Posted on April 23rd, 2017
The weather didn’t have too much awesomeness in it today, but the rain that was forecasted to happen stayed away so there was a pretty good window for anglers to get out on the water and try it out. There are more flounder being caught in the back bays with the clean water, there are still a bunch of school sized rockfish being caught and there are a lot of big bluefish in the area, several of them citation size.
The minimum size to receive a citation for a bluefish in the state of Maryland is 34″ and there have been several of those caught recently. Bear down at the Oceanic Pier said today was an exceptional day for citations for bluefish. Bear got to the pier at 2 PM today and said there were so many citations already on the cleaning table he didn’t have a chance to get to everyone. Tom Stac from Ocean Pines caught a nice blue that was just short of citation size at 32″, but Jerzy caught two beauties that did receive citations. All of the big blues were caught on finger mullet.
Captain Jeff Coats of Pitboss Fishing was on the water again today and had the same wind as yesterday out of the northeast which made the south jetty “nautical”. The catching at the south jetty was non existent so Captain Jeff made a quick move inside to the bay and in no time had 12 quick rockfish releases on Roy Rigs and bucktails. It was a super morning with his fiancé Karen in the Bad Influence.
Teresa Eder and her crew from Baltimore, Maryland braved the elements today on the charter boat MARLI with Captain Mark Hoos and mate Mark Stephens in Solomon’s Island. They caught their spring trophy rockfish and were back to The Lighthouse Restaurant & Dock Bar before 11:00am. Great job!
I had a couple of Facebook submissions come in the past few days. The first was from Heather Layton saying that Ray and Lukas Layton took a father son day trip down to fish the surf on the eastern shore of Va. and they caught and released a total of 5 nice black drum including these 33″ and 32″ fish.
The second Facebook submission was from Dot Antlitz who fished stinky beach today and said the tog were snapping pretty good. A lot of 15 3/4″ fish got released, but one 17″ keeper went in the cooler that was caught on a shrimp.