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Catching out of Reedville has been down right spectacular over the last few days. Huge numbers and some real nice fish in the mix are happening now. As long as mother nature allows it……fishing should maintain at a very high level. The last three trips have been fish-on all day jigging Lil’ Bunker Spoons and BKD’s……..it’s all good!
Fishing is hot right now…..still have openings for walk-on’s or a booked trip for this thursday and Friday! Come on out and give it a shot!
If you are interested in a trip give me a call at 703-395-9955 or text……..look below for details!
Walk-On Trips Available Now!
Departing the CBBT means canceling trips scheduled there…….I now have availabliity for walk-on trips this coming week out of Reedville, VA. As of now the weather forecast is very favorable to fish all next week out of Reedville, VA. With that said I’m opening up Tuesday-Friday as Walk-on’s.
If you want to stay over night in Reedville a nice little Motel called the Bay Motel is available. http://www.BayMotelVirginia.com Bay Motel is newly renevated and nice. Cost per night is 80 bucks. Phone number is 804-453-4360. If you book a walk-on spot and want to stay at the Bay Motel, I’ll deduct $20 bucks from the walk-on rate of 140, making it 120. Fishing should be great! Come on down and get some bent sticks!
DAYS AVAILABLE:I will update available spaces daily at http://www.walleyepete.com
updated 14 Dec 2014 at 8pm
Tuesday, 16 Dec-booked solid
Wednsday, booked solid
Thursday, 18 Dec-4 spots available
Friday, 19 Dec-4 spots available
Cost: 140 each-120 if you are staying at Bay Motel
Launch at 7am on each day, return around 3-330 or so, launch could change due to weather
I provide all baits/tackle and licensing
Heated cabin for a comfy ride and place to warm up
I fillet fish at the end of the day, no cost!
Launching from Buzzards Point Marina, 408 Buzzards Point Rd, Reedville, VA
We can keep 2 fish each, one over 28″ and one under each
If you are interested in going or have questions contact me at 703-395-9955, calling is best….text will also work.
What a day today was for Specks!!!! Yesterday we struggled a bit….caught some Stripers…..caught 2 Specks which ain’t bad but what a difference a day makes! The water was a beautiful ocean green today and the tide ripped really good both in and out. We didn’t start out great but once the tide started moving out the fish, both Stripers and Specks really lit up.
Along with many 28 Specks caught today we caught endless Stripers on BKD’s, Shads, Crankbaits and Surface plugs. The surface plugs hit stripers really good over stumps and other submerged timber. Really cool getting mid-20′s Stripers over stumps.
I even got lucky today with a couple of fish myself! I hooked a good one thinking Striper but it didn’t head shake hardly at all….then it rattled it’s head quick…..definetly not a Striper feel….well…it wasn’t! This nice Flounder found it’s way into my net!
The Speck bite never seemed to end today….just when we thought it was fizzling out we’d catch a couple more. I found them on several different points between the Honga River and South Marsh Island. Quite a day indeed!!!!
I’ve got some open dates next week and the week after for trips over to the eastern shore. I’m hoping this great Speck bite holds up for the rest of May. Stripers made a great showing over there also. I expect it will hold up. If you are interested in a trip for Specks and Stripers in the eastern shore Islands give me a call anytime!
WALK-ON TRIP TUESDAY 31 July
Had a great speck trip today with around 30 Specks caught. We should have not left the Speck ball park to search for breaking blues because the blues didn’t show themselves but the Specks sure did. Have an open day Tuesday and with great Speck fishing and a golden weather forecast a walk-on trip is in store.
We’ll launch from Solomons, Beacon Marina at 530am and return around 3pm. Cost is 120 each, I provide all baits and tackle and will fillet fish at the end of the day. If you’ve got a rod/reel you like bring it! The boat is licensed, all you need to bring is whatever you want to eat and drink. My boat is a Judge 27′ Chesapeake that will give us a great ride back and forth across the beautiful Chesapeake Bay. We’ll probably cover 8o miles or more on the trip!
If you are interested in going on the 31 July Walk-On Trip give me a call at 703-395-9955.
COME ON OUT AND GIVE IT A SHOT!
Great Day Speck’in Yesterday on the eastern shore in the islands! Did a walk on trip with 5 guys and had a ball. Everybody caught specks and we also had 9 other species to boot. It was quite the amazing day of fish’in!
Walk-On Trip this Friday, 3 August
Opening up a walk-on trip for this Friday, aug 3. Weather outlook is good….light southerly wind. We’ll launch from Beacon Marina at Solomons at 530am and return around 2pm or so. I’ll fillet fish at the end of the day. We’ll fish for specks over in the islands and maybe run out into the mainstem of the bay looking for blues/Stripers/Reds if the wind permits. We’ll probably run 70-85 miles total for the day and see some beautiful stuff over in the islands. Fishing has been good but always a challenge over there……with a little luck we’ll do well!
The boat is licensed and I’ll provide all baits and tackle for the trip….if you have tackle you like bring it!
If you are interested in going or have any questions give me a call at 703-395-9955.
2012 was an incredible year for Speckled Sea Trout in the shallows of the eastern shore Islands of Chesapeake Bay. From late April through October Speckled Sea Trout were available and abundant when properly attacked! More to come……..
Fishing the weekend of Friday 15 Mar. – Sun 17 Mar. was pretty good! Overall we had quite a good number of decent fish with some fish over 30″. All fish were caught on 1.5 ounce jigheads and 6″ or 10″ BKD’s ( www.basskandydelights.com ). Here’s a few shots from the weekend.
NEW WALK-ON’s……not out on newsletter yet, fishing is great, weather outlook is good!!!!
check my latest newsletter http://www.icontact-archive.com/vPmWQS8mpdRnLJA5MkMWcna1v-SbbYxD?w=3
Walk-On Trips April 2……morning and afternoon trips available!
Tuesday, April 2, 610 AM till 1130- booked solid
Tuesday, April 2, 230 pm till dark-ked solid
All trips will depart from Beacon Marina at solomons, MD at 6:10 am and return around 1130am
Cost is $80 each
All licensing, baits, tackle and heat provided! Boat has a fully enclosed cabin for a comfortable ride out and back!
Fishing has been good! We’ve been catching fish every trip……fishing seems to be picking up!
Some very big fish are being caught…….shot at a true monster!
We’ll be light tackle jigging at Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant
Fishing is catch and release only. We take a pic and get’m back in safe and sound!
If you are interested in going give me a call at 703-395-9955 to reserve your spot!
For more details go to:http://www.icontact-archive.com/vPmWQS8mpdRnLJA5MkMWcna1v-SbbYxD?w=3
Fishing at Calvert Cliffs has been on fire lately! For the last couple of weeks migratory striped bass have taken up residence in the outflow at Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant. With 2 million gallons of water flowing out of 2 4′ in diameter pipes per minute the water is flowing hard and the fish are in there eating up forage fish like mud shad and river herring. Every day is different…..it can go from great to bad overnight and visa versa….you never know. Lately however, the bite has been great early and pretty consistantly good throughout the day. Here’s some shots of some great fish over the last couple of days!
These are just a few of the really big fish caught lately! Having a period of fishing never to forget…….even though we’re catching some nice fish in good numbers the overall numbers of Stripers in the bay and in the ocean migratory stock is way down in my opinion. Hoping I’m wrong but I don’t think I am………I’ll never take for granted a bent stick on my boat because you never know when the next one will come…..lately it’s been bent sticks galore! Let’s hope the pace continues……..
Walk-On Trip Saturday 13 April 2013- 3 pm till dark- 2 spots available
WALK-ON TRIP MONDAY 15 APRIL 2013 – 6am till 230 pm- 4 spots available
Departing from Perryville Yacht Club at 31 River Street, Perryville, MD at 6am
If you are interested in going on this trip give me a call at 703-395-9955
Susqy Flats was a pleasant surprise on my first day…..Friday 5 April. First trip of the day I ran around all over looking and not finding. Finally at about 1030 a.m. I located a nice slug of Stripers on a channel edge and they were hungry. We caught for about 2 hours using BKD’s ( www.basskandydelights.com ) . Started my afternoon trip and it didn’t take long….we found a bunch of fish near a shoreline and had them for the whole trip. Caught well over 100 stripers in 4 hours! Good stuff!
The bite was good for 4 days….day 5 was difficult…only finding 25 fish all day…..day 6 was horrible but I had a great crew…we had fun and the weather was perfect….problem was the fish departed the flats. Every year fish leave the flats and then they show up again. They follow herring up the rivers and they leave the flats to the south to spawn and chase herring around. Every year they come and go and come and go again. Just the way it is at the Susqy Flats.
I’m home right now….did yard work today and I’ll be heading back to the fish camp at the Susqy to start fishing again on Saturday. Hoping some fish found there way back to the flats!
WALK-ON Trip for Saturday afternoon, 13 April 2013- Trip is from 3pm till dark- 2 spots available
this link for details!http://www.icontact-archive.com/vPmWQS8mpdRnLJA5MkMWcqH79A8FRJHP?w=3
Firmly into my second week of the Susquehanna Flats. The first week was great out of the gate but has since gotten really tough. Looks like the fish on the flats moved up the Susqy River on Tuesday to feed on Herring……reports are many Stripers are in the Susqy River getting caught on Shad Baits and Bass Baits. The Herring in the river will spawn and come back out of the river….when that happens the Stripers will be back on the flats. Should happen anytime now! Tomorrow could be a great day!
Had a short notice cancel on a trip for tomorrow…..walk-on trip is going to happen!
For details on tomorrows (15 Apr 13) walk-on trip at the Susqy Flats go to:http://www.icontact-archive.com/vPmWQS8mpdRnLJA5MkMWcuTKR2QWPoC2?w=3
Had a short notice cancel on a trip and threw up a walk-on trip……some brave guys jumped on it in short notice and came from a long distance…..two teachers from Wilkes Barre and Bill from Chambersburg PA. Let them know fishing was tough but they didn’t wince and made the trip. I’m glad they did and so were they! We didn’t catch big numbers but had some really big fish today. So glad the short notice walk-on turned out so good! Thanks Guys and good job on a tough day!
This afternoon was also tough on numbers but another really big fish! Eric Hood and crew joined me for an afternoon gig….the catching wasn’t easy but the fish we caught were nice……Here’s Eric with a true whopper!
Fishing at the flats seems to be picking up but numbers aren’t great and fish aren’t caught without much dedicated casting and moving around to find and eager Striper…..maybe tomorrow will be easier…..I hope! I like Easy darn it!!!!! I’m ready for that!
Here’s a short notice chance to take a heck of a boat ride and maybe catch some fish!!!!
Planning to check the eastern shore tomorrow for Specks….just got back from the flats and don’t have any trips booked tomorrow so I want to run to the eastern shore and really hunt for some Specks, Reds and Stripers…….water temps look right and i havent’ been there yet…..first shot is tomorrow!
If you’d like to go give me a call quickly, first 2 are in! I’m trailering to Buzz’s Marina where I’ll be keeping the boat this year. 7 A.M launch will be fine…..no big rush. You don’t need anything…I’ve got all the baits, tackle….ect…..just bring what you want to eat or drink!
Did I mention the trip is FREE! Come on out!!!!!!! Call me at 703-395-9955 if you’d like to go!
The last few days of fishing was good stuff! Lot’s of light tackle pullage in the shallows of the eastern shore islands! Many Stripers hanging around the islands ready to hit anything you throw at them. When it comes to light tackle catching the islands are great right now. I haven’t seen big numbers of Specks yet but expect it to break loose as the shallow water temps move over 70 degrees. I had 13 Specks 2 days ago all in a ….the specks got aggresive for a short time then fizzled out…….they are starting up nicely!
I don’t have many days available in May…..the days I do have are 21, 27 and 29 May…..Still have several days available in Jun. Fishing should only get better from here……..!!!
I’m glad to see the trophy season produced a good number of fish up and down the bay…..I’m pleasantly surprised with the numbers of Stripers holding in the islands of the eastern shore. Most fish caught are below 18″ but a good number are over and providing lot’s of great light tackle action.
WALK-ON TRIPS- updated on 19 May at 0949
Tuesday 21 May 2013- Booked solid
Thursday 23 May 2013- booked solid
Monday 27 May 2013- booked solid
Currently I’m running out of Buzz’s Marina in Ridge, MD
For Details go to http://www.icontact-archive.com/vPmWQS8mpdRnLJA5MkMWcr4Ok9PNtAuK?w=3
So far this season in the islands I’ve seen plenty of up and downs in the water temperature ball park. Typically by late May we’ll be in the upper 70′s water temperature…..this year we’ve touched on the mid-70′s after a day or two of nice sun and warm temps. However, we’ve had plenty of windy days and chilly nights which knocks the water temperature down and makes the Specks a bit finicky. On the days of sun and warming water temps the Specks have cooperated really nicely. Many great Specks on most of my trips this year into the eastern shore islands.
I’ve only had a very few flat calm beautiful days in May…….I hate that! However, even with clouds and some breeze great Specks have been had by a number of anglers using light tackle and a variety of lures like BKD’s, Gulps, Storm Shads ect……..One thing is for sure on all of my trips this year…..you never know from day to day where they will be. Not 2 days have been all that similar in where fish have been caught. I’ve covered many areas each day, blanked one day in a spot and the next day a few there…….next day nothing there and several in other areas. Moving around has been key for sure!
This young man worked off the bow of the boat with his dad on a nasty windy day in the islands. The bite was tough but he persisted all day…..he was rewarded with some really nice Specks! Great job!!!
The technique working best for me so far has been slow rolling the bottom with some abrupt twitch…..overall slow forward speed but good twitch! Current rips around structure has been the most productive with weed edges coming in second. I think as the water warms and stays above 70 and heads to 80 the bite will really turn on. Last year the month of August was the most prolific Speck month of the year……..looking forward to a great year with the Specks!
Posting from my iPhone……had a call on the way to the boat stating my Tuesday, 28 May 2013 trip had to cancel. I have 2 folks for the trip right now and can fish 3 more.
Here’s the deal:
tuesday’s walk-on is booked solid…..thanks everybody!!!!!!
Launch from BuZzs marina at 6am and fish till 3 or so. We’ll be fishing for specks and stripers on light tackle in the eastern shore islands. Speck fishing has been very good!
Weather report for Tuesday is very good. Light winds!
If u are interested in going give me a call to reserve your spot. It may go quick so call as soon as you know u want to go!
I even got lucky this week!
Mother nature has not made things easy…..every day this week I’ve been seeing winds in the 15 to 20 knot range at some point during the day. Fishing in the islands for Specks is “clear water” dependent. Without clear water catching Speckled Sea Trout can be very difficult if not impossible.
Even with the wind I’ve been able to find some clear water and Specks ready to hit a lure. No easy task though…..definetly covering lots of ground from Bloodsworth down to Smith Island and places in between. Even though I’m running from Buzz’s Marina in Ridge miles are still adding up daily. Running an average of 62 miles a day…..last year I was racking up 79 miles a day average.
Allan got in on some great action by besting his buddies Joe and Mike on a recent Walk-on Trip……good job brother!!!!!
Allan was slinging some gulp baits for Specks this week and did right well landing several. The rod he is using is a beautiful custom rod from Shore Tackle on Kent Island…. www.thetacklecove.com
I’ll be fishing tomorrow with a crew gambling on mother nature to give us a “hair bit” of a break with the wind. I’m getting really tired out there battling difficult conditions…..ready of a break from mother nature!
I’m currently booked solid for June exept for a couple of days in the last week. If the fishing and weather cooperates I’ll offer some 1/2 day Walk-On’s from 330 till dark. If I get any short notice cancels I’ll immediately throw up a walk-on trip notification here and in my newsletter. Take care all and good luck fish’in!
SHORT NOTICE WALK-ON TRIP FOR TOMORROW…..9 JUNE 2013
Walk-On Trip on for Tomorrow…had a short notice cancel……
We’ll launch from Buzzs Marina at 11am and fish till 8 pm or so in the Eastern Shore Islands for Specks……
Great weather forecast and the Specks have been biting!
For Details go to : http://www.icontact-archive.com/vPmWQS8mpdRnLJA5MkMWcsMPp6Fqoq3k?w=3
Well folks……this has been a tough june! Fishing has been very good when mother nature lets me fish all my great areas. When the wind is persistant out of the south/southwest or any direction the islands get stained water all around them making Speck catching very difficult. Over the last several days I’ve had to fish in a couple of areas with grass and away from points. Only decent water I could find was in shallow water with grass. We haven’t gotten great numbers of Specks but some really big ones! Lures of choice have been Bass Kandy Delights and assorted gulp baits. I’m patiently waiting for calm seas and clear water around the islands.
Technique in the grass is tricky. Have to go really light weight on the jig…..1/8 or 1/4 ounce and work it over the grass and try not to snag floating grass……tough gig but some big trout in there! Gulp Swim Mullets and chartruese Glitter BKD’s ( www.basskandydelights.com )
Looks like some decent weather in the future to target specks….I’ll be out everyday possible trying to make it happen in the islands!
WALK-ON TRIP THIS FRIDAY! 21 May 2013- WALK-ON TRIP FOR FRIDAY IS BOOKED SOLID…..thanks folks!!!!!!
Weather outlook is perfect and big Specks are out there!
We’ll be launching from Buzzs Marina and fishing anywhere from Bloodsworth Island down to Smith Island.
Specks will be the target but Red Drum have started to show….have been catching a few and most are keepers!
Cost is $120 each, first 5 callers are in……
We will depart the dock at 6am and return around 3 pm or so…..
I have all the gear but you can bring your own if you wish
Wearing long pants is a smart thing due to biting bugs……..
If you want to go on this trip give me a call at 703-395-9955. If you email or text I might not get it in time……if you call and I don’t answer leave a message with the time called. Thanks!
Monday 8 July- 3 spots available
Tuesday 9 July- booked solid
For info on the walk-on trips and quick fishing report go to: http://www.icontact-archive.com/vPmWQS8mpdRnLJA5MkMWcgI7f3JmMygx?w=3
Short Notice Walk-On Trip for this Saturday! Need 2 anglers to fill out a crew who had a drop out! Weather outlook is great and Speck fishing should be very good. For details go to the following link http://www.icontact-archive.com/vPmWQS8mpdRnLJA5MkMWcvAEMwM97gAe?w=3
Walk-On Trips are up again for this week!
Wednsday 17 July 2013- booked solid
Thursday 18 July 2013- Booked solid
Friday, 26 July 2013- booked solid- booked 5 minutes after I put it up…….I need a bigger boat!
Monday, 29 July 2013- 5 spots available
Thursday, 1 Aug 2013- 3 spots available
We will be fishing for Speckled Sea Trout, Redfish, Stripers and any other critter that bites gulps, BKD’s, Surface plugs ect…..
Cost is $120 each
I provide all baits and tackle….bring your own stuff if you want….
Bring what you need to eat and drink
I’ll have bug stuff on the boat….they haven’t been to bad lately
We will launch from Buzz’s Marina in Ridge, MD at 6am and fish till 3 or so….I’ll fillet fish at the end of the trip
No license required…..boat covers all anglers
I have a great boat for the ride across the bay!
If you would like to go or have questions give me a call at 703-395-9955 to reserve your spot!
Come on out and give it a shot……..!
Go to the link for my latest report and Walk-On Trip details! http://www.icontact-archive.com/vPmWQS8mpdRnLJA5MkMWcgaN8ehaBGGT?w=3
Walk-On Trip for Monday, 5 Aug 2013…….3 spots available as of now…..730pm, 2 august
I had a fairly tough august and September on Specks in traditional waters of the eastern shore Islands. Fishing has been good but Specks have been tough to come by. However, after some persistant searching and a chunk of luck I’ve tripped over a pattern that is producing big Specks! Gotta love a little luck! Stripers have grown lately! Catching some Stripers up to 25″ on the light sticks and some surface activety to boot! All good stuff! I’m catching just about all my big Specks on BKD’s www.basskandydelights.com . Paddle tail plastics and gulps are working great also. Time of day doesn’t seem to matter as much as current and water level. I’ve been locating Stripers on rock, wrecks, stumps and current rips……most are sub-legal but close and some are nice keepers! Specks are irratic in location….i’ve caught them lately in current rips and in open water near grass but not in the grass…….they have been mixed in with schooled Stripers. On some days the water has been gin-clear and I could see dozens of Stripers chasing a hooked fish and sometimes a Speck would be with the Stripers. Persistance definelty has been the key for me…..here are some recent shots of some great fish!
MIke and his first BIG Speck…..congrats!
Several other specks have been caught along with countless Stripers…..the weather is great…the bugs are gone and the fish are thick!!! Good stuff!
CURRENT WALK-ON DATES AND AVAILABILITY
Sunday, 29 Sep 13- BOOKED SOLID
Tuesday, 1 OCT 13-Booked Solid
Friday, 4 Oct 13- Booked Solid
NEW TRIPS COMING UP SOON!
For Information on current walk-on trips go to http://www.icontact-archive.com/vPmWQS8mpdRnLJA5MkMWck9ocD4oRkJZ?w=3
Due to the quick booking of the most recent walk-on trips I’m opening up a few more coming up in the near future! Fishing right now has picked up nicely in the eastern shore islands and the main-stem of the bay is also alive with some pretty consistant activity. Great time to fish!
We will cover a broad area of the eastern shore islands of Smith, South Marsh, Spring, Holland and Bloodsworth Islands. Fishing every nook and cranny that can hold a fish….really fun fishing! We’ll catch mostly Stripers with a chance at a huge Speck and maybe a redfish here or there…..you never know! What I do know is this light tackle game is a good one and lots of fun! Come on out and give it a shot!
Walk-On Trips Open Now!- call now to reserve your spot! 703-395-9955
Sunday, 6 Oct 13- booked solid
Thursday, 10 Oct 13-booked solid
Friday, 11 Oct 13- 2 booked solid
Trips will depart from Buzz’s Marina www.buzzsmarina.com at 630 am and return around 3pm on all trips
Cost is $120 each
I provide all baits and tackle….you can bring your own stuff if you want
Bring what you want to eat or drink
I’ll fillet fish at the end of the trip
We will be light tackle jigg’in/plugging the eastern shore islands of Ches. Bay and the main stem of the bay
Fishing should be great!
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN GOING ON A TRIP GIVE ME A CALL AT 703-395-9955 TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT!
My boat is a judge 27 Chesapeake….great boat to run across Chesapeake Bay to fish the beautiful remote islands of the eastern shore.
WALK-ON TRIP AVAILABLE for TUESDAY, 15 Oct 2013- booked solid
WE will launch from Buzzs Marina in Ridge, MD at 630am and return around 3pm
Cost is $120 each
I provide all baits and tackle….feel free to bring your own stuff if you’d like
Bring what you want to eat and drink
We’ll be light tackle fishing for Stripers, Reds, Blues and Specks from the main-stem of the bay to the eastern shore islands
Weather forecast is very favorable for tuesday!
If you would like to go on this trip give me a call at 703-395-9955 to reserve your spot!
Was going to take this coming weekend off but because of 7 blowouts in a row and a great wind forecast for the weekend I’m FISHING!!!!! Walk-On Trips are lot’s of fun and I love them…..so……let’s do some Walk-On’s!
Fishing right now is looking great! After several days of stiff NE wind I believe the fish are going to be chomp’in! Water temps are in the mid to low 60′s and the extended weather forecast looks favorable to hit the islands and the main stem of the bay. Prior to the several day wind event I was really catching great numbers of Stripers, some Reds and Specks! With water in the 60′s Reds and Specks will be very possible and Stripers will be very good! It’s a great time to get on the water.
Here’s the deal
FRIDAY, 18 October 13- booked solid- This walk-on trip is a special one! I have an auther coming from San Francisco, CA who used to live and fish in MD. He is writing a book pertaining to fishing Chesapeake Bay. He would like to have 2 walk-on’s on the boat to help with the Chesapeake Bay experience. We’ll be taking pics along with video and Joe Cap from Shore Tackle on Kent Island will also be on board. Hurry up and jump on this opportunity…..will be lot’s of fun!
Saturday, 19 October 13-booked solid
Sunday, 20 October 13- 5 booked solid
Cost is 120 each on all trips
We will launch from Buzzs Marina in Ridge, MD ( www.buzzsmarina.com ) at 630 am and return around 3 pm
We will light tackle fish a variety of stuff! Shallow island rips, weeds, rocks and banks for Specks, Reds and Stripers along with going after any breaking fish activity in the main stem of the bay . Great opportunity and have a great day!
I provide all baits/tackle. I provide great rods and reels from Shore Tackle on Kent Island. You bring what you want to eat and drink
If you want to go on any of these trips give me a call at 703-395-9955 to reserve your spot!
Bigger fish should be here in fair numbers anytime! Have seen some better fish in the main stem of the bay recently and I expect it will get better.
Weather forecast for sunday is good! Yay!!!!! It’s been windy lately….makes life tough for a fishing guide. When mother nature allows fishing has been very good!
I have a trip scheduled for sunday…..crew lost a couple guys for the trip and would like to add a couple walk-on’s for the trip. So….I’ve got room for two on Sunday, 27 Oct 2013.
-COST: 120 each
-Launching from Buzzs Marina at 7am but may make it later depending on wind in the morning and tide situation, we will fish 8-9 hours
-We will be fishing the main stem of the bay with light tackle targeting Stripers and possible Blues still in the area
-Bring what you need to eat or drink, I provide all baits and tackle….bring your own stuff if you would like
-My boat has a cabin and it won’t be to cold…….should be good stuff!
-If you would like to go on this trip give me a call at 703-395-9955 to reserve your spot!
Big Stripers are defintely around now! Caught many fish over 30″ today with the biggest at 35″……some great fish on the light sticks! Best fish came on 10 Chartruese Glitter BKD’s and 6″ BKD’s…..chartruese glitter or white were the ticket! www.basskandydelights.com
Along with fish in the main stem of the bay I was surprised the shallow water was active with fish also! Bottom line is fish were under birds, on structure and in the shallows around the islands! The fall is shaping up nicely!
Walk-On’s Available Now! Updated 8:11 PM…..28 Oct 2013
Wednsday, 30 October- Booked Solid
Tuesday, 5 November- Booked Solid
Thursday, 7 November-BOoked solid
Here’s the deal:
Cost: $120 each
Launch from Buzzs Marina ( www.buzzsmarina.com ) at 645am and return around 330pm
I’ll provide all baits and tackle….you bring what you need to eat or drink. Bring your own tackle if you want.
We will light tackle fish main stem of the bay structure and eastern shore Island shallow water structure…..it’s great right now!
If you want to go on any of these trips call me to reserve your spot at 703-395-9955
Well folks, the light tackle big fish bite is on right now! Over the last 10 days I’ve had many fish over 30″ and up to 38″! A real battle on light tackle and the fish are very spunky in mid 50′s degree water. Most of the big fish are coming on structure in 14-20′ of water but lately some big fish are under birds and amongst many smaller fish. BKD’s ( www.basskandydelights.com ) in Chartruese Glitter, purple glitter or white have been working great! 10″ BKD’s are killer on big fish! When they are feeding on menhaden over structure BKD’s can’t be beat!
We still don’t have the numbers of big fish we did for several years but with hard work and persistance there certainly are some nice fish to catch! I don’t think these fish are ocean run fish. Not sure on that but I haven’t seen sea lice on the fish and haven’t seen a fish over 40″ yet. I’ll take fish in the 30′s on light tackle anytime! Between big Stripers we are catching huge numbers of smaller fish. Truly fishing is real good right now! Water temps in the main stem of the bay are still near 60 degrees….we have many more degrees to go before fishing turns down…..we are still on the way up!
I’ve launched lately from Solomons and currently am back at Buzz’s Marina ( www.buzzsmarina.com ). Bird activity has been strong in the Point Lookout region of the bay. Between structure and birds plenty of activity is available!
WALK-ON Trips Available Now! Very Good Extended Weather Forecast!
Tuesday, 12 Nov 2013- 5 spots available
Wednsday, 13 Nov 2013- 5 spots available
Here’s the Deal:
Cost: $120 each-no hidden cost
Launch from Buzzs Marina or Solomons depending on fish and wind forecast…..probably Buzz’s Marina
We will light tackle jig/plug for Stripers over structure and under birds….some big fish are available!!!
I provide all baits and tackle….you can bring your own stuff if you want
Island fishing could happen depending on water temperature….as of right now Stripers are still shallow!
I’ll fillet all fish at the end of the day
If you are interested in going call me at 703-395-9955 to reserve your spot
My boat has a cabin to keep us comfortable on chilly days…..if it’s going to be cold the heater will be ready to go!
Plenty of big fish out there and tons of fish to catch…….come on out and give it a shot!
Fall fishing is on right now out of Buzz’s Marina and the CBBT is right around the corner! Lot’s of open dates and several walk-on dates available now! For my full CBBT preview and available walk-on trips go to: http://www.icontact-archive.com/vPmWQS8mpdRnLJA5MkMWcnOkzRNH3Op6?w=3
Current Walk-On Openings Available As of 12 Nov 2013 at 150 pm
Monday, 18 November 2013 -Booked solid
Wednsday, 20 November 2013- 2 spots available
Thursday, 21 November 2013 - Booked solid
Friday, 22 November 2013 -Booked solid
Monday, 25 November 2013 - booked solid
CBBT Walk-On’s Available – As of 12 Nov 2013 at 149pm
Sunday, 1 Dec 2013- 2 spots available
Monday, 2 Dec 2013- booked solid
Tuesday, 3 Dec 2013- 3 spots available
For details on Walk-on trips and latest “Walleye” Notes Newsletter go to: http://www.icontact-archive.com/vPmWQS8mpdRnLJA5MkMWcnOkzRNH3Op6?w=3
Have a crew who lost a couple guys for Wednsday’s trip…..weather outlook is great, light wind! Nice Stripers are definetely in the area and available on light tackle. Great opportunity to catch a really big Striper on light tackle! Come on out and give it a shot!
Here’s the Deal: updated 18 Nov 2013 at 6am
Cost: 120 each- no hidden cost
Launch from Buzzs Marina at 630am return around 3 pm
We will light tackle jig main-stem structure and fish bird activity for large stripers
I provide all high quality baits and tackle, bring your own stuff if you want
Boat has full enclosure and heat for a comfortable day when it’s chilly!
I’ll fillet all fish at the end of the day
Bring what you need to eat or drink and dress accordingly
Call with questions or to reserve your spot! 703-395-9955
CBBT Walk-On’s Available – As of 18 Nov 2013 at 6am
Sunday, 1 Dec 2013- booked solid
Monday, 2 Dec 2013- booked solid
Tuesday, 3 Dec 2013- booked solid
Very pleasant surprise today at the CBBT (Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel), VA Beach/Norfolk, VA. We launched in chilly temps but calm seas this morning and were greeted with some cool stuff! Plenty of willing stripers up to 30″ and some nice Red Drum up to 30″ Benji…..a 10 year old fishing with his dad caught a 30″ Striper and Red today…….don’t know if I’ve had that before in one day with anybody! Really cool!!!! All fish were caught on 6″ BKD’s www.basskandydelights.com loaded on a 1 ounce jighead. Fish were tight to the bottom and hungry…..sometimes the fish would come off the bottom but mostly hits right on the rocks at the bottom.
Short Notice Opening for 2 on Sunday, 1 Dec 2013
Had a short notice cancel on a couple of spots at the CBBT. Weather outlook is great….light wind and overcast…..perfect conditions!
Here’s the deal:
Cost: $150 each
Launch from Marina Shores Marina, VA Beach at 0630, google marina shores marina for directions…..
We’ll fish the Bridge pilings, islands and any working birds
All fishing will be light tackle jigging or plugging…depends on what is going on with the fish
I provide all baits and tackle…bring your own stuff if you’d like
Dress accordingly for the weather
My boat has a full cabing and heat…makes cold weather very doable!
I’ll fillet fish at the end of the day
If you’d like to go or have questions give me a call at 703-395-9955
Fishing at the CBBT is starting out great! Nice Stripers and Reds available right now on light tackle!
Walk-On Trips are now available
Wednsday, 4 Dec 2013- booked solid
Saturday, 7 Dec 2013 -booked solid
For Walk-On Trip details and quick report go to: http://www.icontact-archive.com/vPmWQS8mpdRnLJA5MkMWckJlCXnATfXz?w=3
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HERE’s THE HOUSE…..Beautiful Waterfront at Incredible Price!
Well, it’s time to give it a shot with folks on the boat. Before the latest storm I marked a good number of fish at the Rips and did catch a few in a pretty short time. Since the storm it’s been windy and not fishable at the plant. Tomorrow (Saturday, 8 March) afternoon wind forecast is 5 knots out of the west. I’m going to depart at 1pm with as few as zero fisherman! LOL……in other words I’m going alone to check if necessary! Sunday (March 9) I plan to launch at 7am. I’ve got 3 spots available.
If you want to get out and give it a shot give me a call at 703-395-9955…I will go regardless of how many folks I get or don’t get!
If you go Saturday or Sunday I will give you one walk-on trip for half-price in the future!
COST: $90 each
Saturday, 8 March 2014- booked solid UPDATED AT 730pm – 7 Mar 14
Sunday, 9 March 2014- booked solid
Launch from Solomons Island Bridge boat ramp at 1pm on Saturday, return around 530pm and 7am on Sunday returning around noon
All tackle provided, licensing provided….just dress for the weather and heat will be in the cabin!
Come on out and give it a shot!
IF interested or you have questions give me a call at 703-395-9955…thanks!
Short Notice Walk-On This Saturday, 15 March 2014
Saturday looks like a good weather day and great wind forecast for fishing the power plant. The power plant went back up to both reactors working full steam ahead which means we’ll have a better water temperature contrast than the last month. Great chance it may be happening!
Here’s the deal: 4 spots available
We’ll depart from the Solomons Island Bridge at 0645 saturday morning and return around 1130am.
Cost is $90 each….I provide all baits, tackle and heat in the cabin!
We will be jigging BKD’s at the Power Plant for hopeful huge Stripers!
No license required….boat is licensed and ready to rumble!
If you are interested in going give me a call at 703-395-9955 to reserve your spot!
Walk-On Trips are now available!
Wednsday afternoon-2pm-630 or so…..March 19, 2014- 5 spots available
Thursday-645am-1130pm-March 20, 2014- 5 spots available
Friday-645am-1130am- March 20, 2014- 5 spots available
click the link for details: http://www.icontact-archive.com/vPmWQS8mpdRnLJA5MkMWcsMeKzWkaSPZ?w=3
WALK-ON TRIP AVAILABILITY
THURSDAY, 27 Mar 2014, 630am to 1130am- 2 spots available
SUNDAY, 30 Mar 2014, SUNDAY IS BOOKED SOLID…..sorry! Will be putting up more walk-on trips soon……
Details for walk-on trips, scroll down
Today is a day I’ve been waiting for all winter. The arrival of a great bunch of nice Stripers! Typically we have a good number of Stripers all winter in the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant outflow. This winter has had hardly any for most of the winter, really bad catching! The Bay is beginning to warm and fish are moving around now and some fish moved into the flow. Don’t know if it will last but it sure was good today!
Incredible father/son duo of Mike and Noah…..these guys can flat out catch fish! Mike brought out some cool jig heads that are going on the market at the Solomons Fishing Fair next weekend! I really like the jig heads! Spinner blade on the jig head really creates some great visual and vibration creating a great combination with a 6″ or 10″ BKD www.basskandydelights.com
The spinner Jig-Head really drew great attention today! The plastic in the picture is down a bit…….when fishing, the proper position of the plastic on the jig head is just about up to the spinner blade.
A sight to behold……4 rods bent using light tackle and the fish are really nice…..mostly 27-32″…..many fish today over 38″ and up to 42″!
6″ and 10″ Bass Kandy Delights were the ticket today! Chartruese Glitter and Purple Glitter were it!
Let’s hope things keep on truck’in! I’m starting at the Susquehanna Flats on April 12. From now until then I’ll be fishing as much as possible at the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant. I do have several days available to book between now and then and will be opening up Walk-On trips as well……let’s go fish’in!!!!!!
Walk-On Trips Available Now!
Fish have moved in and the bad weather is hopefully moving out! A good Combo!!!!
Thursday, 27 March 2014- 630am-1130am, 5 spots available-weather report is south 5-10 knots as of now…..great wind forecast!
Sunday, 30 March 2014, 2 trips! 630am-1130am, booked solid, and 1pm-6pm-booked solid
-Cost is $90 each
-I provide all licensing, baits and tackle…..cabin is heated….great way to learn how to jig and meet some great folks
-We will launch from the Boat Ramp at the Solomons Island Bridge
-Bring what you want to eat or drink
-Dress for the occasion…you can always take some off
If you would like to go on one of these trips or have a question give me a call at 703-395-9955
The Thursday spot is booked as of 915pm……..will be opening more walk-on dates soon!
Wind is listed at east at 5 knots…..really good! Jump on this if you can pull it off…..just $90 bucks to jump on the boat….all licensing and equipment provided! Come on out and give it a shot…..
Power Plant fishing right now is about what I expected. Could be better….could certainly be worse! Over the last week I’ve had several fish up to 40″ with a couple over 40″. Many fish in the 28″-32″ range. On several days the daylight bite has been good but quick to retreat on several days. My afternoon trips have produce some real nice fish in decent numbers on most of my trips in the last week. I’m not seeing huge numbers like the first 6 days or so when the bite was really on in late march. On two mornings their were 20 boats or so fishing the power plant. The bite wasn’t good those days…..folks played well together but the fish just weren’t there in numbers or size at all. Fish seem to move in and out quite regularly giving everybody a shot at some nice fish on most trips. Lure of choice for me all the time is either a 6″ or 10″ BKD in chartruese glitter, purple glitter or white! If some big fish are in there they can’t say no to a 10″er! Here are a few more shots from recent trips!
Bruces son couldn’t be out-done!
Many nice fish over the last few days. I expect this bite will maintain……great at times…difficult at times. Gotta get out there and give it a shot to catch one!
WALK-ON Spots Monday Morning, 7 April
Need 2 for a Monday Morning Walk-On trip, 6 am launch, return around 1130
We will launch from the boat ramp at the Solomons Island Bridge
Cost is $90 each
I provide all baits and tackle, bring your own if you want! License covered by the boat!
If interested in going or have questions give me a call at 703-395-9955……
Recieved a call from a concerned mom about her three boys’, one being her husband, needing to go fishing bad. They had a VA Beach trip scheduled but was canceled…..somehow they found me! We were lucky enough to have fair seas and overcast skies and a pretty good “bucket” of fish under the boat! None of the family of four had ever fished for or caught a Striper……family trips are great and this one was awesome! I’m never overly thrilled with teenage boys or early 20′s……. cause I’m jealous! The two boys on this trip were certainly fine young men and ready to rumble with Chesapeake Bay Rockfish, rumble they did! From beginnging to end they were getting bent sticks with some real nice fish in the mix. Dad and the two boys caught on quick….mom was wildly enthusiastc but a bit “inexperienced”. LoL! The boys were on right away and dad was quick to follow…..couldn’t be out-done by the boys, especially with his bride wittnessing the event! I think she was rooting for the boys…….
Throughout our fishing trip we caught a good number of Stripers…..some big, some small! ”Mom” caught on to the technique soon enough and was hooking up! John, the oldest son at 23 just graduated from college and Thomas, a newly designated “adult” at 18 is on his last spring break from High School. John and Thomas were going nose to nose on fish…..both catching plenty and some good ones. John hooked a REALLY big fish and fought it for a few minutes. The fish was just shy of the boat with the leader almost to me when it popped off. My “expert” eye called it 40″ or more……but……Thomas was happy it was gone! LoL. It wasn’t long and Thomas was hooked up with a good one! He fought it perfectly and had it to the boat in short order…….it was the biggest fish of the day!
Dad happened to hook up with a good one at the same time as John……nothing like a good father/son pic with nice fish!
John caught several really nice fish with several close to 30″ and over….unfortunately for him his baby brother was the man today!
I’m very fortunate to be in the business of taking folks fishing and hopefully providing a great experience to be remembered for a long time. On this trip the family JACKPOT was hit. A wonderful family lucked into a good situation on our Chesapeake Bay and I was there to help them along the way! Mom, Dad, John and Thomas did a great job learning quickly and making my job easy. Truly it’s days like this one that keep me coming back for more! Thanks Pilarski’s! It was truly my pleasure!!!! Hope to meet again!
SHORT NOTICE WALK-ON TRIP- group of three had to cancel!
Tuesday Morning, 8 April, 3 spots available
Launch from Solomons Island Boat Ramp at 6am, return around 1130am
I provide all tackle, baits and license. Heat is free!
If you are interested in going or have questions give me a call at 703-395-9955
I think the bite will be very good!!!! West wind is best!!! Even though it will be windy….it won’t be rough….wind coming from shore we are fishing near. Good Stuff!!!!
The bite has been pretty good lately. The worse the weather the better the fishing! We’ve had some breeze and rain….makes for good fishing! Last week on two seperate nice sunny days the bite was not on. Everyday is different…..you never know with the bite this time of year. I’ll take it when I can get it and hope the bite stays consistantly good for a bit.
Due to the current condition of the Susquehanna Flats I am not going to start on Saturday there. Going to stay home and fish out of Solomons. Hoping the water condition in the Susqy settles down and the flats clears up. Until then I’ll be out of Solomons.
Here’s a few recent shots…..
WALK-ON THIS FRIDAY, 11 April
With light winds and a good bite going on Friday could be great!
Cost: $90 each
Launch from the Solomons Island boat ramp under the big bridge
Time: 6am launch, return around 1130am
I provide all baits/tackle and heat if needed
No license required, my boat is licensed and covers you!
Bring what you want to eat or drink
Dress for the occasion….can always take it off
If you are interested in going or have a question give me a call at 703-395-9955
WALK-ON TRIP FOR FRIDAY MORNING, 11 APR 2014
3 spots available as of 922 pm, 9 april
Not moving to the flats for this Saturday so I will be fishing Friday morning out of Solomons. Have a couple folks already to give it a shot. Have 3 walk-on spots available
Cost: $90 each
Launch from Solomons Island Bridge Boat ramp at 545am return around 11 am
I provide all baits, tackle and licensing….dress accordingly! I have heat if it’s chilly!
We’ll be light tackle jigging for big Rockfish! It’s been really good lately!
weather outlook is great! Should be great friday morning!
If you are interested in going give me a call at 703-395-9955….thanks!
Arrived up at the flats wednsday afternoon…splashed the boat, got it in the slip and looked at the water. Water at the flats was muddy and not a great opportunity to catch in it. Canceled my Thursday and Friday trips. Have a crew Saturday morning who wants to go regardless and give it a shot…..I’ll be out in the morning working hard looking for the best conditions and some hopeful fish! I have a father daughter crew in the afternoon who really wants to go….water is plenty warm……lot’s of fish up the river getting caught on bait and lures (by accident). I think things could get good…..just not sure.
As of now I’ve got some walk-on spots open for tomorrow afternoon (3) and Monday afternoon, (3)
WALK-ON’s Available right now
UPDATED Easter Sunday at 1100am……
Monday, 21 April- 3pm-dark, 2 spots available
Tuesday, 22 April-3pm-dark, 2 spots available
Full-Day walk-on, 600am-230pm- $120 each
Half-Day walk-on, 3pm-darkish – $ 100 each
(I take cash, check or Visa Card!)
- I provide all baits/tackle/licensing and heat if needed! Bring
your own stuff if you wish….gives mine a day off!
- We will launch from the Perryville Yacht Club in Perryville, MD
- All fishing will be light tackle, throwing jigs, crankbaits,
surface plugs, paddle tails, ect…..every day is different!
- If you are interested in a trip give me a call at 703-395-9955
with questions or to book your spot!
Currently still have available space to light tackle fish all over Chesapeake Bay out of Solomons, MD. I will be fishing main-stem structure for big fish and the eastern shore Islands for numbers and some nice fish and looking for the first Speck of the year! The light tackle catching should be spectacular! We will cover about 75 miles….will be beautiful running the bay! I’ve been over there twice lately and many fish are ready and willing to eat BKD’s ect…….really good stuff! Great chance to catch some over 28″ in the main stem of the bay. I’ve currently got space available for the weekend! Last year we got the first Speck on May 3! If you catch the first speck on my boat this year you win a Chesapeake “LTJ” Slam T-shirt and a free future Walk-On Trip! Come on out and give catching on light tackle a shot! It’s a blast!
Here’s what I’ve got available!
Saturday, 3 May-Booked solid
Sunday, 4 May- Booked Solid
Wednsday, 7 May- booked solid
Trips will depart from Solomons Island Bridge at the boat ramp. I may be moving my boat to Buzzs Marina very soon! Will let everybody know of departure location the day before the trip.
COST- $120 each
I provide all baits, tackle, licensing and heat if it’s chilly…..think it will be warm coming up though!
We will depart the Ramp at 545am and return around 3pm.
We will use light tackle to target and catch Stripers and a hopeful Speck! Water temps are right where they need to be in the shallow water for Specks to start biting! Lot’s of Stripers are all over the shallow water structure areas of the eastern shore! Good Stuff!
If you are interested in going on any of these trips or have a question call me at 703-395-9955
Catch the first Speck of the year!
Win a “Slam” T-shirt and a free future walk-on! Come on out and give it a shot!
Fished Friday, Saturday and Sunday……Friday and saturday we had plenty of Stripers and even some keepers on Friday on light tackle. A whole lot of big breeding fish were caught this weekend in the MSSA Tourny. Fishing was good out there for the trollers. I stayed away from all that and fished the islands of the Eastern Shore….although we didn’t catch any big Stripers over there we did catch many on light tackle. Lot’s of fun and there is no prettier place to fish! I have yet to catch a speck yet this year. Last year the first Speck was on May 3. Didn’t happen yet this year……with the winter as cold as it was and long winded I believe they are just late. Hoping they show soon!
I don’t have any walk-on’s scheduled currently but will look at my schedule in a couple days and put a couple up for grabs…..with some nice warm weather and calm seas the eastern shore Island should only get better! Take care all and good luck fish’in!
Had a friend Simon give me a call hoping to get a trip for him and his out of country visitors. Both visitors couldn’t speak a lick of english so Simon was the interpreter. Long story short; we caught alot of fish! Fishing was great! Weather was great! All went really well and some fish went home with the anglers for a fish fry!
Have yet to land the first Speck…..water temps are just hovering around the low end of when the start to bite. With warm temps scheduled for thursday and Friday the first Speck should be coming soon!
Will be putting up some new walk-on trips soon!
Well folks……I’ve been a bit lazy on the updating front here! Guilty as charged! I’ve been fishing quite a bit….not the kind of fishing I love though. I fished hard late april thru mid-june in the eastern shore islands for Specks, Stripers, Reds and whatever else might bite. Striper fishing was good until the water temp in the shallows stroked 80. At that temp I’ve experienced a tough bite on Stripers over 18″. The speckled sea trout bite just never seemed to happen. From May-mid June I only caught 15 Specks with only a few of them keepers. So……difficult at best on Specks. Red Drum never made a showing. Not a shocker to me. The Reds we had so many of 2 years ago and the decent numbers last year of 22-27″ Reds are not “pups” this year. They’ve changed what they do and where they go. So…….we just don’t have Reds in any numbers. There is a chance for a late summer/ fall showing of Reds.
What I’ve been doing since mid-june is fishing out of Deale and Solomons for mainly stripers. The main slug of Stripers in Chesapeake Bay is from Poplar Island and north. Certainly Stripers can be caught in other places but numbers and any size is hard to come by other than Poplar Island/Eastern Bay/Bay Bridge and a bit north. The game I like on the bay is remote running of shallow structure hunting for skinny water species. A good chance exists that bite is picking up a bit. Recently I did 2 days in a row of guiding out of Buzz’s Marina in Ridge, MD near Point Lookout. I had some great crews and we really covered some ground hunting down any gamefish that would bite. We found quite a bit! Had Stripers up to 22″ in shallow grass beds, Bluefish in the main stem of the bay up to 23″ and several Speckled Sea trout up to 23″. Overall some pretty good stuff and exciting fishing.
My “Official Stance On Commercial Fishing For Stripers/Rockfish”
Shortly after my military retirement in 2004 I aquired a license to commercially fish for Stripers. My technique for this commercial catch is “hook and line”. This means I’m catching stripers on rod and reel and I can keep up to the amount the state says that I can keep on a particular day/week. Back in 2005 Stripers in the bay out of Solomons Island was quite plentiful…..no obvious issues yet with Rockfish numbers. My intention with this license was to augment my guiding…..at that point I didn’t know how many trips I’d be getting and thought obtaining this license would be a good way to help me “make it” fishing without getting a “real” job. From 2005-2010 I did commercial fish about 2 days a week and guided 3-5 trips a week from June-November. So….between commercial fishing and guiding I was able to make ends meet. Without getting into details……no human in Maryland will ever get rich from being a fishing guide and a part time hook and line fisherman. However, when you love being on the water and catching fish on light tackle…..this living is a dream come true. From 2011-2013 I barely hook and line fished at all because the majority of Stripers in Chesapeake Bay are far north in the Summer months from where I was fishing. I was lucky enough to be fishing for Speckled Sea trout and Reds along with some stripers in the Islands of the eastern shore. I had virtually no commercial catch for 3 years. However, because of the commercial fishing cheating going on the state changed to an Individual quota based on a license holders catch records up to 2010. Because I commercial fished a fair amount from 2005-2010 I was given a quota of 6000 pounds give or take a little.
Jump to this year……….Speckled Sea Trout had a major kill off over the winter in North Carolina and Virginia. The Specks we see in our waters starting in late April/may and stay through Sep/October aren’t here because they died! So……instead of taking people fishing for fish that aren’t there I’m fishing up north where all the Stripers seem to be. I don’t particurlarly care for guiding on the Stripers up north because they are in a crowd of folks all live-lining and that just isn’t my guiding style………So…..in leu of guiding up there I’m using my commercial license and doing some hook and line fishing in the crowd of charter boats/private boats and other hook and line fisherman. I”d rather guide down south if there is anything to catch…….
Recently I took a public fishing forum “hit” because I was “commercial” fishing and I publicly state I don’t want commercial fishing. I spend many days on the water per year….have been for over 10 years full time now. I know based on my time on the water the population of Stripers is in trouble. So…..some folks out there are confused as to why I would promote getting rid of commercial fishing but still commercial fish myself. The little issue on the public forum recieved around 16,000 views in a couple days…..most folks I think understand what and why I do what I do…….some don’t. So….I’ll try to explain it here.
I purchased this commercial license with Striped Bass Allocation in 2005 for a significant amount of money. I purchased it with supporting my family in mind and backing up my guide business…..it has served the purpose to this point. Some folks don’t understand why I just don’t quit using it if I don’t want commercial fishing and if I think the Stripers are in trouble. Here is the deal…….If I don’t catch my quota (6000) pounds in 2014 I will lose what I don’t catch in future years and what I don’t catch will get turned over to other licenses for other commercial techniques. My (6000) pounds will get caught by someone else. I would jump up and cheer tomorrow if the state announced a commercial shut-down of Stripers…..I would rather guide than commercial fish. I think with a price on the head of a striper it is going to get over exploited and cheating will happen and being the state is short on funds to enforce laws effectively commercial fishing needs to be altered or abolished big time. I am tired of what I think is over exploitation of the resource the “system” allows. Political roots are way deep in commercial exploitation of Striped Bass…very difficult to change or end. I will stand up and cheer if and hopefully when it ends…..however, I’m not giving my quota up to another commercial entity, period! I’ll happily give it to the state and it’s licensed recreational anglers when they take all others……..hope you understand!
Take care and good luck fish’in!!!!!
Currently I’ve got some walk-on spots available….check’m out!
Walk-On Trips available Now!
WALK-ON TRIP DATES AVAILABLE
Saturday, 19 July 2014- 2 spots available as of july 17 at 630pm
-Cost is $120 Each
-Launching from Buzz’s Marina at 6am-returning at 3pm
-We will light tackle jig for Specks/Stripers/ maybe a red or even a cobia….also croakers
will nail gulps in most places we fish
- I provide all licensing, bait’s, tackle….bring whatever you want of your own
-Long pants and long sleeves recommended in case bugs are bad in the islands
- we will cover endless beautiful water……..typically covering all that water will make it
happen! Some big Specks are in the area!
- If you have any questions or want to reserve a spot give me a call at 703-395-9955
TAKE CARE ALL AND Good luck fish’in!
All Spots booked up!
Have had some luck recently away from the crowd and slinging poppers and jigs for some real nice Stripers and Blues. Live lining is still going on but not my preferred thing…….plenty of fish seem to be from the gum thickets and north. Plenty of fish being jigged up and some breaking fish north of the bay bridge. Decided to open up a short notice walk-on for Sunday afternoon, 3 Aug starting at noon. Wind looks to be light with overcast sky………could be some great stuff! Come on out and give it a shot!
ALL SPOTS BOOKED UP…..will be opening up more dates soon!
Here’s the deal:
-Cost: 120 each
-Launch from Paradise Marina, Deale, MD at 12pm and return around 8pm
-I provide all baits and tackle…….bring your own stuff If you’d like
-Boat is licensed so you don’t need a fishing license
-We will be looking for active fish to surface plug and jig……confidence is high!
-I will fillet fish at the end of the trip
-if you would like to go give me a call at 703-395-9955 to reserve your spot or spots!
Quick Report and Short Notice Walk On Spots!
August 8, 2014
Have not been fishng the islands lately. Still fishing out of Solomons or Deale depending on what folks want to do. Out of Solomons I’ve been getting into good numbers of breaking fish with some keeper Stripers in the mix with lot’s of 2-3 pound Blues. Occasional larger stripers on surface plugs early and on shallow structure. Spanish mack’s are showing up and are catchable on light tackle slinging 1 ounce Lil’ Bunker Spoons and work’in them fast! Out of Deale live lining is in the mix along with lot’s of breaking fish also. A bit south of Deale I’ve had keeper stripers and huge (for the bay) Blues. Surface plugs and BKD’s have been catching everything. A good number of Stripers can be found in eastern bay….gum thickets and the bay bridge region jigging and live lining. It’s all good!
Short Notice Walk-On Trip and some more!
Have a crew of two who would like a couple more to fill out their crew out Solomons on this Sunday morning. Fishing out of solomons on light tackle has been fast action lately with a shot at a Spanish Mac along with lot’s of Blues and Stripers. Another walk-on trip is thursday, 14 August…a two man crew looking to fill out a charter. Friday may be an island trip!
Here’s the list of upcoming walk-on trips and spots available!
Cost for all Walk-On trips is $120 each.
Sunday, 10 August-booked sold-this trip will depart from Solomons boat ramp under the bridge at 6am. We’ll be light tackle fishing for Stripers, Blues and hopeful Spanish Macs
Thursday, 14 August- booked solid- this trip will depart from Paradise Marina in Deale, MD at 6 am and return 2pm
Friday, 15 August- 3 spots available- this trip will depart from Solomons and will go from 6am till around 3pm. Thinking about running the main stem of the bay south and digging into the islands a bit.
-I provide all baits and tackle….feel free to bring your own stuff!
-license is provided on all trips
-I will fillet fish at the end of the day!
-we’ll be running in my Judge 27 Chesapeake….nice ride where ever
-If you have questions or want to book a spot give me a call at
A walk-on trip is a great way to meet new fishing friends….learn from others and have a great shot at some nice fish!
Come on out and give it a shot!
Did several trips this week and one thing was common on all trips……we caught lot’s of fish every day. Launching from Solomons I averaged about 70 miles a day. Have located good schools of stripers, Blues and Macs in several locations from Solomons to Sharps Island on both the East and western side. Every day seems a bit different than the next. Most Stripers in schools have been 16″ or a bit bigger. A few keepers are caught each day. The best stripers I have found have been on shallow structure early. However, on a couple days recently I had massive schools crashing bait in 4′ of water with a better grade of Stripers. This particular day I was escaping a NE wind hoping to find something in protected water. Jackpot was hit……massive breakers in nasty NE wind but in a great protected area. Flat water, Stripers, blues and even a couple of macs in 4-7′ of water……cool! Don’t overlook near shore water! I got lucky on this day but am definetly paying attention to near shore waters more now. Yesterday I was running to a eastern shore locaton so a lovely lady angler could partake in a nice bathroom. While running in skinny water I noticed a swirl in real skinny water at high noon with a bright sun…..I slowed down and looked and I’ll be dog-goned if there weren’t a nice school of stripers chasing bait in 1.5-3′ of water. We stopped and popped several fish with a couple of keepers in the mix then continued on to the indoor bathroom.
When the wind gods don’t blow you can bet on a great day on the water as long as you are willing to burn some gas. I have had decent schools near Solomons but more often than not some good runs are needed to locate active fish. My binoculars have been a crucial piece of equipment on all my trips lately.
WALK-ON TRIPS AVAILABLE NOW!
With light tackle fishing really good and some open dates this coming week I thought some Walk-On trips should go up! Game plan will be shallow structure early for big stripers……after that running to the breakers and fishing main stem structures all on the jig/plug……good stuff! Come on out and give it a shot!
Here’s the dates: MORE WALK-ON’s next week! Posting them soon……
Tuesday, 26 aug- 6 am-230 pm – booked solid
Wednsday, 27 aug- 6 am-230 pm -booked solid
Friday, 29 aug- 6 am-230pm- booked solid
Here’s the deal:
Cost: $120 each
All baits and tackle provided…you can bring your own if you want
Launch from Solomons Island boat ramp under the bridge at 6am
I will fillet all the fish at the end of the day
You don’t need a license…boat is licensed to charter, you don’t need a license.
If you are interested in one of these trips give me a call at 703-395-9955 to reserve your spot
Great stuff going on out on Chesapeake Bay right now! Massive schools of feeding fish making wild craziness on the surface for hours today! Only negative thing is keeper stripers were hard to get out of the breaking fish…..countless 17″ers. Where are the millions of 2011 19″ers? We did however find some darn big stripers on structure today! Had big mikes 32″er on a surface plug at sunrise and then caught several nice fish on some other structures on the bay. Good stuff for sure! We did pick up some Spanish Mackeral today and countless Bluefish. A great day to say the least!
Millions of silversides were being demolished by thousands of 15-17″ Stripers, Blues and Spanish Mackeral today in water from 7′-25′ of water……quite a spectacular scene for sure!
WALK-ON TRIP THIS SATURDAY, 30 August 14
Saturday, 30 August, booked solid
Monday, 1 September, booked solid
Wednsday, 3 September, booked solid
Had a short notice cancel on this saturday’s (30 Aug 14) fishing
trip…….with a great weather report and an even better bite going on I though a walk-on trip is in order!
Here’s the deal:
Cost: $120 each
5 spots available
Launch from the Solomons Island Boat ramp under the bridge at 6am and return around 3pm
We will light tackle fish for Stripers, Blues and Spanish Mackeral
I provide all baits/tackle and licensing…bring your own gear if you want!
We will run all over chesapeake bay hunting for the best bite available! Lots of fun!
I will fillet all fish at the end of the trip! no charge!
If you are interested in going on this trip give me a call at 703-395-9955 to reserve your spot!
All my walk-on trips this summer have been very successful!!!! Learn some if you want…..or just catch lot’s of fish and meet some new fishing friends!
Rain and wind Monday and Tuesday lowered the Island water temp down to the mid 70′s….last two days heat brought the temp back up a bit but not too much! Water today was around 77-78 degrees and the sun was shining but that didn’t stop some nice Stripers hitting hard in 5′ and less of water. Right now Stripers are moving in to some shallow water haunts but not in huge numbers. Certainly not an easy game right now but really rewarding! Love hunting hard then scoring on keeper Rockfish in shallow, remote waters. Makes for a great fishing trip! Today and yesterday I fished the islands really hard in the wind…..doing great on decent numbers and some really nice Stripers. The scenery alone is worth the price of admission…..catching is a bonus…..well…you know me…..we HAVE to catch!!!!!!!
Fishing the remote “nooks and crannies” requires stealth and some stratagy. Some areas I’m running into are no wider than my boat is long……..some very shallow water but enough….my boat only needs 14″ to float. My power poles have played a key role in success while fishing points, rock piles, wrecks, weed beds and all the “nooks and crannies”. Couldn’t have the success I’m having without them!
Baits of choice have been BKD’s ( www.basskandydelights.com ) loaded on jigheads made by Hardhead Custom Baits ( www.hardheadcustombaits.com ) in 1/4 ounce and 3/8 ounce. The water was so high yesterday and today I didn’t need to use weedless jigs in the grass beds. The best technique was working quickly over the grass. Fish were bombing baits above the grass. You could usually see the strike near the surface. Great stuff and hopefully much more to come!
Hello Folks! I’ve been really working hard lately! Lot’s of trips in the islands with LOTS of great bent sticks in beautiful remote waters! Water temps today reached as low as 67.5 degrees….prime temp. for a great bite in shallow water. I’ve had Stripers in every type of shallow water lately! Stumps, grass, current rips, sod banks, rocks and wrecks……..all these places have had fish over the last several days! Really good stuff! They aren’t everywhere all the time. I’ve had to work hard to locate fish at times but once located I’ve had great fishing! The one thing loud and clear is CLEAR water is needed for good consistant success!
I’ve been having a ball fishing in little nooks and crannies all over the islands. Even in wind I’ve been getting into very fishy water. I’m always looking for clear water on the windy days. I don’t even bother fishing the wind blown shorelines…..always check out interior coves, guts and downwind sides of islands on the windy days. The days where the wind gods ease their wrath I am all over the place loving life! Most points with current are holding fish if they haven’t been spooked off.
Even though the Specks and Reds are just about no-shows in Maryland waters right now…….Stripers are filling the void. Light tackle fishing for these fiesty scrappers is a blast. With the breath taking beautiful environment and heart pounding light tackle runs……our Maryland skinny water Rockfish are providing lot’s of excitement!
This September has really been lot’s of fun! All trips have been great successes! As the water temps drop fishing will become more consistant in the islands and I believe we’ll be seeing some bigger fish…..it’s all good!!!
WALK-ON TRIPS OPEN NOW!
A great bite is on right now! If you’d like to fish the islands, meet some new folks and have a great time, right now is the time to get out on a walk-on trip! Here’s what is coming up!
Sunday, 28 Sep- 2 Spots Available
Thursday, 2 Oct- booked solid
Friday, 10 Oct- booked solid
Right now I’m in Beacon Marina at Solomons, MD. 255 Lore Rd, Solomons, MD
Cost: $120 each
We will launch at 6am and return around 3pm. Launch time could change due to tide/weather
I provide all baits/tackle/license. Bring what you want to eat and drink…..bring any of your own gear if you’d like!
I will fillet fish at the end of the trip
If you are interested in going on any of these trips give me a call at 703-395-9955 to reserve your spot!
Speck fishing this year is way off in numbers compared to the prior three years. At this point last year I was up to 747 Specks caught. This year I’m up to 53……that’s it! The winter kill in VA an NC seems to have really knocked off a huge number of Specks which may have been in Maryland waters this summer. Well……with that said the fishing is still really good! While hoping for a speck or two the stripers are really running wild in the shallow water haunts of the eastern shore islands. Great bent sticks are occuring all day, every day that mother nature lets me ply the waters. Jigs and surface plugs have been connecting on lot’s of great light tackle stripers to 27″ or so.
I think the 2011 spawned Stripers are now 17 1/2 to 18 1/2 inches or so………seems like the numbers of fish in this size frame are very robust in the shallow water. As long as they stay out of nets we may see a great number of really nice skinny water fish next year. Let’s hope!
Today’s walk-on trip was great! We had 4 nice specks and more stripers than we could begin to count. With water temps in the upper 60′s the fish are very robust and when handled properly they are very strong upon release. Good stuff!!!!!!!
Some REALLY big light tackle fish lately! Had a couple of the fattest 32″ fish I’ve ever seen! They were as big around as they were long….well not quite but pretty darn fat! They were full of menhaden and little crabs. Don’t know what the future holds but lately (last month and 1/2) the fishing has been off the hook good! Here are the two super fatties caught in the last couple of days…..
The big fish lately were in a very (hit and miss) place. Sometimes some great fish are there and sometimes they aren’t. Nature of the beast…….Over in the islands it’s been pure hit! Huge numbers of great fish. Lot’s of keeper size fish in the mix and some big fish also……..
Booked solid on Sunday, 12 October……..weather outlook is PERFECT for fishing the islands. If interested give me a call at 703-395-9955 to reserve you spot!
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WIll be posting a new report soon! Lot’s of good stuff going on right now!!!!
I’ve been catching fish on the western side of the bay but mainly fishing in the eastern shore islands has been REALLY good! Over the last month and a half most places with current/structure and 4′ or more of water has held Stripers. I cover lot’s of area looking for better fish. Everyday is different for sure. Water clarity, wind, current and water level dictates where I fish every day. I usually don’t do the same thing two days in a row. Changing conditions make me shift gears daily to stay on quality fish. I’ve been real lucky getting some unbelievable light tackle fish on the boat!
LIfe is good!
Fishing over the last two months has been great in the islands of the eastern shore. It’s different than the last 3 years. Specks and Reds were the stars of the show with stripers being secondary. With zero Reds and just a few specks around, Stripers are again the star of the show. They have shined hugely for my crews this month and in the last week I’ve had some HUGE light tackle fish in real skinny water. Stumps, rockpiles and current rips have been producing well.
Some days I don’t get any big fish but most days have had a good number of fish to 25″ or so. I’ll take that any day! However, on Saturday, 25 September I had a crew of “first timers with me” and man did they hit the light tackle, surface plugging JACKPOT! We ran into a pod of the biggest fish I’ve had in numbers ever in the eastern shore islands. I do many many trips over there and many times never see this size fish……may never again! I trip over one here and there but on this day several for some reason was over a shallow water structure spot and they all wanted our surface plugs real bad! We caught a few…missed a few and lost a few….the hits were just unreal! Here are some of the fish……
Here are some other recent shots of nice fish caught in the skinny!
I’ve been paying great attention to subtle mud lines outside of points. Stumps have certainly been holding some great fish….especially with good current over them. On windy days I’ve been ducking into guts, nooks and crannies and picking away at nice fish. My power poles have been really helping me succeed in catching in many situations this year in the islands…..can’t live without them now….I”m spoiled! All in all some great stuff going on…….come on out and give it a shot!
It’s that time of year……..I like the fish’in but don’t love the cold! In order to keep fishing and stay warm I break out the enclosure and bring in the heat! Love my heater when it’s cold!!!!
While not fishing today because of forecasted wind and rain I ran over to Shore Tackle today to pick up 5 new custom rods! Can’t wait to get them bent! Joe and Billy do a great job putting together some very high quality stuff! I’m thrilled to be a part of their pro-staff and more thrilled to put their custom rods in my clients hands……..have a boat full of sweet custom rods!
Good stuff happening on chesapeake bay right now. Fishing looks to be good all the way from the Bay Bridge to the MD/VA line. I’ve covered lot’s of water over the last three days and have had really great fishing with metal jigs/Specialized Baits Lil’ Bunker Spoons, 2,3 and 4 ouncers in gold, silver or chartruese are working great. BKD’s ( www.basskandydelights.com ) are working great in both 6″ and 10″ size, white, chartruese glitter and purple glitter all work great for me. On occasion surface plugs are working and I like slinging Sunami 6″ paddle tails on 1 or 1 1/2 ounce jigheads. Birds are leading the way but don’t overlook structure in 10′-40′ of water….it’s all good!
Fishing over open water and under birds in 25′-50′ of water is on fire right now! Lot’s of great fish mixed in with some smaller fish. Great light tackle jigging! Walk-On trips will be posted soon!
New walk-on dates available now! For details on the trips go to: http://www.icontact-archive.com/vPmWQS8mpdRnLJA5MkMWco8k6HqZsQ9F?w=3
Thursday, Dec 4….1 spot left for the CBBT
Thursday, 4 Dec, 1 Spot available from Marina Shores Marina, VA Beach
Fishing at the CBBT right now is on! I have great reports from captains I know down there. The light tackle bite is on around the islands, pilings and some bird activity. Saturday’s weather outlook is for SW wind which makes fishing the ballpark of the 1st and 2nd island very favorable.
I provide all baits/tackle/fish filleting/licensing/heat, ect………good stuff….come on out and give it a shot!
Thursday, Dec 4, 1 spot left at the CBBT
For details on the trip go to: http://www.icontact-archive.com/vPmWQS8mpdRnLJA5MkMWco8k6HqZsQ9F?w=3