On Wednesday, 5/17/06, Bill Kassakatis and I arrived at Chesapeake Beach. The skies were overcast and we just had the feeling that we were going to get on some nice fish today.
We motored out on the Middle Chesapeake Bay and headed south. The incoming current was moving swiftly when we arrived at the first spot. The marks were scattered and it stayed that way until 8:20am.
From then on we smoked some decent size striped bass from 17â€ to 28â€ on light spinning tackle until 1:44pm, when the action stopped. The ebb tides strongest current was finished as we headed to the barn.
All the lures shown in the pictures. The most productive lure was a Bass Kandy Delight, 10", Albino fished on a 3/4 & 1 ounce jighead (bottom lure in the picture) http://www.basskandydelights.hypermart.net/
Most Productive Technique:
Cast the lure out and let it hit the bottom. Pull it horizontally toward you in a slow sweeping motion, with the rod tip just above the water, then lift the bait off the bottom and vertically jig it through the water columns. A good cadence is to crank the spool handle 5 cranks, stop, and vertically jigâ€¦..5 cranks, stop, and vertically jig. Keeping a tight line and do this cadence backs to the boat.
It really paid off staying within 6 miles of the launching ramp and putt-putting around searching for fish. We did a lot more fishing than running.
(Learning From The Proâ€™s):
To two of the most knowledgeable captains on the Chesapeake Bay (in no particular order):
To Capt. Mike Anderson http://www.missjocharters.com
â€“ I didnâ€™t cruise faster than 3200 râ€™s (26 mph) this trip and got 3+ miles per gallon.
To Capt. George Prenant http://www.adeale.com
â€“ I finally listened to you and putt- putted around, allowing us more time to locate and catch fish.
Capt. Tom Hughes
Light Tackle & Fly Fishing Guide