Fishing Poplar Island
Dave and I took the day off to go fishing. We launched out of Tri-State Marina on Rockhold Creek, in Deale, Maryland.
Weekdays on the Chesapeake Bay are wonderful. Very little boat traffic. I purchased a GoPro Hero 4 Black, and today is it’s inaugural trip. This will allow me to add video into my blog entries in the future. For today, I mounted it on the center console bar, which will cover any action at the front of the boat.
Rockhold Creek clearly caters to sail boats, more so than motor boats.
An airplane flies overhead, and then down the Bay.
Rockhold Creek flows out to Herring Bay on the Western Shore. Winds were quiet in the morning and we motored across the Chesapeake Bay to Eastern Bay near Claiborne in Talbot County, on the Eastern Shore. We constantly watched for bird activity, which leads to bait fish, which leads to game fish. We watched the fish finder for indications of pods of fish.
We checked out south of Kent Island, the “Wild Grounds” and “The Hill.” Tough fishing conditions. Our best fishing came from fishing the rip-rap along the west face of Poplar Island. While fishing, we were entertained by marsh hawks and bald eagles, working the wetlands of Poplar Island.
After working the rip-rap structure, we then motored northwest to Bloody Point, “The Hole” and the Bloody Point Bar (steep slopes).
The Bloody Point Lighthouse was built in 1882 at a cost of $25,000. It is located on the southern tip of Kent Island to mark the entrance to Eastern Bay. It’s also located near one of the deepest holes in the shipping channel, at 174-feet deep, known as “The Hole.” The original lighthouse included five rooms, one which was below sea level and held twin 250-gallon cistern tanks to collect fresh rainwater.
We fished along the steep slopes of the Bloody Point shoal. Commercial crabbers had a series of traps with buoys along the top of the ledge in shallow 8-feet deep water. The buoys marked the top of the ledge. We were then able to align the boat to parallel the buoys and were able to fish the bottom bench of the slope in 25-feet of water. We got a few bites.
We vertical jigged off the the bottom, with Dave hooking into a strong fighting bluefish. After landing, Dave placed his lunker into the cooler, and he will be making his patented fish cakes for his wife Michelle.
As the afternoon progressed winds kicked-up and we could not motor fast without getting wet. Although the afternoon temperature got up to 73-degrees for mid-October, you still don’t want to get wet. We motored nearly 20-miles plus today and the thrifty Yamaha 4-stroke only used a quarter to a third of a tank. It’s good to know that I can probably make a 60-mile round trip on a tank of gas.
This week the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) released a video on how to filet a striped bass. The video advises removing the fattier portions of the fish, which removes most any chance for fish tissue contamination. The video is primarily for persons that may eat Chesapeake Bay seafood with regularity (subsistence fishing), as bay fish may/can bio-accumulate minor amounts of toxins/poisons.
On another side note the MD Department of Natural Resources (DNR) just released the findings of their 2014 Striped Bass Survey, announcing that the 2014 juvenile index – a measure of striped bass spawning success in Chesapeake Bay – is 11.0, nearly equal to the 61-year average of 11.7. The results indicate a healthy level of reproduction for Maryland’s state fish.