Last weekend I fished the Middle Chesapeake Bay, heading out of Solomons searching for breaking fish. The fall pattern has officially set in, and by the evening, multiple schools of breaking fish lined water from Little Choptank to Solomons. Most of the fish we found were small, but a few pushed 18-19″. Fly rods with full sinking lines and small closer minor patterns did well, as did sting silvers. The biggest fish were taken along a group of anchored boats chumming and live lining on the Eastern shore. Drifts 100′ from these boats took us over nice schools of 2011 year-class fish.
No Spanish Mackerel were caught, or bluefish, which was surprising. Hopefully we see bigger stripers and red drum over the next month in this same region.