Lately, I’ve been lucky enough to win the battle against icy ramps. The past few trips I’ve been able to fish a spot where big fish are likely to show up in January. If there’s one thing that holds true about migratory stripers in the Chesapeake Bay it’s this: THE BIG FISH ARRIVE FIRST. January into early February full moons are my first striper trips each year. The past few outings have yielded very few fish UNDER 40 inches with one fish near the 50 inch mark.
Two years ago my father landed and released a fish that, in my mind, could have been the state record rockfish this time of year. If you want big fish action, January and February are your months to fish until the flats season gets hot in March.