The 2008 Chesapeake Bay Season has begun. And the fishing action has been excellent. Our pre season, light tackle, catch and release trips went very well with great catches and very satisfied customers. Our best pre season charter produced 32 trophy Stripers over 28 inches, and our slowest trip produced 9 Trophies. Our average Pre Season, Light Tackle Trophy Trip produced 20 to 22 Striped Bass over 28 inches. Our largest fish landed on light tackle in the Pre Season was 45 inches long and weighed 39 lbs.
Our 2008 catch and keep Trophy Rockfish Season opened on Saturday April 19th and fishing has been excellent since its opening. The bite was a little slower over the weekend because of the heavy fishing pressure from all the boats on the water, but since Monday April 21st the fishing action has been world class. It has not been a question of are we going to get our limit, but a question of how many Trophy Stripers are we going to catch and release while filling our limit in search of bubba. For instance, Thursday April 24th we landed 28 Trophy Stripers on our AM charter and on our PM charter we landed 31 Trophy Stripers. The red hot Trophy Striper fishing should stay very good for at least the next 2 to 3 weeks. Then as the Trophy Trolling bite slows we will switch gears and begin doing some light tackle chumming mid to late May to go after the very last Trophy fish to leave the Bay. We will also begin our PM charters for Rockfish, Bluefish and Croaker in late May. On these PM charters, we depart from Solomons at 4 pm and fish for Rock and Blues until the suns begins to set, and then we switch up and target Croakers as evening sets in. These PM trips are great fun and we normally come home loaded with our limit of Rockfish from 18inches to 35inches and a good catch of Blues as well as our limit of Croaker (25 per man).
If you are interested in a Trophy Rockfish Charter, these are the dates still available for charter on my other boat FIN FINDER:
April 30 AM
May 6 AM or PM, May 7 PM, May 8 AM, May 9PM, May 12 AM or PM, May 13 AM or PM
If you are interested in a PM Rock/Blues and Croaker Charter, these are the dates available for charter aboard the MISS SUSIE departing the dock at 4pm:
May 26, 27, 28, 30
June 2, 4, 5, 10, 12, 16, 17, 18
If you are interested in a light tackle chumming or a late Spring season Trophy Striper Charter aboard the MISS SUSIE, these are the dates still available:
For AM charters….
May 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
June 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22
Thanks to all of those who follow my fishing report and I look foward to fishing with all of you in 2008,