Friday December 4, 2009
PODCAST: Rockfish ONLY Fishing Forecast - December 4, 2009
Brian Raines

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December 4, 2009
ROCKFISH ONLY Fishing Forecast Podcast
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Welcome to’s Rockfish ONLY Middle Bay Fishing Forecast for Friday December 4, 2009.

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This weekly podcast is your “go-to” resource for where the rockfish are for the coming weekend, compiled for Southern Maryland Fishing as always by Dave Yost who everyone knows as Striper Dave.  You can visit Dave at

Before you head out on Saturday, make sure you listen in on Friday so you will be certain to Catch’em Good.

The weather and wind have made it hard to fish lately but fisherman are still getting out there. 

Water temperatures at Thomas Point are 52 degrees, 55 at Solomons, and Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel is 57.  Sources in New Jersey say they are still into some big fish off the beach, but a lot have moved south into Delaware and Ocean City beaches and turning into the bay.  A pattern is developing that will keep action hot for a while after the season closes.

A few anglers have been eeling at the bay bridge and boating some monsters.  

Bloody Point has had some action this week for the trollers with some monster fish being caught.  Planer boards have been the ticket lately, both charter captains and recreational fishermen are reporting most of their fish being boated on the planers.
White, chartreuse, pearl and natural seem to be the colors of choice.  Tandem bucktails, spoon/bucktail combos, umbrellas, and parachutes are the way to go.  

The western channel still seems to be the main target and most guys are trolling 50-100’ of water with the fish holding 25-35’ deep.  The shallower water in the 25-40’ depths should still be holding fish, but most of the consistent action for the big fish seems to be in the deeper water.

Striper Dave received a phone call from Captain George on the Stormy Petrel out of Deale, MD.  He was trolling with a party near Buoy 83 in the western channel edge.  They boated some nice stripers up to and over 40” most of the fish came on the planer boards. 

Some bird action this week over on the eastern shore has drawn some attention and anglers have been quietly trying to follow them.  In the area just south of buoy 82 there were some 40” class fish being boated.

I got word of a hot bite off of Breezy Point this week with some fish reaching the 40lb plus range. The  Radar Towers,  out front of Parkers Creek and south to the mouth of the Patuxent River have been target areas this week.

We have gotten reports of good action off of Point Lookout this week with some ocean run fish 50lbs plus have been boated.
I received a very discreet tip from a Charter Captain that has been utilizing some very LARGE baits (he wouldn’t say exactly how large, but I have seen these before and they are approximately 12 inches plus sassy shads)  this technique has been landing some monster fish.

St. Jeromes Creek is still holding some nice sized schoolies, as well as fish up to 30 inches and a few over. Your best bet is just inside the creek on light tackle.  Locate the rip currents and fast channels to locate fish.

Light tackle jiggers are still working the birds and hooking up with Bass Assassins and Bass Kandi Delights  on 3/4 to 1 1/2 oz lead heads depending on depth and current.

Some sad news to report.  Earlier this week there was a fatal boating accident off of Point Lookout where an angler went overboard.  Even though the boat operator was able to react quickly he was not able to retrieve his fishing partner quickly enough and he succumbed to his injuries at St. Mary's hospital later in the day.  As a reminder be careful out there.

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