, 2014

The Fishing Line

By Capt. Billy Pipkin

Fishing action has exploded in the lower and middle bay this week. With water temperatures holding at 49 degrees, the migration has heightened. Catches remain good on the 25- to 28-inch rockfish with plenty of the larger 30- and 40-inch class of fish mixed in.

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Schools of menhaden are scattered throughout the bay. Chances are when you find the bait, the fish will be nearby. When the schools of bait are located, deploy a spread of baits at varied depths and wait for the action.  The feeding frenzies seem to be tide sensitive. At times the heavy bite lasts only an hour or two. If fish are spotted among the bait, be patient and wait. Sometimes it is merely a matter of waiting for the tide change.

The area between Smith Point and Windmill Point has offered specimens up to 40 pounds. The Cut Channel and Tangier Sound are also holding some of the larger fish, as is also the case along the western edges of the channel down to Buoy 40.

We are landing fish in the 36- to 42-inch class each day with an occasional wall hanger in the mix. Action outside of Cape Charles has been good. A large influx of fish arrived at the mouth of the bay inside and outside the Bay Bridge Tunnel.

Large schools have been moving down the coast and are headed our way. With the numbers of striped bass in the bay swelling each day, we’re sure to have good action through the end of December.

It’s been nice to see so much activity at the marina this week. The bay has been looking like I-95 at rush hour. Rockfish season gets anglers so excited that I believe more boats hit the water last weekend than July 4.

Enjoy your week on the water and until next timeFair winds.

Capt. Billy Pipkin owns and operates Ingram Bay Marina and Capt. Billy’s Charter service in Wicomico Church, ingrambaymarina.com, 580-7292.

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