Cobia and other fish thrive in local waters, increasing the eels’ stock of fish boxes
In a notable rise for local anglers, cobia have recently been spotted in large numbers in the waters surrounding Point Lookout Pier, attracting the attention of anglers and smallmouths alike. The trend has been confirmed by reports of hunters using surgical snakes as bait, with local supplier The Tackle Box reporting a new shipment of the sought-after snakes last Monday.
Fishing enthusiasts were reeling in cobia off the Point Lookout Pier using a live spot over the weekend, according to Ken and Linda Lamb, who recently broke the news to the local fishing community. Fish owners aren’t left out of the action either, as live eels that cobia particularly love are now more readily available.
However, it’s not just about the cobia. Local waters are teeming with other fish, such as spotfish, croaker, pupfish, redfish, bluefish, and rockfish. Anglers should be prepared and bring plenty of ice for their fish boxes.
For those interested in white perch, local creeks and rivers are the places to go. Anglers can cast bait in shallow water with shad and structure or opt for bottom rigs holding various options, including bloodworms, shrimp, buttonworms, nightcrawlers, or peeler crabs. They can be thrown close to shore when landing for maximum effect. According to the lambs, spot and croak were abundant in the Patuxent River estuary at sites such as Hawk’s Nest, Sandy Point, Green Holly, O’club, and Three-Legged Marker. The Potomac River is another hotspot around Ragged Point and St. George Island.
Freshwater fishing is also in excellent condition, especially for bass and bluegill. In addition, catfish populations are concentrated near specific areas, such as the 301 Bridge in the Potomac River and over the Benedict Bridge in the Patuxent River.
This uptick in fish activity and the availability of fresh live eels from The Tackle Box signals good times for the local fishing community. Whether you’re a fishing enthusiast or a fishing enthusiast, the fish seem to be biting and the waters are ready for fishing adventures.
Ken Lamb of St. Mary’s Tacklebox Information and photos for this article.