Post-Christmas fishing on Chesapeake Bay
Things are looking good for my trip out on the Chesapeake Bay this weekend with Dan Whelan and his partners from the Beach Pub restaurant in Virginia Beach.
By the time you read this column I should be back home cleaning fish after two full days of fishing on the bay.
While it’s pretty rough and windy right now as I write this on the Wednesday after Christmas, it is supposed to be nice this Friday and Saturday, although it will be cold.
Richard Hinton, Butch Spain and several others went up to the bay last week and sent photos of some nice stripers they’d landed while fishing with live eels. Some of the stripers weighed well over 40 pounds.
Richard noted that they caught three big fish with the same eel which was still living at the end of the day so they let him go. You know he was letting his fellow eels know how tough he was.
I have seen several postings recently on the Internet of stripers landed up there weighing over 65 pounds. I will be fine if I catch just one nice one, but I really hope to bring one in over the 70-pound mark. You will know next week.
Kerr Lake fishing report – Not a lot of reports are available with the low water and everybody busy celebrating Christmas. I plan to spend several days before the end of the year fishing the lake and exploring for rock piles that will be staging places for largemouth in the spring, so I will have an update for you next week.
Next week’s report – Giant striper report from the Chesapeake Bay. If I don’t catch one at least I can eat some eel sushi.
Tip of the week — On Kerr Lake now through spring try jigging Hopkins spoons or blade baits (silver buddies) on the bottom in 20–25 feet of water to catch stripers, largemouth and catfish. They seem to congregate near the mouths of secondary creeks off major creeks like Nutbush and Eastland.
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