Wayne Young, Recreational Angler
- Annadale, VA
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Posted on June 24, 2013 | Permalink
Tilghman Island Reef - South End
Region: Lower Bay
Location: Tilghman Island Reef
Departed Chesapeake Beach 0800. Bright sun and not much wind into late afternoon when the wind began to pick up. Encountered large school of small bait fish on west side, but no stripers underneath. Ran over to the Hook and transited north along the sharp edge on the west side of Poplar. Marked only one or two fish and negligible bait. In fact, marked very few fish all day. Went back to the Hook and jigged in about 40'. We pulled in and released a 12", 14' and 16" striper and had a 22" keeper on small chartreuse and white jigs with just a slight ebb current running. The live liners in the area appears to be doing somewhat better than the jiggers. The bite slowed, so we went over an checked out one the Tilghman Island reefs that was put in when I managed the reef program a decade ago. Didn't mark anything and seeing nothing on side scan, down scan and fish finder, and thus didn't attempt to fish it (it's a hook snagger so one needs to be prepared to lose rigs when trying to drop on top of it - it was placed across the prevailing current pattern so fishermen could chum to it when the current provides a good setup). We then shifted to trolling with small tandem and umbrella rig lures and transited back through the Hook and up the western edge of the shelf west of Poplar and then in towards Eastern Bay. We pulled in and released 4 undersized rockfish in the 9-14" range around mid-afternoon. All took a small white shad or a small white Spiro jig with a while trailer that were in tandem behind a small white umbrella that was down about 30' about 90' behind the boat. Total for the day 7 released, 1 keeper. Vessel is the 20' Fishhawks Nest (recreational vessel).
DNR Response: The concrete material in the picture was placed a decade ago . The fisherman brings up a good point that the reef was designed for chumming (anchor uptide of the structure and let the chum and baits drift back to the fish on the structure). We've been told that livelining works well on the reef, but keep the bait suspended above the structure to avoid getting snagged in the reef.