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
Capt. Greg Buckner