, 2015

The Fishing Line

By Capt. Billy Pipkin

Fishing picked up again this week. After a cool spring, the water temperature, currently at 73 degrees, is now slightly above last year’s figures in bay waters.

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Striped bass are still averaging between 16 and 20 inches. There continues to be an abundance of young rockfish in the bay and rivers, yet sizes are rising this week as these fish settle into summer feeding habits.

On the Potomac River, many anglers are trolling with small bucktails rigged with twister tails. This is effective when the main diet of the rockfish in those areas is peanut bunkers and large minnows. There have been a few fish landed in mid river locations that measured over 24 inches this week, but most remain less than 20 inches.

Puppy drum showed up this week in more of the western creeks and rivers feeding the bay waters. Windmill Point, Dividing Creek and the Great Wicomico are holding fish this week. Grassy flats are the hot spots right now when fishing with peeler crab in those areas. Tommy Watson of Wicomico Church caught several near Ingram Bay Marina on a trip this week.

Croaker are biting well, with sizes inching upward this week. There are still large numbers of fish in the 7-9 inch range, but the patient angler will land a nice bunch of fish up to 12 inches in the rivers. During the daytime hours they tend to be in deeper water, but near sunset shallow water locations are yielding good numbers.

Bluefish are moving through the area again this week. More have moved into southern Maryland and lower Potomac waters as well. I have caught a few blues up to 3 pounds in the chum line this week. That offers potential for a nice fishery later this month when the striped bass season ends.

If you want to try something a little different, try fishing out of a kayak. It offers a wonderful option for light tackle enthusiasts and gives you a ‘close to nature’ experience. We are offering Eco and Fishing kayak tours to several locations around the rivers and bay. Enjoy your week of fishing and relaxation and until next time…Fair winds.

Capt. Billy Pipkin owns and operates Ingram Bay Marina and Capt. Billy’s Charters near Wicomico Church at the mouth of the Great Wicomico River. 804-580-7292, or www.ingrambaymarina.com.

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