Greater Chesapeake Bay & Tributaries

Tip of the week 
Techniques 

Use Sinking Fly-Line (stripers, bluefish, white perch)
Short Striping the Fly - Cast the fly and count it down to the desired depth. The rod tip should be parallel and very close to the water surface during the retrieve. Start stripping swiftly in no more than 2' increments at a swift speed. Repeat this until you catch a fish or the fly is back at the boat.

Light Tackle
Jigging plastic baits on weighted jigheads from 1/2 to 1 ounce are very productive in the Middle Bay. Jigging spoons aren't doing so well at this time.

Seven-day forecast 

Blitzing striped bass should be available in the middle Bay until mid November then the even larger stripers show up off of Point Lookout in the lower Chesapeake Bay. Don't put the rods away quite yet.

Conditions 

The bluefish have left and the striped bass are blitzing in the middle section of the Chesapeake Bay. The water is starting to cool down as stripers are now chasing bait in the lower Middle Chesapeake Bay. Look on the 30' line.

Must Have Flies 
Clouser Minnow red/white and whit 2 Hook Buy from Orvis.com
Clouser Minnow chartreuse/white 2 Hook Buy from Orvis.com
Clouser Minnow chartreuse/yellow 2 Hook Buy from Orvis.com
Half And Half chartreuse/white 1/0 Hook Buy from Orvis.com
Blados Crease Fly silver/blue 3/0 Hook Buy from Orvis.com
Blados Crease Fly olive/pearl 3/0 Hook Buy from Orvis.com
Capt. Tom Hughes
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