Captains Log May 08′

Solomons Island Area
By Greg Buckner, Captain of the “Miss Susie”

The Trophy Trolling bite has been good for the last two weeks with our limit being filled on 13 out of 15 charters from May 8 to May 19.  The weather was challenging and caused us to cancel several trip due to very high winds.  Our PM charter on May 8th was the best bite this entire Spring.  When we trolled over a large school of Trophy Stripers we had 26 lines in the water, after we had made two passes over the school we only had two lines still in the water.  It was absolute chaos with as many as 9 lines down at one time and several of these lines had two trophy rockfish hooked up at once.  Monday May 19th was the last day we trolled for the Trophy Stripers with our full Spring Spread of 26 lines and we did ok landing 8 out of our needed 9 trophies on an afternoon charter.
Solomons Island Area
By Greg Buckner, Captain of the “Miss Susie”

The streak continues…………  19 days, 2 charters per day and we have landed our limit every trip.  Many days we have had 10 to 16 passengers on board and still we have caught our fish.  A few days we have had to work hard to finish out our limit, but for the vast majority of our trips it is a question of how many Trophy Stripers did we catch and release on our way to our limit.  Today (5/7/2008) for instance we landed 20 Trophy Stripers over 32 inches on our AM charter and we landed 22 Trophies on our PM charter.  We have been catching 2 to 6 Trophy Rockfish over 40 inches per trip.  I strongly believe that the excellent Trophy bite will continue into late May.  Once the Trophy Trolling bite slows to a hault, we will switch gears and begin using light tackle to target Stripers from 18 inches to 40 inches with jigging and chumming.  And begening late May we will begin night/evening charters for Rockfish and Blues and as the sun sets Croakers.  June is also a great month for PM rock, blues and croaker trips.  Then June 24th thru early July we will be fishing from Salt Ponds Marina in Hampton, VA (Bay Bridge Tunnel area) for Cobia, Red Drum and Spadefish.  All of these hard fighting species are targeted while on anchor with spinning rods and reels.  Please call for details about these trips out of Hampton, VA.

As for dates available for charter……….

May  18 am or pm,  19 am,  20 pm,  21 am,  23 am,  26 am,  27 am,  28am,  29 am,  30 am,  31 am

Dates available for evening Rock, Blues and Croaker charters departing at 4pm…….
May 26,  27,  28

June 2,  4,  5,  10,  12,  16,  17,  18

Thanks to all who follow my fishing report,

Capt. Greg Buckner