If there has ever been a fisherman’s wintertime wonderland it might certainly end up being on the Upper Chesapeake Bay in Joppatowne, Right now most boats are usually nestled in storage or living beneath the boundaries of their secured tarps until the spring, but Jerry Sersen’s vessel continues to see daylight on a consistant basis.
Needless to say it’s been a gentle winter season (so far), but Jerry states that because of this the perch bite is still not in full swing. “The cooler water is ideal when reeling in yellow perch”, says Jerry, “and this season it’s taking a looking like it will take a little longer to have the best bite since there has been warmer than usual temps. Nonetheless the water temps are beginning to drop to noral levels. I believe our Perch catch will probably be amazing very soon. For that matter in a few days I will be further up on the Susquehanna where I have experienced days of catching a couple hundred perch within a single day.”
There’s no need for a large fishing boat or a lot of power. With this winter weather you will just use idle speeds. Just be certain you’ve got excellent protective cover, particularly during the breezy times. The following is Jerry’s most recent report while fishing in Joppatowne:
Crappie bass are hitting smaller plastic baits with a 1/16 oz. jig head dangling below a float.Generally these fish are located underneath the shady area of the docks but you need to keep moving till you discover them. There are plenty of docks for these guys to hang out, but fishing pressures and the movements of the baitfish means the crappie remain on the go as well.
Yellow perch are stacking up around the deep spots usually around the canals. I’m utilizing a dual rig to hook this delicious table fare. Fasten a drop loop around 18 inches down the end of the line. Cut one side in the loop to make a second line that hangs 4 to 6 inches farther down than the first line .Place a 1/32 ounce jig head onto this line as well as a 1/16 oz. on the other end. Rig the jig heads with Pan-Assassins. The natural colors are generally the most effective.
Bass are dining on 3 inch grubs rigged on a 1/16 oz. jig heads, needless to say using bigger hooks. Charlie Brewer Slider Heads are my choice and have decent hooks for this purpose. Green-pumpkin colors and smoke colors are the most productive for me. Most of my bass have been caught this way, but I’ve landed a number of bass fishing the additional approaches named above.