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Captains Log July 06′

The Live-Lining bite continues to be as good as it gets!!!!!!!   We are quickly catching nice limits of Rockfish between 20 inches and 34 inches using live Spot as bait.  The Spot fishing is also still very good, with pleanty of nice sized Spot to fill coolers with.

This Red hot live lining bite should be good for at least a week and a half or maybe two weeks.  Get out on the Bay and give it a try it is a whole lot of fun…..

If you want to experience some fast and furious live-lining action for Rockfish pick a date below that fits your schedule and give us a call.

For AM charter:  JULY……. Thurs 27,  Sun 30,  Mon 31,
AUGUST……Tues 1,  Wed 2,  Thurs 3,  Fri 4,  Sat 5,  Sun 6,  Mon 7,  Tues 8

For PM charter:  July……….Thurs 27,  Sun 30,  Mon 31,
AUGUST……….Tues 1,  Wed 2,  Thurs 3,  Fri 4,  Sun 6,  Mon 7,  Tues 8,  Thurs 10,
Fri 11,  Sat 12,  Sun 13

We are also now booking dates for the Spanish Mackeral, Bluefish, and Rockfish trips in September.   Last season the average September trip consisted of 30 to 60 Spanish Mackeral, 30 to 60 Bluefish and our limit of Rockfish, plus tons of undersized Rockfish.

Also to make a note our dates for the Fall Trophy Run in November and eary December are also booking up quickly.  We have about 12 dates still available in November and 7 dates still available in the first half of December.  Don’t miss your shot at a 50 plus pounder this fall.

Thanks,
Capt. Greg

7/18/2006-7/24/2006
Solomon’s Area
By Greg Buckner, Captain of the “Miss Susie”

The Red Hot Live-Lining bite that we had last season at this time is back into full swing.  We have had very good catches of Rockfish between 20 inches and 36 inches using live Spot as bait.  This method of cathcing Rockfish is without a doubt the coolest way to catch Rockfish.  To use a good sized live fish to catch an even larger fish….. it just doesn’t get any better than that.

The bottom fishing for Spot in the Patuxent River continues to be very productive and an average half day bottom fishing trip with six anglers is producing 400 to 600 good sized Spot per trip.  On our Rockfish trips, we also do some bottom fishing to supply our bait for the Rockfish.

The PM Croaker fishing is still good, but the bite has gotten very late and some nights they have not been biting that great.  Because of this and the excellent day time Spot fishing close to home, we are most likley finished with our Croaker trips for the year.  This was a excellent year for Croaker and it is ending about right on schedule.

If you want to experience some fast and furious live-lining action for Rockfish pick a date below that fits your schedule and give us a call.

For AM charter:  JULY……. Thurs 27,  Sun 30,  Mon 31,
AUGUST……Tues 1,  Wed 2,  Thurs 3,  Fri 4,  Sat 5,  Sun 6,  Mon 7,  Tues 8

For PM charter:  July……….Thurs 27,  Sun 30,  Mon 31,
AUGUST……….Tues 1,  Wed 2,  Thurs 3,  Fri 4,  Sun 6,  Mon 7,  Tues 8,  Thurs 10,
Fri 11,  Sat 12,  Sun 13

We are also now booking dates for the Spanish Mackeral, Bluefish, and Rockfish trips in September.   Last season the average September trip consisted of 30 to 60 Spanish Mackeral, 30 to 60 Bluefish and our limit of Rockfish, plus tons of undersized Rockfish.

Also to make a note our dates for the Fall Trophy Run in November and eary December are also booking up quickly.  We have about 12 dates still available in November and 7 dates still available in the first half of December.  Don’t miss your shot at a 50 plus pounder this fall.

Thanks,
Capt. Greg

7/10/2006-7/17/2006
Solomon’s Area
By Greg Buckner, Captain of the “Miss Susie”

As the summer’s heat finally shows up the fishing continues to be very good for all of the species that we have been targeting.  Including:  Rockfish, Bluefish, Spot and Croaker.  The livelining with Spot has been very productive for Rockfish 20″ up to 36″.  Spot fishing in the Paxtuxent River continues to be very, very good.  There are still pleanty of 1.5 to 4lb bluefish around, on 7/15 we caught 52 in about 2 hours time.  The PM Croaker fishing is still good, but the bite has gotten later.  Some nights they don’t start biting until 9 pm.  But when they turn on, you can normally catch your limit in less than 2 hours as we did on 7/15.

Here is a list of the dates that we still have available for charter for the rest of July and early August.

AM trips:  July:  Fri 21,  Sat 22,  Tues 25,  Wed 26,  Thurs 27,  Sun 30,  Mon 31,   August:  Tues 1,  Wed 2,  Thurs 3,  Fri 4,  Sat 5,  Sun 6,  Mon 7,  Tues 8,  Fri 11

PM trips:  July:  Fri 21,  Sat 22,  Sun 23,  Mon 24,  Tues 25,  Wed 26,  Thurs 27,  Fri 28,  Sun 30,  Mon 31,      August:  Tues 1, Wed 2,  Thurs 3,  Fri 4,  Sun 6,  Mon 7,  Tues 8,  Fri 11,  Sat 12,  Sun 13

Don’t miss your chance for some great summer time fishing, call for a date today.  This is a great time of year to take your kids fishing.  They will remember it forever.

Capt. Greg

7/5/2006-7/9/2006
Solomon’s Area
By Greg Buckner, Captain of the “Miss Susie”

The excellent summer fishing continues.  On Wednesday (7/05/06) we gave live-lining Spot a try and did well catching our limit of Rockfish in about two hours time with our keepers ranging from 20″ to 27″.  That day we also had a good catch of White Perch.  Friday PM we had a 1/2 day bottom fishing trip and we had very good catches of white perch and spot.  Saturday PM we went trolling to catch our Rockfish and did good.  On Sunday PM (7/10) we had an all evening Bottom fishing trip and we started fishing in the Pax. River and caught over 200 Spot and about 20 white perch.  We then headed south for the Croaker and by 10:15 PM we had caught our limit of 250 Croaker (10 anglers x 25 fish per man).

It looks as if the rest of this month is going to be a great time to go fishing.  The Rockfish have finally got their act back together, the Spot and White Perch are biting close to the dock, the Croaker are biting in the evenings, and even trolling for Bluefish is very good.

If you want to load the boat with a lot of fish, July is the time to go.  The Croaker bite should last thru the end of the month and the Spot/Perch fishing normally stays good thru early September.  Also we expect the Spanish Mackeral to be showing up in a couple of weeks.  These bueatiful, tasty fish are caught mixed in with surface feeding Rockfish and Bluefish in August and September.

Here are the dates that we still have available for July…………

For AM charters the July dates available are:  Wed 12,  Fri 14,  Sun 16,  Mon 17,  Tues 18,  Thurs 20,  Fri 21,  Sat 22,  Tues 25,  Wed 26,  Thurs 27,  Fri 28,  Sun 30,  Mon 31.

For PM charters the July dates are:   Wed 12, Thurs 13,  Fri 14,   Mon 17,  Tues 18,  Thurs 20,  Fri 21,  Sat 22,  Sun 23,  Mon 24,  Tues 25,  Wed 26,  Thurs 27,  Fri 28,  Sat 29,  Sun 30,  Mon 31

Don’t miss your chance to load the boat this July, call today to reserve your date.

Capt. Greg

6/27/2006-7/3/2006
Solomon’s Area
By Greg Buckner, Captain of the “Miss Susie”

The huge storm system that pounded our area for several days finally had its impact on our fishing.  On Tuesday (6/27) afternoon we went back to the area where we had been quickly catching our limits of rockfish and the fish were gone.  We struggled to catch a few keepers and decided to try another day with hopefully nicer weather.  On the AM of Wed (6/28) the weather finally broke, but the Rockfishing was difficult.  We did manage to catch our limit of two over 18″ but we had to work for them.  We did however take a break from Rockfishing in the middle of the trip and we loaded up on white perch bottom fishing.  These tasty smaller fish ranged from 7″ to 13″.  They fight very good for their size.  We ended up with close to 70 perch in just over an hour’s time.

On our PM trip on (6/28) we headed down the Bay searching for Bluefish and Croaker.  We found good numbers of both.  We trolled up 84 Bluefish from 2 to 5lbs in just under 2 hours.  Then we made one long drift for Croakers and caught 118 from 12″ to 19″.

On Friday (6/30) we went for Rockfish and once again we managed to get our limit.  We caught a few keepers trolling and the rest of our limit we caught light tackle Chumming.

On our Saturday and Monday PM trips we also did very good catching between 50 and 60 Bluefish and also catching between 120 and 160 Croakers.
The Rockfish should be getting their act together now and we are going to try livelining for them this week.  The Bluefishing on the afternoon trips should also remain strong.  The good PM Croaker fishing normally stays strong thru the third or fourth week of July. The White perch and Spot fishing are also red hot now and it should continue thru early September.

Here are the available dates………..
For AM charters the July dates available are:  Thurs 6,  Fri 7,  Sat 8,  Sun 9,  Mon 10,  Tues 11,  Wed 12,  Fri 14,  Sun 16,  Mon 17,  Tues 18,  Thurs 20,  Fri 21,  Tues 25,  Wed 26,  Thurs 27,  Fri 28,  Sun 30,  Mon 31.

For PM charters the July dates are:  Wed 5,  Thurs 6,  Mon 10,  Tues 11,  Wed 12, Thurs 13,  Fri 14,  Sun 16,  Mon 17,  Tues 18,  Thurs 20, Fri 21,  Sun 23,  Mon 24,  Tues 25,  Wed 26,  Thurs 27,  Fri 28,  Sun 30,  Mon 31

Give us a try this July you and your crew will have a great trip and catch a lot of fish.

Thanks,
Capt. Greg

Check out the pictures in the gallery of Blow fish we caught on (7/03/06)!!!!!!!!!!!

Captains Log June 06′

June continues to be a very productive month for Rockfish and Croaker, and also, as of the last few days Norfolk Spot and Bluefish.  The chumming action that we had been experiencing came to an abrupt stop on June 16 and has not started up since then.  So we had to switch gears and break out our jigging rods and when necessary our trolling rods.  Since we switched up the fishing has been outstanding with pleanty of Rockfish from 18″ to 26″.

On our June 20 PM trip we decided to give Bluefishing a try before we went for Croaker and we did very well.  We caught over 50 Bluefish from 2 to 5lbs in two hours.  Because of the high winds and storms we have not been able to make it down the Bay to go for Bluefish or Croaker since that trip.  It seems as if this strong southerly wind will not let up,  luckily the Rockfish are located close to the dock and the Spot are in the protected waters of the Patuxent River.

With the good numbers of Spot around, hopefully we can get into some live lining for Rockfish soon.  The good Bluefishing should continue thru October and the PM Croaker bite is normally very good through most of July.  The Spot fishing should remain strong thru Sept.  Here are the dates that are still available………..

For AM charters the July dates available are:  Sat 1,  Mon 3,  Wed 5,  Thurs 6,  Fri 7,  Sat 8,  Sun 9,  Mon 10,  Tues 11,  Wed 12,  Fri 14,  Sun 16,  Mon 17,  Tues 18,  Thurs 20,  Fri 21,  Tues 25,  Wed 26,  Thurs 27,  Fri 28,  Sat 29,  Sun 30,  Mon 31.

For PM charters the July dates are:  Wed 5,  Thurs 6,  Mon 10,  Tues 11,  Wed 12, Thurs 13,  Fri 14,  Sun 16,  Mon 17,  Tues 18,  Thurs 20, Fri 21,  Sun 23,  Mon 24,  Tues 25,  Wed 26,  Thurs 27,  Fri 28,  Sat 29,  Sun 30,  Mon 31

Call Today to get the date of your choice for Great July Fishing!!!

The red hot PM bottom fishing for Croaker continues, as well as good light-tackle chumming action for Rockfish.  Tuesday & Wednesday evenings the Croaker bite was early and we were limited out by 8:30 pm.  Thursday thru Sunday the bite was later but we still had very good catches (our limit or close to our limit).

Wednesday AM we had an outstanding catch of light tackle Trophy Rockfish.  We had our limit of over 28″ fish and even had to throw back two fish over 28″ while finishing out our limit of the 18″ – 28″ fish.  Our biggest was 35″ a true light tackle Trophy!!!  The chumming bite was slower but still good over the weekend even with the boat pressure.

As for Flounder fishing, we caught three on Wednesday and we should be giving them a try again this week.  The good Croaker fishing should continue through mid July. Here are the PM dates that we still have available………… June  15, 19,  22, 25, 28, 29; July 2, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16
The Chumming for Rockfish action should stay hot through the rest of June and continue through July, on our AM Trips we will be more selective on our Rockfish and try to get a few larger fish. Also we will soon begin to try Flounder fishing, Spot Fishing and Bluefishing. Here are the AM dates that we still have available…….. June 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29; July 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 16

Don’t miss out on your chance to load the boat in June and July!!!!!!!!!!!
Give us a call to get the date you want!!!!!!!!!!

As expected the evening bottom fishing for Croaker has started with a bang.  On our first Croaker trip of the season 5/31 after quickly catching our limit of Rockfish Chumming, we caught our limit of croaker (200 Fish, 25 per man) in about an hour and a half.  The next day 6/1 we did good catching 95 by 9:15, we left them biting because our party had to get on the road.  On 6/2 our Croaker plans were scratched because of the Thunderstorms.  On our 6/3 and 6/4 trips we did the half day Rockfishing thing and caught a few up to 30 inches on light tackle.

Our PM trip on Monday the 5th was a trip that was simply amazing.  We left the dock at 4pm and by 8pm we had captured our limit of Rockfish for 7 passengers and also our limit of Croaker.  That is 14 Rockfish (19″–26″) and 175 Croaker.  What is so amazing about this trip was how early in the evening the Croaker bit.  Normally they will start their bite around 8 or 9pm, last nite they started at 6:30pm.

The Croaker this season are of very good size, many of them are 16″ to 19″, the rest are between 13″ and 16″.  All of which are great fun on light tackle, especially when you get a double hittter.  These fish also make great table fare when filleted and fried or baked.  Fish cleaning is available even when we have tons of fish!!!!!

The good Croaker fishing should continue through mid July.  Here are the PM dates that we still have available…………  June  13,  15,  19,  20,  22,  25,  28,  29;  July 2,  5,  6,  10,  11,  12,  13,  14,  16

The Chumming for Rockfish action should stay hot through the rest of June and continue through July, on our AM Trips we will be more selective on our Rockfish and try to get a few larger fish.  Also we will soon begin to try Flounder fishing, Spot Fishing and Bluefishing.  Here are the AM dates that we still have available…….. June  13,  15,  20,  21,  22,  23,  24,  25,  26,  27,  29;  July 1,  3,  5,  6,  7,  8,  9,  10,  11,  12,  14,  16

June and July showcase some of the best light tackle fishing the Bay has to offer, give us a try and you will have a blast, hope to see you and your crew soon!!!!!!!!!!!

Captains Log May 06′

The Light-Tackle action for good sized Rockfish continues.  On both trips Friday and Saturday and our Sunday trip the Chumming was spectacular, with fast action and fish up to 34 inches.  On Saturday afternoon after catching our limit of nice Rockfish chumming we found a school of “breaking” Rockfish.  We quickly rigged up for light tackle jigging and casting and our fishing party had a blast catch and releasing Rockfish after Rockfish from 17″ to 27″.

So far this year my afternoon charters have not wanted to get home late, so we have not done the Croaker fishing thing yet.  I do know, however, that the Capt.s  who are fishing for them are reporting very good catches.  We should start Croaker fishing Wed the 31st.

The pics below showcase some of the great light tackle fishing that the Bay has to offer in late May and the entire month of June…………

Here is a list of the PM Trips still available in June for Rockfish/Croaker:  Sat 3,  Mon 12,  Tues 13,  Mon 19,  Tues 20,  Thurs 22,  Sun 25,  Wed 28,  Thurs 29

Here is a list of the AM Trips still available in June for Rockfish:  Thurs 1,  Fri 2,  Sun 4,  Mon 5,  Tues 6,  Sun 11,  Mon 12,  Tues 13,  Thurs 15,  Tues 20,  Wed 21,  Thurs 22,  Fri 23,  Sat 24,  Sun 25,  Mon 26,  Tues 27,  Wed 28,  Thurs 29

Beat the Summer Heat, get out on the Bay in June, you are sure to have a Blast!!!!!!!!!

The 2006 Trophy Season ended with good fishing.  We caught our limit of Trophies through Saturday the 13th and on Sunday the 14th we were well on our way to our limit when we had to head home early because of a seasick crew member.

As expected we started light tackle chumming on Thursday the 18th, we tried an area which normally holds fish this time of year and we came up empty.  We resorted to trolling to catch a few fish.  But on Friday the 19th we went looking for another “chumming” spot and this spot was loaded with nice Rockfish between 18″ and 36″.  Great fun on light tackle.  We have fished this area for the past week and have done very well.  The average size of these fish 25″ to 26″ which is a great average size for light tackle chumming.

The PM Croaker bite South of Solomons is just kicking off and the boats who have fished for them are reporting very good catches.  Our first Rock/ Croaker Trip is scheduled for this coming Saturday.

Due to cancellations Sunday May 28 AM & Saturday June 3 PM are now available for charter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

As for other PM dates that are still available for charter for Rock and Croaker…… May 29, 30;  June 12, 13, 19, 20, 22, 25, 28, 29

As for AM dates that are still available for charter…………..May 30, 31;  June 1, 2, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

If you enjoy light tackle fishing find a date that fits your schedule, round up family or friends and give us a try in June.

The red hot Trophy Rockfishing slowed over the big tournament weekend, however the trolling bite is not over.  We continue to catch our limits almost every trip with only one exception.  Due to an auto accident that my girlfriend was in I have had to cancel a few trips and have had to have other Capt’s run my boat for two trips.  That is why there are a few gaps in the photos.  She is recovering now and because of her parents being there for her, I am now back on the boat and fishing hard.

Today (5/11) we had a party of 11 anglers and we captured our limit reasonably quickly and were back at the dock by 10:45 am.  The high winds caused me to re-book my afternoon charter.  There are still some large Trophies around; yesterday we caught a 43″ and a 41″

We will continue to troll for the Trophy Rockfish through the 15th.  And starting on the 16th we will switch to chumming if the Trohy Trolling bite has gone down hill.  We still have a few openings for next week and the following week (your best chance of the year to catch 28″ ++ Rockfish on light tackle).

We still have May 15, 16, 17,& (18 am) open if you are interested in a last chance effort to catch some Spring Trophy Rockfish, or if the trolling bite is over, we will be chumming for nice size Rock on light tackle.

May  24, 29, 30 as well as June 12, 13, 19, 20, 22, 26, 27, 28, 28 are still available for 3 or 4 pm charters going for light tackle Rock and Croakers.

May  24, 29, 30, 31 as well as June 1, 2, 5, 6,  11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 are still available for 6 am charters for light tackle Rockfishing.

These dates are going fast, so if you are interested in a late May or June Trip please contact us as soon as possible to ensure that we can get you a day that fits your schedule.

To the suprise to some people the Trophy Rockfishing continues to be red hot.  Many fisherman thought that the mild Spring temperatures would lead to a very short Trophy Season, but perhaps the past few days of cooler weather will keep them around a while longer.

Fishing has been very good, some days it is so good that we have been able to do some catch and release looking for a “big one”.  A few trips we have even had the bite so good that everyone in a 6 person party got to reel in 4 keepers each and we were still back at the dock at an early hour.  Other days we pluck a them and catch one here, one there 20 minutes later, and so on.  But all in all it has been a great Spring and I believe it will continue thru mid May.  Perhaps we will have to head South, but I think we should be able to catch our limit of Trophy fish thru the 15, 16, 17… of May.  The three major Tournaments are going to make fishing a little tougher over the upcoming weekend because of all the pressure on the fish, but hopefully by Monday things will be back into action.

We still have May 15, 16, 17 open if you are interested in a last chance effort to catch some Spring Trophy Rockfish, or if they happen to be gone, we will be chumming for nice size Rock on light tackle.

May 23, 24, 26, 28, 29, 30 as well as June 6, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 22 are still available for 3 or 4 pm charters going for light tackle Rock and Croakers.

May 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, 31 as well as June 1, 2, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20 are still available for 6 am charters for light tackle Rockfishing.

These dates are going fast, so if you are interested in a late May or June Trip please contact us as soon as possible to ensure that we can get you a day that fits your schedule.

A special thanks to all of our customers who have made this Spring Season a very special one.

Captians Log April 06′

The fishing continues to be excellent!!!!!!!!!!!!!  It actually seems to be getting better every day.  In the past few days we have caught our fish so quickly that we are able to leave a slot or two open and try for a “Big One”.  While doing this we are catching and releasing many nice fish.  On days when the bite is red hot this allows our trips to last a little longer and often allows each angler the chance to reel in 2 or 3 keepers each.

This afternoon (4-25-06) we had our best average size yet, with several fish over 40 inches and one measuring 47.5″.  The ratio of keepers to throw-backs has also improved over the last few days, with most of our catch being over the new 33″ mark.

This great fishing should continue for at least two more weeks, but hopefully all the way until the end of the Trophy Season (May 15th).

As with the first few days of the season, the Planar Board lines and the long lines are catching a large majority of our fish.  Doulble Parachutes and Umbrella Rigs are both producing very well.

We still have a few dates available for the late May light tackle Rockfishing Trips and also for the late May PM Rockfishing and Croaker Trips.  This is our best chance of the entire season to catch Trophy Rockfish on spinning rods.  The dates we have available are:  (Tues May 16), (Wed May 17), (Sun May 21 PM), (Tues May 23), (Wed May 24), (Thurs May 25 AM), (Fri May 26 PM), (Mon May 29(Memorial Day), (Tues May 30).

The 2006 Rockfish season opened with a bang.  Nice weather and plenty of fish.  On our opening day AM charter we landed 37 Rockfish over 28″ with all but 8 of those being over the new 33″ size limit.  Saturday’s PM trip, both trips Sunday and Monday consisted of great fishing with a good number of keepers and also pleanty of throwbacks (27″-32.99″).

Our largest fish so far was caught on Monday AM, she measured 49.5″, but because she was post spawn she only weighted 44.5 lbs.  This same fish a week or two earlier would of broke the elusive 50 lb mark.

Tuesday (4-18-06) was another great day on both trips, with 90% of our fish being over the 33″ mark.  In fact fishing was so good today that we threw back a fair number of keepers on both trips to make the trip last a little longer.

I am not sure how long this great bite will last, because of our warm temperatures, but it sure is good now!!!!

We are now booking trips for light-tackle AM Rockfish trips and PM light-tackle Rockfish and Croaker trips for the last two weeks of May and the month of June.  Dates are going fast, so if you are interested please give me a call as soon as possible to ensure that you get the date you want.

Sorry for the lack of shots from the boat while fishing but it has been a bit chaotic with great fishing.

Captains Log March 06′

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 December 04′

On December 17th, 2004, Miss Susie and crew headed south to try the late December striper fishing at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. During the days that followed, we sought to learn the new waters and charter a few light tackle fishing trips. First mate Francis Zell brought a good deal of CBBT light tackle jigging experience to the boat, as he has fished these waters for the past five Decembers. The overall fishing was great with the only two inconsistencies being the presence of big fish (28″ +) and the weather. When the wind blows hard around the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, the water gets unbelieveably rough and because of this, we spent a few days of our trip cruising around Virginia Beach and relaxing in our hotel rooms. Opportunities for good success with light tackle jigging were hit or miss; although the CBBT’s massive amount of structure nomally holds good numbers of 25″ to 40″ fish, the fish that we able to consistently find in good numbers were 16″ to 25″.

The exception was two days of fishing when we found huge schools of large fish feeding on the surface south of the CBBT. During these two days, we experienced the most awesome light tackle striper fishing available to mankind. The most successful method was to ease the boat into a school of breaking fish, cut the engines off, and cast into the frenzied waters. It was quite an amazing experience to witness the huge stripers chasing the baitfish on the surface. Our tackle consisted of largemouth bass-class spinning rods and reels spooled with 10# Berkely Fireline, 20# flourocarbon leaders, top-water poppers, and 5″-7″ plastic baits fished on 1oz. jigheads. The photos below this report show some of the excitement and amazing fish that we caught.

The Miss Susie’s first trip to Virginia Beach was an enjoyable one, but it is yet to be decided whether we will return next December due to the severe weather and inconsitent presence of bigger fish we experienced on this trip. However, if I have enough interest from clients who wish to try this late-season light tackle jigging at the CBBT we could give it a try again in 2005. To put things into perspective, a bad day of fishing for three of us resulted in 150-200 stripers (16″-25″), tons of fun on light tackle.

Captains Log November 05′

November has been a interesting month on the Chesapeake Bay. The big fish bite was good for a few days early and then the bite got really slow for about a week, there were a few days where the high boat at the charter dock only had 3 or 4 fish. The 18th and the 19th were good days. The 20th was slow and we did not fish Nov.21 thru Nov. 25 because of high winds and the West Virginia Rifle Season for deer.

We were back at it on the 26th and 27th and fishing was good. We caught 5 overs and 1 under on Saturday and on Sunday we captured 6 overs.

Today (11-28-05) we had our best bite of the Fall Trophy season. We had 11 fish hooked up and landed 7 overs and 1 under all before 11am. The reports I heard from way down the Bay today were also very good, which means we have fish moving this way. The fishing really does now seem to be getting better every day. I think this will be a December to remember.

Even with a few slow days and a few windy days, we really can’t complain about November. Especially since we boated the two largest Stripers we have ever caught. If you want to get in on the action and catch some December Trophy Rockfish give us a call we still have Dec. 19——–22 available for charter.

The big fish are officially here. On Wed. the 9th we landed 5 Trophies over 28″ and two under 28″.

And today 11/11/2005 we caught 6 over 28″ and one under. Two of the “over fish” were huge fish. One of them even broke my personal best from last Friday (55.4lbs). The other trophy was 48″ long and weighed right around 45 lbs.

The “BUBBA” was an impressive 52″ in length and weighed 57.00 lbs. Here are some photos that showcase an awesome day of fishing on the Bay.

If you want your shot at a fish of a lifetime this Fall, we still have Wednesday 12/13, Thursday 12/14 & Monday 12/19———–Thursday 12/22 available for charters. Give us a call; we would love to hook you up with the “Big One”.

As suspected the cooler water of fall finally slowed the Live-Lining bite. On 10-24-05 we struggled to catch fish as the Rockfish suddenly seemed to not want Live Spot. We came close to our limit but could not catch them all. A huge change considering we had been catching our limit in less than one hour for over a month. On <10-26-05 we scratched out our limit using live Spot. 10-26/ 10-27/ 10-28 we switched back to chumming and did well catching our limits in about 3 or 4 hours each day. The fish ranged from (18" to 26").

On 10-30-05 we headed way South looking for a Trophy and struck out due to rough seas and lack of Trophy fish. So we gave up the hunt and went trolling for the smaller shallow water fish and did very well, quickly catching our limit of Rockfish from 19″ to 29″. November 2 we did the same thing and caught the smaller shallow water fish and then went White Perch fishing and caught over 200 Perch. Half of these were big enough to be worth cleaning.

On 11-03-05 we started in the shallow water and caught our limit of small rock, leaving one spot open for a Trophy. Then we put our big stuff on and went trolling for bubba, and we caught one a Nice 41″ Trophy. We followed the same game plan on 11-04 and did exactly the same thing except BUBBA really was BUBBA (55.4lbs, 53″ length, 31″ Girth). The Largest Rockfish I have ever caught in my life.

So after catching that huge fish, I decided to give all day efforts for the big fish over the weekend (11-05 & 11-06). It was a good decision. On Saturday we had 8 Bites from Trophy fish and landed 6 Trophies. On Sunday we had 6 Bites and landed 7 Trophies. That’s right we had the first double hitter of the Fall a 35″ and a 36″.

The big fish seem to be showing up more and more daily. I look foward to a great late fall season. I still have one date in late November and a few dates in mid December available. If you want a chance to catch a once in a lifetime Rockfish give us a call.

Captains Log October 05′

The Fishing over the last four weeks for Rockfish has been excellent. We have been using live Spot and easily catching our limit of two Rockfish over 18″ per person. In fact the fishing has been so good that it is taking less than hour to catch our fish. Since “live lined” Rockfish take the baits so deep we don’t do much catch and release because the fish normally will not survive.

After catching our limits of Rock we have been doing a few different types of fishing, somedays that would be trolling for Bluefish which for a couple of days turned out to be very successful and as of the last two weeks has not been very effective, as the Bluefish seemed to do a dissapearing act. We have also been doing some light tackle casting and jigging over breaking fish. This is a lot of fun and since trolling for Blues has not been effictive lately it is a nice way to make a good all day trip. The jigging and casting has been producing lots of small rockfish (12″ to 19″) and a few small bluefish (10″ to 14″), both of which put up a great fight on light tackle.

And of course we have been ending each trip with a little bottom fishing to catch bait (small Spot) for the next day’s charter. The small Spot have been biting well, but the larger Spot have made their move South and left our area.

Things will start changing rapidly with these falling temperatures. The live lining bite will soon come to a hault and we will have to switch over to chumming and/or trolling. And any day we should start catching some of the Big (28″ to 40″) resident rockfish as the colder water moves them from their shallow water summer haunts. Also within a week or two we should see the first of the Trophy Migratory Rockfish as they make their move down the coast and up the Bay. If you want to catch a fish of a lifetime give us a call NOW!! Only a few dates still open for November and December Trophy Fishing.

Captains Log September 05′

The red hot live lining action came to a screeching hault around mid August and forced us to go looking to find our fish.  By looking, I mean looking for breaking fish (schools of fish feeding on the surface).  Once found the action begins…   Trolling 6 rods rigged with diving planars and small spoons produces non-stop action when trolled in and around schools of breaking fish.  We catch a variety of keeper and undersized Rockfish, Spanish Mackeral, and Bluefish every time we pass through a school.  Most days we have been catching our limit of Rockfish, 20 to 50 Spanish Mackeral, and 10 to 30 Bluefish.  Not to mention 50+ undersized Rockfish.

The bottom fishing in and just outside the Patuxent River was great for good sized Spot and a few Croaker up until the 2nd week of September.  Since then we have been catching mostly small Spot and a few Trout, with a few of both being of keeper size.

We have not done any Flounder fishing since the last report due to where we are catching our trolling fish and the abundance of Spanish Mackeral, which have been very reliable.

Last week we gave live lining Spot another try and we did very well catching our limit of nice sized Rockfish (19″ to 28″) very quickly some days.  Other days they did not bite as good so we resorted to trolling breaking fish and did very well.  The presence of breaking fish sure is nice this year.  It is a solid back-up plan if live lining does not produce and a great way to finish out the day when live lining does work well.
September is turning out to be a very solid month of fishing and October should be much of the same.

Captains Log August 05′

On 7-26-05 we found that light-tackle Rockfish bite we had been looking for.  And for the last three weeks we have had some of the best “live bait” fishing action available anywhere in the Chesapeake Bay.  We have been catching our limits of Rockfish from 20″ to 38″ very quickly.  After catching our Rockfish we have been fishing for Spot and doing very well with them.  Many trips over the last three weeks have been cut to half day trips due to great fishing and extreme heat.

On Aug. 8th, after catching Spot and Rockfish, we gave Flounder fishing a try and did very well.  We caught our limit of 2 Flounder over 15″ per person for a party of 6 anglers.  Our largest Flounder was 24″.  We also had a good day Flounder fishing on Aug. 11th before the heat got to the party and they called it a day.  It looks as if this year might have some great Flounder fishing still to come.