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Another mild, relatively dry winter has passed and rigging the gear is just around the corner. Commercial reports indicate that the fish are here and only builds the anticipation of this Chesapeake tradition. As always, parachute lures fished in tandem or behind umbrellas high in the water column are your best bet. A few mid and deep running boat rods can add to the insurance of covering all the bases. Don’t stray too far from the deep water edges and river mouths and victory should find you. Having clean water to work in is also a plus. Water clarity is everything when dragging artificials…..they have to see it….to eat it. Take your time when planning your fishing location and be patient. The bite is typically a short one on either tide although that’s not always the case….so put your time in. Keep your lures clean and check them often. While not a serious problem in the past couple of years, Red or “winter” Nettles (a small reddish brown jellyfish) can foul lures rendering them useless until cleaned. Having two buckets handy is helpful…one with a mild soap/bleach mixture and the other fresh water for rinsing. Dirty lures just won’t catch much. Volumes of bird action isn't a typical Spring occurrence, but pay attention to what you see. A few birds picking or sitting can give away bait or fish…..so check it out. If you are fortunate enough to encounter some bird action…break out the jigging rod and give it a try with a jig or large plastic bait. When the creel limits change over to smaller fish, incrementally introduce smaller baits over about a 10 day period….some big fish will still be around and you can be rewarded for keeping some larger baits in the mix. When out for fun in the Spring, try trolling a small spread of single parachutes on stout spinning tackle. When a knockdown happens, stop the boat and clear the other rods. A forty pounder on light tackle with the boat stopped is a good time. Let’s go Fishin’.
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