Welcome to the Maryland Fishing Line Episode 07 Today is July 7, 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
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Welcome to the Maryland Fishing Line Episode 07 Today is July 7, 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. Chesapeake surface temps keep climbing and are now sitting in the low 80’s. River temps are also heating up - This means rockfish are going to be moving to deeper more oxygenated water. White perch are going to be holding in 20 feet of water or less on mud, clay or sand bottoms. White perch can be found in the tidal creeks and rivers throughout the bay. With higher water temps also comes algae blooms and reduced water clarity. Upper Chesapeake Bay The Conowingo Dam early in the morning is prime topwater action for striped bass. This action continues down the river and out along the edge of the Susquehanna Flats. As the morning hours progress, switch to soft plastic jigs. All types catfish are providing plenty of action for those fishing cut bait. Striped bass fishing has been good in the upper bay whether one is trolling, live-lining, jigging, or casting lures. Tolchester Lumps has seen a lot of boats live-lining and chumming for striped bass but this has also led to a lot of discarded dead floaters - use your circle hooks and handle the fish quickly and get them back in the water. The Spot bite has now reached the Bay Bridge - bloodworms on the bottom will provide tons and tons of action. Jigging is good also at the Love Point rocks, the Bay Bridge piers and rock piles with skirted soft plastic jigs in white, pearl or chartreuse combinations with a little sparkle are working well. Jigs are either worked close to the bridge piers or the rocks Middle Bay In the middle bay, striped bass fishing including trolling, live-lining, jigging, and casting lures near shoreline structure has been producing. Trolling weighted umbrella rigs along the 30-foot edge of the shipping channel is providing a slow pick of fish longer than 19 inches. Several traditional locations have been popular, including Buoy 83 and Bloody, Breezy, Hacketts, and Thomas points. White bucktails and swimshads are the favorite color as trailers. The shallow-water striped bass fishery that many light-tackle anglers love is beginning to slip into a typical summer mode. This means the best fishing success occurs at the crack of dawn or late in the evening. Striped bass do not feel comfortable in waters above 80 degrees. Lower Bay Striped bass fishing in the Potomac River from the Route 301 Bridge south to the St. Marys River has been good and should continue. Trolling along the steeper channel edges with tandem rigged bucktails dressed with twister tails is working well. Umbrella rigs with bucktails or swimshads as trailers are also favorites. There is also some spotty striped bass trolling going on along the shipping channel edges and in the Patuxent River. There has been a little bit of live-lining activity along the steep channel edge between St. George Island and Piney Point in the lower Potomac River. A few anglers are trying to chum off of Point Lookout for a mix of striped bass and bluefish with the added hope of luring a cobia into a chum slick. Spot are spread out along both sides of the bay. Some of the spot are now getting large enough to consider as table fare. White perch are mixed in at these same locations and every tidal river and creek in the region. Fishing for speckled trout continues to be extremely good with most of the action occurring from Hoopers Island south to Tangier and Pocomoke sounds. Casting pink, white, or pearl/sparkle combinations with soft plastic swimbaits have been the best producing lures to use, as are Gulp baits. In the early morning and late evening hours, casting Zara Spooks over grass or stump fields is a fun way to catch speckled trout and a few striped bass. Cobia are steadily moving into the region and a few are being caught by chumming or sight casting with live eels or large soft plastic jigs. The Middle Grounds to the Target Ship and Point Lookout are traditional locations to look for them. Large red drum are being caught and released in the Tangier Sound area by jigging or trolling large spoons. Bluefish are becoming more common in the region and their numbers will most likely increase this month. Flounder are also making