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MARYLAND: Catching Striped Bass by Casting Surface Poppers

Monday, October 15th, 2012

This truly is the best of times and seasons for Maryland outdoorsman; it is all right there for us to enjoy this month.

Everything from trout fishing, smallmouth and largemouth bass to striped bass and bluefish in the bay to red drum and offshore species in the ocean; kind of makes a guy confused as to what to fish for first.

Cooling water temperatures are creating some exciting fishing opportunities near the Conowingo Dam and lower Susquehanna River for a mix of striped bass, walleye and smallmouth bass. Fishermen are having good success catching striped bass by casting surface poppers from shore and small boats. Smallmouth bass and walleye are being caught on crankbaits, tubes and jigs. Anyone wishing to launch at the Lapidum boat ramp should take notice that the ramp will be closed from October 9th through December 1st for sediment removal from the launch area and construction of a sediment barrier. Anyone who has tried to use the ramp at low tide knows about the silt that was deposited there by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.

Many fishermen in the upper bay region use this time of the year to stock up on the plentiful white perch that can be found in the region. White perch are beginning to school up on shoal areas found in the deeper parts of the tidal rivers and bay. Often the larger white perch can be found in slightly deeper areas than their smaller brothers and bottom rigs baited with bloodworms are the first choice by fishermen.

Fishermen are finding plenty of striped bass action in the upper bay this week in the form of roving schools of sub-legal fish with just enough legal sized fish to keep it interesting. The smaller fish are spread out throughout the region and are providing a lot of fun for light tackle fishermen casting surface poppers and other topwater lures. As one gets closer to the Bay Bridge the odds of finding larger fish increase either on the surface or underneath the surface action. Most savvy striped bass fishermen know that working a jig deep underneath a school of breaking small fish is worth a try. If it doesn’t work out one can always look for another school to work and so it goes when striped bass are in a fall pattern of chewing up bait schools headed out of the tidal rivers. The bridge piers of the Bay Bridge are always a good place to check since they are a favorite place for striped bass to hold in the current waiting for bait to be swept by.

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MARYLAND: Striped Bass Being Caught at the Base of the Conowingo Dam

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Fishermen continue to catch white perch and channel catfish in the upper most limits of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries this week. A few striped bass are also being caught at the base of the Conowingo Dam. Fishermen are reporting good fishing for white perch in and around Baltimore Harbor and out in the bay at the shoals, reefs and knolls outside the harbor. They are also reporting small striped bass chasing baitfish such as bay anchovies in the harbor area and out in the bay. Closer to the Bay Bridge and Love Point, fishermen are finding a larger grade of striped bass under the small striped bass chasing bait on the surface. These same larger fish are also holding near deep structure such as the steep channel edges near Podickory Point, Love Point and other structure such as the sewer pipe and bridge piers. Jigging, live lining spot, chumming and trolling are all good ways to fish. Small bluefish are also part of the mix fishermen will find above the bay bridge.

In the middle bay region fishermen are finding a mix of striped bass, bluefish and Spanish mackerel spread throughout the region. Some of the better locations for live lining spot for striped bass have been the Hill, south of Poplar Island near Buoy 83, the False Channel and Diamonds areas. Bluefish are very much part of the scene and have been chopping up live baits on a regular schedule. Once fishermen have fish under the boat chunking fresh spot can work as well as live baits in many instances. A mix of striped bass, bluefish and Spanish mackerel can be found chasing bay anchovies throughout the entire middle bay region. Casting small spoons, jigging underneath the surface action or trolling along channel edges has been a good way to catch them. Most fishermen are trolling small Drone and Clark spoons behind inline weights or planers.

Fishing for white perch in the tidal rivers in the middle and lower bay regions continues to be very good this week. Casting small spinners, jigs and spinnerbaits along shoreline structure has been very productive. Fishermen are also finding spot and small red drum in the same areas as well as a few legal size striped bass. Bottom fishing for spot and white perch in the deeper waters in the lower sections of the tidal rivers in the middle bay area are good this week. Eastern Bay, Hackett’s Bar, the lower Choptank, the Severn and West Rivers have been good places to fish with bloodworms. Marcial Amigo enjoyed casting a Beetle Spin near Thomas Point and bringing home these nice white perch.

Maryland
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N CAROLINA: Striped Bass Found throughout the Roanoke, Croatan & N. Pamlico

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

When weather permits, activity will be heavy with anglers targeting striped bass.

They are often found throughout the Roanoke, Croatan and northern Pamlico sounds, especially near bridges or any other structure.

There will also be some good winter catches of spotted seatrout and red drum. Good places to try include around the barrier islands and Oregon Inlet’s Green Island Slough from pre-dawn to mid-morning hours.

N. Carolina
Division of Marine Fisheries
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TEXAS: Livingston – Striped Bass are Good but Small on Zara Spooks & Rat-L-Traps

Friday, November 11th, 2011

CONROE:
Water fairly clear; 62-71 degrees; 7.33’ low. Black bass are good on shallow and medium running crankbaits, shakyheads and chatterbaits. Striped bass are good on live minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and green tube jigs. Catfish are fair on stinkbait and shrimp. The Inland Marine ramp is open.

GIBBONS CREEK:
Water clear. Black bass are fair on blue/black soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on shrimp and liver.

HOUSTON COUNTY:
Water clear; 75-78 degrees; 3.58’ low. Black bass to 4 pounds are good on blue worms, topwaters, and shad colored deep diving crankbaits near the islands early and late. Crappie are slow. Red ear bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on juglines baited with perch in 13 feet.

LIVINGSTON:
Water fairly clear; 71-74 degrees; 3.82’ low. Black bass are fair on soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Striped bass are good but small on Zara spooks and Rat-L-Traps. White bass are fair on troll tubes and pet spoons. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are good on juglines baited with shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

SAM RAYBURN:
Water lightly stained; 68-72 degrees; 13.50’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastic worms with chartreuse tails in 20-30 feet. White bass are fair on minnows and small spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Bream are good on nightcrawlers. Catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.

TOLEDO BEND:
Water stained; 68-72 degrees; 12.07’ low. Black bass are fair on perch colored soft plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and topwaters early and late. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows over baited holes. Bream are good on nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

Texas
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TEXAS: South – Striped Bass Good on Red Fins, Crankbaits & Topwaters

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

AMISTAD:
Water clear; 76 – 79 degrees; 2.89’ low. Black bass are excellent on topwaters, crankbaits, and soft plastics. Striped bass are good on Red Fins, crankbaits, and topwaters. White bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are slow. Catfish are good on cheesebait, shrimp, and prepared bait over baited holes. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch near rockslides. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.

BRAUNIG:
Water clear. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and dark soft plastics near the dam. Striped bass are good on minnows and perch off points near the pier. Redfish are good on perch, shad, and silver spoons. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp, cheesebait, cut bait, and liver near the dam.

CALAVERAS:
Water clear. Black bass are fair on dark soft plastic worms and crankbaits in the cove near the park store. Striped bass are good on spoons and striper jigs near the dam and the crappie wall. Redfish are good down rigging silver and gold spoons in 10 – 20 feet. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are good on shrimp and shad. Blue catfish are good on cut bait and liver near 181 Cove. Yellow catfish are slow.

CHOKE CANYON:
Water clear; 74 – 78 degrees; 7.74’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon Rat-L-Traps, crankbaits, soft plastic lizards, and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Drum are fair on nightcrawlers and spoons. Channel and blue catfish are good on punchbait. Yellow catfish are fair on cut bait.

COLETO CREEK:
Water fairly clear; 2.26’ low. Black bass are fair on minnows and perch colored Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on small spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and green tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with perch and shrimp. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with perch.

FALCON:
Water stained; 79 – 82 degrees. Black bass are fair on Rat-L-Traps, spinnerbaits, and shallow running crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows under bridges. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on cut bait and frozen shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.

Texas
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TEXAS: Southeast – Striped Bass are Fair on Minnows & Chartreuse Striper Jigs

Friday, June 10th, 2011

CONROE:
Water fairly clear; 63 – 65 degrees; 1.58’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are fair on minnows and chartreuse striper jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait, cut bait, and frozen shrimp.

GIBBONS CREEK:
Water clear. Black bass are good on chartreuse/orange and chartreuse/red soft plastics and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp, cut bait, and stinkbait.

HOUSTON COUNTY:
Water clear; 68 – 72 degrees; 0.08’ high. Black bass to 6 pounds are good on watermelon red soft plastic worms in 4 feet. Crappie are good on live minnows near the dam around piers. Channel and blue catfish to 6 pounds are good on trotlines baited with perch and cut shad.

LIVINGSTON:
Water fairly clear; 64 – 67 degrees; 0.04’ high. Black bass are good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, soft plastics, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

SAM RAYBURN:
Water lightly stained; 63 – 66 degrees; 7.65’ low. Black bass are good on Carolina rigged pumpkinseed soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. White bass are good on live minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Bream are fair on worms. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp, liver, and cut bait.

TOLEDO BEND:
Water stained; 65 – 73 degrees; 7.32’ low. Black bass are excellent on watermelon Ribbit frogs with red pearl bellies around shoreline vegetation early, and later on watermelon/gold and watermelon/purple Texas rigged Yamamoto weightless worms. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on Rinky Dinks and ¼oz. Rat-L-Traps on points in the north end of the lake. Crappie are good on shiners and 1/16oz. pink/white and black/chartreuse Roadrunners in 4 – 10 feet. Bream are good on worms and Berkley Power Maggots. Channel and blue catfish are good on prepared bait and liver in shallow flats and the mouths of creeks in 6 – 12 feet. Yellow catfish are fair on live bait.

Texas
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OREGON – Southwest – Striped Bass are Being Taken in Coos Bay

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Ocean chinook fishing has been slow to spotty with bottom fishing producing good numbers of rockfish and lingcod. Halibut fishing is open within 240 feet with the next all-depth opportunity taking place Thursday through Saturday, May 26-28.

Crabbing is only fair in Winchester Bay due to freshwater runoff. Striped bass action is fair, sturgeon catches are slow. A few chinook have been taken in the estuary. Spring chinook fishing has been good on the Umpqua mainstem with catches improving on the North Umpqua. South Umpqua fishing will reopen with trout season.

A few striped bass are being taken in Coos Bay and in tidewater on the Coquille with best catches at first and last light or overnight.

Boats launching out of Port Orford for all-depth halibut on May 12-14 did well although offshore conditions were challenging on the 13th. Most charters and many recreational boats took limits with some fish 50 pounds or better.

Spring chinook fishing is slowing on the lower Rogue. Anchor fishing migration lanes with wrapped plugs has been most productive on the middle river. Catches of springers are fair to good on the upper Rogue as chinook push upstream. Wild steelhead and salmon must be released river-wide.

Bottom-fishers launching out of the Port of Brookings have enjoyed excellent results for a variety of rockfish and lingcod along with good catches of dungeness. Ocean chinook season opened south of Humbug Mountain on Saturday, May 14. Fishing for surfperch is good on south coast beaches. Fishing is closed in the Chetco River.


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MASSACHUSETTS: Large Striped Bass are Converging on Cape Cod

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Well after a long winter, large striped bass are once again converging on Cape Cod. The sandy spit of land protruding eastward into the Atlantic should again play host to world class striper fishing starting in June and running through October.

The fishing now is just starting to pick up, with fish last night ranging between 26-35 inches.

Over the next few weeks much larger striped bass specimens will make thier way northward through the Cape Cod Canal into the Bay. I’m looking forward to their arrival.

To get an idea of what we are in for, here is a recap of a trip we made last year with Mark and Mike from Missouri.

Well it’s been almost a week since the tuna bonanza and I’m finally starting to calm down. Someone 20,000 miles away in Japan is enjoying some Cape Cod sushi right about now and I couldn’t be any happier.

Friday’s weather was one for the ducks, with a strong NW wind and pelting rain. We managed some fish and a few small keepers during a day time trip with Mark and Mike from Missouri (and of course Bob our lucky charm)-but nothing to write home about. It was time to do it right and head out for a nocturnal expedition.

I made an afternoon run to Maco’s Bait and Tackle and picked up 100 eels and a fresh flat of FATTY seaworms for the upcoming two nights. Had I known how good the fishing would be I would have bought another 100 eels, but unfortunately I’m not very good at predicting the future so I would find myself back at Maco’s a mere 24 hours later (which is A-OK with me).

The guys met me at 7pm at the Sandwich docks with a not-as-optimistic-as-yesterday attitude of sorts which is understandable. Mark and Mike (not Bob’s brother Mike) had flown in basically spur of the moment after hearing about Bob’s numerous 40 plus pound fish from the week before and they were eager to put some weight in the boat. They promised me that if they landed a fish over 30 pounds it was going up on the wall back at their midwestern home. After Friday’s dismal weather even I felt a little uneasy with the pressure mounting.

We cruised along for a while, tight to shore, as I glued my eyes to the sonar. It didn’t take long before I thought we had some solid bass marks on the screen. Unfortunately after beating the fish over the head with tubes and eels for an hour we still had nothing to show. Something weird was going on and I prayed that the guys’ thick southern drawl wasn’t scaring away the fish. We reeled up and began cruising east at around 15 knots, eyes peeled on the sonar for signs of life.

Again it didn’t take long until we marked fish, this time in real tight, only in 22 feet of water. The tubes went out and BANG! we were on with a nice fish! Mike eased the fish in as I scrambled around the boat, quickly rigging up the spinning setups with fresh snakes. One glance back at the sonar and I knew we were in business. Solid red and orange from 15 feet down to the bottom-we had a big school of aggressive bass under the Miss Loretta.

As soon as I sunk the gaff into Mike’s 25 pounder Bob was on with an eel, followed by a swing and miss from Mark. Bob’s fish was screaming line off the light setup. Everyone was smiling. What a difference a few nice fish make!

As Bob eased his striper towards the starboard side of the boat, Mark sank his Gamagaktsu 8/0 hook into the jaw of a cow. I lipped and released Bob’s fish, a solid 25 pounder and hustled to get Mike eeled up with his own spinning setup, while Mark’s fish burned line from his reel-reminding me of last week’s initial run from the giant tuna.

The sonar was still lit up as Mark eased his fish towards the boat. It was a big boy with an aggressive attitude. Just as I went for a lip job the bass made another bolt for the sandy bottom, peeling off another 20 feet of the 50lb braid. A couple quick pumps of the rod and Mark had him back at boatside, and I quickly hauled him aboard.

I put a quick weight on the bass and we officially had our first 30 pounder of the trip onboard and the guys were all fired up. They had striper fished for over a decade without catching anything over 25 pounds and I couldn’t of been more happy for them. I had no idea the action would only improve as the night waned on.

We followed the fish as they slowly moved east and pushed closer in towards shore. By 11pm we had boated 20 fish up to 34 pounds in water as shallow as 7 feet. It was flat calm with a nearly full moon. In between drag screams we could actually hear the bass slapping on the surface.

By 2AM we had caught 40 fish, with 12 of them over the 30 pound mark. I’m not going to lie, I DEFINITELY DID NOT EXPECT THIS sort of action. I was really hoping for a few nice quality fish to make the guys’ long plane ride worth it-this was certainly a bonus.

The guys were gassed by now and ready to head home, five hours earlier than expected, to get some rest. It had been a perfect night, with a TON of fish, a bright moon, and calm winds. The ride back was all smiles.

We departed at the dock and agreed to meet back up at 7pm later that day to see if we could do it all over again.

Catch em’ up,

Captain Ryan Collins
Miss Loretta Fishing
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N. CAROLINA: Redfish, Speckled Trout, Striped Bass and a Few Flounder

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

The inshore fishing has been really good lately with catches of redfish, speckled trout, striped bass, and there are still a few flounder hanging around. The weather has been great and hopefully will be good for the Thanksgiving holiday. The speckled trout bite should be strong for the next month or so and the redfish and striper fishing will continue all winter long.

The redfishing has really picked up this past week with large schools on the flats and smaller pods of reds working the creeks. The reds are ranging in size from under slot fish 14″ to 18″ to large over slot fish up to 29″. The sightfishing has been awesome the past couple of days with the light winds and low tides. Most of the reds have been caught sightcasting and blindcasting soft plastic jigs and scented artificials. Fishing live mud minnows and shrimp on float rigs and bottom rigs will also put good numbers of reds in the boat.

The speckled trout bite has been good throughout the Cape Fear area from Wrightsville Beach to Southport. The specs are hitting soft plastic jigs, mirrolures, artificial shrimp under popping floats, and of course live shrimp on float rigs. We are also picking up a flounder or two while throwing artificials for redfish and speckled trout.

The striper fishing is starting to pick up in the upper Cape Fear River. Fishing shallow and deep diving plugs and swimbaits around ledges, structure, and creek mouths will pick up stripers all winter long. We recently got on a good sunset topwater bite and picked four fish in about thirty minutes on topwater plugs.

This is a great time of year to fish for reds, speckled trout, and striped bass.

Jeff Wolfe
Seahawk Inshore Fishing Charters
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