Mike, his wife Christy and friends were looking for Spanish mackerel when they came upon acres of boiling fish between buoys 70 and 72. They soon realized the large school were red drums, big ones, so they cast relatively light tackle lures into the fray. Mike quickly Women Canada Goose Trillium Parka Red Ireland Online hooked up, and the redfish was pulling hard. Then tension on the rod became ballistic, bending over hard. And then, he says, almost just as quickly it went limp. But not like a parted mono kind of limp; there was still some weight to it. As he pulled in what remained of his red, a big bull shark busted the water to finish the job. They were all stunned, as you'd expect. Oh, and for the rest of the day, Mike says no one leaned overboard to rinse their hands in the Chesapeake Bay. Incredible.

No change in the fishing pattern in Eastern Bay down to Sharps Island, says Captain Richie Gaines, mostly stripers with a few blues and Spanish breaking. "I expect the shallows to pick up if the cooler weather drops the water temp a few degrees," he adds.

Bradley Pierce of Selbyville, DE caught and quickly released this nice red drum fishing with Captain Rick Blackwell of Fowl Play Charters. The run of reds has been delighting middle Bay anglers in recent weeks. (Courtesy photo) Original Credit:

Mike's fishing report is impossible to top but here's a stab at the rest of this week's report.

Mike Killea had similar results fishing out of Annapolis, finding "tons small breakers" rock with occasional blues. But he says "it was weird because there was a ton of bait, good current/tide change going on, birds sitting on the water everywhere, but nothing really happening. There were scattered big marks but all had lock jaw. I think there is so much bait in the mid/upper bay right now that you have to get there when the fish are feeding, which can be literally any time because the bait is so prevalent."

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Out of the South River, Jim Bieler of Marty's Bait Tackle says "still a ton of small rock. One of my guys from the shop, Matt, caught eight (Spanish) macks near buoy 83, all on No. 1 Drones." Jim adds that "crabbing is still very good. A friend of mine dropped off some crabs (Tuesday) that he caught in the South. They were the best ones we've had this year. Heavy and tasty."

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Way south, Ric Burnley checks in with this report: "I fished with Capt. Randy Butler on Rebel along the 800 line east of Oregon Inlet. There have been good catches of sailfish with white marlin mixed in. Tuna fishing has turned on out of Oregon Inlet. Wahoo action is on fire off Hatteras." In Virginia waters, he says speckled trout and red drum are "showing up in the creeks, inlets and bays. Look for action along the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel to go off. Sheepshead, triggerfish and spadefish will swarm the pilings and rocks. Use a piece of crab or clam on a single hook bottom rig. Flounder fishing should also improve for anglers fishing live bait on a three way rig or bouncing a bucktail and strip bait around the bridge."

If you haven't hooked a Spanish mackerel yet, I suggest that now is your time to try. While it may be true we've had other summers where we've enjoyed a more consistent bite, some of the macks being caught are noteworthy in size. Water temps are pretty much ideal now, too, for these highly migratory,.

Also still fishing north of the Bay Bridges is Capt. Jeff Popp on the Vista Lady. His parties scored rockfish limits to 24 inches on every trip this week. He's fishing lower Belvidere lumps to the LP bouy, both trolling and jigging. "I've seen more breaking fish this week from the Western Shore across to Love Point," he adds.

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The light tackle fishing action remains in full summer swing out of Chesapeake Beach, according to Capt. LJ from Chesapeake Beach. "Anglers that are jigging soft plastic baits and casting metal jigs are catching trout, red drum, rockfish, bluefish, and mackerel. Breakers are on the west side one day and then on the east side the next," he tells me. "Bottom fishing is still good. Spot and white perch are being caught using bloodworms on bottom rigs. Be sure to get out there and take advantage of all of the variety available while it lasts."

MSSA Annapolis Chapter member Kevin McMenamin reports "lots of breaking rockfish in the late afternoon off of Hackett's Point. All of the fish I caught were dinks and released with minimal contact after being hooked on a single hook Lil' Bunker. I fished several different pods of breaking fish but I could not find any fish bigger than 14 inches. Even though I didn't catch any keepers I was thrilled to see the number of young rockfish and baitfish in the bay right now."

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"It was bigger than any man I've ever seen. I've been fishing the bay since the '70s I have never seen anything like it. Not even close."

Fishing out of the Choptank River below the False Channel with Capt. Rick Blackwell of Fowl Play Charters, Bradley Pierce of Selbyville, Delaware, when he caught and quickly released a nice red drum on live spot. They also had a good day on bluefish.

That's the quote from Mike Henderson, owner of Buzz's Marina in Southern Maryland describing to me the size and power of a bull shark that eviscerated his bull red drum. You read that right, that's not a typo: He watched a bull shark guillotine his redfish.

Bradley Pierce of Selbyville, DE caught and quickly released this nice red drum fishing with Captain Rick Blackwell of Fowl Play Charters. The run of reds has been delighting middle Bay anglers in recent weeks. (Courtesy photo) Original Credit: (Courtesy photo / HANDOUT)

Capt. Mark on the Tuna the Tide charter boat says the "cool weather is just in time. Fishing has been a little off this week. Good catches are still around, it just takes a little more work. Trolling drones and hoses up north are still picking off a few big ones. We had a 36 incher (striper) on a red hose this past week as well as a nice catch of twenty bluefish up to 23 inches up off Hickory. Guys venturing south are still seeing lots of smaller fish. I keep hearing the trollers saying when fishing drops off this time of year it's time to look shallow. We'll see this weekend."

Back on the bay, John swung by my shop on Tuesday to report they had a good day on Wednesday catching rockfish to 30 inches plus using live spot. They were just off Rock Hall, in about 30 feet of water. They caught the spot nearby.

If you haven't hooked a Spanish mackerel yet, I suggest that now is your time to try. While it may be true we've had other summers where we've enjoyed a more consistent bite, some of the macks being caught are noteworthy in size. Water temps are pretty much ideal now, too, for these highly migratory,.

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On the Chesapeake, the front coming through our area tonight may kick off the shallow water bite locally and signal the beginning of a change in fishing patterns. Over the next few weeks crabs are as sweet as they get, and for the sport crabbers action should be good. Offshore, the tropical depression churning up the coast presently has interrupted bluewater fishing. My buddy Ric says that "as the sharpies sit at the dock, they secretly smile." Why? Because they know once the blow pushes through it'll be game on, with excellent action expected on marlin along warm water eddies from Ocean City to Oregon Inlet.

Rich from Totcherman's checked in to say there are a handful of spot around Kent Narrows but small in size, good for live lining. "I drove over the Bay Bridge Monday and on the way home I saw quite a few large schools of breaking fish around the bridge and just north. No reports from the Patapsco or the harbor."

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