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 

Some of the largest striped bass are now in the Lower Chesapeake Bay outside of Pt. Lookout. Look for large birds working the water. They are schooling where the Potomac River enters the Chesapeake Bay. It's time light tackle would be needed to have a productive days.

Use soft plastic baits rigged on 3/4 to 2 ounce jighead or jigging spoon from 2 to 4 ounces.

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Conditions 

This time of year the striped bass are in waters from 40 feet to 60 feet. It's time to use light tackle equipment with lures from 3/4 ounce to 4 ounces. The most productive lures are soft plastic baits rigged on jigheads from 3/4 to 2 ounce and jigging spoons from 2 ounce to 4 ounce.

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
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