While there were some tough trips over the last week where we worked our butts off and only managed a few bites, fishing starting Thursday has drastically improved. Thursday afternoon actually was a very impressive catch even compared to some of the best days of Springs past. The slot limit has been difficult some days, but we do now seem to have a decent supply of 28 to 36 inch fish showing and Thursday PM in particular we landed 8 monster fish over the 40 inch mark. With 4 being over 44 inches. Fishing should only improve as more and more fish finish up their spawning process and begin their southerly migration. I did have a cancellation for May 13 in the AM, if you are interested, call or e mail today.
Picture perfect weather greeted us Opening Day AM 2015. But the new “slot” limit kicked our butt! In an effort to reduce harvest MD and the Feds have employed a new size restriction this Spring that requires all recreational fisherman in the MD Chesapeake Bay to release any Striped Bass between 36 and 40 inches. For years there was just a 28 inch minimum size requirement. Saturday AM trip we landed a total of 14 Trophy Striped Bass, 7 we of legal size (28″ to 36″ or over 40″) and 7 in the slot (36″ to 40″). Saturday afternoon we landed 6 Trophy Striped Bass (3 slot fish and 3 keepers). Sunday AM we had 8 big fish bites and landed 5 trophies (4 slots and 1 keeper fish). Sunday afternoon we landed 6 trophies (4 over the 40″ upper slot and 1 under the 36″ slot and we also tossed back 2 slot fish). Tough weekend of fishing overall, seems the weather conditions have the vast majority of the fish on the spawning grounds or at least in the staging areas waiting for the water to warm a few degrees. As soon as the big fish lay their eggs, they will be feeding their way out of the Chesapeake Bay and fishing will get red hot. But this slot limit is certainly making things more difficult. Hopefully it does some good and the population of large Spawning fish gets back to the hights of 6 or 7 years ago. Just a few more good spawns like 2011 and things should certainly improve.
Only 1 day till Opening Day 2015 MD Trophy Rockfish Season! Rods are rigged and ready and MISS SUSIE II is cleaned up and ready to roll. However, Tomorrow will be bitter sweet for me, as I will be selling the original MISS SUSIE. I worked as a first mate aboard the original MISS SUSIE 1999 thru 2003 and I purchased her from Capt. John Montgomery in 2004 and I operated her full time from 2004 thru 2011. Since 2011 she has been dry docked and the time has finally come to let her go to a new owner. What a great boat, and tons of great memories and tons and tons of fish that have been lifted over her sides. I was really lucky to get the opportunity to get into a business that I am passionate about and even more fortunate to be able to make a career out of it. MISS SUSIE! Wishing you only the best!
Wow what a Spring is all I can say!!! This past Spring trophy Season was the best/most consistent Spring Trophy Season I have seen in about four years. We were very blessed this spring to have great fishing and to be double booked every day. Thanks to all my clients who come back year after year to enjoy what MISS SUSIE CHARTERS and the Chesapeake Bay have to offer!!! Without your continued support, the fishing we offer would not be possible.
With the slowly warming water the third week of May we were able to make excellent catches of Trophy Sized fish even after the official Trophy Season ended on May 16th. Now with the warmer waters we are into more of a summer pattern and either trolling smaller lures for Rockfish 18 inches to 35 inches or light tackle chumming. 3 out of the 4 times we have tried chumming we did very well using light tackle to catch nice sized stripers. As the water continues to warm, the Norfolk Spot will be arriving in massive numbers and as soon as they are here we will make the switch to light tackle live lining. The evening Croaker bite is just getting started and will be in full swing very very soon. If you are interested in a trip where we do a few different types of fishing and catch a variety of species, then you need to give a summertime evening trip a try. We normally depart from Solomons at 3 or 4 pm and first fish for Rockfish(2 per person), then Bluefish(10 per person), and then as the sun sets we anchor up and load the boat with large 11 to 19 inch Croakers(25 per person). It is not uncommon for us to return to port with our limit of all three species for everyone on the boat.
It looks like the 2011 Spring Trophy Season is going to be an excellent one, with great catches on day one and day two. Colder water temps and an abundance of bait in our waters should ensure that our stock of migratory Trophy Striped Bass will be in our area for a while (hopefully till late May). Our Spring Trophy Schedule is almost completely full with only the following slots available……….
May 8 @ 6am
May 9 @ 6am
May 10 @ 6am or 1pm
Aboard my other boat FIN FINDER we have a few additional dates available including APRIL 22 @ 6am.
Starting June we will begin our mixed bag evening trips where we depart Solomons around 3pm and first catch Rockfish and Bluefish and as the sun begins to set, we load up on big Croaker using light tackle. These trips are a blast and we regularly return to port with 150 to 300 fish and often 3 or 4 species of fish.
Don’t forget to check us out on Face Book. At the present I do have a MISS SUSIE CHARTERS FaceBook page, but due to difficulties with using my DROID to post updates, I am now using my personal Face Book page to provide “live” as it happens pics and updates. Please visit my GREGORY BUCKNER Face Book Page to follow the action.
Hope to see you on the water!!!!!!!!!!!
Capt. Greg Buckner
Wow, is all there is to describe the fishing action out of VA Beach this month aboard my other boat FIN FINDER. We have fished nearly every day since December 30 and we have captured our limit of two stripers over 28 inches per person every day without fail. Most days we are finding massive schools of trophy Stripers and while only using 6 or 7 rods, we are loading every rod up with fish all at one time. For almost half of our trips we have loaded every rod with two trophy fish at one time. We are booked everyday through January 30, then our schedule opens up and we have several prime dates still available. The two day package deal is a great way to experience VA Beach at its finest. The two day package deal includes the following……..
Two charters on back to back days for 6 passengers
2 nights with 3 rooms (two queen beds per room) at the Days In
tip for first mate
fish cleaning (2 trophy fish per person)
All of this for $400 per person for 6 passengers (I have had to raise this price a little because of the rapid fuel price hike and the long runs we are making everyday). On some days if our run to the fish is super long, I may have to tack on a fuel surcharge not to exceed $10/person/day. The runs to the fish are long some days, but the fishing action is absolutely amazing once we arrive on the fish.
Spring will be here soon. And our Spring Trophy Season begins on the third Saturday in April. We will be running two charters per day, every day for a month. I will be contacting my customers from last Spring to get confirmations for this years trophy season’s schedule in early February and after that I will list all available dates for the spring trophy season. If you and your crew were not on last years book and are interested in a Spring Trophy date, please contact me as soon as possible and I will get your crew on the list, so once I have dates open up, we can schedule your crew for a prime date.
Enjoy the pics and hope to see you on the water this year……………….
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Finally, the BUBBAS are here!!!! When I went out of town on the evening of November 21st the fishing for the Trophy Stripers was decent at best. Upon the return from my hunting trip to WV, the fishing the past three days (11/26, 11/27 and 11/28) has been AWESOME with lots of Real Big fish. Before Thanksgiving I had zero multiple big fish hook ups this Month and in just three trips since then I have had several and once we had 4 big fish hooked up at one time. With a milder late fall, I fully expect the Big Fish bite to stay red-hot thru Christmas. Here is a list of dates still available for Chesapeake Bay Fall Trophies ……
December 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22
If none of these dates fit your schedule, I have a few alternate dates still available aboard my other boat FIN FINDER
Starting just after Christmas we will be targeting the Ocean Trophy Stripers fishing out of VA BEACH, VA. We still have a few very good dates available in January and several still available in February. For the VA Beach trips, I am once again offering a two day package deal that includes two all day trips, tip for the first mate, fish cleaning and two nights stay in a hotel. This package deal is set up for 6 passengers and is very affordable. Enjoy the pics……………
Capt. Greg Buckner
What a difference a year makes! The first two weeks of November last year was prime time for the Fall Trophies. This year things seem to be running a little late, the t-shirt weather we had in late October is probably to blame. While we don’t have massive piles of Migratory Fall Trophies in our waters yet, we do have a few and over the last two weeks we have landed some really nice fish. The fishing for the small and medium (18 inch to 35 inch) resident fish has been as good as it gets. The last two mornings we have landed between 18 and 22 Stripers from 18 inches to 35 inches in 40 minutes or less. My plan for the next few days is to target the resident fish first and put some meat in the box and then put the “big fish” 26 rod spread out and hunt for BUBBA for the rest of the trip. Once the water cools a little more the trophy sized migratory fish will be in our area in great numbers and we will target them exclusively. Enjoy the pics of the first of our fall trophies……..
Here is a list of dates Available aboard MISS SUSIE for the remainder of the Chesapeake Bay Season……….
December 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23
Dates available aboard FIN FINDER for the remainder of the Chesapeake Bay Season………..
November 22, 29
December 2, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13
Also, the VA Beach winter fishing will be here soon. Don’t miss your chance to do the two day package deal trip, which includes two days fishing, two nights stay at the Days Inn and tip for the first mate, as well as fish cleaning. Call or e-mail for more info.
Thanks to all,
Capt. Greg Buckner
The 2010 Spring Trophy Season opened on April 17 and we had good fishing on opening weekend due to high winds which kept the masses off the water and allowed us to catch the trophy fish which were not beat up by heavy boat pressure. The rest of the month produced nice catches of Trophy Stripers. Enjoy the pics…………….
May 2010 was a good month with the big Spring Trophy Stripers being caught through May 16. Then for the remainder of the month we did a mixture of trolling with smaller lures and light tackle chumming. We had to work a little harder this May then we had to the last few springs, but we still managed to catch our limit on almost every trip, and we ran two charters every day from May 1 through May 16. Enjoy the pics………..