With the fall rolling on we are lucky enough to”fall” into a late season pattern that allows us to give thanks for some great autumn angling.
The Rock bite has been the most notable action in the central Chesapeake. While we haven’t seen the shoaling fish ornamented with bird play, we have seen a slow movement to deeper structure. This week we concentrated on deeper stumps and rocks with Rap-10’s. We saw most activity during first and last light but had fairly good action so long as the tide created moderately strong current. We even had some success in deeper holes in small creeks with jigs and paddle tails. There has also been some reports of bent rods on some of the deeper reefs and around a few of the day markers in the lower Pocomoke and Tangier Sounds. These fish have been coerced over the gunwale with 1-2 oz jig heads and metal jigging spoons like the crippled herring, lil bunker, and jigfish jigs. Most of the fish are in the 21”-25” range with a few in the 28”+ and even a handful of trophies that break the slot barrier that must be released to hopefully help upcoming spawns.
The seaside has been comparatively quiet with a few rock ( mainly under sized) showing up in the Chincoteague bay. Fishing has been fairly good around creek mouths and structure like bridge piles. Those same piles have also held a few tog that have been lured with top and bottom rigs as well as tog jigs tipped with sand fleas. Outside the inlet, seabass continue to offer great pullage with a side of succulent supper.
Whether you like hunting or fishing don’t let the weather slow you down and get out and enjoy this wonderful place we call home!