When fishing gets good in the Chesapeake Bay, it's a good idea for fishermen to get going. Nothing lasts forever.
Some hints from the experts on where to go:
Sea Trout and Hardheads -- Last week they were taking soft crabs, peeler crabs and fresh shrimp fished on the bottom in 90 to 130 feet of water in the main channel between Hooper Island Light and Buoy 50. Both of the species could move to shallower water in the same region at any time, according to skippers.
Bluefish -- They were abundant throughout the bay, but the best news for Washington-area anglers was that catches were excellent out of such close-by places as Deale, Chesapeake Beach and Annapolis. Charter skipper Ed Darwin suggested trolling with surgical eel lures on the Eastern and Western shores of the Bay just above and below the Bay Bridge.
The blues, he said, are in anywhere from 70 feet to five feet of water.
Spot -- "I'm afraid to open the door this weekend," said Doris Johnson at H.M. Woodburn's in Solomons, Md. She rents small skiffs and sells bait, and after fine catches last week of jumbo spot and some hardhead near the mouth of the Patuxent River, she's expecting clients by the hordes. Best fishing last week, she said, was right outside Drum Point, using bloodworms and peeler crabs on the bottom.