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About the Miss Susie II Fishing Charter

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

fishing charter at the dock on the Chesapeake Bay

  • 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, top of the line SHIMANO tackle
  • 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!


Capt. Greg Buckner

Chesapeake Bay Fishing Charter Captain Greg Buckner Rockfish Striped Bass Striper

Hi, I am Captain Greg Buckner, one of the younger captains on the Chesapeake Bay. I have dedicated this part of my website to telling you a few things about myself. I was born and raised in St. Mary’s County, MD and have enjoyed fishing local waters most of my life.

After my freshman year at St. Mary’s Ryken High School I found my first job in the fishing business at The Tackle Box (the local tackle shop) where I learned about all types and methods of fishing. After graduating from high school I decided to attend St. Mary’s College of Maryland where I lived on campus which allowed me to continue working at the Tackle Box and fish local waters. At the end of my freshman year at St. Mary’s College a position as a first mate became available on a local charter boat, working for Captain Greg Madjeski aboard the Temple M. I took the position and have been in the Chesapeake Bay charter fishing business ever since.

After my first season aboard the Temple M and various other charter boats out of the Ridge, MD area I started to look for a local Captain who needed a full-time first mate. After an interesting search I came across Capt. John Montgomery aboard the Miss Susie out of Solomons, MD. I worked with Capt. John for the next two seasons as a full-time first mate as I continued my education at SMCM. After these two seasons Capt. John persuaded me to get my U.S. Coast Guard Captain’s license so I would be able to run the Miss Susie when he needed days off. I received my U.S. Coast Guard 50 ton master’s license one month after receiving my Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from SMCM. For my third and fourth season aboard the Miss Susie I worked as a full time mate for Capt. John and whenever he needed a day off I Captained the boat, an arrangement that worked very well because I knew the boat and his clientele.

Just days before the 2004 Striped Bass trophy season (my fifth season on the Miss Susie) Capt. John had big news… He was moving to Syracuse, NY and was selling the Miss Susie and his charter business, and wanted to know if I would be interested in buying the boat and business. I of course, absolutely loving this line of work, said yes. On June 1, 2004 I became the proud owner of Miss Susie Charters. Since then things have gone very well with a rapidly growing customer base and a very busy schedule and great fishing. January 2018 Miss Susie III was added to the fleet. P.S. Yes, I am a young Captain (being born in 1980) but because of the many hours on the Bay over the past 17 years (an average of 300 plus trips per year) I do have a tremendous amount of experience and promise my clients will have the best possible chance of a successful day of fishing. Also, the guidance and help from so many talented Captains I worked for has put me where I am today. Each one of them has helped me in some way and I am overwhelmingly thankful for their help and guidance. They are: Capt. Greg Madjeski, Capt. Stan Harris, Capt. Charlie Nicholson, Capt. Gary Sacks, Capt. Jim Smith, Capt. Hank Conley, Capt. Sonny Forest, Capt. Wally Williams, Capt. Charlie Marenka, Capt. Danny Pritchett, Capt. Ronnie Scott, Capt. Tom Ireland, Capt. Lee Peters, and Capt. Jim Ekas.

And a very special thanks to Captain John Montgomery who has taught me so much more than just how to catch fish, like how to treat customers and how to run a top-notch charter fishing operation. Thanks for everything!

Week Day First Mate/Fill in Captain Tadd Soderberg

Chesapeake Bay charter boat catch rockfish striped bass

Tadd Soderberg has been working as a first mate for MISS SUSIE CHARTERS since 2008, he has seen it all the good, the bad, the ugly and the incredible. Tadd is a career D.C. Firefighter and will be on board Miss Susie II during the week whenever he can around his 24 hours on & 72 hours off schedule. Tadd was pretty quiet his first 3 or 4 years as first mate, and while he still puts his head down and works his tail off, he has become very engaging and is always there to pull Capt. Greg’s Chain to make everyone laugh. Prior to working with Miss Susie Charters, Tadd worked for Capt. Greg Madjeski & Capt. Stan Harris. When things are happening and the lines need to get in the water fast, keep an eye on Tadd, he is the best!



Weekend First Mate Steve Armsworthy

first mate cleans fish on Chesapeake Bay charter boat

Steve Armsworthy and Capt. Greg Buckner went to school and played lacrosse together at St. Mary’s Ryken High. Steve was an excellent goalie and ended up with a full ride to Stonybrook University after 2 years playing Junior College lacrosse at Catonsville. Steve started in the charter fishing business as a first mate the same summer that Capt. Greg started as a mate, and from day 1 of owning MISS SUSIE CHARTERS, Steve has been there as a first mate in some capacity. Over the past several years, Steve works for his dad & uncle’s business A&M Glass during the week and is first mate aboard Miss Susie II every weekend. Steve is all personality, he will make you laugh and often at his own expense. He can talk to anyone about anything, and still gives it all he has to make sure everyone on board has an excellent time. He has lots of stories to tell and they are all true.