Dave Yost, aka Striper Dave, just dropped me a series of reports gathered from his resources from around the Bay and Ocean City. Looks like trolling action might be slowing down a bit and some chumming is starting to take place. Spot are showing up just in time for some live-lining and flounder and croaker are finding their way into the box.
I heard Joey Smith at DNR that he was out trolling on Sunday around Thomas Point. He decided to head south towards 83a and as soon as they got in the area where I picked my 41 incher up a few weeks prior, they started to hook up and caught some nice keepers. Seems like a good spot to roll through.
The striper action in the Chesapeake Bay for trollers has been a tough bite lately. The best action has been Parker Creek south to Point Lookout. The southern Maryland waters are your best bet. The best bite north of Parkers Creek has been the 83a area. I got reports again this week from 76 to HI bouy in the 70 foot range of strong action. Also had a few friends trolling in the area of Cove Point and the Gas Docks that caught some smaller class fish in the 28-32 inch range. Some guys have put away the trolling gear and started to chum with good success. Spot are showing up so the live lining begins.
Flounder are starting to show up slowly in the middle bay area and fishing is getting better day by day, this recent cold snap has slowed them a bit. A quick tip for flounder - use a light jig head, tipped with bull minnow and squid and a slow drift or stationary presentation in 10-30 feet of water near ledges or drop offs. Crab pots nearby work as an excellent attractant as well.
Croaker are starting to show up with early reports of action at the mouth of the Honga, the mouth of the Wicomico, and the lower Potomac. It won't be long before there on up to the middle bay area near Chesapeake Beach and north. Again the recent cold snap has slowed their movement. My most productive croaker holes have been over oyster beds in approximately 20-25 feet of water. Baits of choice are squid or cooked (pink) shrimp fished right on the bottom.
Assateague Island and on north have been producing some nice stripers. Fresh cut bait is the best choice on a surf rig. Most of the big migrating stripers are moving out of the Bay via both the canal in the Upper Bay and the mouth of the Bay to the south and heading north.
Apparently there was a run of nice 37-42 inch stripers off of North Ocean City beaches starting last Thursday. They were mostly caught on fresh bunker. Prime area was 120th St north into Delaware at the 3r's. check out Oyster Bay and Tackle website http://www.atbeach.com/fishrpt.html.