Saturday was the opening day of the Trophy Rockfish Season and every shop we called said there were plenty of boats out on the bay. Early reports indicate some 40-inch fish have been caught. While most anglers were trying for a big striped bass, a few continued to fish for perch, catfish and play catch and release on the Susquehanna Flats.
Mike at Eastern Marine said he fished Sandy Point before the opening day of trophy rock season and found good success casting X-Raps, Tsunami shads and Rat-L-Traps worked slowly across the bottom. Pearl and bone were the top colors. The Susquehanna Flats produced more than 70 rock between 22 and 26.5 inches on X-Raps. When the water on the Flats is dirty try a chunk of white perch on a non-offset circle hook to tempt the rockfish. Deer Creek is seeing good numbers of shad.
At Tochterman’s in Baltimore, we heard that they had not seen any big striped bass from the opening day of Trophy Season, but said pre-season trips had produced good numbers of big rock. The best trolling action has been south of the Bay Bridge due to dirty water to the north.
At Clyde’s Sport Shop the report was a pre-season trip on Wednesday produced big fish for a catch and release excursion. On Friday a customer caught a 14-inch red drum near Gibson Island. The water temperature is 58 degrees. That may have moved the red drum north, but may also move the big rockfish out of the bay.
Down by Annapolis Angler’s Sport Center devoted most of their report to the opening day of striped bass where they suggested trolling along channel edges or jigging deep holes if you mark fish there. White perch action remains very good in the upper reaches of the tidal creeks and rivers. Bloodworms make the best bait. Bloodworms will also take big rockfish from the beach at Sandy Point.
Chris Dollar at Kent Island Kayaks told us he had a good day of shad fishing at Fletcher’s Cove on the Potomac River on Wednesday. He said shad are also available at Deer Creek off the Susquehanna River. Shad darts worked in both locations. Opening day of the Trophy Rockfish Season saw lots of boats on the bay. Pre-fishing had umbrellas, parachutes and double bucktail rigs all catching fish along channel edges. The Susquehanna Flats has been plagued with dirty water and fishing has been slow. Channel and blue catfish have been caught on cut bait from the Chester River.