Been a while since I’ve updated here….need to quit slacking!
young angler with a 30″er! Good stuff!
I worked the waters from above the bay bridge to Sharpes Island while slipping the boat in South River. Had a great couple of months up there but am glad to be back to Beacon Marina at Solomons. Masses of Stripers and Blues have certainly entered the waters north of Solomons and the catching is great! Most days I’m finding nice fish on structure along with huge numbers of Stripers and Blues in the main stem of the bay. Also I’ll be going to the eastern shore islands from Solomons hunting down specks. Cobia, Reds and Blues to the south could be interesting when the conditions are good! All in all it’s been a great summer and I’m thrilled to be back at solomons. Hated the hour commute before and after trips out of south river. Anchor Yacht basin was a great place to slip my boat…..clean, organized and they really keep track of all activities……good stuff for sure!
Short Notice Walk-On fishing trip this Thursday, 10 August and more dates……14, 15 and 16 August walk on trip dates.
Updated 8 Aug-915am
Thursday 10 aug- booked solid
Friday 11 aug-booked solid
Monday. 14 aug- booked solid
Tuesday. 15 aug- booked solid
Wednesday 16 aug- booked solid
More walk ons to come
703-395-9955- call or text to reserve your spot
I’ve moved the boat to Beacon Marina out of Solomons. Thursday’s weather looks perfect! We will be running early to shallow structure surface plugging then rolling open bay finding breaking Stripers, blues, possible Spanish mackerel and even a shot at a giant red. Also eastern shore island speck fishing could happen.
Cost: 140 each
Launch from Beacon Marina (260 Lore Road, Solomons) at 530 am and returning around 2pm
I provide licensing, all baits and tackle and fillet fish at the end of the day. You can bring your own gear if you want. Medium sized tackle recommended. Bring what you want to eat and drink.
If you are interested in going on any of these trips contact me via text or call or message on Facebook to reserve your spot. First come first serve. 703-395-9955
Trips will be comfortable in my judge 27′ Chesapeake. This boat allows us go anywhere we need!
We got a Speck! Lots of Stripers!
Short Notice Walk-On Trip
4 Spots Available!
This Thursday, 27 April! Weather forecast shows S/SE breeze……great temps and warming waters should inspire a great shallow water bite in the islands. Will probably start the day shooting for big fish on plugs/jigs then roll to the islands to shoot shallow structure. Warming waters may give a shot at a Speck! I’ve seen a couple already so maybe we’ll see more! We’ll launch at 530am and return around 230pm. We’ll cover lots of water and catching should be good!
If you are interested in going give me a call or text at 703-395-9955 to reserve your spot.
Cost is $140 each
I provide all baits and tackle…..bring your own if you want
We’ll cover around 90 miles by days end
I will fillet any fish we keep
Launching from Beacon Marina at Solomons, 260 Lore Rd,
Give me a call, text or message here if you’d like to go!
Come on out and give it a shot!
Light Tackle Success
Come on out tomorrow night, (Thursday, 19 January) to the MSSA Dorchester meeting where I’ll be chatting about Winter and Spring Light Tackle Catching! I’ll be talking in depth about how, when and where I do it on light tackle……no tricks or riddles! Straight talk on how, when and where! With over 200 trips a year guiding for the last 13 years I’ve got lot’s to share!
Meeting starts at 730pm…..I’ll be arriving around 645 to set up and run videos……..address is Elks Lodge 1272 located at 5464 Elk Lodge Rd, Cambridge, MD. If you have any questions give me a text, message or call at 703-395-9955
Come on out! Will have a couple GIVE-A-WAYS!
upper 40’s inch whopper…..early A.M. (March 2016)
Catching right now at the power plant isn’t blockbuster for sure. It is however not horrible! With that said it’s about normal for this time of year according to the last 20 years I’ve recorded it. One thing for sure is you won’t catch a fish if you don’t go and you might not catch one if you do go! None-the-less it’s fun and it’s a way to have a good shot at catching a Striper in the dead of winter. Big fish can and will happen in the dead of winter, just not consistent or reliable. Some winters we get more large fish in the flow than other years in Jan/Feb. Mid-March usually begins a more reliable and consistent flow of big fish into the outflow. One “first” for this winter is specks in January! A few Speckled Sea Trout have been caught. I hadn’t seen this ever! So……that is pretty cool. You just never know! Also some small Puppy Drum have been caught……Jan 2 the boat I was on caught 4 I think. The Specks and Reds were caught on 6″ BKD’s loaded on 1.5 or 2 ounce heads. Trick with them is certainly maintaining bottom with a sharp short twitch while maintaining a snug line which enables the detection of a strike. If you get hits and miss several they may be Specks, Reds or very small Stripers. To catch the missed fish downsize your bait and jighead weight if possible. The Specks have been located for me more down the flow just past where the boulders end. The bottom is oyster shell and easy to detect bottom without snagging.
A true 50″er caught in April 2015
Evaluation of the extended temperature forecast indicates about average temps from here to Feb 4. Some above average temps and some below. Bottom line is overall about average. Now we all know that can change! Ice will be a factor on some occasions out of Flag Harbor but probably not from the Solomons boat launch. I don’t have enough experience from Chesapeake Beach or Breezy Point to comment on ice. I expect fishing to maintain an Avg. historical bite this winter from now till Mid March. I don’t expect any blockbuster runs of crazy great fishing but for the persistent guys who just want to get out there and take a shot at some fish I think it will be good! A 4 hour trip with 4 guys who know the game should be able to hit 20 or so fish. A big one right now is 28″-33″……haven’t seen any true big ones yet. Could happen though!
Luke with a big March fish!
March 10, 2015…….Most ice ever this winter!
One thing for sure is winter is dangerous! Water is deadly and fast! Anyone running their boat in winter needs to take xtra care to make sure you are prepared. I don’t have my boat back yet but when I do it will be readily available and I can get to it very quickly if anybody has a problem out there. I would roll out there quick if anyone called and needed help.
We don’t want this in 2017!
So…..as of now we do have some fish at the plant. It’s average over the long haul and I hope it gets real good! Nothing would surprise me, either way good or bad can happen any given year. A boring average report and winter outlook. Good luck fishing and STAY SAFE!
TRIPS TO THE PLANT
As of now I don’t have a hard date on when I’m getting my boat back. I’ll find out later this week I hope. If Flag Harbor is iced in I’d go from Solomons. When I do get my boat to Flag Harbor I plan on running 1/2 day trips starting at daylight till 11ish and 1pm till darkish. If you want to book the boat for anything in Jan or Feb give me a call and I’ll throw you in the book, I will take up to 4 for these trips. The boat booked will be 375 for up to 4 anglers until March 15. Walk-On Trips will be $70 each before March 15. When you book the boat you are guarenteed that date for your crew. All walk-on trips will be relatively short notice. I will provide all baits/tackle or bring your own, licensing and HEAT! These trips will be focused on proper technique…having fun and hopefully catching some fish! Prior to our trip we’ll talk about whats going on with the fishing and of course weather and we’ll decide to do or not do the trip. The winter fishery is “iffy” with weather and catching……I’ll tell it like it exactly as I know it.
if this guy can catch a 45″er ANYBODY can! Lol
Great fish John!