We made our way out of Lynnhaven this morning around 7:30 am with a thick frost on the boat. It was definitely a frigid morning. We ran past the line of demarcation in the Chesapeake Bay and put the lines in to start trolling for striped bass (aka rockfish here in the South). It was slow for the first couple hours, then we saw over a thousand gannets in the sky just offshore so we ran out to take a look. They dove here and there, and we had some bait marks, but our Ava Jigs only produced a few spiny dogfish. We heard of a few bluefin caught offshore at the Chesapeake Bay Tower so we decided to see if we could get lucky and find one mid day.
We had a few whales feeding on krill around us, and we worked the area hard for a few hours as we heard of nothing else going on. This got us a 35 pound striper and a 25 pound striper, both of which were caught a released on Mojo Jigs with 9″ shad bodies pulled just off of the bottom. We pounded it out a little longer, then ran back inside hoping to find a striper in legal territory, but no luck as it was completely vacant of bait and fish. Not an awful start to the week, but it is definitely making us rethink strategy as I am not confident we will pick up the fish we need inside the 3 mile line in 46 degree water.