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Episode 017: September 15, 2020

Episode 017: September 15, 2020

September 15, 2020

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Episode 016: September 8, 2020

Episode 016: September 8, 2020

September 8, 2020

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Episode 015: September 1, 2020

Episode 015: September 1, 2020

September 1, 2020

Welcome to the Maryland Fishing Line Episode 015

 

Today is Tuesday September 1, 2020

 

This is the podcast where we talk about fishing throughout the great state of Maryland. 

 

The Maryland fishing line is a production of The Angler Magazine, Chesapeake Edition. 

 

The Chesapeake Angler can be found throughout southern Maryland, Anne Arundel County, and the Eastern Shore. If you would like to see it in your area and it’s not there let us know! 

 

We got a lot to talk about recapping our joint fishing adventure

 

Let’s take a look at what’s going on around the state.

 

  • Striped bass season is back ON and OPEN
  • Spot, White Perch, Spanish mackerel and puppy drum are the star’s of the show right now 

Striped Bass

 

  • All Maryland Chesapeake Bay waters and tributaries open to fishing
  • 1 fish per person per day
  • Minimum size is 19 inches
  • Anglers must use non-offset circle hooks when live-lining or chumming; Anglers must use circle hooks or “J” hooks when using fish, crabs or worms as bait,or when using processed baits.

Bluefish

 

  • Bluefish are schooled up and breaking the surface chasing bait
  • Toss some metal spoons and jigs in the mix to hook up
  • You will get broken off - be ready with a fresh rig

 

Cobia

 

  • Cobia bite is cooling off and it looks like these fish are moving back south into Virginia waters

 

Redfish and Puppy Drum

 

  • Look for larger red drum under schools of breaking bluefish and spanish mackerel
  • Big soft plastics and jigs are your best bet for this catch and release fun

 

Speckled Trout

 

  • Speckled trout are spread throughout the region
  • the best action found on the eastern side of the bay. 
  • Casting light colored soft plastics near prominent points, marsh edges, and creek mouths is producing good catches. 

Spanish Mackerel

 

  • Spanish mackerel have moved solidly into the middle bay
  • anglers can expect to find them along the edges of the shipping channel almost up to the Bay Bridge. 
  • The bulk of the action is from the mouth of the Severn River and Poplar Island south
  • Troll #1 Drone and Clark spoons in gold behind #1 and #2 planers or heavy inline weights at about 7 knots or so. 
  • channel edges are among the best places to explore
  • steering a course to the edges of breaking fish and diving seagulls should never be overlooked. 
  • Please don’t ever troll through breaking fish, especially when others are casting into them — always go around.

 

White Perch and Spot

 

  • White perch can be found Casting beetle spins with spinning gear or small Clousers near shoreline structure
  • fishing off a dock or pier is another popular way to fish for white perch, and no casting is involved — the perch are usually tight to the dock piers. 
  • Grass shrimp or pieces of bloodworm on a simple bottom rig make the perfect setup.
  • Bottom fishing for a mix of spot and white perch has been excellent in the lower Patuxent River. The Cornfield Harbor area, Tangier Sound, and lower Hoopers Island are all great places to get in on the action.

 

Croaker

 

  • I have heard of some croaker up to 12 inches showing up in the creeks off the Patuxent

 

Largemouth

 

  • Largemouth bass continue their summer pattern of feeding in the shallows at night, and taking the day off lazing in the coolest and shadiest place they can find. 
  • Working the shallower grass areas during the early morning hours or late evenings is a good bet. 
  • Topwater lures are one of the best ways to work these shallow and grassy areas; frogs and buzzbaits are good choices.

Snakehead

 

  • Snakeheads can be encountered in these same areas as largemouth, especially in the tidal creeks of the lower Potomac and Nanticoke rivers and the lower Eastern Shore counties. 
  • When targeting northern snakeheads, a white paddle tail rigged weedless can be deadly when worked close to the surface and worked through grass or near fallen branches and brush.

 

Catfish

 

  • The susquehanna is low due to limited flow from conowingo allowing anglers to fish unexplored waters from shore
  • This means great blue, channel and flathead catfishing
  • Soak some cut bait or clam snouts
  • Blue catfish are spread throughout the upper bay and the tidal rivers. 
  • The Chester River holds the greatest concentration of blue catfish at this time and the area from Chestertown up past Crumpton are great places to fish for them. Fresh cut baits from gizzard shad or white perch tend to be the easiest baits to acquire. 
  • Channel catfish can be found in excellent numbers in all of the tidal rivers as well as out in the bay. 

 

Crabs

 

  • Crabs are coming into the best time of the year
  • Razor clams remain the bait of choice whether trotlining or crabbing with collapsible traps. 
  • Some of the best crab catches are coming from deep water in the tidal rivers. 
  • The shallower areas have a lot of small crabs which will chew up baits and sooks are beginning to be on the move. 
  • There will be a major shed coming up in a few weeks, and catches of large crabs will be something to look forward to in September, once they fatten up.

 

NEWS

 

New State Fishing Record Set for Sheepshead

August 13, 2020

Record Sheepshead A Dorchester County resident has officially been recognized by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources for a new state fishing record, Chesapeake Bay Division, for sheepshead. 

 

Daniel Mastronardi, Jr. caught the 14.1-pound record-breaking fish around noon on August 9, 2020 in the lower bay, with peeler crab for bait in about 15 feet of water near the target ship USAS American Mariner. Mastronardi’s catch breaks the 13.73-pound record that was set only three years prior by Deale resident, Dave Alveberg.  

 

Targeting speckled trout and striped bass, 33-year-old Mastronardi said his catch came unexpectedly. “I really had no idea what I had on the line,” he said. 

 

Mastronardi reeled in the record-breaking sheepshead and immediately called his father to check the state’s current state records. He said, “It really was one of the biggest I’ve ever seen.”  He plans to have his catch mounted for display. 

 

The sheepshead’s weight was confirmed by Mark Cropper of Kool Ice and Seafood Company in Cambridge.

YouTube catch up

 

August giveaway winner announcement

 

Laura Downey from Elkridge, MD is the big winner - we will be contacting you via email!

Magazine Catch up

 

The September issue is out look for it! If you want to see your catch in print you can send them to theanglerchesapeake@gmail.com and make sure to include a by-line and that you have attached a high-resolution image suitable for printing.  If you send them from your phone make sure to send the largest file size possible.

Personal fishing weekly updates

Joey

Brian

This or That

 

  • Netflix or YouTube
  • Morning fishing or evening

SOMD Yak Anglers

 

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Episode 014: August 25, 2020

Episode 014: August 25, 2020

August 25, 2020

Welcome to the Maryland Fishing Line Episode 014

 

Today is Tuesday August 25, 2020

 

This is the podcast where we talk about fishing throughout the great state of Maryland. 

 

The Maryland fishing line is a production of The Angler Magazine, Chesapeake Edition. 

 

The Chesapeake Angler can be found throughout southern Maryland, Anne Arundel County, and the Eastern Shore. If you would like to see it in your area and it’s not there let us know! 

 

We got a lot to talk about recapping our joint fishing adventure

 

Let’s take a look at what’s going on around the state.

 

  • Remember that all Maryland areas of the bay and tidal rivers will be closed to striped bass fishing from Aug. 16 through Aug. 31 and in the mainstem of the Potomac River until Aug 21.
  • Spot, White Perch, Spanish mackerel and puppy drum are the star’s of the show right now 

Striped Bass

 

  • As stated earlier, Striped bass fishing is shut down until the end of August.
  • You will probably encounter some as a by-catch but handle them quick - maybe even consider not taking them out of the water

Bluefish

 

  • Look for diving birds that give away the breaking schools of fish
  • Once located start pitching some metal spoons and jigs in the mix to hook up
  • Smoked bluefish - yum

 

Cobia

 

  • Anglers who are watching for cobia to swim close to the surface are picking them up now and then by pitching live eels or large soft plastics to them. 
  • The Target Ship, the Mud Leads, and over to Point Lookout are popular places to look.

 

Redfish and Puppy Drum

 

  • Look for larger red drum under those schools of breaking bluefish and spanish mackerel
  • Unfortunately most of the puppy drum being encountered fail to meet the 18-inch to 27-inch slot limit. But they are still really fun to catch on light tackle

 

Speckled Trout

 

  • Speckled trout continue to be a mainstay for shallow water fisherman throwing soft plastics.
  • Speckled trout can be found along the shallower areas near grass beds, prominent points with good current flow, and creek mouths
  • Casting 4-inch to 5-inch soft plastics is a good ticket to success

 

Spanish Mackerel

 

  • The spanish mackerel bite continues to be hot
  • You are going to find these guys in the main stem of the Bay right alongside those breaking bluefish

 

White Perch and Spot

 

  • White perch and spot are everywhere right now
  • Sometimes they are bait for catfish, sometimes they end up on a plate but either way they are fun to catch
  • Double hook rigs with bloodworm (if you are rich!) or soft plastics or beetle spins for the perch

 

Croaker

 

  • There are some small croaker around 
  • Let em go! Of course

 

Largemouth

 

  • Morning and evening bite is best on topwater baits like a whopper plopper or a buzzbait
  • They move to deeper water or tight to structure in the day - slow fishing plastics or jigs on laydowns when the sun is high is your best bet

Snakehead

 

  • Look for snakehead in shallow water areas early and late in the day
  • Find that heavy grass on a falling tide as they exit their cover

Catfish

 

  • Cats are abundant just about all over now as well.
  • All of these can be caught on fresh cut baits, chicken livers, clam snouts, and a variety of other stinky baits.
  • A great slow down fishing alternative to the striped bass right now during the closure

 

Crabs

 

  • Biggest crabs are being caught in 12 to 15 feet of water on oyster bars
  • Shallower areas are going to have an abundance of smaller crabs
  • The middle and lower bay are producing right now
  • Razor clams seem to be beating chicken necks

YouTube catch up

 

Don’t forget the August monthly giveaway we are doing in association with our YouTube channel - there are multiple ways to enter and win a $25 Bass Pro Shops eGift card.

 

You can enter on our Facebook page - look for the tab on the left OR by visiting https://gleam.io/4XfZb/chesapeake-angler-august-2020-giveaway

Magazine Catch up

 

The September issue just went to the printer! Once again we filled up the bragboard! If you want to see your catch in print you can send them to theanglerchesapeake@gmail.com and make sure to include a by-line and that you have attached a high-resolution image suitable for printing.  If you send them from your phone make sure to send the largest file size possible.

Personal fishing weekly updates

 

Joey

 

  • On the redfish
  • Fishing St George
  • Solomons Update 
  • Freshwater 

 

Brian

 

  • August KBF tourney closed out and I finished 4th - happy with that
  • One of these days I am going to the Eastern shore and see what all the fuss is about
  • Crab catch was great last week with almost a full bushel at the end of the week

This or That

 

  • One piece rod or two piece rod
  • Unlimited pizza for life OR unlimited hot dogs for life

SOMD Yak Anglers

 

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Episode 013: August 18, 2020

Episode 013: August 18, 2020

August 18, 2020

NOTICE: Stick around to the end - Joey has some fishing kayaks about to come in and they will sell quick!

Welcome to the Maryland Fishing Line Episode 013

Today is Tuesday August 18, 2020

This is the podcast where we talk about fishing throughout the great state of Maryland. 

 

The Maryland fishing line is a production of The Angler Magazine, Chesapeake Edition. 

The Chesapeake Angler can be found throughout southern Maryland, Anne Arundel County, and the Eastern Shore. If you would like to see it in your area and it’s not there let us know! 

Busy week, I know Joey you’ve been fishing, I’ve been fishing and ‘Rona is still a thing

Let’s take a look at what’s going on around the state.

  • Remember that all Maryland areas of the bay and tidal rivers will be closed to striped bass fishing from Aug. 16 through Aug. 31 and in the mainstem of the Potomac River until Aug 21.
  • Surface temps in the Bay are back up to normal after the tropical storm rolled through and cooled them off
  • But we are seeing some cooler mornings which is the beginning of the fall change
  • Spot, White Perch and Spanish mackerel are currently leading the charge.

Striped Bass

  • As stated earlier, Striped bass fishing is shut down until the end of August - leave ‘em be.
  • You will probably encounter some as a by-catch but handle them quick - maybe even consider not taking them out of the water

Bluefish

  • Hearing some reports of larger bluefish in the mix running alongside spanish mackerel
  • And there are still lots of smaller bluefish schooling on the surface - which by the way is a great way to find those bigger red drum as they will typically be underneath all the chaos
  • You might start to think about trolling up some of those bluefish
  • Stock up on those soft plastics - bluefish love to eat the tails

Cobia

  • Cobia fishing is OK at the Middle Grounds, the Target Ship, the Mud Leads
  • Chum, troll or sight cast - whichever you prefer - they all work.

Redfish and Puppy Drum

  • Look for larger red drum under those schools of breaking bluefish and spanish mackerel
  • They are down there cleaning up the mess
  • Go after them with large plastics or spoons
  • These fish are well outside the upper limit of the slot but are great catch and release fun

Speckled Trout

  • Speckled trout continue to be a mainstay for shallow water fisherman throwing soft plastics.
  • Remember grass beds hold the key for specks

Spanish Mackerel

  • The spanish mack bite continues to be hot
  • If you like shallow water fishing the Bay get on these guys in the morning
  • 4 to 5 inch plastics with a light jighead
  • Tons of them breaking water at the mouth of the Patuxent

White Perch and Spot

  • White perch and spot are everywhere right now
  • For the spot - double hook bottom rigs with bloodworms
  • That works for perch too but also add in some small spinner baits on moving tides

Croaker

  • There are some small croaker in the mix
  • Get them back in the water quick! These are the croaker we will be dreaming of hopefully coming back in 2021 or 2022

Largemouth

  • Morning and evening bite is best on topwater baits like a whopper plopper or a buzzbait
  • They move to deeper water or tight to structure in the day - slow fishing plastics or jigs on laydowns when the sun is high is your best bet

Snakehead

  • Look for snakehead in shallow water areas early and late in the day
  • Some are currently sitting on fry balls - which are fun to watch for a hot minute but the parents are not going to be eager to take a lure

Catfish

  • Cats are abundant just about all over now as well.
  • All of these can be caught on fresh cut baits, chicken livers, clam snouts, and a variety of other stinky baits.
  • A great slow down fishing alternative to the striped bass right now during the closure

Crabs

  • Biggest crabs are being caught in 12 to 15 feet of water on oyster bars
  • Shallower areas are going to have an abundance of smaller crabs
  • The middle and lower bay are producing right now

YouTube catch up

Don’t forget the August monthly giveaway we are doing in association with our YouTube channel - there are multiple ways to enter and win a $25 Bass Pro Shops eGift card.

You can enter on our Facebook page - look for the tab on the left OR by visiting https://gleam.io/4XfZb/chesapeake-angler-august-2020-giveaway

Magazine Catch up

The September issue just went to the printer! Once again we filled up the bragboard! If you want to see your catch in print you can send them to theanglerchesapeake@gmail.com and make sure to include a by-line and that you have attached a high-resolution image suitable for printing.  If you send them from your phone make sure to send the largest file size possible.

Personal fishing weekly updates

Joey

  • On the redfish

Brian

  • I’ve been able to struggle through and get 83.5 inches on the board
  • One fish that is still realistic to cull at 14 inches
  • Closes out this coming Friday
  • Caught a turtle
  • Crab catch was great last week with about a half a bushel

Topic of the week

  • Fishing hydrilla
  • Edges
  • Punching through (big weights, big baits)
  • Make a hole, come back the next day

This or That

  • High end, expensive tackle and cheap (sub $4) baits OR low end tackle and high end baits?
  • Big fish, small fight OR Small fish, big fight?

BuBye

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Episode 012: August 11, 2020

Episode 012: August 11, 2020

August 11, 2020

Welcome to the Maryland Fishing Line Episode 012

 

Today is tuesday August 11, 2020

 

This is the podcast where we talk about fishing throughout the great state of Maryland. 

 

The Maryland fishing line is a production of The Angler Magazine, Chesapeake Edition. 

 

The Chesapeake Angler can be found throughout southern Maryland, Anne Arundel County, and the Eastern Shore. If you would like to see it in your area and it’s not there let us know! 

 

Busy week, I know Joey you’ve been fishing, I’ve been fishing and the White Marlin Open wrapped up but before we get to all that...

 

Let’s take a look at what’s going on around the state.

 

  • Remember that all Maryland areas of the bay and tidal rivers will be closed to striped bass fishing from Aug. 16 through Aug. 31.
  • Surface temps in the Bay dropped for a hot minute after the tropical storm but they are back in the hot zone by now
  • But the wind and water churn did cool some deeper waters so fish will be a little harder to find since they have a lot more water column to work with

Striped Bass

 

  • Striped bass fishing for the next few days leading up to the closure is a morning affair.
  • Sun’s up? Gonna be a tough bite.
  • Why don’t you go ahead and switch to white perch fishing? Mortality rates are high particularly live-lining for rock fish.

Bluefish

 

  • Hearing some repots of larger bluefish in the mix running alongside spanish mackerel
  • And there are still lots of smaller bluefish schooling on the surface - which by the way is a great way to find those bigger red drum as they will typically be underneath all the chaos

 

Cobia

 

  • Cobia fishing is still good this summer at the Middle Grounds, the Target Ship, the Mud Leads, and Point Lookout. 
  • But it does look like they are in a bit of lull at the moment - they could be spawning

 

Redfish and Puppy Drum

 

  • Puppy drum just under the minimize size are starting to show up everywhere and offer fantastic light tackle action
  • As mentioned earlier big red drum are being found under schools of bluefish and spanish mackerel

 

Black Drum

 

  • Mid-size black drum are showing up in the middle bay
  • Black drum can often be spotted on depth finders by their heavy echo signature, which is due to their large air bladder.

 

Speckled Trout

 

  • Speckled trout continue to be a mainstay for shallow water fisherman throwing soft plastics.
  • Remember grass beds hold the key for specks

 

Spanish Mackerel

 

  • The spanish mack bite continues to be hot - hopefully the influx of freshwater from the storm will not push them back
  • This bite should continue into the fall
  • Be on the lookout for schools of breaking fish and you will find both spanish macks and bluefish - possibly with red drum underneath

 

White Perch and Spot

 

  • White perch and spot run together and are providing reliable action during these hot summer months and nothing has changed there
  • They are spread throughout the entire Chesapeake Bay and tributaries, and populations are abundant. 
  • Pieces of bloodworm, grass shrimp, wild seafood shrimp are great for spot and add in small minnows for perch. 

 

Croaker

 

  • A few small croaker have been caught but most are sub-legal. Handle those fish quickly and get them back in the water for the future.

 

Largemouth

 

  • Summer summer summer patterns are strong with this fish right about now
  • Morning and evening bite is best on topwater
  • They move to deeper water or tight to structure in the day - slow fishing plastics like wacky worm senkos is your best bet

Snakehead

 

  • Northern snakeheads continue to provide great action
  • Don’t be afraid to fish new areas for snakeheads as their range continues to increase
  • On the Eastern Shore, the Dorchester County tidal backwaters — tributaries to the Nanticoke and Wicomico — are consistent hotspots.

 

Catfish

 

  • Conowingo is producing some large flatheads and blue cats.
  • Channel cats are abundant just about all over now as well.
  • All of these can be caught on fresh cut baits, chicken livers, clam snouts, and a variety of other stinky baits.

 

White Marlin Open

 

The 2020 White Marlin Open wrapped up Sunday night with 2 new tournament record fish, 3 newly minted millionaires and a world record tournament payout.  The 433 registered boats braved a world pandemic and a menacing hurricane to haul in fish that were collectively worth $6.8 million dollars during the weeklong event – it represents the most tournament money ever awarded in fishing.

 

The top prize of $1.85 million went to the “Canyon Blues” out of Ocean City, MD for the huge 97-pound white marlin caught by Brandon Golueke from Chester, MD on Saturday.  That fish stands as the 3rd largest white marlin weighed in the 47-year White Marlin Open history.  The “Drillin & Billin” out of Hatteras, NC weighed a 77-pound white marlin caught Friday by Taylor Fields from Baltimore, MD.  That fish was good for second place and $1.76 million in prize money.  Rounding out the white marlin division was the "Crisdel" out of Islamorada, FL with a 77-pound white on Saturday good for 3rd place and $200,000.  The fish was taken by Frank Criscola from Bedminster, NJ.  The Small Boat White Marlin winner was "Not Right!" out of Indian River, DE with a 72 pounder worth $100,000. 

 

The tuna division produced the 3rd million-dollar winner.  The rules state that if no blue marlin is caught, that prize money goes to white marlin winners.  The lack of a qualifying blue marlin had an impact on the above white marlin by adding over $500,000 to their winnings. But the biggest benefactor of the vacant blue marlin division turned out to be Ocean City’s “Restless Lady.”  Already winning $900,000 for the 114.5-pound bluefin tuna brought in on Monday, the $417,000 in the blue marlin winner-take-all division defaulted to the biggest tuna entered in that level which was the “Restless Lady.”  The OC boat added that extra money to bring the winnings to over $1,400,000 for angler Travis Ort from York, PA.  Rounding out the tuna division were the “Sentient” out of Slaughter Creek, MD with a 121-pounder worth $100,000.00, the “The "Blue Runner” from Manasquan, NJ that took $165,000, and the “Swords Fish” from Indian River, DE that held on to win $150,000 for their 92-pound tuna. 

 

The 2020 event saw two WMO record catches.  A 47-year-old tournament record 73.5-pound dolphin was caught Friday by Matt Wagner off the “Backlash,” and was worth $20,000.  The second record catch was a 273.5-pound swordfish landed by Kyle Gagliardi from Vineland, NJ.  Gagliardi is a professional bass fisherman who took a busman's holiday to land the saltwater billfish. Fishing off the "Jersey Boy" Gagliardi took $375,000 in the tournament Big Fish category.  

 

There were 896 billfish caught during the 7-day event with 837 released.

 

YouTube catch up

 

I am currently working on another video that should be released in the next couple of days.

 

Don’t forget the August monthly giveaway has multiple ways to enter and win a $25 Bass Pro Shops eGift card.

 

You can enter on our Facebook page - look for the tab on the left OR by visiting https://gleam.io/4XfZb/chesapeake-angler-august-2020-giveaway

Magazine Catch up

 

The August issue is on the streets - which means we are working towards our September issue and we need bragboard pics! If you want to see your catch in print you can send them to theanglerchesapeake@gmail.com and make sure to include a by-line and that you have attached a high-resolution image suitable for printing.  If you send them from your phone make sure to send the largest file size possible.

Personal fishing weekly updates

 

Joey

 

  • On the redfish

 

Brian

 

  • August KBF challenge is underway - fishing has been tough but I have managed 3 fish in a couple of short outings
  • 17.75 and 12.25 a couple of days ago and the skinniest 17.25 inch fish I have ever seen.
  • Felt guilty tricking him
  • Mallows Bay is super thick with hydrilla right now so prepare yourself if you are headed that way.

 

Topic of the week

 

  • Nope

This or That

 

  • Baitcaster OR Spinning Reel
  • Fish “wrong handed” OR have to use a spinning reel upside down like a dork

 

BuBye

 

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Episode 011: August 4, 2020

Episode 011: August 4, 2020

August 4, 2020

Maryland Fishing Report for Tuesday August 4, 2020

 

This is the podcast where we talk about fishing throughout the great state of Maryland. 

 

The Maryland fishing line is a production of The Angler Magazine, Chesapeake Edition. 

 

The Chesapeake Angler can be found throughout southern Maryland, Anne Arundel County, and the Eastern Shore. If you would like to see it in your area and it’s not there let us know!

 

August 2020 Giveaway Link: https://gleam.io/4XfZb/chesapeake-angler-august-2020-giveaway

Episode 010: July 28, 2020 Maryland Fishing Report

Episode 010: July 28, 2020 Maryland Fishing Report

July 28, 2020

Welcome to the Maryland Fishing Line Episode 010

 

Today is Tuesday, July 28, 2020

 

This is the podcast where we talk about fishing throughout the great state of Maryland. 

 

The Maryland fishing line is a production of The Angler Magazine, Chesapeake Edition. 

 

The Chesapeake Angler can be found throughout southern Maryland, Anne Arundel County, and the Eastern Shore. If you would like to see it in your area and it’s not there let us know! 

 

Greetings and introductions

 

Let’s take a look at what’s going on around the state.

 

  • Main Chesapeake Bay surface water temperatures have risen to the mid 80s.
  • This is peak water temperature for the Bay.
  • These hot, calm conditions warm surface waters and limit oxygen being recharged to the deeper waters 
  • This in turn increases the chance of algal blooms. 
  • Gamefish will remain at similar locations on cooler river mouths or main bay structure but moving to slightly shallower depths looking for maximum suitable oxygen in the coolest water available. 

 

Striped Bass

 

  • The weather is putting a lot of heat-related stress on summer striped bass population. 
  • Maybe consider focusing on early morning hours, or switch to other species during the heat wave.
  • If you do target striped bass, remember that you must use non-offset circle hooks when chumming or livelining. 
  • Consider using lures with single barbless hooks to make releasing fish easier
  • Use care must be taken when handling fish. 
  • Never use a rag while unhooking a striped bass — this will rub off their protective slime layer, making them more vulnerable to the summer combination of heat stress and disease.

 

Bluefish

 

  • Hot and dry weather with high salinities equals more and better shots at bluefish
  • Trolling spoons and hoses (surgical tube lures) will put you on the bluefish.
  • Small bluefish are running about 1 pound, which is fun for the kids and a perfect eating size, whether fresh or smoked. 
  • A reminder that the daily limit for 2020 is 3 bluefish per day for anglers fishing from private boats or shore, and 5 bluefish per day when fishing from a charter boat..

 

Cobia

 

  • Cobia fishing has been good this summer at the Middle Grounds, the Target Ship, the Mud Leads, and Point Lookout. 
  • The traditional methods are chumming and fishing with cut bait or live eels. 
  • In past years, anglers have also caught large cobia with other live baits such as spot
  • Sight fishing with live eels or large soft plastics on a lead head jig is a trending method 
  • This requires using an elevated platform to spot fish, and polarized sunglasses to cut through the glare on the water..
  • Trolling spoons and hoses will also find cobia.

 

Redfish and Puppy Drum

 

  • Large red drum are being caught and released by light tackle jiggers with soft plastics in the lower bay.
  • Trolling spoons and hoses (surgical tube lures) will produce large drum around the Target ship.

 

Speckled Trout

 

  • The shallow-water fishing for speckled trout continues with topwater and soft paddletail baits near shallow grass beds along the Eastern Shore marshes. 
  • Zara Spooks work over grass beds 
  • But reports show soft plastics and paddletails working best over deeper grass, shoreline structure, rocks. riprap, wood, and stump fields. 
  • The best speckled trout fishing is occurring along the marshes of the Pocomoke and Tangier sounds up to Hoopers Island.
  • Speckled trout action continues from the Choptank River south along the Dorchester County shorelines, and down into the Crisfield area marsh shorelines and cuts. 
  • Grass beds in 3-5 feet of water are excellent places to cast topwater lures and swim shads. 
  • Zara Spooks, Gulp plastics, and soft plastics in pearl or white with sparkles are popular. 
  • The structure around Sharps Island lighthouse is a popular spot.

Spanish Mackerel

 

  • Just like bluefish, love the combination of hot and dry weather and salinities being relatively high. 
  • Anglers are hoping for a repeat of last year’s hot action on Spanish mackerel which extended all the way to the upper bay.   
  • You will find spanish mackerel right now busting schools of bait fish alongside the bluefish.
  • Spanish mackerel are being caught by fast trolling  — about 7 knots is the target speed — with small Drone or Clark spoons. 
  • Always be ready with metal lures in case Spanish mackerel show up on the surface

 

White Perch and Spot

 

  • White perch and spot run together and are providing reliable action during these hot summer months. 
  • They are spread throughout the entire Chesapeake Bay and tributaries, and populations are abundant. 
  • Many anglers are finding a lot of small fish in some areas but a few big fish can be culled from the school. 
  • The usual small spinners and 1/16 to 1/8-ounce lead heads with Mr. Twister grubs on light spinning tackle will produce results for white perch. 
  • Pieces of bloodworm, grass shrimp, wild seafood shrimp are great for spot and add in small minnows for perch. 
  • Medium-sized minnows fished under a bobber around shoreline structure will often catch a large grade of perch.
  • White perch and spot can be found on hard bottom areas or shoals off Sandy Point State Park beach, the mouth of the Magothy, and the shallow ends of the Bay Bridge. 
  • They can also be found at the Snake Reef, Belvidere Shoal, and the 7-foot and 9-foot knolls. 
  • Bottom fishing action for perch and spot can be found at Hacketts and Thomas points on shell bottom and bars, as well as around Eastern Bay, Poplar Island, and the Severn and Choptank rivers
  • Fishing for white perch in the shallower shoreline areas should be steady from now into September. 
  • Shoreline structure such as bulkheads, submerged rocks, fallen trees, and riprap are good areas to cast small spinners, spinnerbaits, and jigs. 
  • White perch and spot can also be caught off of docks and piers in 5-10 feet of water with a simple one-hook or two-hook bottom rig baited with pieces of soft crab, bloodworm, or grass shrimp. 
  • Synthetic bloodworm-flavored fishbites also work well.
  • Steady bottom fishing action in the hard bottom areas of the lower Patuxent River, Honga River, and off Hoopers Island with pieces of bloodworm on a bottom rig is the best bait for perch and spot alike.. 

 

Croaker

 

  • A few small croaker have been caught in the Severn River, South River, and other areas, but most are sub-legal. Handle those fish quickly and get them back in the water for the future.

 

Largemouth

 

  • Bass are firmly entrenched now in summer patterns.
  • Look for them to feed early and late in the day and find someplace to be lazy during the day.
  • Ponds and small lakes can be fished from shore with a variety of weedless soft plastics, including plastic worms, flukes, and lizards in grass, lily pads, or near sunken wood structure.

Snakehead

 

  • Northern snakeheads will jump all over traditional bass lures such as buzzbaits and frogs.
  • These are excellent baits to cast over thick grass that we are seeing a lot of now.
  • Chatterbaits and paddle tails will also produce snakeheads. 
  • Ttributaries of the tidal Potomac, Patuxent, Patapsco, and other tidal rivers around the Chesapeake have expanding populations of northern snakeheads. 
  • For anglers targeting snakehead in central Maryland, try Little Seneca Lake at Blackhills Regional Park. 
  • Department biologists first documented a snakehead population in the lake in May 2019 after receiving reports of sightings by anglers. 
  • Snakeheads have been observed close to the bank even during the heat of the day. 
  • On the Eastern Shore, the Dorchester County tidal backwaters — tributaries to the Nanticoke and Wicomico — are consistent hotspots.

 

Catfish

 

  • Conowingo is producing some large flatheads and blue cats.
  • Channel cats are abundant just about all over now as well.
  • All of these can be caught on fresh cut baits, chicken livers, clam snouts, and a variety of other stinky baits.

 

The rest…

 

  • Carp are providing steady summer fun in the upper Potomac, C&O Canal, and various ponds with the traditional baits of scented dough ball baits or corn. 
  • Fly casters can catch carp with purple flies that resemble mulberries in areas where the berries fall into the water from overhanging branches. 

 

YouTube catch up

 

We are going to launch a new monthly giveaway with multiple ways on August 1st - you can enter to win a $25 Bass Pro Shops eGift card.

 

As always, if there is something you would like to see covered on the YouTube channel let me know and we will see what we can do about that.

 

Magazine Catch up

 

The August issue will start showing up close by to you any day now. If you want to see your catch in print you can send them to theanglerchesapeake@gmail.com and make sure to include a by-line and that you have attached a high-resolution image suitable for printing.  If you send them from your phone make sure to send the largest file size possible.

 

I want to give a shout out to all of our advertisers for September.  These businesses are dedicated to the outdoors and understand the value and economic impact of outdoors men and women throughout the state so make sure to support them when you can.  You will find links to all of them in the show notes and in every YouTube video description we post.

 

Waterfront Marine in Edgewater, MD

Annapolis Canoe & Kayak in Annapolis, MD

Cavallaro Heath Group for all your waterfront real estate needs

Eat Chesapeake in Dunkirk, Rose Haven and Bowie

Huntingtown Automotive in Huntingtown, MD

JMJ Firearms in Mechanicsville, MD

Modern Aire, LLC for your HVAC needs in Mechanicsville, MD

Scott's Cove Marina on Deal Island

Stoney's Kingfisher in Solomons, MD

 

Personal fishing weekly updates

 

Joey

 

  • On the redfish

 

Brian

 

  • Trout fishing in western NC - very exciting.  Caught 3 nice brown trout in a tiny stream in Banner Elk.
  • Strong fish.

 

Question of the week

 

  • Fishing kayak storage during the season
  • How To
  • What to avoid / Danger zone
  • Options

 

BuBye

 

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And of course you can read the e-magazine online at chesapeakeanglermag.com

Waterfront Marine: https://www.waterfrontmarine.com/

Annapolis Canoe & Kayak: https://www.annapoliscanoeandkayak.com/ Cavallaro Heath Group: https://cavallaroheath.com/

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Huntingtown Automotive: https://huntingtownautomotive.com/

JMJ Firearms: https://www.jmjfirearmsllc.com/

Modern Aire, LLC: https://modernairellc.com/

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Episode 009: July 21, 2020

Episode 009: July 21, 2020

July 21, 2020

Welcome to the Maryland Fishing Line Episode 009

 

Today is July 21, 2020

 

This is the podcast where we talk about fishing throughout the great state of Maryland. 

 

The Maryland fishing line is a production of The Angler Magazine, Chesapeake Edition. 

 

The Chesapeake Angler can be found throughout southern Maryland, Anne Arundel County, and the Eastern Shore. If you would like to see it in your area and it’s not there let us know! 

 

Greetings and introductions

 

Let’s take a look at what’s going on around the state.

 

Striped Bass

 

Topwater action remains strong at Conowingo dam and on the Susquehanna Flats in the early morning hours. Live lining or chumming is a great tactic right now throughout the bay from the upper to the lower.  Trolling the channel edges is a strong second option pulling umbrella rigs or bucktails behind inline sinkers.  These fish seem to be holding suspended in 25 feet of water. Jigging for suspended fish once you find them on your graph is also a good tactic. Please keep in mind oxygen levels are low and water temps are high - this combination leads to high mortality rates so do what you can to minimize this.  Use off set circle hooks when fishing live or cut bait and handle fish quickly and carefully.  One of the best things you can do is consider targeting other species while these conditions exist.

 

Bluefish

 

After a long hiatus, it seems as though bluefish are back on the menu. Look for them wherever you find balls of baitfish below or on the surface.

 

Cobia

 

This is where a lot of the action is right now but you have to work to find them.  They will show up in chum slicks and for trollers alike.

 

Redfish and Puppy Drum

 

There are lots of puppy drum up in the feeder creeks and big bull redfish in the bay. The Target Ship is home right now to those many of those bulls and you can find them sight casting, chumming, and trolling.

 

Speckled Trout

 

We are on a huge run of specks right now that will only continue to get thicker as we head into fall. 

 

We got an email from Nicole asking us to do a deep dive into catching specks in the Bay.

 

So to understand a little bit about the fish first.  The speckled trout is a member of the croaker family and likes some very specific habitat. They thrive in shallow water areas with aquatic vegetation.  This equates to shorelines around the mouths of the rivers and creeks.

 

So now that we know to look for eelgrass and submerged aquatic vegetation let’s look at what they eat.  They love crabs, shrimp, and small forage fish.

 

Putting those two pieces together seems simple but many anglers spend a lot of time searching out prime speck territory and they don’t share those secrets openly as you might imagine.  If you are looking for the go to place you are going to want to think about Tangier Sound.

 

You can catch these fish on live bait, cut bait, on the fly, and artificials. And as always let your choice of bait be dictated by local conditions. Match the forage!

 

As an example, when soft crab runs occur in shallow grassy areas, cut peelers or soft crabs may be essential for catching specks. During other periods, when trout are mainly feeding on baitfish, cut spot or live baits may be more effective.

 

The best baits most of the time include peeler crabs, soft-shelled crabs, fresh shrimp, bloodworms, and cut fish.

 

When choosing artificial lures for catching speckled trout, match your tackle to local baitfish. In many parts of the Chesapeake Bay, the most abundant food sources are bay anchovies, killifish, menhaden, spot, and white perch.

 

So simple jigs rigged with soft plastic bodies, grub-style or slender bodies, or small shad bodies work great. Bucktail-type jigs are also popular, especially when combined with lure bodies or bait strips. Other popular lures include small spoons, metal jigs, swimming plugs, and surface chuggers.  If I had one bait to throw in all conditions it would be a white paddle tail plastic combined with an erratic retrieval.

 

One of the most popular ways to target specks is to cast lures along points, grassbed edges, or other structure.  You can also troll slowly along these same areas in order to cover a large area. Because most of the fishing occurs in very shallow water, small boats are often preferred. When launch sites are available near prime fishing areas, anglers may also use kayaks or other small boats while speckled trout fishing.

Spanish Mackerel

 

You will find spanish mackerel right now busting schools of bait fish alongside the bluefish.

 

White Perch

 

White perch provide outstanding fishing in the summer. They are found in all types of water throughout the region. Chase them in the tidal rivers and creeks by casting small spinners on light tackle or by bottom rigs with bloodworm, shrimp, or minnows.

 

Spot

 

Look for Spot on hard bottom areas or shoals with the same bottom rigs with bloodworm that you use for White Perch.

 

And speaking again of bloodworms they are in short supply right now so if you need them and see them, buy them - don’t wait thinking you will find them at the last minute.  You can keep them for several days just make sure to flip the bags.  Pro Tip - add a little protein powder to the bag to fatten them up and keep them from eating on each other.  You can also mix some nightcrawlers up with the bloodworm juice as you are cutting bait.

 

Largemouth

 

Look for largemouth bass fishing to continue in summer patterns with early mornings and late evenings offering the best shallow water bite.  During the heat of the day using soft plastics, crankbaits, or jigs around deeper structure or any shade is going to be your best bet.  If you are fishing any of the tidal rivers schedule an early morning or evening outing around a falling tide and target grass or spatterdock. 

 

Snakehead

 

These same largemouth tactics will also put you within the same space as northern snakeheads.  They are post-spawn now and should be eager to feed. They will jump on spinnerbait and chatterbaits, as well as, topwater frogs early and late in the day. If you want to target snakeheads with live bait large minnows under bobbers is your best bet.  

 

Catfish

 

Lower Susquehanna and Chester River are seeing both blue catfish and channel catfish on cut bait, clam snouts and just about anything that smells bad.

 

Panfish

 

Bobbers and nightcrawlers for the kids and adults alike.  This is the perfect time of year for a late evening at a local pond introducing kids to fishing.  And a fat bluegill makes for a good fish sandwich.

 

YouTube catch up

 

New videos drop for the week is a great snakehead and largemouth video.  Make sure to stick around to the end to see the Snakehead freakout release.

 

We hit the mark and passed our 350 subscribers goal on YouTube and our random comment winner was Zach F who won a Bass Pro Shops eGift Card. We are still trying to find Zach F!

 

We are going to have a new monthly giveaway with multiple ways to enter that will launch August 1st - you can enter to win a $25 Bass Pro Shops eGift card.

 

As always, if there is something you would like to see covered on the YouTube channel let me know and we will see what we can do about that.

 

Magazine Catch up

 

The August issue of the magazine just went to print and should be available around the end of the month.  Make sure to be on the lookout for it.  We had a great bragboard response and have added a second page of photos sent to us by local anglers. If you want to see your catch in print you can send them to theanglerchesapeake@gmail.com and make sure to include a by-line and that you have attached a high-resolution image suitable for printing.  If you send them from your phone make sure to send the largest file size possible..

 

Personal fishing weekly updates

 

Joey

 

Brian

BuBye

 

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Insta @chesapeakeangler & @bnraines

 

Youtube.com/ChesapeakeAngler

 

And of course you can read the e-magazine online at chesapeakeanglermag.com

Episode 008: July 14, 2020

Episode 008: July 14, 2020

July 14, 2020

Today is July 14, 2020

This is the podcast where we talk about fishing throughout the great state of Maryland. 

The Maryland fishing line is a production of The Angler Magazine, Chesapeake Edition. 

The Chesapeake Angler can be found throughout southern Maryland, Anne Arundel County, and the Eastern Shore. If you would like to see it in your area and it’s not there let us know!

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