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Thread: Is it too early to try shoreline trolling for stripers?

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    Default Is it too early to try shoreline trolling for stripers?

    I may have time to get away this week to fish. Is anyone catching any strippers yet in the eastern shore tributaries (or anywhere) trolling near shoreline? I haven't seen any reports so far. Thanks

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    This is a perfect time. Dont let the lack of reports deter you. Lots of schoolies up to the mid 20's all over the lower eastern shore area.
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    I've been catching a lot of good size stripers, >25inches, by trolling in really shallow water along the shore. This is at the Bay Bridge

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    Struck out trolling eastern shore above bay bridge last Friday. Other reports had fish in 30-50 feet of water so we trolled deep and ignored decent marks closer to shore in 15 feet. If I had the day over I would have stayed in 10-15 feet. Good luck.


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    If they are there they'll bite. This was Thursday last week


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    I've been on fish against shoreline for weeks....literally, right against. Cast almost onto shore, especially a rocky shore.
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    I had a nice twilight top water bite a couple of weeks ago on the outgoing tide across a shallow creek mouth- 1-3 fow...18-22 inch fish...57-58 degree water temp- and with the wind forecast it might be the only place I can fish Wednesday...
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    Trolling on 8-12 feet of water close to shoreline (slower lower in front of NAS Patuxent River) this past friday. 14 smallies (16-22 inches) in a matter of 2 hours. Heck of a good time.

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    Perfect timing for shoreline trolling! I caught over a dozen last weekend with the largest being 25".
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    Quote Originally Posted by elborikua View Post
    Trolling on 8-12 feet of water close to shoreline (slower lower in front of NAS Patuxent River) this past friday. 14 smallies (16-22 inches) in a matter of 2 hours. Heck of a good time.

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