Fishfinder by Dennis Doyle
Fish-finder ~ by Dennis Doyle
Marshall Cruickshank was jigging a half ounce Bass Assassin among the Bay Bridge pilings for rockfish on Joey DiPaola’s skiff Mikey D last week when a big fish hit his bait and took off running. After a considerable battle, Cruickshank landed a 50-plus-pound black drum, quite a feat for a 15-pound spin outfit.
July 23, 2015
Summer fishing remains good for most species on the Bay. Trollers continue to score easy limits of better-sized rockfish, particularly by dragging red surgical hose close to the bottom. Jigging soft plastics has also become a prime technique for catching mid-sized stripers. Droves of boats are crowding the Bay Bridge supports and drifting the Sewer Pipe and then north to Love Point as well as the Belvedere Shoals area. Chummers continue to do well when the tides and winds cooperate. Live-liners who have live Norfolk spot of proper size are doing even better.
Schools of spot are congregating sporadically anywhere from Thomas Point up through Tolley’s and onto Hackett’s, generally in about 15 feet of water. They’re taking bloodworms. Big white perch are still being encountered in deep water near the Bay Bridge, on the lumps along the Belvedere Shoals and on tributary structures in 20 to 30 feet of water. They’ve been suckers for fresh crab baits. Croaker are mostly in the Eastern Bay and taking bloodworms, shrimp and razor clams. Tales of roving bluefish are now starting up there as well. Hints of the start of a Spanish mackerel run around Poplar Island are also surfacing. Crabbing may be improving in areas that remain closely guarded secrets.