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  1. Eric Packard, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 162
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Posted on September 13, 2019

My Thursday on the Bay

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Southern
Location: Chesapeake Bay

We fished out of Solomons and headed for the target ship to try for some cobia. Unfortunately, we struck out and so did my buddies friend. We met him down there while we were pulling hoses. He was chumming. We then headed over near Point Lookout looking for redfish but no luck. The other boat headed to the Eastern Shore, and I believe he was across from Point No Point, catching four cobia. Two keepers and two under. We ended up chasing bait up at the gas plant.

Between the two of us we caught 23 rockfish, 16 bluefish, and one mackerel. We used light tackle, casting white bucktails with purple and also gray plastic. The majority of the rockfish were under sized. The bluefish were on average of 16 to 17” and I didn’t measure the mackerel.

Tags: Striped Bass, Bluefish, Spanish Mackerel


  1. Wayne Young, Recreational Angler
  2. Annadale, VA
  3. Total Reports: 33
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Posted on September 11, 2019

Back-to-Back Big Reds

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Central
Location: Middle and Upper Lower Bay, Point No Point to Sharps Island

I went out on a walk-on guide trip with "Walleye Pete" Dahlberg and 4 other anglers. We ran about 80 miles and found biting fish in several locations. We caught a bunch of schoolie stripers (30+ on my rod) ending up with 7 keepers plus a gaggle of bluefish, a few nice Spanish mackerel including one huge one, and a flounder.

Pete found some birds working around mid-afternoon and ran over to what was a huge gaggle of schoolie stripers and bluefish breaking water on a mass of baitfish. He said, "great setup for big reds foraging underneath". Two minutes later a 47" redfish took my jig on a light baitcaster - my first redfish plus my biggest fish. What a thrill on very light tackle! Then we caught a 46" and a 48" and had another break off. The fish were still breaking water when it was time to go in. Great day on the Bay!

Tags: Red Drum,Spanish Mackerel, Charter Fishing


  1. Eric Packard, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 162
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Posted on September 10, 2019

My Weekend of Fishing

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Target Ship,

Wishing everyone well and hopefully all got out and fished some too.

On Saturday, 09/07/19, I fished for cobia on the bay at the Target Ship but no luck at all. Zero fish.

Then, on Sunday, 09/08/19, I fished off of Piney Point. I did see a guy with a puppy drum but I couldn’t find any. I caught one needle fish, one schoolie rockfish, one Atlantic lizardfish fish as well as 37 white perch. The perch were around average 10-12”. All were caught on beetle spin except for the needle fish which was caught on a popping cork with 1/4 oz jig.

Today I went to the local pier to look at the water to check conditions before I headed to Annapolis. I caught a perch. I hear there are small speck trout in the creeks. I’ll check that out later in the week.

Tags: Striped Bass, White Perch, Needlefish, Lizardfish, KayakFishing


  1. Jack Burkhardt, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on September 10, 2019

Spanish Mackerel at Thomas Point

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Southern
Location: Thomas Point

Jack Burkhardt caught this large Spanish mackerel casting with light tackle off Thomas Point.

Tags: Spanish Mackerel


  1. Tim Campbell, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 16
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Posted on September 9, 2019

Big Blue Catfish at Conowingo

Type: Tidal
Region: Central
Location: Conowingo Dam

On the morning of September 4, 2019, the current below Conowingo Dam was moving about as slow as it gets because only one small gate was open. It was prime time to catch a few invasive blue catfish. My fishing buddy Dave McCollum paddled his Grumman canoe while I followed in my Native kayak to a not-so-secret catfish hole within sight of the dam. We baited our # 2 hooks with cut bunker. The 1 ounce sinkers were enough to get our baits on the bottom. It didn't take long to get bit with Dave catching the first one, a 30+ inch blue cat. It put a deep bend in his rod. Good thing I brought a net. A few minutes later, I reeled in a 28 1/2 inch blue catfish. Soon after that I got a feisty 29 1/4 inch blue cat to the net. We planned to fish longer but the dam lights and sirens came on, and about 5 minutes later a big gate opened up with white water gushing out and rising fast. Forced to quickly paddle back to the ramp, we returned to the house, measured the fish, took a few photos and filleted our catch. We had a good time.

Tags: Invasive, Blue Catfish


  1. Paul Gallalee, Recreational Angler
  2. NA
  3. Total Reports: 4
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Posted on September 9, 2019

Cobia Near the Bay Bridge

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Central
Location: Near the Bay Bridge

My son caught a cobia on Saturday 9/07/19 just south of the Bay Bridge. The captain said it was a once in a lifetime experience as cobia are seldomly that far north.

Tags: Cobia,Charter Fishing


  1. Mark Crowe, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 10
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Posted on September 9, 2019

Spanish Mackerel at the Mouth of the Severn

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Central
Location: Mouth of the Severn River

Jeffery Biggs caught the first Spanish mackerel early in the day on Sunday in the Chesapeake Bay at the mouth of the Severn River. That was followed by Doug Crowe catching the second one. We were using #2 planers with Tony spoons with a fast troll.

Tags: Spainsh Mackerel


  1. Brad Babylon, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 13
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Posted on September 5, 2019

Liberty Reservoir

Type: Nontidal
Region: Central
Location: Liberty Reservoir

It's been a long time since I've drug a few lures through Liberty with the busy HOT summer keeping me away. Finally Saturday evening I headed to point that produces well and had a good couple hours. Carolina rig to keep on bottom produced a really nice yellow perch and a real nice LM. Sorry for the dark pics - right before night. Didn't weigh or measure the LM but was def over 20" and 5 lbs. Long rather thin fish - but a great fight! Now with the lake cooling down a bit the bite should get good again! Hello topwater!

Tags: Largemouth Bass, Yellow Perch


  1. Mark H., Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on September 4, 2019

Spanish Mackerel from Herring Bay

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Southern
Location: Herring Bay

On Friday (Aug 30, 2019) these Spanish mackerel were trolled up and kept just outside entrance to Herring Bay in only 12-15 feet of water. Working 4 rods with #1 planers and doing ~ 7 mph in tight circles around busting bait and birds was pure chaos and great fun. These fish were brined and smoked on Saturday - yum!

Mark received a FishMaryland certificate for this catch. Congratulations!

To see if your catch might be eligaible for a certificate and to find out how to submit it for consideration visit dnr.maryland.gov/fisheries/Pages/FishMaryland.aspx

Tags: Spanish Mackerel


  1. Eric Packard, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 162
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Posted on September 4, 2019

More Cobia Fishing

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Southern
Location: Target Ships - Chesapeake Bay

Yesterday I headed out to the Target Ships to try for cobia again and hoping for a keeper. Well I caught one fish trolling red tubes on #3 planers. But she was only 39”. The fish was released.

Tags: Bluefish, Cobia

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