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Captains Log June 07′

Late May has always been the time for change and this year is no different.  The trolling for the Spring Trophies was very good for pretty much the entire Spring, but it came to a quick hault around the 20, 21 of May.  Since then we switched over to targeting the resident Rockfish from 18″ to mid 30″inches.  We have used several methods to put our limits in the boat every trip including: trolling, light tackle chumming, and light tackle jigging.  The Rockfish have not set into their summer patterns so things have kind of been changing day to day.  One day we can catch them good chumming or jigging and the next day we have to troll to catch them.  We always use light tackle chumming, live linning or jigging whenever it is effective and troll for the smaller fish only when it is required because of fishing contitions.  I expect that very soon the Rockfish will settle into a few places and hold there so we can begin to have more consistant chumming action.  Normally at this time of year chumming in the middle Chesapeake Bay is excellent with a good numbers of nice Rockfish 26 to 40′” on light tackle.  The cooler Spring and abundance of bait seems to have delayed the transition.

The PM bottom fishing for Croaker is getting into full swing right now, last night we caught 150 croakers (11″ to 20″) after catching our limit of Rockfish.  On that trip we left the dock a 3pm and were loaded up by 9:30pm.  The Bluefish from 2 to 4lbs are also here in good numbers.  On 5/29/07 after chumming for our limit of Rockfish we trolled up 45 Bluefish in less than 2 hours time.

It is almost Cobia time!!!  The MISS SUSIE will be haeding south on the 18th of June and fishing for Cobia from June 19 thru June 26.  Because of some last minute cancellations we still have a few dates available.  Those dates are:  June 20,  21,  24,  25,  26.  The MISS SUSIE will be fishing out of Salt Ponds Marina in Hampton, VA for these trips.  We fish for Cobia while on anchor using spinning rods baited with big chunks of Menhaden and live baits.  Cobia look like a cross between a shark and a catfish and range from 30 lbs to over 80 lbs.  They are strong fighters who are quite the challenge on spinng rods.  They are also excellent table fare.  While targeting Cobia we will also catch a variety of other species.  They include Red Drum, Bluefish, several species of Rays, and lots of sharks from 2 ft to 5ft.  I am offering a discount to any party who books back to back days, this allows everybody in the party a great shot at a Cobia.
As for PM dates for Rockfish and Croaker (4pm trips):  July 8,  9,  10,  15,  16,  17,  18,  19

As for AM dates for Rockfish and Bluefish (6am Trips):  June 2,  4,  5,  6,  8,  11,  12,  14,  15,  17,  30
July  1,  2,  3,  5,  6,  9,  10,  11,  13,  14,  15,  16,  17,  18,  19,  20,  21,  22

Thanks,
Capt. Greg Buckner

(301) 873-1327

Captains Log May 07′

Just as expected the best was yet to come.  Over the last 2 and 1/2 weeks fishing has steadily improved.  Out of 37 catch and keep trips we have come home with our limit on every trip but two.  And on both of those trips as with most trips now, we are throwing back several slot fish (35″ to 41″).  With such a cool early Spring the spawn was delayed at least two weeks.  What this means for us is that the entire month of May will be great fishing for the Trophy Spring Stripers.  Most years it slows down mid May, but not this year.  We are even seeing a decent number of pre-spawn fish still.  If you missed your chance at a Early Season date and you thought you missed your shot at a Spring Trophy, there is still time to get a trip together.  We still have some dates available… Monday May 21 AM or PM,  Tuesday May 22 AM or PM,  Wednesday May 23 AM or PM,  Thursday May 24 PM,  Friday May 25 PM

And starting next Wednesday (May 16th) we switch over to the two fish per angler and the slot limit is gone.  Which means no more throwing back 10 to 20 (35″ to 41″) Rockfish per trip trying to get a limit of 28″ to 35″ or over 41″ Rockfish.

And not to far around the corner we will start our evening trips targeting Rockfish first and then loading up on good-sized Croakers.  Dates for these trips are going very fast, here is what is still available for these 4pm charters…….  Monday May 28,  Tuesday May 29,   Thursday May 31,   Monday June 4,   Monday July 9,  Tues July 10,  Wed July 11,  Sun July 15,  Mon July 16,  Tues July 17,  Wed July 18,  Thurs July 19

And if you want to catch something different, the MISS SUSIE and crew will be fishing for Cobia from Salt Ponds Marina in the Hampton, VA from June 19 thru June 26.  Cobia look like a cross between a catfish and a shark and are powerful fighters.  We have caught them up to 80 lbs with most being 25 lbs to 60 lbs.  We fish for them on anchor using spinning rods and a mixture of cut and live bait.  While targeting Cobia we also catch a wide variety of other fish including Red Drum, sharks, Bluefish, Croaker, Mullet, and several species of Rays.  We prefere that fishing parties book these trips on back to back days, because Cobia are a very unpredictable fish and they like to do the bite one day and be tough to catch the next day thing, so two dates gives everyone in the party a great shot at landing one of these tasty hard fighting fish.  Dates available for these trips are……….  June 20,  21,  25,  26

The light tackle chumming bite will also be starting soon and this year very late May and the first three weeks of June will be your best shot of the year at landing Trophy Rockfish while chumming with spinning rods.  Here are the dates that we have available for AM light tackle chumming trips……… Mon May 28,  Tues May 29,  Wed May 30,  Thurs May 31,  June 1,  2,  4,  5,  6,  8,  11,  12,  13,  14,  15,  16,  17,  27,  28,  28,  30

If you are interested in any of the above mentioned dates or if you have any questions, please contact Capt. Greg Buckner @ (301) 873-1327   or   E-mail: gcbuckner@hotmail.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Thanks,
Capt. Greg Buckner

Captains Log April 07′

Well it is here, the 2007 Spring Trophy Rockfish Season.  To get things started we rounded out our catch and release light tackle trips with a bang.  We had outstanding catches considering the light tackle we were using.  We had 14 Pre Season trips on the books and were only able to run 8 of them because of the high winds last Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.  Our worst catch of these 8 light tackle trips was 18 Trophy Rockfish and our best catch was 28 Trophy Rockfish.  Not bad considering these were only 5 hour charters.  Out of 8 pre-season trips using light tackle we landed 5 fish that would clear the upper end of the new slot limit (over 41inches).

The catch and keep season opened with a bang.  On our first pass across the Bay Saturday AM we landed 11 Trophy Rockfish with 8 keepers (28″ to 35″) and 3 slot fish (35″ to 41″).  We stayed out for a little while longer and caught and released another 8 or so Spring Trophies.  And then Saturday PM came and the fishing got much tougher.  The massive number of fishing boats out on opening day really but a damper on the action and we had to work hard to catch our limit of 7 Rockfish.  Sunday AM we also had to work hard to scratch out our limit and relied on our 24 rod spread to catch our 8 keepers.  By Sunday afternoon the fishing had gotten really tough because of all the boat pressure and we were only able to capture 9 of our 11 needed keepers, with a few (35″ to 42″) slot fish to aggervate the situation.  We worked hard with 24 lines in the water to land our limits on both trips Monday and our AM trip on Tuesday.  Tuesday PM things started looking up, we hooked 6 Trophy Stripers at one time and managed to get 5 of the 6 in the boat, then we plucked away to catch our last few keepers.  Wednesday AM went great with a steady bite and a fairly quick limit.  Then on the PM trip the BUBBAS of 2007 showed up for us.  We had a fairly good bite going, needing only three more keepers, and then we caught a 47″ 41lb Trophy followed shortly after by a 43″ 38lb trophy.

The new 2007 size limit has been very frustrating; throwing back beautiful 35″ to 41″ fish is hard to do for my customers but luckly we have had enough legal 28″ to 41″ to get our limits every trip but one.  The reason for the relatively slow start to the 2007 Trophy Season is fairly simple………. our colder then normal Spring has delayed the Spawing cycle and the fish that are normally starting their migration back down the Bay are still in the creeks and rivers spawning.  With the sudden warm trend the soon to spawn fish seemed to have made a b-line toward their spawning ground all at once.  I have talked to 2 fisheries biologist who have confirmed that the spawning grounds are absolutly loaded with Stripers.  What this means is the the best is yet to come. I suspect that the Spring Trophy season is going to really kick off in about a week as the trophy fish begin their travels south.  Also because everything is behind schedule, I suspect we will be catching the trophy fish in good numbers much later into May (probably the 3rd or even 4th week of the month).

If you are interested in getting out on the Bay for some great fishing action here are the dates that we still have available……..

Trophy Rockfishing or if it gets warm quick light tackle chumming for mixed sized Stripers:  May 21,  22,  23,  25,  28,  29,  31  all dates available AM or PM

Evening Charters for light tackle Rockfish and bottom fishing for Croaker (25 per man):
May 28,  29,  31
June  4,  6,  17,  27,  28
July  2,  8,  9,  10,  11,  15,  16,  17,  18,  19

If you are interested in any of these dates, please call or e-mail as soon as possible to ensure you get the date of your choice.

Thanks,
Capt. Greg                   (301) 873-1327

4/12/2007-4/14/2007
Solomon’s Area
By Greg Buckner, Captain of the “Miss Susie”

Man it sure is good to be out on the water catching fish.  Thursday April 12th was our first day on the water doing the light tackle trolliong thing.  We had Gene Muller from the Washington Times on board to get a story and snap a few photos.  Within about an hour and a half of trolling we landed and released 10 Trophy Stripers from 28 to 38 inches.  All were caught on spinning tackle.  Friday the 13th was our first charter of the season and it went well, we landed and released 18 Spring Trophies from 28 to 39 inches all on spinning rods more suited for catching large-mouth bass than Trophy Rockfish.  On Saturday the 14th morning trip we landed and released 20 Spring Trophies from 29 to 42 inches.  On our afternoon trip we landed and released 21 Trophies from 27 to 40 inches, once again all were caught on spinning tackle.  On each of these trips we also lost between 6 and 12 nice fish just becase of the much more difficult task of landing big fish on light tackle.  But that is why they call it FISHING and not CATCHING.  The strong winds forced us to cancel our trips for Sunday thru Tuesday, but we will be back at it on Wednesday with the light tackle catch and release trolling.  The below photos showcase some of the action from the last few days.

If you are interested in getting out for a Spring Catch and Keep trip in early May, my other boat the FIN FINDER has May 8 & 9th AM or PM still available for charter.  Also my PM Rockfish and Croaker trips for late May, June and July are booking up quickly so don’t miss out: call or e-mail for your date today.  I hope you all enjoy these photos as much as the anglers enjoyed catching and releasing the fish in the photos.

Thanks,
Capt. Greg Buckner         (301) 873-1327

Captains Log March 07′

3/10/2007-3/27/2007
Solomon’s on Land
By Greg Buckner, Captain of the “Miss Susie”

The “Miss Susie” is shaping up, the structural work is complete and the motor is mounted.  The still to do list includes….Installing fuel tanks, complete electrical work, paint hull, install new deck and paint the top-side.  Everything is coming together and the “Miss Susie” will be ready to fish by April 13th our first catch and release charter.  I was asked by a few customers to post some pics of the “Miss Susie” as she in being worked on, so I have a few pics below.
As mentioned in an earlier report, because we are losing six days of our Trophy Season in 2007, I have decided to offer something new this season.  What I am offering is Pre-Season, Catch & Release, Light Tackle Trolling charters from April 13th thru April 20th.  We will be using light tackle spinning rods and reels spooled with braided line to troll for the monster Spring Trophy Rockfish while there is little to no fishing pressure on the fish before the season opens.  We will be trolling 16 lines all rigged with single parachute and shad baits (no UMBRELLAS).  The use of Planar Boards and Down Riggers will let us get away with using un-weighted lines (no Big In-line Sinkers).  Also, because we are using such light tackle and the set up of our spread, after a fish is hooked up the boat will have to slow to a crawl.  This means you get to fight your Spring Trophy with the boat barley moving so it is just you and the fish.  Surely landing a 30″ to 50″ Striper in this fashion will be an accomplishment to be remembered forever.  If you and your crew are interested in one of these trips, just let me know.  I am offering a 6am and a 1pm charter and the trips will be 5 to 6 hours in length and there will be no limit on how many fish we can catch and release.  Dates available are: (Fri April 13 @ 1pm)  (Tues April 17 @ 6am or 1pm)  (Wed April 18 @ 6am)  (Fri April 20 @ 1pm).  These dates will be booking up soon, so don’t miss your chance.

As for Catch and Keep Trophy Season Dates I only have a few still open aboard the MISS SUSIE, they are:  (Thurs May 10 @ 6am)  (Wed May 16 @ 6am or 1pm)  (Thurs May 17 @ 1pm).  My other boat the “Fin Finder” still has a few catch and keep Spring Trophy Dates available also.

As expected my PM Rock and Croaker light tackle trips are booking up very quickly also.  If you are interested in one of these late May, June or July trips get your crew together and get your date before they are all gone.

Thanks,
Capt. Greg Buckner          (301) 873-1327

3/1/2007-3/7/2007
Solomons, MD
By Greg Buckner, Captain of the “Miss Susie”

Well the job of converting the “Miss Susie” from a twin engine to a single engine has turned out to be a lot of hard work.  But we are making progress and in addition to the engine conversion we are also beefing up the structural frame work of the boat as well as installing new larger fuel tanks.  We are also installing a brand new very comfortable toilet, as well as a sound system with 4 new good quality speakers and a stero that my i-pod will hook to.  So look foward to great tunes in 2007 as well as great fishing.

If you are interested in a Spring Charter, the dates are nearly all booked up.  So contact me asap.  I still have 6 openings(dates) for the Catch and Release Pre-Season, light tackle trips.  As for the catch and keep Trophy Trips, I have a few dates the week of May 14 to May 18.  With the cold weather we now have, I think we should be catching the Trophy Fish at least through Friday May 18th.  I also still have availability for the last two weeks of May.  The year before last we caught the Trophy Fish almost the entire month of May and last year we had excellent light tackle chumming for Rockfish from 18″ to 38″.  So reguardless of how quick it warms up this spring the last two weeks of May is a great time to get out on the Bay.  We will start our PM Rock and Croaker Trips towards the end of May and this is a great time to book these trips as well, because Croaker are a strange fish.  That is, they are nocturnal by nature, and the hotter the weather the more nocturnal they become.  In other words they bite earlier in the afternoon in late May than they do in Mid July.  This means that we will often times be loaded up with both Rockfish and Croaker and still be back at the dock at a resonable time (9 to 10pm).  June is also starting to book up quickly for the evening trips.

I hope everybody is having a good winter,

Capt. Greg Buckner       (301) 873-1327

Captains Log February 07′

The 2006 Chesapeake Bay Charter fishing season for MISS SUSIE CHARTERS was an excellent one, with a very busy schedule and great fishing.  Because of our loyal and valued customers, 2006 was a record year for MISS SUSIE CHARTERS, running more charters in one year than the business has ever done in its more than 15 year history.  That is quite an accomplishment considering the industry was in a serious slump in 2006.  Enough cannot be said about the importance of and how deeply appreciated our very special customers are.  We at MISS SUSIE CHARTERS plan to continue to provide top quality fishing charters and treat all of our customers with respect and courtesey, ensuring that these same valued customers will continue to support us and enjoy all we have to offer for years to come.

In an effort to improve upon the services that we provide the “Miss Susie” will be a much different boat in 2007 than it has been in the past.  We are currently starting the project of converting the “Miss Susie” from a twin motor boat to a single motor boat.  This will vastly increase deck space aboard the “Miss Susie” as well as make her a knot or two faster.  Instead of two fairly large motor boxes which the boat has had for years, she will now have just one motor box positioned in the center of the deck.  This will allow for passengers to stand and fish against the rail all the way around the outside area of the boat.  Because of the two large motor boxes this was not possible before, so what this basically means is that the “Miss Susie” is now much better suited to entertain large groups (8 to 16 passengers) than she was before.  For all of my long time customers, you will be amazed at the difference this transition will make.

Also, important to note, I, Capt. Greg Buckner recently acquired FIN FINDER CHARTERS from Capt. Sonney Forrest.  The “Fin Finder” is a luxourious 46ft Markley licensed to carry up to 30 passengers decked out with the latest and greatest in electronics and fishing equiptment.  Capt. Sonney Forrest (owner and operator for over twenty years) will continue to run the majority of the charters for at least the next three years.  Capt. Andrew Turner, a good friend of mine and occasional fill-in mate aboard the “Miss Susie” will be serving as full time first mate and fill in Capt. aboard the “Fin Finder” for the next few seasons.  Whenever there are situations where fishing parties need two boats to accomadate large crews or if MISS SUSIE CHARTERS is already booked for a certain day, you can rest assured that you will be in good hands aboard the “Fin Finder” with Capt. Sonney and Capt. Andrew.  Also, Capt. Andrew Turner and myself (Capt. Greg) will be moving the “Fin Finder” south to VA Beach in mid to late December to take advantage of the amazing fishing opportunities available in the Ocean Winter Striper Season.  We will be fishing down there through early to mid February.  Plan early, so you don’t miss this opportunity.  We will be offering package deals which include two days fishing and one night’s lodging.

Now we have discussed the boats for 2007, lets talk about what new for fishing in 2007 aboard the “Miss Susie” and the “Fin Finder”……..

Because we are losing six days of our Trophy Season in 2007, I have decided to offer something new this season.  What I am offering is Pre-Season, Catch & Release, Light Tackle Trolling charters from April 13th thru April 20th.  We will be using light tackle spinning rods and reels spooled with braided line to troll for the monster Spring Trophy Rockfish while there is little to no fishing pressure on the fish before the season opens.  We will be trolling 16 lines all rigged with single parachute and shad baits (no UMBRELLAS).  The use of Planar Boards and Down Riggers will let us get away with using un-weighted lines (no Big In-line Sinkers).  Also, because we are using such light tackle and the set up of our spread, after a fish is hooked up the boat will have to slow to a crawl.  This means you get to fight your Spring Trophy with the boat barley moving so it is just you and the fish.  Surely landing a 30″ to 50″ Striper in this fashion will be an accomplishment to be remembered forever.  If you and your crew are interested in one of these trips, just let me know.  I am offering a 6am and a 1pm charter and the trips will be 5 to 6 hours in length and there will be no limit on how many fish we can catch and release.  Dates for these trips are booking up already, don’t miss your chance to give this a try.

Cobia Fishing in late June in the Bay Bridge Tunnel Area, departing from Salt Ponds Marina.  Cobia are a very hard fighting and powerful fish that look like a cross between a shark and a catfish.  They enter into the very lower Chesapeake Bay every June to spawn, and we catch them while on anchor with spinning rods, using a mixture of cut baits and live baits to catch them.  While fishing for Cobia it is common to catch a wide variety of species including Red Drum, Sharks, Rays and much more.  We will be in the Hampton, VA area Cobia fishing from June 19th thru June 28.  Because Cobia are a very unpredictable fish we encourage our parties to book two days back to back vastly improving our odds of everyone landing a Cobia.

VA Beach Winter Ocean Fishing aboard the “Fin Finder” with Capt. Greg and Capt. Andrew.  It was already mentioned above, but if you have not tried it you would not believe it.  Winter Ocean fishing is the one time all year when the entire East Coast Stock of Trophy Striped Bass school up in massive numbers feeding on baitfish off of the VA Beach coast.  Many days the Stripers are so thich that jigging for them is just as effective as trolling.  We will be offering package deals which include; a day one charter departing around 10 AM and returning sometime before dark, hotel rooms (2 per room), and a day two charter departing around 6 AM and returning some time early afternoon.  These dates will also begin booking soon, so gather your crew up and get them excited about trying something new.  Mid December thru Mid February.

I was going to give a fishing year in review, but this Report has already got too long winded, so look foward to seeing it soon as a new Report.

Thank You Very Much to All of My Customers, may God Bless You and Your Families in 2007,

Capt. Greg Buckner

Captains Log December 06′

Sorry for the delay, but what a way to end the 2006 season!!!  We captured our limit of trophy Rockfish every trip in December with the exception of one day when the wind did not allow us to fish the most productive waters.  The fishing in the Point Lookout South area this December was simply awesome.  It has been 4 or 5 years since we have had fishing this good in December.  My only regret was that I did not see it coming and have booked trips later into the month.  Several photos showcase the great fishing from December 2006.

Big changes are planned for “MISS SUSIE CHARTERS” in 2007!!!!!  Be sure to check back during the next few weeks to see what “new” we are offering for 2007 and how we are improving and expanding our business.  I also promise to soon report on “Fishing the Bay in 2006″ with an overview of another great season on the Chesapeake Bay.

Thanks and Happy New Year’s,

Capt. Greg Buckner

Looking foward to another great season in 2007!!!!!!

Captains Log November 06′

11/28/2006-11/29/2006

Point Lookout Area
By Greg Buckner, Captain of the “Miss Susie”

Well the fishing continues to improve, it is now what I would consider excellent.  And the best part of the story is that the fish are being caught in many different areas from a few miles north of Point Lookout all the way to the Bay Bridge Tunnel.  And in many areas there are bites happening where it is what charter capts consider “wide open”.  With multiple big fish hook ups at one time and lots of action.  The fishing has been so good the last two days that I would say that it is as good as our Spring Trophy Season.  In fact several other capts and myself agree that there appear to be more trophy Stripers in the lower Chesapeake Bay area this late Fall then we have seen in probably 4 or 5 years.  And with pleanty of bait here to hold them in our area, fishing should continue to be very good for at least a few more weeks. We are also starting to see a few more of the Big Trophy fish.  Yesterday we had two Trophies over 43″ .  So don’t delay and pick a date today so you can load the freezer with fresh Rockfish fillets for the winter.  Here are the dates that are still available……..

December:  5,  6,  9,  11,  13,  14,  15

Thanks,
Capt. Greg

11/16/2006-11/27/2006
Point Lookout Area
By Greg Buckner, Captain of the “Miss Susie”

This late fall season is turning out to be like most late fall trophy seasons.  With good overall catches with some very good days and a few days where you need to put your time in to grind out 5 or 6 Trophy fish.  We moved the MISS SUSIE to Point Lookout Marina on the 17th to be closer to where the best bites have been occurring.  We will be fishing out of Point Lookout through December 17th.  With trophy fish still being caught north of Point Lookout and other fish which seem to be working their way north in several areas from the Bridge Tunnel to Point Lookout, fishing should continue to be good and I believe it may even kick wide open over the next few weeks.  The presence of pleanty of bait also makes the next few weeks look promising, because the fish have something to hold them here in our area.  I have to apoligize for not taking as many photos as I should.  I will try and snap a bunch more shots for my next report.  There are still a few dates avialable to get out and catch your December trophy.  So round up your fishing crew and lets go catch a box full of trophy rockfish.  Here are the dates………..
December:  Tues 5th,  Wed 6th,  Sat 9th,  Mon 11th,  Wed 13th,  Thurs 14th,  Fri 15th
11/15/2006-11/15/2006
Solomons Island Area
By Greg Buckner, Captain of the “Miss Susie”

Well the fishing certainly has improved.  Today fishing was excellent!!!  By 9:15 AM we had boated 6 Stripers over 37 inches with the largest being just under 40 inches.  We had three of these trophy fish hooked up at one time today, it was just awesome.  Once again the fish had sea lice on them (a sign that they are fresh from the Ocean).  Several other good charter captains reported excellent catches also today, despite the dense fog.  It looks like this late Fall may turn out to be much better than the last few late Novembers and Decembers.  We cancelled for tomorrow(11/16/2006) because of the forcasted 30 knot winds from the South and we will be back at it Friday(11/17/2006).  I only have a few select dates available for the rest of this Chesapeake Bay Season, here they are……………..

December:  5,  6,  11,  12,  13,  14,  16

Thanks and Happy Holidays,
Capt. Greg

11/2/2006-11/14/2006
Solomons Island Area
By Greg Buckner, Captain of the “Miss Susie”

Well November has turned out so far to be like Novembers of years past.  With some excellent fishing for a few days and then slow for a few days.  The presence of the 18″ to 26″ fish helped us a few days to put some meat in the box when trolling for the “big boys” did not work out.  On other days we went for the small fish (18″ to 26″) first and left a few slots open and then went after the “bubbas.”  Tuesday Nov. 7th was our best day so far on the “bubbas”.  That day we landed two fish that measured right at 48inches, one weighed 42lbs and the other weighed 41lbs.  We also had some other nice fish from 20″ to 38″ that day.  The wind did not allow us to do much on the 12th and the 13th.  But we got out on Tuesday the 14th and had our limit for a small three person party by 11:00 AM, the fish measured between 24inches up to 38inches.

I believe that the Ocean Run fish (Migratory Stock) are just starting to arrive.  Three of the fish we caught today had Sea Lice on them, so they have not been in the Bay long.  As more and more of these fish work North, the fishing should improve daily.  Several other boats also had good catches today (11/14/06), so things are looking up and as with all November and December trips that chance at a 50 pound plus fish is present at any time.   We only have a few dates still available for fishing the Bay this Season.  Those dates are……….
November:  20

December:  5,  6,  11,  12,  13,  14,  16

Thanks and Happy Holidays,
Capt. Greg
10/17/2006-11/1/2006
Solomons Island Area
By Greg Buckner, Captain of the “Miss Susie”

Late October has always been a time for change and this year is no exception, especially with much cooler temperatures.  The live linning remained strong thru about the 23rd of October.  On the 27th we switched over to trolling shallow water structure and had very good results finding Rockfish from 18inches to 32inches that were hungry and willing to bite.  The 28th and 29th we fished in the Patuxent River because of high winds and scratched out our limit of 18″ to 24″ fish both days.  We had Monday the 30th off and today (10/31/06) we started our day trolling the shallow water, catching 1/2 of our limit and then while it was still fairly early in the day we put out our Trophy Fish spread with 22 rods and trolled for a few hours in the deeper water.  The results were excellent, before we even had 6 rods in the water we had landed a 45inch/ 41lbs. Fall Trophy.  Over the next three hours we had 15 bites and landed 13 of them.  8 of the bites were without a doubt Trophy fish and of these 8 “big bites” we landed 6.  The 6 we landed ranged from (30″ to 45″).  The other 7 fish we caught trolling with big baits were between 25″ and 27.5″ and they were all carefully released to fight another day.
Hopefully this is just a taste of what is to come this Fall.  It sure was nice hearing the drag rip out today.  Here are the dates that I still have open this fall………

November:  19,  20,  22

December:  4,  5,  6, 11,  12,  13,  14,  16,  17

Thanks,
Capt. Greg

Captains Log October 06′

10/6/2006-10/16/2006
Solomons Island Area
By Greg Buckner, Captain of the “Miss Susie”

With the cooler temperatures comes change.  As for the live linning for Rockfish the cooler temps have brought a decent number of trophy sized fish (28″ to 38″) into the areas we have been live linning.  These fish are not the migratory trophies that we will see later in November and December but instead they are the resident “big fish” that are very elsusive and only caught at certain times of the year.  The action continues to be red hot and with the addition of a few trophies swimming around, it has been great fun the last few trips.  Catching a 30″ plus Rockfish on a spinning rod with live bait surelly is a great challenge and accomplishment.  I think the live linning should continue to produce for about another two weeks as it did last year.  Then we will switch to chumming and/or trolling.  By early November we should have a decent number of the ocean-run migratory fish in our area and we will begin trolling our “big stuff” in the deeper water going for the late fall trophies.  Our goal this fall is to catch one that beats our 57 pounder we caught last November.
The cooler weather has slowed the Bluefish bite.  But they are still here and with some time put into fishing for them respectable catches can be made.  The White Perch fishing has been heating up with the dropping temperatures.  If you want your chance to catch a trophy sized fish on light tackle get out with us soon and we will do our best to make it happen.  As for the late fall Trophies we only have a few days still open so get one before they are all gone……………

October:  18,  19,  24,  25,  29,  30,  31

November:  3,  29

December:  4,  5,  6,  10,  11,  12,  13,  14,  16,  17

Thanks to All,
Capt. Greg
9/27/2006-10/5/2006
Solomons Island Area
By Greg Buckner, Captain of the “Miss Susie”

It is often hard to describe how “good” fishing is at a given time.  Well fishing is excellent right now and a comment from a new customer of mine who fished with me Monday the 2nd on a 1pm trip put things into perspective.  As we were saying our goodbyes and shaking hands he looked me in the eyes and said….. “I am 74 years old and I have been fishing the Chesapeake Bay my whole life and that was the best fishing trip that I have ever been on.”  I politely said Thank You and went on to clean a dirty boat.  While cleaning the boat I thought about what was just said and I felt very thankful for having played a part in making that statement a reality.

Fishing really is that good right now, on days when the wind does not blow real hard we have been catching between 40 and 75 Bluefish from 4lbs to 10lbs in about two hours time.  That is after loading up on nice Rockfish (19″ to 26″) using live Spot.  With all the Rockfish and Bluefish now in our area it seems to me that we should have pleanty of fish to keep our fish box full until the November Trophies show up in a few weeks.  With the weather cooling and the fishing this good dates are going fast.  Below is a list of open dates, as you will see the Trophy dates in November and December are almost all gone….

October:  10,  15,  17,  18,  22,  24,  25,  26,  29,  30,  30

November:  28,  29

December:  4,  5,  6,  10,  11,  12,  13,  14,  16,  17

Thanks,
Capt. Greg

Captains Log September 06′

The 2006 fishing season as a whole has been excellent, but the fishing that we are experiencing right now is truely unbelivable.  On Friday the 22nd we caught our limit of Rockfish (19″ to 25″) and carefully released a dozen non-deep hooked keeper sized fish in about 20 minutes time.  They were all caught on light tackle spinning rods using live Spot for bait.  After catching our Rockfish we headed out to catch some Bluefish and with in an hour and one half we caught 60 Blues from 4 to 10 lbs.  Then we went bottom fishing to replinish the bait that we used and try for a few of the Jumbo Spot.  The bait sized Spot bit good and we also caught about one dozen of the Jumbo Spot.  Simply an awesome day on the Bay.  Saturday and Sunday the Rockfishing was just as good but the extreme winds did not allow us to put much time in for the Bluefish.  On Saturday we caught around 10 Blues and on Sunday we caught around 20 Blues from 3 to 7 lbs.  With better weather on Monday we quickly caught our Rockfish again and then caught 40 Blues from 3 to 7 lbs before the fishing party said they had enough Blues.  On Tuesday we did just a half day afternoon trip and first caught our bait Spot and then quickly caught our Rockfish and then headed for home, making a quick stop just outside the mouth of the Patuxent River and trolled up 12 Blues from 2 to 4 lbs.

I don’t know for sure how long this great fishing will continue, but it sure is fun.  I do expect the live lining for the Rockfish to continue through probably the 3rd week of October.  As for the Bluefish, it is hard to tell, but I think it is safe to say that we will have them for at least two more weeks.

Call Today for your October date or if you want to try for your November or December 50 plus pounder.  Here are the available dates……………..

October:  Sun 1,  Tues 3,  Wed 4,  Thurs 5,  Fri 6,  Tues 10,  Sun 15,  Mon 16,  Tues 17,  Wed 18,  Thurs 19,  Sun 22,  Tues 24,  Wed 25,  Thurs 26,  Sun 29,  Mon 30,  Tues 31

November:  Wed 1,  Wed 15,  Tues 28,  Wed 29,  Thurs 30

December:  Mon 4,  Tues 5,  Wed 6,  Sun 10,  Mon 11,  Tues 12,  Wed 13, Thurs 14, Sat 16,  Sun 17

Thanks to All,
Capt. Greg
9/16/2006-9/21/2006
Solomons Island Area
By Greg Buckner, Captain of the “Miss Susie”

If you want to go fishing this fall, now is the time.  It does not get any better than this.  The live lining for Rockfish (20″ to 28″) is as good as it gets.  And the fish are not just biting in one special “spot”, the bite is excellent in several places.
In addition to the Rockfish, we found the “motherload” of big Bluefish (4 to 9lbs) today.  We landed fifty of these hard fighters in just one hour.  These fish should also continue to bite for another two weeks or so.

Dont miss out, give us a call today.

Thanks,
Capt. Greg
8/28/2006-9/15/2006
Solomons Island Area
By Greg Buckner, Captain of the “Miss Susie”

The last two weeks have been very interesting on the Chesapeake Bay.  Tropical Storm Ernesto apperred to have really hurt fishing on the day after the storm.  But fishing has improved dramatically since the storm.  With the exception of the day after the storm, we have been very easily catching our limits of nice Rockfish from 19″ to 26″ with a few 30″ plus fish.  Live Spot are still doing the trick.  After catching our limit of Rockfish on Tues the 12th we gave Flounder fishing a try and caught over 30, but only had two over the 15″ min.  After about an hour of Flounder fishing, our drift slowed to about nothing so we decided to go looking for breaking fish.  And we found the “motherload”.  We first started trolling through the schools, catching about 8 Spanish Mackeral and 20 Bluefish.   And after a few passes, our fishing party decided they wanted to use the light tackle to catch these fish.  So we broke out the light spinning tackle and for two hours they caught fish after fish.  With the jigging spoons, most of the fish were Rockfish (12″ to 26″) which we carefully released, and the rest were Bluefish from 2 to 4 lbs.  On Thursday the 14th after quickly catching a nice limit of Rockfish, our party wanted to give Flounder fishing a good few hour effort.  We caught at least 40 Flounder, with 5  being over the 15″ min.

It looks like the great live lining action is going to continue for a few more weeks, there seem to be pleanty of Rockfish to catch and they are biting in several locations.  The breaking fish are out there and we should have Mackeral and Bluefish to catch jigging and trolling for the next few weeks.

If you want to experience a nice fall day on the Chesapeake Bay, give us a call and book a date you will have a blast.

*****The late Fall Trophy Dates are almost all booked up*****  If you want to get a chance at a 50plus pounder this fall, give us a call before the dates are all gone.
Here are the light tackle dates that we still have available during the next few weeks…….

Sept. :     18,  19,  26,  27,  29

Oct. :  3,  4,  5,  6,  9,  10,  13,  15,  16,  17,  18,  19

Thanks,
Capt. Greg

Fishing Report August 06′

I would like to start this report with, “I am sorry for not keeping up on my report and not taking as many photos as I should have.”  August was a hetic month for me, I took a vacation for a week and a half during the middle of the month and early in the month I was busy fishing and getting ready for my trip.  As for the fishing in the Bay over the past month, it has been very good.  Live lining Spot produced a limit of Rockfish from 18 inches to 28 inches for every one of our 15 charters this August.  Upon my return from vacation, I was also greeted with the arrival of Spanish Mackeral and Bluefish in our area.  On our AM trip on Saturday the 26th we landed 16 Spanish Mackeral and a handful of Bluefish in addition to our limit of Rockfish and about 50 good sized Spot.

With the Rockfish being caught using live spot in a few locations I look to see the live lining bite to remain strong through September.  As for the Mackeral and Bluefish, fishing for them should just get better as we get into September.  Both Spanish Mackeral and Bluefish prefer salty water and with the dry weather as of late, the salinity levels in the Bay are high which normally means great fishing for both species.

Dates in September are going fast, if you want to get out on the Bay and catch some fish, contact us today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here are the dates that are still available…………..
September:  Tues 5,  Wed 6,  Thurs 7,  Fri 8,  Sat 9 (1/2 day PM Trip only),  Wed 13,  Fri 15,  Mon 18,  Tues 19,  Thurs 21,  Sat 23,  Tues 26,  Wed 27,  Fri 29,  Sat 30 (1/2 day AM Trip only)

Also please note, if you are interested in a late fall (Nov or Dec) Trophy trip dates are almost all booked up.  Contact us a soon as possible to reserve your shot at a late fall 50 plus pounder.