fortunate to find dish-calm seas as we made the run across from Matapeake to Thomas Point.  Immediately after I showed them how to hold the line with their index finger and turn over the bell spring to cast, Karen hooked a cownose ray on her very first jig of her very first cast.   I guess that’s the Chesapeake Light Tackle version of a “baptism by fire.”

karenjul10We chased breaking schools all the way down to Parkers Creek.  The water is stained considerably up by the rivers, but clears up once you get south of Chesapeake Beach.  My strategy for finding the fish was to run about a half-mile off the western shore and scan out toward the channel.  More often than not we popped right in on top of the fish.  None of our fish were very big, I may have had a couple of 26 inchers, but everyone onboard had fun and the action was fast and furious at times.

Some bigger fish have been showing up lately in this and other parts of the Bay, so I’m hoping to get in a couple of serious trips next week in search of those illusive summertime 30 inchers.


Posted Saturday, July 11th, 2009 at 11:41 am
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  1. jim ehoff says:

    that’s what I hoping to do so, love to get them on top. Them just have not come up the bay far enough. So I guess I will have to make the trip to the south end. As always thanks for taking your time to try and help other people enjoy this sport the same way u do.

  2. Great report and pictures.

    Come on dude, it’s time you become a professional guide.

    Thanks for posting.

  3. Jude says:

    Yes! Everyone on board had fun!! Especially Judy, because she caught the most fish.

  4. Roger T says:

    Thanks for putting all this together,cant tell you how helpful the info you provide have been to me.

    The new look is Awesome

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