Fish Species on the Bay!
Striped Bass are the
most sought after fish on the Chesapeake Bay. Truly a fish for
all seasons, huge cows are fished for on the
Spring by sight fishing in skinny water. Pursued as mid size
fish in summer months all over the Bay, usually in huge schools
found under birds. In Fall they are found at the river mouths fattening
up for the winter and migration down the Bay. All winter they are
found at the
and Virginia Beach area both in large number and large
sizes. Mostly caught on sinking lines but not infrequently caught
on top water poppers as well.
Blue fish are well
known to anglers as being voracious with incredible
biting power. An abundance of bluefish in the Chesapeake
Bay occurs from July through October. During
these months the action can get fierce. Larger blues
may reach 25 inches and weigh 6 pounds. I always try to
find the biggest and the best. We also have
's in the area pretty much the same time as the blue fish. These speedsters are as close to a
bonita or false albacore as we get in the Bay and can strip line off the
reel with the best of them!
Cow Nosed Rays are frequently
caught by summer anglers by accident and usually cursed since they often
make off with your fly or lure. These
are in large numbers, in
skinny water, so they can be sight fished and will eat flys and lures.
Powerful wing strokes can move you into your backing and put a bend on a
rod, not possible by other fish in summer months. When targeted by anglers
these fish can be the best game in town.
Sea Trout usually
arrive in late June and are caught in Maryland throughout
the summer, but catching these fish increases around
September when the weather is cooler. Over the years they have
become harder to target, but it is sweet when they come to the fly!
of the Drum family is one of the most favored for Chesapeake Bay
fishing. Catching these drumming
fish is great in the late afternoon and evening hours
with the falling tides. Usually hooked on smaller clouser
type flys these fish pull as good as any species out there.
They can be quite tasty as well!
White Perch are
abundant year-round, but are greatest during the spring
Maryland fishing season and from September through November,
when the perch school to feed. The recreational fishery
for white perch is significant, especially in Maryland..
Big Game Fish Species on the Bay!
Cobia, Barricuda, Amber Jack, Black and Red Drum
to mention a few, can be found in the lower bay. All are available, at differing times, mostly summer.
COBIA fishing can come in several forms. First, targeted at channel
markers in the lower bay we can use poppers on a fly rod or use large colorful fly’s fished on a sinking
line into the shadows around the marks. Either one requres a fast retrieve, looking for a reaction bite from
the Cobia. The alternative is fishing around shoals where Cobia hang out. This can be enhanced with chum
down deep and heavy fly’s fished on a sinking line. Have a floating line available as well and be ready
when one Cobia is being brought up. Frequently another is following.
(more to come!)