Top Water Lure Fishing
Here at Outdoors Delmarva we’ve been doing a lot of offshore fishing, but now we’re back in the bay. More specifically in the shallow marshy tributaries that feed into the tangier sound. There’s still some rockfish in there, and a great way to get ’em into the boat, is with top water lures. Danny Winn has been doing this for most of the summer.
“Well we’re going to try a little top water action. We’ve been having pretty good success with em lately. Uh this time of year these fish like to hit on top. Late in the afternoon is best so we’re letting that sun go on over. Hopefully later on in another hour maybe sooner we’ll, we’ll get into something.”
We hope that something is gonna be rockfish. We’re with our friends Danny Winn and Bob Parsons to do some early evening fishing in the marsh. And since we’ll be fishing on top, we should come back with all our lures.
“When they hit on top there’s nothing like it in the world. It’s like somebody dropped a cinder block on the water from 10 feet up when they hit, and they run. Once you do it you’ll be hooked.”
Danny’s been catching his limit of 2 most times out, although there’s still a good amount of less than 20 inch fish around.
“The keeper size fish have been good quality fish all in the upper 20s. And that’s a lot of fun on light tackle especially when they hit on top. It’s just they explode, and when they explode they just run. And you just got to hold on and hope your drag’s set right and hope your knots are tied right. Cause if they’re not you’ll find out about it then.”
So off to walk the dog we go, trying to get the lure to make that side to side motion, to help lure that rockfish out from wherever it may be hiding. The cool thing is, you can see when they’re coming.
“Big boy right there, rolled right over it. Big one just came up, I think he might be interested again, you see the swirl.”
A nice 29 inch rockfish is in the boat, and just before the sun goes down. We rush to get back on ’em, especially as swirls can be seen all around the edges of the marsh. Then it looks like we’ve found a little sweet spot. 2 more keepers are added to the cooler.
By no means did we set the marsh on fire with fish caught today, but the marsh did provide us with some wonderful eye candy. That, along with the anticipation of another bite is why we fish until we can see no more. Even without a ton of fish, it sure has been another beautiful day on the tangier sound.