Trophy Striped Bass Fishing at its Finest
April and May is our peak season for Trophy Striped Bass fishing. If you ever wanted to break that 50lb barrier or want that fish of a lifetime, this is the time to fish the Chesapeake Bay. Each year, from Mid April, through the month of May we target these large breed of stripers as they make their way North and South through the Chesapeake’s main stem. Our location in Deale puts you smack dab in the middle of the annual migration route. This season is short and sweet and books up well in advance.
June starts the beginning of our summer fishing season. As the water temps rise, the availability of different species that enter the bay increases. June also starts the beginning of live lining (live bait fishing). If you have never live lined, do it once and you will be hooked. We start off each day spending a little time catching live bait and then it’s off to the bass grounds. The striped bass during this season range from 18 to 36 inches and cannot resist a perfectly presented live spot.
Outside of the Striped Bass fishing, bottom fishing is heating up. By the time Mid-June rolls around we begin our night time Croaker (hardhead) trips. If you’re looking to fill the cooler, this is the trip. In addition to Croakers, we catch white perch, spot and bluefish.
August and September offer a variety of options. In a given day you can liveline, troll, jig and bottom fish. Is not uncommon to do a little of each. Live lining for rockfish is still going strong and the presence of Bluefish and Spanish mackerel have now grown in larger numbers. Catching blues and Spanish by either trolling or jigging provide fast action and ask Capt. Karl for his smoked Bluefish or Spanish Mackerel recipe, you will be coming back for more...that’s a promise. If its bottom fishing you’re into, then now is the time to catch a variety of spot, white perch and croakers. It’s a perfect time to fill the cooler.
The name really says it all, "Rocktober". As the water temps begin to drop, the rockfish school up into mad feeding frenzies. This is the time of year to witness all out “blitzes” on baitfish. We use several different methods during this time of the year and typically they all work just as equal. We are also still catching a few bluefish and it’s also a great time to target some jumbo White Perch on some of the inshore edges.
Big fish are back
Looking over our records we have caught our largest fish during this time period in the Mid Bay. The best part of this season is that you can catch migratory fish and resident fish on the same trip. We deploy a variety of small baits and big baits and pound out large bait marks on channel edges and drop-offs. One bite may be a feisty 20 inch fish and next could be a 50 pounder... you just never know. Air temps are cold and it's a great way to end the Chesapeake Bay season and fill the freezer for the winter.
Don't worry about getting to cold...the cabin is fully heated.
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