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Opening weekend 2015

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.  

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Bitter Sweet Day tomorrow…

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!

Directions

Where we are

Please click the “Get Map” link, then click the “Directions to” link (located just below the Red Star) for MapQuest directions to get you close to the Miss Susie. Once you are in the area, please follow the text directions below:

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Solomons Island, MD

During the months of April, May, October, November and December MISS SUSIE II will be docked at:

Harbor Island Marina

105 Charles Street

Solomons, MD 20688

Deale, MD

During the months of June, July, August and September MISS SUSIE II will be docked at:

Happy Harbor Marina

533 Deale, RD

Deale, MD 20751

Ridge, MD

During the later part of December MISS SUSIE II will be docked at:

Point Lookout Marina

16244 Millers Wharf Road

Ridge, MD 20680