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Old 11-02-2017, 06:06 PM   #421
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Yesterday we were in the mouth of a river. Our best bite was right away in 12'-14' of water. There were birds working on small fish but there were pods of keepers on the bottom where the birds would touch but not stay. I had to find them on the finder. On Saturday we were in the main stem of the bay . There we were in 18-22' of water over some bottom changes.

As the temperatures drop, the bait should start pouring out of the rivers and the fish will school up in the mouths and over humps and bumps in the bay. However, in the meantime, try checking in the mouths of the rivers as well as the main stem.
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Old 11-03-2017, 06:24 PM   #422
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Thanks for help. Have great weekend.
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Found a great class of fish on outgoing tide at 12:30 continuing into flood tide
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Old 11-04-2017, 04:47 PM   #426
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Found a great class of fish on outgoing tide at 12:30 continuing into flood tide
These are the fish I talked about... look close at the anal fins for lice. My 30inchers had sea lice today, yesterday, day before and great fighters. SOME GIANTS SHOULD Begin showing IN A FEW DAYS
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I agree Assassin. On Friday we had 25 fish all between 22 and 28 with the 75% of them around 25". And GREAT fighters (exactly) I was commenting on that all day about the piss and vinegar in these fish. These fish were off from the birds by about 500 yards 16-18 feet of water in the bay, not the river. It was also interesting because it was the last 1.5 hr of ebb and picked right back up after slack and into the flood.
Now I went back out yesterday (Saturday) after the front and couldn't find them for the life of me. 2 fish only. I will be back out today looking for them.
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Old 11-06-2017, 01:07 PM   #428
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I struggled more this past weekend only catching a bunch of small fish on the jig. I was breaking my cardinal rule of not "chasing rainbows". By that I mean I was chasing other people's bites instead of focusing on finding my own fish and following patterns.

I did A LOT of running based on calls from friends and I would jump the gun to go there only to either find scattered fish from a fleet descending on the bite or a just a short-lived event. Unfortunately the bite recently has been shorter lived in the morning with a better afternoon/evening bite (I fished the morning) and you have to follow the bait and fish until the larger fish start to pound peanut bunker.

Here are a couple of young guys with a couple barely legal keepers we squeezed out
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Old 11-06-2017, 01:19 PM   #429
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Greg you weren't the only one this weekend. We fished all day Saturday, and struggled in the morning to find fish. Around 3pm, we ended up finding some fish in 25' of water. Biggest was at 29". But like others are saying the fish are moving quick. We'd get our jigs on the bottom hook up, by the time we got the fish to the boat, we'd have to locate the fish again.
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I second that. They were moving quickly where I was.
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Old 11-06-2017, 04:06 PM   #431
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This has been one of the toughest falls I can remember, I think there's so many little fish it makes it harder to find the larger ones, I did get lucky yesterday and found a school of bigger fish with a lot of them around 30", hopefully its changing, with daylight savings time I don't know how often I'll be fishing though
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Fished out of Solomons Sunday morning and chased birds below Cedar Point. Mostly dinks but got a fat 20" and fat 31". water temp was 64.4. Birds and fish were moving fast.
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This has been one of the toughest falls I can remember, I think there's so many little fish it makes it harder to find the larger ones...
I'll second that. While we haven't been skunked yet this year (knock on wood), we are playing hell getting keepers. Lately, we've been catching up to 20 inches, releasing the 20-inch "keepers". We are using working birds as a guide (if we even see them), and cutting the motor away from them and looking for stacked arches. If we see arches, we cast, if, not, we move. And yes, the fish have been moving very quickly on us this season.
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It was easier in the past years when there weren't many little fish around, as soon as you saw marks, splashes or birds you knew you'd be bailing keepers. but it s good there are so many small ones around
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It took a bit to find a good grade of fish. However we found a nice bite with fish to 34” on jigs. Pelicans, terns and gulls helped show us the way but the fish finder confirmed when we were on them...

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Yesterday at sunset, I noticed a huge flock of seagulls leaving Lynnhaven Inlet headed north toward the bay and CBBT. Hope that's a good indicator. I haven't seen that in a good while.
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Took advantage of having my son still living at home one last fall and hammered them this afternoon. It was great just being the two of us. We jigged fish to over 34" on 2500 and 3000 series spinning gear.

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Silly good bite today. Started off on low-mid 20's and worked our way up to releasing a number of 28"+ fish with the largest going right about 31". Tons of fish caught on 5" z-mans and BA's on 1oz and 3/4 oz heads

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Nice fish.
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We had lots of keeper schoolies..

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