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Old 12-14-2018, 10:17 AM
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Hey @iFishMD ... nice work. Quick question for you. I know you have your favorite spots but I do more trolling than jigging. So when you find fish on the radar, do you kill the engine and just drift over them? Throw the lure or jig out and let it drift, bouncing along the bottom back to the boat? Or do you just straight up vertical jigging ... drop straight down from the boat?
Just curious as every Captain has their favorite technique. You seem to always be on the fish so I figured I'd ask.
Appreciate any insight you might have.

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Old 12-14-2018, 02:58 PM
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Sonofasailor: 2500 series reels have plenty of drag for almost any rockfish. I mostly use 3000 series for a little more line capacity because I deal with cutting tangles frequently as a charter and they give better balance to the rods I like for most of my jigging where I use mostly use anywhere from 3/4oz to 1.5oz jig heads. (but will handle up to 2oz). I have a few 2500 reels on very light rods for when I am using very light jig heads 3/8- 1oz max. It is not that the reels are too small. They just work well for overall rod balance. 2500 is great for rockfishing

fishnnk: I fish up and down the bay in Maryland from Baltimore to Smith Point. I follow the fish up the bay and out. I mix methods up throughout the year. I troll during trophy season, chunk in late spring, live line in the summer and jig almost all year. I chase the same fish so mixing up methods gives variety. This time if year I am looking for birds, even just a couple circling or picking, or looking at ledges on the sounder and dropping jigs on them. Fish are moving deeper because the water is colder. We had less than 42 degrees today.
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Report: I was actually helped by the fog today. We spent sometime looking this morning and found some marks around a fleet of boats. However I was able to pick up birds about mile away on my Furuno UHD radar that could not be seen due to the low viability. We were the first and only boat on the fish for a few nice long drifts. We ended up with a limit of quality fish jigging. 1.5oz jig heads with 6" chartreuse BKDs bounced on the bottom were our hottest lure..



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Old 12-15-2018, 01:32 AM
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Fished the Bay for the 1st time on Thursday.
Caught a couple unders and a couple 21 ish fish, then a 27.5
and lost an over 30 at side of boat. No big deal, I was by myself and had my limit but wanted a pic as it was my biggest fish on my boat.
Note to self, get a bigger net.
Got a bigger net.
Went yesterday, took my neighbor, and we got about 10 fish with only 2 under.
Biggest was 34" 16.5 lbs. Also got another 28.
Trolling
1 tandem rig caught the 2 big fish Thursday but did not even get a hit yesterday.
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Old 12-15-2018, 12:40 PM
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Originally Posted by iFishMD View Post
Sonofasailor: 2500 series reels have plenty of drag for almost any rockfish. I mostly use 3000 series for a little more line capacity because I deal with cutting tangles frequently as a charter and they give better balance to the rods I like for most of my jigging where I use mostly use anywhere from 3/4oz to 1.5oz jig heads. (but will handle up to 2oz). I have a few 2500 reels on very light rods for when I am using very light jig heads 3/8- 1oz max. It is not that the reels are too small. They just work well for overall rod balance. 2500 is great for rockfishing

fishnnk: I fish up and down the bay in Maryland from Baltimore to Smith Point. I follow the fish up the bay and out. I mix methods up throughout the year. I troll during trophy season, chunk in late spring, live line in the summer and jig almost all year. I chase the same fish so mixing up methods gives variety. This time if year I am looking for birds, even just a couple circling or picking, or looking at ledges on the sounder and dropping jigs on them. Fish are moving deeper because the water is colder. We had less than 42 degrees today.
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Report: I was actually helped by the fog today. We spent sometime looking this morning and found some marks around a fleet of boats. However I was able to pick up birds about mile away on my Furuno UHD radar that could not be seen due to the low viability. We were the first and only boat on the fish for a few nice long drifts. We ended up with a limit of quality fish jigging. 1.5oz jig heads with 6" chartreuse BKDs bounced on the bottom were our hottest lure..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMmcfyiJm64

Thanks for the great info! Been a Chesapeake troller most of my life. Just picked up LTJ in the past year or so. Been trying to learn as much as I can. I also have a habit of ending up at the helm instead of on the line.
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Old 12-17-2018, 10:00 AM
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Went out Friday as my son was in school. Got off to an early start but the fog rolled in and visibility was not that good. There was one other boat were I was fishing and would not have noticed him if he did not sound his horn. I had a lot of trouble keeping the boat straight. I think the waves were turning me a bit. I was only able to put out one rod with a small umbrella rig. Caught a couple of small rock fish at 18 inches. I decided to call it quits and bring in my rod and stow the gear when I looked over at the fish finder. It was loaded with fish at 95 feet! I dropped a 2 oz jig head with a 6 inch green bkd over the side and waited till I could feel it hit bottom. Started to work the lure and about 1/3 of the way up he hit. Finally caught my first keeper rockfish and did it while jigging which I never tried. I did learn a valuable lesson. I was cleaning the fish at the dock and went to get the water hose and almost lost my fillets to the seagulls. Cant wait till the season opens up next year!
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Old 12-17-2018, 10:09 AM
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Old 12-17-2018, 10:12 AM
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Nice when the screen lights up like this! Congrats
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Old 12-19-2018, 05:02 PM
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Nice light tackle jigging bite today. It wasnt hot but it was very steady. We had a nice number of fish over 30" and one over 40". We had to use 2oz jig heads to hold bottom today. ALL fish were released.

I will be running catch and release trips all winter. My 27 Judge offers plenty or room out of the wind and spray while running to make for reasonably comfortable cold weather fishing.



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Old 12-20-2018, 04:51 AM
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Nice light tackle jigging bite today. It wasnt hot but it was very steady. We had a nice number of fish over 30" and one over 40". We had to use 2oz jig heads to hold bottom today. ALL fish were released.

I will be running catch and release trips all winter. My 27 Judge offers plenty or room out of the wind and spray while running to make for reasonably comfortable cold weather fishing.




Wow, great job getting on the fish! I know you don't want to give away your honey holes here on the forum .... but is that the mouth of the Potomac? PL in the background?
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Old 12-20-2018, 07:41 AM
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I was just reading the regulations to find out what type of hook to use (if any) for the catch and release season. I came across the on DNR's website " minimum length for Chesapeake Bay rockfish to 19 inches. The Potomac River below the Woodrow Wilson Bridge will be open to striped bass fishing until Dec. 31. Our readers should also keep in mind that there are other species that will still be in season for die hard cold-weather anglers." Am I reading this right? Open to Dec 31st?
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Old 12-20-2018, 07:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Fishinreeltime View Post
I was just reading the regulations to find out what type of hook to use (if any) for the catch and release season. I came across the on DNR's website " minimum length for Chesapeake Bay rockfish to 19 inches. The Potomac River below the Woodrow Wilson Bridge will be open to striped bass fishing until Dec. 31. Our readers should also keep in mind that there are other species that will still be in season for die hard cold-weather anglers." Am I reading this right? Open to Dec 31st?
From the Potomac River Fisheries website:
  • Attention Recreational and Charter Boat anglers, the summer-Fall Striped bass season runs from May 16th through December 31, 2018. 2 fish/person/day, 20" minimum length, one of which may be 28" (Potomac from 301 bridge south)
  • Chesapeake Area Season (Fall ).…...October 4 – December 31, 2018 Possession Limit..………………………………….…………2 per person Minimum Size Limit……………………………………………....20 inches Maximum Size Limit***…...……………………… ……………...28 inches ***Except only one of the two fish possession limit may be greater than 28 inches. (All of the Chesapeake Bay & it's tributaries in VA)
In regards to hooks, I always use single barbless hooks. I even crimp down the barb on the larger trolling baits. Yes, I may lose some more than usual but the fishery stays healthy and I don't injure any more fish than I have to. I never use treble hooks. Even when casting to breaking fish with metal .... I replace them with single hooks.
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Old 12-24-2018, 05:26 AM
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Yesterday was a slow grind at fish until the current started to roll on the ebb.. Then it was a very good light tackle jig bite.

I will probably put reports to the New Year and then not put reports until the season opens again. However I will catch and release all winter. Text the words: "winter walk-on" to be on my text list to 410-533-1435 preferably or email ifishmd@gmail.com




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Old 12-26-2018, 08:16 AM
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Way to get on them again. What depth were you in? Bouncing on the bottom again? Hitting the lures on the fall or when they were jigged up?
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Old 12-27-2018, 07:25 AM
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Fishnnk, we have been jigging fish right tight to the bottom between 40' and 65' of water. I have been using heavier than normal lures some days if the current is running hard or our drift is fast. Common jig heads have been 2oz or metal lures up to 3.5oz.

However Yesterday was the first trip that was a bust in southern Maryland. We caught some fish to 22" but I was looking for a good bite and put 100nm on the boat and a couple extra hours without finding what we were looking for. Hopefully it fires back up. Water temp was 43 degrees.
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Old 02-06-2019, 11:28 AM
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[QUOTE=bropride96;11037061]Appreciate the report![/QUOTEknow this is of topic. Question is Flounder fishing picking up . Last time I was there was five yrs ago.
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