Striped Bass (Morone saxatilis) also called rock, or rockfish are the State fish of Maryland.
Much has been written about striped bass fishing. We have been exploring this area and fishing for rockfish here since 1994. From 1996 to 1999 we only fly fished in the Honga and surrounding areas. That experience gave us tremendous insight to fly and color patterns. We can count on one hand how many people fish these areas regularly. Striped bass make a great sport fish for light tackle. The complex habit and surrounding area and skinny water fishing make this an enjoyable and memorable fishing trip. Their size in this area can range from 2 lbs to 20 lbs on average. During the spring season we fish artificial lures - primarily bucktails, catch & release, until June. June to August we primarily fish with cut natural baits, and switch back to all lures in the fall.
Red Drum (Sciaenops ocellatus) also called channel bass, redfish, are a great fish to catch. They usually grow 20 to 30 inches in length, but can grow as long as 5 feet and weigh as much as 90 pounds. We fish the red drum near the shorelines and in the Bay's shallows 4 - 8 ft, using artificial lures and natural baits depending on the conditions. A great light tackle fishery that provides a great deal of fun!
Cobia (Rachycentron canadum) also called black kingfish, ling, crab eater, and black bonito. They feed mostly on crabs and smaller fish in our area. Cobia are roamers or nomads, they do not have a set pattern when searching for food. They can be seen sometimes in 1ft of water around points with moving water eating crabs as they pass by. We use a combination of different tactics for working this fishery, trips specifically targeting cobia are only offered as an all day trip. Fishing for cobia is a lot of fun, we cover a lot of ground on these trips working different locations and tactics.
The seatrout is a member of the drum family, which includes spot, weakfish, red drum, black drum and Atlantic croaker. We fish for the speckled trout in shallow, sandy-bottom areas, and near grass beds, pilings, jetties and other structures, using a combination of artificial and natural baits on light tackle rigs.
Cape classic 23 ft...
In May 2017 we upgraded our boat to a 23 ft Cape Classic. This is a great shallow water / bay boat for the Chesapeake Bay and tributaries. It is powered with a Yamaha 200HP engine. Our Cape Classic boat allows us to fish 3-4 anglers light tackle fishing comfortably and safely. The exceptional bow flare allows for a dry ride, and only drawing a 13" draft allows us to get into the unexplored shallow water for great light tackle action. We like a clean minimalistic boat layout perfect for guiding our clients.
Striped Bass, Sea Trout, Speckled Trout, Black Drum, Croakers, and Perch
Mid July to October - Red Drum & Cobia
Fall Season - September to November
Live Bait & Artificial Lures
We use the tackle and gear that works best for the season and fishery we are fishing.
Spinning rods: G Loomis & St. Croix Avid Inshore Series
Spinning Reels: Shimano Stradic 3000's
Live Bait Fishing:
Baitcasting: Shimano Calcuttas
Bait rods: Ugly Sticks
Reels: Penn SS 5500 & 4500LL
Fly Rods: Orvis
Your guide, Adam Xenides formed Hoopers Island Expeditions, LLC out of his passion for fishing and the outdoors. He started fishing when he was 8 years old, growing up in Narragansett, RI. He has spent his entire life on the water. He started working on the Block Island ferries, out of Point Judith, R.I., as a teenager, through college worked on the Long Island ferries to Orient Point, NY. In 1994, he graduated from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy with a BS in Marine Transportation. His undergraduate studies included marine fisheries and oceanography. He has held as high as a Third Mate of Ocean Steam & motor vessels, unlimited tonnage upon oceans. He has been to many places around the world light tackle fishing the different areas he traveled to.
For the past 20 plus years he has been light tackle fishing the shallow waters around Hoopers Island. Spending many days out on the water searching, learning, and observing the tides, habitat, bottom structure and patterns of the local fishery. He is always learning new things, and is always looking for the unexpected fishing spots and patterns.