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 

It's time to move down to the Middle Chesapeake Bay. Some nice striped bass normally show up between Love Pt. and Poplar Island. Fish structures such as the Bay Bridge, Eastern and western rock piles, points, the discharge on the eastern shore alone with the ledges that run down the eastern shore. There will not be any topwater action this time of year so use sinking line with sinking clousers.

Conditions 

It's a good time to locate striped bass between the Love Pt., just north of the Bay Bridges on Rt. 50 down to Poplar Island. Some large stripers are still leaving the Chesapeake Bay heading to the Atlantic Ocean. Fish the mouths of the Severn and South Rivers on the western shore. On the eastern shore the large piles of rocks around Poplar Island can be productive. Before getting to close to this Island cruise around it during low tide to see the dangerous locations.

Must Have Flies 
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