Greater Chesapeake Bay & Tributaries

Tip of the week 

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 

Look for striped bass and bluefish throughout the Chesapeake Bay. . Most will be in the 14 to16 inch class with an occasional striper in the 20 inch class are available.


There are some striped bass and bluefish blitzing in the middle Chesapeake Bay at this time. Mostly around Poplar Island the north and west ends. They average striped bass size is 16" with stripers in the mid 20" class being caught. The majority of bluefish are small, but a good catch on a fly rod. No metal leader needed.

Must Have Flies 
Half And Half chartreuse/white 1/0 Hook Buy from
Capt. Tom Hughes

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