The fishing is very good right now. We are fitting trips in around the current weather conditions, for those that feel inclined to fish with virtually no fishing pressure since most boats and gear our out of the water, contact us for info. We expect the weather and tides to be acceptable this weekend. We do expect high tides and windy conditions next week - in particular Tuesday, 9/18 thru Thursday 9/20. We will resume the normal guiding trips on 9/24. We have a dates available the last week of September.
The fishing conditions are good. The average top water temps in this area are 78 to 80 degrees. We are catching plenty of striped bass running in size from 17 to 25", 80% are keepers (over 19"). This week we caught more speckled trout and croakers working shallow waters with water movement - working contours changes. We expect these conditions to only improve going into August. We are fortunate to have good water quality in these areas, water visibility is 1 -2 ft on average.
The fishing conditions are good. With the abundance of silversides, means more striped bass and trout working in the shallows and grass.
Plenty of perch - which are one of our favorites to eat, are here too.
Can make a great fish fry!
A few perch fillets can quickly add up to a couple pounds of fish.
Scouting out shorelines and areas for spotted trout this week.
For the month of July & August: the fishing schedule based on the prevailing conditions is as follows:
Morning Trips: Depart at 5am and return at 9am.
Afternoon Trips: Depart at 1pm and return at 5pm.
Morning and afternoon trips are 4 hours and cost $300. Typically 3-4 anglers (will accommodate families up to 5 people).
Evening Trips: Depart at 7pm and return at 10pm.
Evening trips are 3 hours and cost $225
Call /text 410-330-1242 or email email@example.com to book trip. All trips require a $100 deposit to hold date.
We have the following dates open next week for morning or evening trips - 7/2 (pm only), 7/3, 7/4, 7/5, 7/6, and 7/8.
We support the Modern Fish Act. We hope our elected officials in Washington DC will vote yes for Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act (H.R. 200).
The fishing around Hoopers Island has been good. The key is looking into nooks and crannies the last two weeks of June. The spot pots are out now, and significantly slows the fishing down in the Honga River in the usual areas as a result. But we have found a pattern that is working and the old adage "persistence wears down the resistance" is true. We do not follow the striped bass to the upper bay. In the next 2 weeks we look for an abundance of silversides in the tributaries.
On July 1, 2018 we are making some great changes and adding new trips. Stay tuned.
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.
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This past week the water temps have been consistently around 44-45, making the rockfish slow to bite around the island. Working shallow water with light bucktails can produce some good results with 15" to 25" rockfish (striped bass) all catch and release. It should be noted - this time of year we do not specifically target trophy fish, they are spawning and feel they are better left alone. It is the experience on the water and observation of the developing patterns that make a great trip. Learning the patterns early in the season pay dividends later in the season, May - July, when the trophy fish have already left the Bay for the migration north. We are asked often where are the fish, and the best thing to do is get out there and fish, don't wait for a fishing report or someone to say the fish are really biting at such and such, just get out there and enjoy the moment, you will learn ten times more that way. Make sure you always follow the appropriate fishing regulations.
We will start fishing the week of March 12, 2018.
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The same is true of fishing and life.
A rockfish from the shallow waters.