days, mostly along the edges of the shipping channel. The action has been good on the western side of the bay from Thomas Point south to below the power plant. The fish tend to be suspended along the 35-foot edge of the channel and at times are pushing bait in the form of bay anchovies to the surface and creating some fun topwater action.
Black drum have showed
up on time at Stone Rock and the Sharp’s Island Flats and more than a few anglers got into the action. A sturdy conventional rod set up with a large circle hook with a whole or half of a soft crab held to the hook with a rubber band will work.
The shallow water fishery for striped bass in the middle bay region has been offering some exciting fishing in the early morning and evening hours. There is a mix of sub-legal and striped bass in the 22- to 26-inch size range moving about in shallower areas
near prominent points, submerged breakwaters, and shoreline structure. Topwater lures such as poppers are a fun way to fish for them. Farther south, on our side of the bay, speckled trout are being caught despite some chilly weather, and when the sun breaks out and warmer temperatures prevail, this fishery should really kick into gear.
Recreational crabbing continues to be good in most of the middle and lower bay tidal rivers and creeks. Some of the best catches are coming from
Largemouth bass are offering excellent fishing opportunities in small ponds, larger impoundments, and tidal rivers throughout the state. The bass are in a post-spawn mode of activity, and with water temperatures relatively cool, the bass are in an active feeding mood. The shallowwater morning bite has been lasting longer into mid-morning and starting earlier in the evenings due to overcast weather and cool water temperatures.
Targeting shallow grass is a number one tactic
during these times with topwater baits. Northern snakeheads can be part of the event when fishing topwater lures in many of our tidal rivers. Stick worms and soft plastics are good baits to use if you want to get down through the grass or along the edges, both should be whacky rigged.
On the coast, flounder are being caught in the channels near the inlet and even a few speckled trout. Smaller bluefish are expected to be around now and a couple of black drum have been reported in the back bay channels.
Anglers fishing the wreck and reef sites close to shore have found very good sea bass fishing. Offshore anglers have returned with a mix of dolphin-fish and bigeye and yellowfin tuna.
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