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Posted on October 2, 2012 | Permalink

Trolling in the Lower Bay

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Lower Bay
Location: Chesapeake Beach

I hauled down from Northern Virginia to Chesapeake Beach and launched in Fishing Creek. Ran up to The Hill. The fleet was mostly live lining. It was a bit too bumpy to anchor my 20-foot walkaround comfortably, so opted for trolling the northern and inside edge in 30 feet of water.

I caught 3 stripers below the limit, from 14 to 17 inches. Two were caught on a white Spiro bucktail with pork rind strip. The other was caught on a variant of a 1/0 Brooks "Platinum" (white) Blond striper fly [tied with a bottom wing added to make a fuller fly] that I used as a trailer 18 inches behind a small white swim shad behind a small umbrella with small white shads.

Then I trolled the western edge of The Hill south down towards Poplar. A huge school of menhaden were pushed to the surface and broken into smaller schools by either stripers or blues slicing through them about half way down Poplar, right on the edge. Other than snagging a few bunkers, our offerings were no match for the free swimming feast! The flashes under the schools looked about schoolie rockfish size.

Then I ran down to Sharps. Again I found the fleet live lining. Tossed into one small school of bunkers but there was nothing under it. Trolled the edge and picked up another small rock on the Brooks blond. Then trolled over towards Breezy Point, and then north back to Chesapeake Beach. Noted on my Humminbird sidescan that other than the two schools already noted, there were a number of large bait balls covering a lot of the water column, but all on the west side inside of 40 feet in depth. The fishfinder marked some fish on the bait balls, but no takers on our lures. Nothing to merit pictures this go round.

Tags: striped bass, menhaden