Friday December 18, 2009
PODCAST: Rockfish ONLY Fishing Forecast, December 18, 2009
Brian Raines

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Welcome to’s Rockfish ONLY Middle Bay Fishing Forecast for Friday December 18, 2009.

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December 18, 2009
ROCKFISH ONLY Fishing Forecast Podcast
Mid Atlantic Deck and Fence
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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

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

Striper season for MD closed on December 15 and it has been one heck of a Fall season. By all estimates it was probably one of the best fall seasons we've had in quite some time.  A lot of anglers hooked up with citations and personal best catches.  There were plenty of Rockfish caught over 40lbs and some above 50lbs. 

We did experience some rough weather, which I think is just a sign of things to come this Winter, but hardcore anglers still got out there and hooked up. 

Thanks go out and hats are off to the charter captains who consistently put anglers on fish this season and then shared that experience with us, Captain George Prenant on the Stormy Petrel, Captain Steve Goins and Captain Greg Buckner on Miss Susie to name a few. They boated some nice trophy fish this year. 

A lot of boats that are still fishing have moved south to target the Stripers off of VA beach.  Our friends to the north say there are still fish off the beach and headed this way. These fish should be passing by the mouth of the Bay and maybe a few still travelling this way. 

Don't forget, catch and release is still available to those who want to fish.  Dave told me that last year he was catching until mid January with his father.

Light tackle anglers, jetty jocks, kayakers, skiffers, and non power boaters alike can have fun with schoolies right and through Spring.  For those of you planning a trip to Ocean City, the Delaware beaches, or Assateague Island, the big boys are on a nice bite right now.  Fresh cut bait on traditional surf rigs and casting lures will put fish on the beach.

Some of you may be packing it in for the Winter and doing some maintenance on reels, rods, lures, boats, etc. while some will spend the winter months tying new bucktails and jigs.  If you have questions about any of that, send them along.  Even better, we have just rolled out a new Maryland Anglers forum found at  We encourage sharing of questions, help, good fishing conversation and it you have a website link to share that is great too.

We will be keeping in touch with our friends to the north and south and following the migratory route and keep you informed of where the fish are located.

If you have something to add, or have questions and you need answers, you can visit and leave comments, or you can call us at 410-231-3850 and leave a message – you might hear yourself featured in our report!

We are going to take a couple of weeks off from the podcast to celebrate the holidays, so we won't talk to you again until Friday, January 8th 2010. Until then, here's wishing you Merry Christmas and Happy New Year - get out there and hook'em up and catch'em good.


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