Pete Gluszek guides and provides on-water training on the Chesapeake Bay and Delaware River as well as many other local, and sometimes not so local, bodies of water. Here is his fishing report sent out in his recent newsletter….
After a cool spring, the weather broke into the 70’s and 80’s. This quickly pushed water temps into the 60’s for the Chesapeake and mid 50’s for the Delaware River. The bass are biting as spring has arrived in the northeast.
The Upper Chesapeake Bay has been putting out some exceptional catches in April. Bass are in the pre spawn pattern and just starting to begin moving into the spawn. The key has been to fish the flats that have some grass starting to grow on them.
Weather: 50 degrees AM – 70 PM
Water: 56-60 degrees
Depth Fish Caught: 1 to 5 ft
Most productive lures: chatterbaits, creature baits, senkos
Pattern: Pre-spawn bass starting to take the grass in preparation for the spawn.
Best Story – This story happened on an On-Water Training trip with partner Ray from North Carolina. We had been fishing hard all day and caught several good fish on the Chesapeake Bay. After landing some nice bass, Ray hooked into a strong fish that really challenged his spinning rod. He was doubled over for a long time when the fish finally showed herself and jumped about 30 feet off the stern of the boat. A solid 5 pound largemouth bass had taken his Senko and she surged under the boat, once again doubling over Ray’s rod and his light line was tested to its capacity. Ray played the fish nicely, bringing her up to the surface and she defiantly moved just under the water’s surface in front of us, showing her full size. I thought he had her beat and I moved into position to help land the fish when suddenly the fish took off for one last surge under the boat. That caught Ray off guard and as his rod was pushed to the limit, it suddenly snapped in two places with bits of graphite shooting into the air. We both lunged for the limp line, hoping the bass was still on the line. Not to be, as the bass used the sudden slack in the line to escape. The line held up during the shock, but somehow the bass was able to escape and Ray’s personal biggest bass swam away and left us with nothing but this awesome experience. The bass In the Chesapeake are fierce and strong and it is truly one the best places to fish for bass in the northeastern part of the country.
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