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Seasons And Species
Early Season: Last week of March to second week of April

During the early spring, we will be using light tackle in the Chesapeake Bay tributaries to catch white perch during the spawn. Successful catches this time of year are usually very dependent on the severity of the winter season.

Spring Trophy Striped Bass Season: The third Saturday of April to mid-May

For trophy season, we troll a full set-up with 18-25 rods with planer boards to catch the big ones. We only run our 6 and 8 hour trips this time of year, as it is usually an hour run to the fishing grounds and takes some time to set out our entire rig. If you are looking to catch that fish of a lifetime, this is the season for you. They average around 20 pounds plus!

Late Spring/Early Summer: Mid-May through mid-June

We continue to troll for striped bass this time of year, but on a much smaller scale. The majority of trophy-sized fish have headed back out to the ocean after the spawn, and the smaller fish are beginning to “school up.” When this happens, it is not uncommon to go through a nice school and have several lines go down at once.

Summer Season: Mid-June through September

During the warmer months, the weather can be hot but the fishing is hotter! We do a mixture of chumming, trolling, jigging and bottom fishing on the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. The light tackle fishing is tons of fun throughout the summer. You hold the rod, you feel the fish hit and you hook it yourself. We catch a wide variety of species throughout the warmer months.

Fall Season: October through mid-December

Usually we are trolling the channel edges in the Fall and catching striped bass. Occasionally, we are casting lures to “breaking fish” on the surface in the early Fall. By late in the season, the fish are usually on the deeper edges, making trolling the most efficient way to catch this time of year.

Chesapeake Bay Fishing – Species We Catch
The Chesapeake Bay has some of the world’s finest fishing for Rockfish. But that’s not all we catch. Below you will find a list of the species we catch here in the Chesapeake during the different months of the season through a variety of successful methods. Bring your friends and family on a fishing excursion they won’t soon forget.

Striped bass, a/k/a Rockfish or Stripers – third week of April to mid-December
Fun Facts:
Migrate between fresh water and saltwater;
Believed to live up to 30 years;
Have a streamlined, silvery body marked with longitudinal dark stripes running from behind the gills to the base of the tail;
Maryland State fish;
Largest ever caught by an angler was 81.88 lbs.

Bluefish – mid-June through October
Fun Facts:
A moderately proportioned fish with a broad, forked tail;
Grayish blue-green in color, fading to white on the lower sides and belly;
Have a single row of teeth in each jaw that are uniform in size, knife-edged and sharp;
Extremely aggressive and will often chase bait to the surface.

White Perch – end of March through mid-April,and mid-May through October
Fun Facts:
Generally silver-white in color;
Put up a great fight for their size;
Generally range from 3 inches to 12 inches, with an exceptional few that are larger;
Considered a favorite “pan fish” for a fish fry.

Spot – June through September
Fun Facts:
A deep-bodied flat fish with an arched back;
Gray-blue in color dorsally, fading to yellow vertically with a distinct dark spot on their side;
Small bottom feeder.


Catfish – July through September
Fun Facts:
Named for its prominent barbels, which resemble a cat’s whiskers;
Range in size and behavior;
Have no scales;
Mucous-covered skin is used for respiration.


Croaker (Hardhead) – June through September
Fun Facts:
Silvery body with pinkish glow;
3-5 pairs of small chin barbels;
Bottom dweller;
Makes deep croaking sound;
Can live for 7-8 years;
Abundance widely varies from year to year.


At times we also catch sea trout, Spanish mackerel, black drum and flounder. Although these are generally more rare in the Northern Chesapeake Bay, our catches vary from year to year depending upon rainfall and the salinity of the water.

For more information, call 443-955-2104 or email the Captain

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