Fishing Outlook - Memorial Day Weekend

The light tackle fishery is doing well, working shallow water points and structure. There are plenty of striped bass schoolies ranging 15" to 25" in many places, and some speckled trout action to the southern parts of the Honga River and Hoopers Island. We have been fishing everyday and finding different patterns in different locations this year, most notably the preferable color pattern. Sunrise and sunset have the best times for topwater plugs.

The big take away that I have seen this week, seeing large 24" to 36" snakeheads swimming along the bulkheads in Solomons in harbor last week, very poor water conditions in there. However, most people focus on heading right out, but fish are working right inside along structure - best times sunrise or sunset.

The fishing for Memorial Day weekend should be great. Call to book a trip.

Fishing Inspiration

There are some things which cannot be learned quickly, and time, which is all we have, must be paid heavily for their acquiring. They are the very simplest things, and because it takes a man’s life to know them, the little new that each man gets from life is very costly and the only heritage he has to leave.
— Ernest Hemingway
 Sunset - Honga River 

Sunset - Honga River 

The same is true of fishing and life.

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A rockfish from the shallow waters.

Good Time to Book Trip

Now is a good time to book a trip for the 2018 Spring and Summer Season, before the weekends and prime dates fill up. 

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Red Drum

Working shorelines for Red Drum July to September

Half Day Fishing $300

Full Day Fishing $600

Red Drum & Cobia Trip $750

Call 410-330-1242 or email adam@hiexped.com

All the best!

Adam Xenides

Winter Months

During the off season, it gives us the time to look over and prepare our fishing tackle and gear for the new spring season, it will be here before you know it. We also start to review our logbooks and charts, to devise new plans for the upcoming seasons. We review rainfall amounts, water quality, and salinity levels and how that could effect the areas we fish. Shortly before  the new season begins we take a "guide week" (7 days) to fish hard and assess the local fishery and conditions.

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Winter

Ice in the Honga River. The time of year we start planning for the new season.

In the winter months we attend a couple fishing expos to see what tackle and trends are out there, and in general get a feel for the anglers attending the shows their views on the upcoming season and meet new people and make new friends. This year we will be attending the Saltwater Fishing Expo in Edison, New Jersey, March 16-18, 2018.

All the best,

Adam Xenides

Lures

2017 was a great year! Many thanks to our followers, clients, and customers. As you know I do not like posting fishing pics. But at the end of each season I do like to post our fishing stats for the year.

  • Days on the water: 259 in 2017
  • Caught & released just over 6,800 striped bass
  • 39" largest fish, less than 1% of the overall
  • Medium avg size: 22" to 32" 40% of the overall
  • Smaller size: 12" to 22" 60% of the overall

(Note: I personally believe the days of the large striped bass 40" to 50" fish in the Chesapeake Bay are gone, it has been steadily declining since 2008. These are ocean fish - that stay in cooler waters. They are here in smaller numbers during the spring spawn, and then leave to go up the coast of New England for the migration. For several seasons now these larger fish show up in December for maybe a week to two, from a guiding & business perspective, it is not worth even pursuing. We at Hoopers Island Expeditions have purposely built our business and guiding based on the available fishery, not trophy fishing.)

Coming in 2018:

Back in the early 1990's I fished a lot along the Florida coastlines. One year I was fishing in Boca Grande for tarpon, and I could not catch one to save my life. So I started asking the locals where I could go to get some lures. In short order, after a very long walk, I found myself coming up to this rundown shack by the water, but when I walked up to the entrance I was blown way by the materials and handmade lures that were in this shack, till this day one of the best places for lures that I have been to. Inside there were some unassuming gentlemen talking, asked me what I was looking for, I explained what I was doing, and in they quickly paired me up with a couple of handmade lures - that worked. It is that experience that I will not forget.

Over the years I have tied my own flies and bucktails for my personal use. From 1996 to 1999, I only flyfished, and I always liked using tied flies with color variations, with the advances in light tackle gear and line over the last 15 years, in particular braided line, I have applied the same color variations to bucktails. As my clients know, I very rarely use soft plastics - just not a fan of them. We have mentioned this past year we might start selling tackle. However, that experience in Boca Grande, and growing up in Narragansett RI, and in my New England manner -  keep it to the basics, always keeps coming back to me - Meaning - you cannot be everything to everyone.

I will be adding our hand tied saltwater flies, and bucktails for sale in April 2018. They will only be available at our location on Hoopers Island, and we will not sell them in other tackle shops, online, and we will not post pictures of them. In many ways we, or should say, I, am old school. Our flies and bucktails are tied with color patterns for this area. We say that because different areas in the bay use and require different color patterns, for example color patterns that work well around Hoopers Island, do not work as well in the Patuxent River, the difference is night and day.

We look forward to expanding our business Hoopers Island Expeditions. We are slowly crafting and developing the business into the vision we initially aspired to create.

In 2018, we are moving our content to more audio and video posts. I can talk and explain things much better in person than I can writing.

All the best,

Adam Xenides - Owner & Guide/Hoopers Island Expeditions