THE YACK REPORT… JIGGING ON THE WINTER PATTERN

Excellent Striper fishing continues from the top to the bottom of the bay for those willing to look for them. Last Friday I fished in the “Hope For Hunter” tournament put together by my friend Jamie Clough. This Tournament was a fund raiser for his Granddaughter who is fighting her way thru some serious health…

THE YACK REPORT… THE WINTER PATTERN…

The time since my last report has seen many changes! A strong cold front dropped water temps into the high forties in the rivers and  low fifties in the mainstem of the Bay. While this drop in temperatures did move some fish around there is great fishing to be had if you can find the…

THE YACK REPORT… PATTERN CHANGES COMING!

The last 10 days have seen some unexpected catches and some of the best fishing of the year! I am starting to see another pattern change develope. As the majority of the bigger bait moves out of the rivers into the bay, the Rockfish follow them. We have been seeing less and less fish on…

THE YACK REPORT… EXCELLENT FISHING NOW!

Some of the best fishing of the year is happening right now and the most beautiful weather is accompanying it. Cooler days and even cooler nights have dropped the water temperatures into the sixties and the Rockfish have responded by going on a full blown feeding frenzy! If you are not catching keeper Rockfish now,…

THE YACK REPORT… THE FALL TRANSITION

September is a transition month. As the bay waters cool the fish move to their Fall feeding areas looking for a bigger bite to fatten up before Winter. Often times these areas will be shallow structure like Rip-Rap shorelines, rocky points, hard bottom flats, black wood pilings and fixed navigation markers. This year, just after…

THE YACK REPORT… LATE SUMMER’S RED HOT FISHING!

My last few trips have been very rewarding! We are blessed to have a bunch of Rockfish in the Middle Bay now. I have watched the Stripers tend to move North in the bay as Summer has progressed. Last week there was a good push of Stripers showing in the Sassafras and Susquehanna Flats area….

THE YACK REPORT… MOVING SHALLOW!

I have noticed some major changes since my last report. The last few trips we have been seeing less and less fish on the deeper channel edges. The water temperatures have dropped almost 10 degrees in as many days. This cooling trend has the Rockfish moving into some of their fall feeding stations a little…

THE YACK REPORT… “THE SUMMER SQUEEZE”

Since my last report I have only been out a few times with varied results. We usually plan our trips days in advance and forecasts can change quickly. We have found ourselves fishing in less than favorable conditions on several trips. We caught fish jigging on every trip and kept a few for the table…

THE YACK REPORT… THE HOT JIG BITE CONTINUES

The good summer jig bite continues in the Mid-Bay section of the Chesapeake Bay. Health issues have kept me off the water much of this week. I did get out Tuesday for a few hours with Carter Dudzinski, Ange Harclerode and our buddy Omar K… We fished likely spots looking for Stripers. The pattern had…

THE YACK REPORT… SUSQUEHANNA FLATS STILL PRODUCING SOME NICE FISH.

The Susquehanna River is a fickle mistress…always changing her complexion and attitude. Releases from Conowingo Dam and moving tides put this fishery in a constant state of change. Learning to adapt to the changes will add to your success rates on the flats. For example, this week while fishing at slack tide we had no…

THE YACK REPORT… ADJUSTING TO THE CONDITIONS

In my last report I said “The cleanest water would see my lures”. With the Susquehanna River in flood stage for almost 2 weeks the good fishing on the flats came to a screaming halt as cold muddy water full of debris filled the Flats and North East River. Knowing that those conditions make for…

THE YACK REPORT… SUSQUEHANNA FLATS ROCKFISH

This week the Good fishing in the upper bay continued with Striped Bass fishing taking the forefront but White Perch and Hickory Shad also made a showing this week. Herring continue to fill up the creeks and the White Perch are right behind them. Usually within a week or so after the Herring arrive the…