Posted on April 6, 2015 | Permalink
Shad are Showing Up
Location: Potomac River
Shad are showing up in the Potomac down at Fletcher's Cove. I had the chance to get out Thursday, April 2nd. We fished from 10 until 2, and between two of us in kayaks we were hooking up maybe every 8-10 casts. We were most successful just outside the strongest current, on the shallower side of the river. Wind was out of the south and actually pushed us up stream slowly. We had some really good rod benders, and a lot of jumps. That equals a fun trip.
We fished tandem darts. I'm not sure color mattered. We fished white with red tiped darts, I had green tail and my friend used the same with white tail. My trailer dart was fluorescent yellow with red tips and white skirt, the other rig used fluorescent orange (solid) and a white skirt. We never switched out and each of those darts got hits.
Posted on November 10, 2014 | Permalink
Inner Harbor Stripers
Location: Inner Harbor
Got the chance to get out in my Kayak in the inner harbor on Tuesday afternoon 11/4. Over by the NS Savannah, I found a school of 16 inch rocks hitting baits being swept by the end of the pier. Can’t say there was a throw-back ratio, they were all clones, they all got thrown back. I was able to hook up about every 3rd cast and usually had 3-4 other fish closely following the hooked fish back to my boat. Tried jigging underneath and searching for perch in the area with no luck, but can’t complain when you’re catching these beauties. I was using a Blue Fox Vibrax spinner #3 size bright yellow body, silver blade and cranking it close to the surface of the water. Lots of fun!
Posted on November 25, 2013 | Permalink
Fishing at the Harbor
Region: Upper Bay
I got the chance to hit the harbor this afternoon for about 3 hours. Just about every 30 - 45 minutes fish would break in this area very actively for maybe 10 minutes. I caught two White Perch, and the pictured, approximately 14 inch rock.
All the activity was over 45 - 50 feet of water in front of the approach to the piers. I was jigging the bottom with a 1 oz crippled herring spoon and a shad dart tied on about a foot above. I haven't had much luck trying to troll from my kayak, but this lure combo has pulled in lots of White Perch this year.
Posted on July 23, 2013 | Permalink
Stripers and Perch at Fort Armistead
Region: Upper Bay
Location: Hawkins Point Shoal/Fort Armistead
Friday July 19th, I fished the Hawkins Point Shoal/Fort Armistead. There were lots of fish right off the edge of the shoal moving from 7 ft. to 13 feet of water. I fished a 3" yellow jigging spoon and caught this stripper on the first drop, as soon as I went to pull up the fist time it was fish on. Every time I drifted over, I caught a fish. Mostly 12 - 14 inch stripers, but a few nice White Perch to take home were in the mix.
My daughter found this small creature in the cooler after I cleaned the fish, it was swimming around in the remaining water. She would like me to ask you what it might be.
DNR Response: That little guy is an Argulus, it is usually found on the skin and scales of Striped Bass from August to October. Here are a link with more info about Argulus.
Posted on June 14, 2011 | Permalink
Youth Fishing tournament at Patterson Park in Baltimore City
Location: Patterson Park
Checking out the weekly fishing overview, I was reminded about the Youth Fishing tournament at Patterson Park in Baltimore City.
We had to squeeze it in between a birthday party and Honfest, but my daughter was game to go the “fishing party”. First we visited the arts and crafts table provided by the Audubon society, and then played some games. We finally decided it was time to fish and half a night crawler put us on top of the leader board on the first cast. I was pretty surprised myself, when I said, “you better real that in kiddo”, and then had to notch over the drag on the Barbie princess fishing pole while she was cranking it in. Eventually we got edged into second place, but I was bursting with pride anyway. Lots of fish got caught, and the event staff was furiously weighing them in, and then re-baiting hooks. Every fish caught was entered into a raffle for a rod and reel combo, and everyone who caught a fish also got entered once for a guided trip courtesy of DNR. The guy who won first prize doubled down, so that’s really a good day out at the pond!
I’d really like to thank the Friends of Patterson Park, Baltimore City Parks&Rec, and the DNR for providing the bait and poles for any kid who wanted to go fishing Saturday. It kept threatening to rain, but never did, and I think only two people got hooked... but there were plenty of blue gill and bass that put a smile on everyone’s faces.
If you live in the city, the pond in Patterson park is a great place to take the kids. There’s a big playground nearby, ducks to feed, and plenty of scrappy blue gills to keep you busy. However, it’s all catch and release only- in fact a couple of those blue gill didn’t even have an upper portion of their mouths anymore.