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Old 11-07-2018, 03:13 PM
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Itís been awful for us since July when all the rain started. A lot of guys winterized early instead of fishing through November.

Anyone else? Anybody have a good fall?
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Old 11-07-2018, 03:56 PM
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Shit I gave up on rockfish after trophy season or should I say lack there of. I've been trying to get back out there but with work getting busy before the holidays and fall activities with the kids I'm not so sure it will happen.
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Old 11-07-2018, 03:58 PM
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I'll go one better. We gave up a few years ago when the nearshore bite gave out off of Rudee Inlet.
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Old 11-07-2018, 04:09 PM
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I did years ago. Even when the fishing was good wayyyy to many boats in a very small area.
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Old 11-07-2018, 04:28 PM
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There are still lots of stripers to catch up to about 30" but yeah...the big ones are mostly gone. Though I'll be fishing the Colonial Beach tournament this weekend so I hope to find at least one.
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Old 11-07-2018, 04:32 PM
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It's no good in Va honestly because of the Omega boats.. The lower bay hasn't seen a good bite like the Northern Neck area in the past..
My family has a place 9 miles from MD line, crazy watching the FF screen light up when you see the Potomac..
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Old 11-07-2018, 05:23 PM
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Not good, and there are so many factors involved
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Old 11-07-2018, 05:38 PM
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gave up 6-8 years ago
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Old 11-07-2018, 05:54 PM
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Not me fishing been great this year for me. Up until 2 weeks ago I was catching fish up to 33 on light tackle. Still catching now but not as big and deeper
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Old 11-07-2018, 06:27 PM
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Plenty of schoolies in Maryland portion of the bay. While some fish are still north of the bridge, the bulk of the schoolies are chasing the pods of peanut bunker south.

If you want to know where the big fish are, they are in the NYC area. Charters on southern Long Island and out of places like Sandy Hook NJ are KILLING the big fish right now. Here is a head boat that claims 100+ fish in a drift: https://www.facebook.com/pg/CaptreePride/posts/
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Old 11-07-2018, 07:16 PM
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Whatís a rockfish??
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Originally Posted by Surfnski View Post
Whatís a rockfish??
striper
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Old 11-08-2018, 03:56 AM
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I had one of my best Summers and fall ever in the upper bay, I didn't fish as much when all the debris were around but when I did I did OK. My outboard broke down so I probably won't be out there anymore this year, but Im sure they are still out there, at this time of the year the schools are smaller in the UB but the ones that are still around will hit lures without hesitation
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Old 11-08-2018, 04:04 AM
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Originally Posted by iFishMD View Post
Plenty of schoolies in Maryland portion of the bay. While some fish are still north of the bridge, the bulk of the schoolies are chasing the pods of peanut bunker south.

If you want to know where the big fish are, they are in the NYC area. Charters on southern Long Island and out of places like Sandy Hook NJ are KILLING the big fish right now. Here is a head boat that claims 100+ fish in a drift: https://www.facebook.com/pg/CaptreePride/posts/
That one boat caught a ton of big fish, and people are always concerned about the fish we catch in one month in the spring
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Originally Posted by killingtime View Post
It's no good in Va honestly because of the Omega boats.. The lower bay hasn't seen a good bite like the Northern Neck area in the past..
My family has a place 9 miles from MD line, crazy watching the FF screen light up when you see the Potomac..
Omega has 9 boats working the mouth of the bay right now

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Old 11-08-2018, 08:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Knight View Post
striper

I know, I was joking. Iím in VA Beach at the mouth of the bay. I would love to fish for them but havenít bothered as they havenít been making much of a showing in recent years.
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Old 11-08-2018, 10:21 AM
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Originally Posted by coastalfiberglass View Post
I did years ago. Even when the fishing was good wayyyy to many boats in a very small area.
We always caught ours away from the fleet back then, miss those days now. Lucky to catch 1 or 2 nice ones in a whole season these days and itís a long ride on top of that!
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I do better off the dock at in Jamestown than most of my buddies do trolling the bay/river
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Originally Posted by zam View Post
That one boat caught a ton of big fish, and people are always concerned about the fish we catch in one month in the spring
The Maryland trophy season is a pimple on the elephant (generally only makes up about 3% of the harvest on the spawning stock biomass).
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Most on lower end of bay have given up, many yrs ago!

"Every East Coast state, save Virginia, has already banned reduction fishing. Thatís because wise state officials realized that menhaden are far more valuable when left in the water to feed predators like striped bass, whales, and osprey. Recreational fishing, eco-tourism, and even small boat commercial fishing operations have been the beneficiaries of this foresight. As a charter boat business owner, I can attest to the positive impact on my business. When we have abundant baitfish (menhaden) in our waters, the gamefish eat well, stay local and charter bookings increase. As we say, No Bunker = No Bass!"
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