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May 20, 2019

​Trophy striper season is slightly better this week.  We express cautious optimism as May's first week draws to a close.  There are many who are still are empty handed for the season, but it is possible to limit out with luck, lots of lures in the water, and a lot of time trolling.  The best results are coming from the stretch of water from the Gas Docks to Hooper island Light.  The Solomons boats are fishing "straight out" and catching the most in a season of drought.  What happens now is anybody's guess.

A handful of spot have shown up in the pound nets in Cornfield Harbor.  They are a month late.  How long it will take to make bottom fishermen happy catching these summertime delicacies will depend on salinity levels that  remain very low.  Which brings us to catfish where the numbers are good and size is excellent.  Fre...

April 30, 2019

The trophy season continued into it's second week with big fish being caught everyday, but the action is slow with a lot of trolling producing only a few fish.  The bite is the same in both the Potomac and the bay,  Trollers are using tandems, parachutes, mo-jos, and umbrella rigs in a rainbow of colors, but the success seems to come to those who stick to it and put in the time ,regardless of lure or color.  As the spawn winds down and the water warms, we may get a spurt of activity.  We can only hope we have our lures in the water when the bite turns on.

Boaters traveling to the salt islands found plenty of rockfish in the cuts, holes, and structures.  The stripers are in the 14 to 28 inch category and have been carefully released.  A 20 inch speckled trout was taken on a cast bucktail along with the hungry rockfish.

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April 24, 2019

Opening day of the trophy rockfish season started with rain and wind, but conditions steadily improved until the afternoon was bearable for bigger boats.  The fish were not cooperative as a rule, but there were some trophies taken, some at the 50 inch mark weighing 50 pounds.  The Tackle Box had two fish brought in by late Sunday, one from the Potomac and one from the bay.  Charter captains were catching a hand full on their trips trolling for the big ones.  Umbrella and tandem rigs with huge lures were successful.   There were better stories from the Potomac than the bay proper.  The next few days promise good conditions and results will improve.

The white perch are now active in the rivers and on the bay shore. Several good catches were photographed this week at The Tackle Box including a 12 inch white perch which l...

April 24, 2019