Fishfinder by Dennis Doyle
Fish-finder ~ by Dennis Doyle
Grisada "Cris" Chotipatana caught this 41-incher on bloodworms at Sandy Point State Park.
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May 21, 2015
Trophy-sized rockfish have mostly gone back to the ocean. Schoolie rockfish in the 20- to 23-inch range are collecting at the mouths of most rivers and are already holding on the Bay Bridge. The minimum keeper size for striped bass is now 20 inches with a limit of two fish, only one over 28 inches. Trollers are scaling down their baits to include six-inch sassy shads and also dropping the size of their bucktails, parachutes and spoons. Chumming is blossoming. Shore-bound anglers are also catching with big bloodworms: The most recent hot spots are around Love Point, Hacketts, Tolley and the Gum Thickets.
White perch are gathering in the shallows and among the docks and piers. Croaker are inching their way north. Last word had schools of decent fish holding around Breezy Point. Spot are still a few weeks away (as is live lining). Crabs are showing up in dockside pots. When the water temperature rises a few more degrees, crabbing could take off.