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Mission Statement

Mission statements and charter fishing don’t seem to go together, nevertheless, I, Captain Greg Buckner, feel it is very important to express what Miss Susie Charters strives very hard to provide for all of our valued customers. First, our main goal at Miss Susie Charters is to ensure that our clients have an enjoyable, fun-filled, and exciting experience each time they charter the Miss Susie II. We ensure this by providing professional Chesapeake Bay fishing charters run by a Captain who flat out loves to fish and knows how to treat clients. Captain Greg is honest, knowledgeable, friendly, entertaining, and respectful of his clients needs. He understands that some of his clients want a very energetic, fast-paced atmosphere while others just want to relax and enjoy their time on the water. Capt. Greg has no problem addressing all of his client’s questions during a charter and loves explaining the different types and methods of fishing that are employed aboard the Miss Susie II. With Capt. Greg you can rest assured that no one will try harder to provide a successful day of fishing; he is always willing to go the few extra miles and use any method or means necessary to ensure a productive catch.

Chesapeake Bay Charter Fishing

11148429_847754825296018_119705647251902370_nThe Chesapeake Bay is a truly special body of water where saltwater from the Atlantic Ocean blends with the many freshwater rivers and streams that feed this diverse estuary. This saltwater and freshwater mixture is home to a vast array of marine life including tiny minnows, crabs, oysters, and of course several species of gamefish. Because of this special blend of water, the Chesapeake Bay offers some of the best and most consistent fishing action found anywhere on the Atlantic Coast.

The sought after gamefish species that populate the Chesapeake include Striped Bass (Rockfish), Bluefish, Spanish Mackerel, Flounder, Sea Trout, Croaker, and Spot. Because of the abundance of these species and our love for fishing, Miss Susie Charters offers fishing charters departing from Solomons Island, MD and Deale, MD fishing the bountiful waters of the Chesapeake Bay.

Contact us now to book your next fishing trip! 301-873-1327

Solomons Island Charter Fishing, Maryland Charter Fishing

11168087_847932165278284_283829897059315536_nSolomons Island, Maryland often referred to as just Solomons, Maryland is centrally located in the mid Chesapeake Bay, basically half way between the mouth of the Bay (Atlantic Ocean) and the farthest north reaches of the main body of the Chesapeake. Solomons Island unique location is very much the reason why this port is arguably the best fishing destination on the entire Chesapeake Bay. Many of our best fishing spots or areas are located just outside the mouth of the Patuxent River, which is only a few miles from where Miss Susie is docked. This means more time fishing and less time running to the fish.

Solomons Island is also located between two other very productive fishing grounds, one located about an hour south and the other an hour north. This means we have the ability to go to where the fish are and still keep the time running to a minimum. Other ports to the north of Solomons are often out of luck when the majority of the fish are further south than Solomons because it is just too far of a run for them to get to the fish. The same is true for the ports to the south of Solomons, when the Rockfish bite is red hot right out side of our harbor, the run is too far for them, so you are stuck with whatever other species they have to offer. However, the run to the fishing grounds they frequent is only about an hour from Solomons, so if that is where the fish are we can get to them in a timely manner. Last but not least Solomons Island, MD is only 1 hour from the D.C. Beltway. Most Recently we have been fishing out of Solomons, MD only for the Spring Trophy Rockfish season (April thru May) and for the Fall Rockfish season (October thru December). The bite to the north has been excellent for the past 3 years from early June thru about October. We want our boat to be docked where the fish are most plentiful and abundant, so June 1 we will be back at the Happy Harbor in Deale, MD. More info on the fishing opportunities from Deale, MD below…

Deale, Maryland Charter Fishing

11164727_846964655375035_7648375558862227667_nDeale, Maryland is about 45 minutes north of Solomons Island by car and a little less than 2 hours north by boat. For years the Solomons waters produced the best fishing in the Chesapeake Bay especially for Stripers (Rockfish) Spring, Summer and Fall. Areas to the north were fished heavily because of their closer proximity to the major cities of D.C. and Baltimore, but Solomons was a hidden gem. That is still true in the Spring and Later Fall with excellent fishing out of Solomons, but things have completely changed for the entire Summer and very early Fall. For the past 3 seasons, the red hot Rockfish bite has been further north in the Chesapeake Bay, leaving Solomons with only scraps. Because of this we have been moving the Miss Susie II north around June 1st the past few seasons and will do the same in 2015 if the fishing pattern stays the same. Happy Harbor in Deale, MD has been our charter dock of choice the past few summers and we look forward to another great season fishing out of there. Deale, MD is only about 30 minutes from the D.C. Beltway and also very close to Baltimore and Annapolis. The light tackle live lining bite for Stripers (Rockfish) using live Spot as bait the last few summers has been some of the most exciting, most consistent and most reliable fishing we have ever experienced. The massive supply of fish in the Deale, MD area throughout the summer has been truly staggering. The waters around Deale, MD also offer good bottom fishing opportunities for Spot, White Perch and Croaker. Later in the summer Bluefish and Spanish Mackerel also become available. Our motto going forward is, we will be where the fish are!

Upcoming Fishing Action!!!

Opening Day of the Spring Trophy Rockfish season is April 18, 2015. We only have a few slots left, so don’t miss out. It’s also not too early to think about booking your summer light tackle live lining charter. Mid June thru Mid July is a great time to catch big Stripers on live bait using light tackle spinning rods
Call or email today!
Captain Greg at 301-873-1327 or e-mail us at gcbuckner@hotmail.com

We will again be fishing April and May out of Harbor Island Marina (105 Charles Street Solomons, MD 20688)

The Miss Susie II

  • The MISS SUSIE II is a Markley/Meekins custom built Chesapeake Bay fishing machine. She is/has…

    • Yearly inspected by the U.S. Coast Guard and licensed to carry up to 28 passengers
    • Markley Hull 46 foot length and 14 foot beam
    • Fast 18 knot cruise speed, powered by a new CAT C-9 575hp
    • Solid Fiberglass hull construction for a safe and stable ride
    • Roomy, comfortable, heated, and enclosed cabin which seats 9 adults, includes dinette, and has a private “head”
    • Deck low to the water for a smooth ride and easy fishing
    • Fully equipped cockpit area with: 2 GPS’s, 3 depth/fish finders, radar, CB radio, VHF radio, and two cell phones
    • Completely rigged with high quality tackle; all reels are PENN or Shimano Baitrunners and all rods are custom made or Shakespeare Ugly Stiks
    • Large fish box with plenty of ice to keep bait and your catch cold all day
    You can find her departing from Solomons Island, MD and other harbors in the area throughout the year!


Types of Fishing

Aboard Miss Susie Capt. Greg will employ whatever method and type of fishing needed to provide the most successful catch, keeping in mind what his customers interests are. Capt. Greg always prefers to use light tackle instead of the heavier trolling tackle and whenever the light tackle will produce we will be fishing with light tackle. Here is a list of the types of fishing we employ throughout our fishing season:

Trolling for Trophy Striped Bass (Rockfish)——April/May & November/DecemberLight Tackle Live Linning Using Live Spot as Bait for Rockfish—— June thru early November

Trolling For Bluefish using rubber hoses and diving planars—–July thru October

Light Tackle Casting and Jigging lures over schools of feeding Striped Bass and Bluefish—-Late May thru early November

Trolling for Spanish Mackerel using spoons and diving planars—–August thru early October

Bottom Fishing for White Perch, Croaker, and Spot——-June thru October

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