was great yesterday. Striped bass up to 24 inches were breaking on the surface for 4 hours. There was also bluefish mixed with the stripers. Blues were mostly small but a few nice ones were around. Most of the rockfish wre caught on poppers, with a lot caught on trailers behind the popper. We also caught fish with sinking lines with clousers. A lot of the schools of breakers did not have any birds on them, and these usually held the bigger fish.
We had breaking striped bass and bluefish off and on all day. The rockfish went up to 23 inches and our biggest blue was over 22 inches. We also caught our first spanish mackerel of the year. They were from 18 to 20 inches. Most of the fish were caught on Lil Bunker spoons made by Specialized Baits. These spoons work great either casting or jigging. We also caught fish on poppers. Ther has also been some speckled trout caught in the shallows.
Fly fishing on the Chesapeake Bay has been real good this week. Stripers have been breaking on the surface up to 26 inches. Light tackle fisherman have also been having great success too. Poppers, crease flies, and gurglers have all been bringing numerous strikes. When the fish go down, sinking lines with clousers or decievers will still catch striped bass. On spining tackle, jigging spoons can be hard to get to the bottom.
The fishing this week has been even better. Stripers up to 32 inches have been caught on jigging spoons and good numbers of stripers in the mid twenties have beenbreaking and hitting poppers.
Stripers up to 26 inches have started to break a little near the mouth of Eastern Bay. They are not consistent yet but should get better as August approaches. Yesterday we only flyfished and did well in the afternoon after a slow morning. Clousers, poppers and crease flies all worked.
We have been catching good numbers of stripers at the mouth of Eastern Bay and near Poplar Island. BKDs and jigging spoons have worked best. Most of the fish are in the low twenty inch range with a few in the mid to upper twenties.
Fishing in Eastern Bay has been good when the weather has cooperated. We have been catching stripers up to 30 inches with a couple of larger fish. Fishing humps with BKDs on leadhead jigs. Flyfishing with sinking lines has worked when the wind has let us get the fly down. Fishing should just get better in the next couple weeks.
I will be leaving for the Susquehanna Flats this weekend and hope to be there for three weeks. If you need to reach me, cell phone is the best way.
I will be at the National Chapter Trout Unlimited Show this March 12th at the Georgetown Prep School in Bethesda Maryland. There will be several guest speakers and drawings for assorted prizes. Hope to see you there.
Tie Fest was a huge success again this weekend. It was great seeing lots of friends and making new ones. As usual it was packed most of the day. There was some great fly tiers there. Tony should be congratulated for a super job.
No fishing right now, but will be at Tie Fest This Saturday Feb 12. Tie Fest is held at the Kent Island Yacht Club. This event has gotten bigger every year. There will be well known flyfishermen including Lefty Kreh, Bob Clouser, Bob Popovics, and Joe Bruce. Admission is free, hope to see you there.