Posted on April 18th, 2015
I had the pleasure of fishing with my friend John Wittmyer of Crabs to Go today on The Absolut Pleasure docked in Solomon’s Island for the first day of the trophy rockfish season on the Chesapeake Bay. This year there is a size limit 28″ but there is a slot limit that needs to be released between 36″-40″, then you can keep anything over 40″. Well sure enough, the first fish (pictured here) was 39″ and we had to let the big lady go. We were able to keep 2 nice fish 34″ and 35 1/2″ for some filets…and I couldn’t beat the company!
Got a report that the first flounder of the season were caught in Ocean City today up by the Route 90 bridge in shallow water between 6′-10′. This time of the year it’s going to be shallower depths as the water is warmer, and white and pink gulp or feather rigs with shiners are going to have the best luck.
Also got a report that the first rockfish and black drum were caught in the Assateague surf. Sand fleas are going to be your best bet for the drum and cut spot or bunker will be the bait of choice for the rock.
It finally looks like things are getting started!!