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Old 03-17-2009, 12:02 AM
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Default Looking for advice in the Chesapeake Bay area.

I would like to fish the Chesapeake Bay area this spring (never have before) and I am looking for a little help here. I am trailering my 22 Boston Whaler down from Long Island. I prefer to drift live bait but also will use artificial like plugs or jigs. So here are a bunch of questions if any one could help. What would be the best spring time weeks to fish? What is the bait of choice? Is there a boat ramp an out of Towner can use? Where would I stay? Is anybody interested in hooking up with me? You are welcome to email me directly or call. I hope I am not breaking any rules here if so please let me know. No disrespect indented. Thanks Ray
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Old 03-17-2009, 08:22 PM
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Default Re: Looking for advice in the Chesapeake Bay area.

Depends on where you want to go....

Do you want to go on the upper bay or lower bay?

What time of the year?

Depending on what time they will be running in different locations.

There are plenty of places to launch and plenty of places to stay.

In the next few weeks the flats on the upper bay will be producing.....

besides that down south they will be running good.

Check out rockhall, md.

Make sure you get the proper licenses to fish as md dnr are not shy....
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Old 03-17-2009, 08:36 PM
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Weber Thanks for your reply. As far as were to go, Remembering the way I like to fish , Also keeping in mind that I am coming down from NY.. Maybe I will look down South like you recommended. Will I find bunker schools here? I will also be sure to get a license and check out Rockhall, MD Ray
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Old 03-17-2009, 08:41 PM
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Using live bait and LTJ will work very good down south by the bay bridge in the early summer months. That would probably be about a 3 1/2 hour drive for you.

Early spring you can hit the flats in the upper bay, you can live bait, LTJ, plug, ect.... And will produce some trophy size fish. Some areas and times are C&R. That is about a 2 hour drive for you.

Early spring down south can produce some big fish with trolling, around the bay bridge area.
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Old 03-18-2009, 05:17 PM
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Default Re: Looking for advice in the Chesapeake Bay area.

I would like to go as early as possable.Lets say first couple weeks of April.Is it worth it or am I too early?
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Old 03-18-2009, 09:58 PM
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I would like to go as early as possable.Lets say first couple weeks of April.Is it worth it or am I too early?
Lets just say, I will be going out to the flats this weekend...

And if I didn't have to work today, I would have been out there today...
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Old 03-18-2009, 11:17 PM
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Good Luck this weekend. I will keep researching opportunities for the area before I make my final commitment
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Old 03-18-2009, 11:21 PM
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Thanks, I will let you know how well the fishing is this weekend.
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Old 03-24-2009, 11:25 PM
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So Weber how did you make out? I see from the reports some croakers are showing up. When do large Bass show up in your area? My guess is early May. But I am hoping earlier.
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Old 03-24-2009, 11:48 PM
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So Weber how did you make out? I see from the reports some croakers are showing up. When do large Bass show up in your area? My guess is early May. But I am hoping earlier.
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Well, some people had a good day but we were not one of them....

Caught some large mouth and some Yellow perch, but no stripers.

They are there and in the next few weeks is when the females show up.

The herring are making there way up and thats a good sign.

I heard one guy caught a 50" of turkey point and alot of others had good luck in that area, I fished the other side of the flats...

I'm leaving on a business trip, but hope to go back out this sunday and see whats going on.

I will keep you updated, but over the next few weeks is when the stripers will be going crazy on the flats.
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Old 03-25-2009, 03:32 PM
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I am seeing reports of some real good striper fishing down in Rudee Inlet VA. Have you ever been there? Most of these guys are trolling but I am see reports of plenty of bait.Would you know what kind of bait they are refering to??
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Old 03-27-2009, 08:09 PM
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Herring and bunker,
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Old 03-28-2009, 05:42 PM
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I am seeing reports of some real good striper fishing down in Rudee Inlet VA. Have you ever been there? Most of these guys are trolling but I am see reports of plenty of bait.Would you know what kind of bait they are refering to??
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I have never been there, but they are most likely talking about bunker and herring.....
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Old 03-30-2009, 09:33 PM
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Default Re: Looking for advice in the Chesapeake Bay area.

Chesapeake Bay bridge and around Annapolis seem to be the place to be in Mid April. There is a lot of info coming from that area. Although being not too familiar with this area I still need some clarification on some of the rules. The first things I believe is that I will need a license but also believe I can pick that up at most bait and tackle shops. I have found a number of ramps and still gathering info on that. I am expecting to launch from the east side of the bridge on Kent Island. For the most part people seem to be trolling for fish in this area at this time. I am going to stay to my game plan and drift live bait. I do believe you are not able to use eels and I do expect that Bunker, Shad or Herring hopefully will be available. My target dates are April 19 to about the 25.Anyone who can offer further info is greatly appreciated. And of coarse any who would like to hook up around those dates also would be appreciated. I will be posting more about this in the next week or two Ray
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Default Re: Looking for advice in the Chesapeake Bay area.

I was out yesterday afternoon/evening on the flats, Fished the channel edges with a jig caught 6 right off the bat (nothing over 24"), then nothing! Tide started rolling out and that was it. Noticed a lot of boats between the Sus Ramp and Port Deposit. By the time I got up that way it was pretty near dark so I packed it in. Marked quite a few fish on the finder right on the edge of the channels and a few here and there. Some good size. Will be back out soon!
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