Posted on April 17th, 2017
With pretty windy conditions and a chance of rain today I have to admit I didn’t know if I’d get any type of fishing report at all. I guess when the kid’s are on vacation and it’s as warm as it has been the past few days, you just grin and bear it when you want to bend a rod. Fishing is good enough now to justify it as well with flounder, rockfish, bluefish, tautog and now black drum being caught in the Ocean City area.
My buddy Ayrton “The Kayak Kid” Pryor from the Spring Mix II was out on the water in his kayak again today and was all over the big bluefish. Ayrton fished with Jacob Lewis in the north bay and used top water poppers to catch three really nice bluefish. The biggest fish was a big one at 13.5 pounds.
Opening day of trophy season for rockfish opened on the Chesapeake Bay over the weekend and from what I understand it was tough fishing for some up and down the bay. It wasn’t tough for Chris Miller and the crew of the Fishizzle. Chris and the crew caught their limit of rockfish in the upper Chesapeake by 10:30 am with 5 fish of over 40″. This was one heck of a first trip of the year for the guys who will be fishing Ocean City this season.
There are still a ton of rockfish in our bays closer to home as well, but most of them are in the non-keeper size range of 16″-26″. Captain Jeff Coats was out at the route 90 bridge today in windy conditions keeping his party busy with these rock on Big Bird’s World Famous Roy Rig.
This is about the time of year when the Ocean City and Assateague Island surf will start to liven up. I’ve heard of some small bluefish, small rockfish, a few keeper rockfish and now black drum that are being caught out of the Assateague surf. Captain Mike Giardina of the Calico Jack bay party boat was fishing the Assateague surf yesterday when he caught this good sized black drum on a sand flea bait.