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Old 04-21-2018, 11:26 AM
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Opening day for me was a flop. Launched out of chesapeake beach and got nothing. Didn't see anyone reel in any either.
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We're still on the water but talked to a buddy that runs a charter out of Deale area and he said out of approx 30 charter boats at Rod n Reel Marina not a single fish caught, and the fish cleaners there did not clean a single fish.

We have only had one clip pop but didn't stay tight. Saw a couple fish boated in the lower bay, but very slow.

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Good luck the rest of the day. Hopefully next weekend will be better.
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Just got done washing the boat. Was down at the mouth of the Potomac all day with a skunk. Heard of maybe 4 fish on the radio. Of the handful of boats I knew out there all skunked as well
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Zip. Tough bite.

Marked plenty of bait and a few fish in the mix but most 30'+.

Saw IFish run by me off BP heading south.

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Launched from rod and reel at 5ish and came in around noon. Plenty of marks from 30-60 but not one bite.
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Trolled LP, constantly picking up leaves and debris, no fish
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Originally Posted by crang View Post
Opening day for me was a flop. Launched out of chesapeake beach and got nothing. Didn't see anyone reel in any either.
What were water temps today?
I'm a couple weeks out from the VA season and did a shake down run late afternoon, but forget to turn on the transducer to check water temps?
I'm guessing they're 50-53??
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Trolled from 7am to 3:30pm, not a single bite. Marked tons of bait and big rockfish all day long, even snagged a LY. We spent most of the day checking and cleaning baits, lots of jellies and I have never seen that much trash in the bay before. Noticed most of the good Mark's were on the bottom and always below the thermocline. I've got to figure out how to take screen shots on my nss evo2...
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Point phone at screen and take picture.. That’s the fastest.
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Originally Posted by Fish'nFool View Post
Saw IFish run by me off BP heading south.
I took a skunk on opening day for the first time in well over a decade. I wanted to fish south of the very stained water and worked mostly south of BPL. I was told the entire Deale fleet was skunked and not one fish was cleaned at the Chesapeake Beach cleaning station. Only one of my friends caught a fish yesterday and that was THT'er lgensler, which got him second in the Boatyard Tournament to a guy who jigged a warm water discharge.

SST did crack 50 degrees yesterday and there was plenty of menhaden in the bay now. I snagged 5 alone. I have cancelled any recent trips and will try again next weekend unless I get some better reports. My party did have a blast yesterday and they did eat their catch (after a few beers).
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I thought I'd let the "early risers" fight for space on the water opening day. I headed out of Deale with a crew at 11:30am. All my Deale contacts were reporting no catches, so I took the long run south to the Power Plant area looking for cleaner water and those "Choptank" fish I never get an opportunity to catch if I troll my northern haunts.

Either a lot of fishermen quit early, or they stayed home (better judgement). I had open water and was able to make acrobatic moves on my chart plotter trying to entice a strike.

With all the reports in mind, we gave it 3 solid hours before pulling lines and heading home. Nothing to get excited about. I saw less bait than I wanted, few birds (none diving), and no fish in the box

Some charters cancelled todays trips, but I'll wait fro better reports before venturing out again. I used two trips of fuel for one trip yesterday A 45 minute run down, and another 45 back added to our disappointment.

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Horrible. So bad we gave folks the option to reschedule. Feel dirty taking customers money when it's this bad. A few (very few) fish were caught today in the Mid-Bay area and I hear more encouraging news from our neighbors to the South. I have my fingers and toes crossed that it will improve as the water temps come up. Tomorrow is another day.
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Horrible. So bad we gave folks the option to reschedule. Feel dirty taking customers money when it's this bad. A few (very few) fish were caught today in the Mid-Bay area and I hear more encouraging news from our neighbors to the South. I have my fingers and toes crossed that it will improve as the water temps come up. Tomorrow is another day.
Yesterday was the worst opening day I have seen in the 11 years I've been fishing it, but it was probably one of the coldest too. Water and air temps are cold for this late in April, and I think it will improve once the water temps increase too.
Have you heard whether the fish that have been caught down south are pre-spawn or post spawn?
We marked alot of fish in the Tangier Sound, I think they just aren't aggressive and eating because the water is so cold and alot of them are probably still pre-spawn.
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Originally Posted by Tawn View Post
Horrible. So bad we gave folks the option to reschedule. Feel dirty taking customers money when it's this bad. A few (very few) fish were caught today in the Mid-Bay area and I hear more encouraging news from our neighbors to the South. I have my fingers and toes crossed that it will improve as the water temps come up. Tomorrow is another day.
we discussed rescheduling with our customers, but they want to go. The party we had today would have been thrilled with 1 trophy. But unfortunate that didn’t pan out.
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I can assure you water temps have nothing to do with the lack of fish. I've had cold water temps before, and catch them all winter in water colder than that. The DNR and other states are aware of how much the migratory brood stock had decreased and no one cares. I think they're gonna have to face the facts now. They're simply aren't enough fish left. Opening day 15 years ago Id run two trips a day and wed catch 20 fish on average per trip. The last few years guys brag about 6 fish in an all day trip and think that's good fishing. We used to have schools of breaking fish in the winter from NJ to NC, in the ocean. The last 6 years they actually don't even have a fishery off Virginia beach anymore. Last year, we had just a few small schools off Delaware and New Jersey. Hopefully they wake up before a total collapse.
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Fish may just be shifting north too (like cobia, redfish, etc.).. A lot of fish wintered offshore of NJ, DE and MD this year and two weeks ago gill net boats did well out of OCMD on striped bass. If you look at the fishing reports from Raritan Bay NJ right now, it says things are on fire..

April 21st: Fisher Price IV 4/21 AM/PM Very Good Striper Fishing



Yesterday: Fisher Price IV 4/22 Good AM / Excellent PM Stripers



NJ fishing report from last Thursday: New Jersey Fishing Reports, New Jersey Fishing Charters

Every trip limited out on striped bass and released many additional on Raritan Bay on the Vitamin Sea, Capt. Frank wrote in an email. Great fishing, as good as it gets, and the keepers were 28 to 38 inches. “Quality fish for sure,” he said. The trips tackled them on bait and rubber shads and on the troll. Weather was tough, but the fish bit anyway. Brown water in the bay because of rain made no difference. “In fact the fish chewed their heads off,” he wrote.
Raritan Bay’s striped bass fishing was off to an excellent start with the Down Deep Fleet, Capt. Mario said. The fish to 42 inches, many bagged, many released, were hooked on clams and rubber shads and a little on the troll aboard.
Two Weeks ago North Jersey and NY https://www.thefisherman.com/index.c...4&ParentCat=75

Here is a photo texted me from April 11 in OCMD.


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Well my crew have had a hot hand catching flounder and thought it would be more fruitful to catch flounder than ride around in the bay and laugh at all the complaining on the radio, so we made the decision to leave the boat in the slip for the weekend. For this same reason, I have not loaded the boat with any crabbing gear. Instead we went to the O's game yesterday, and had the boat pulled this morning to complete spring painting this week.
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