Below you will find a list of what you can expect to catch at certain times of the year.
Catch and release for Trophy Striped Bass.
April and May is our peak season for Trophy Striped Bass (Rockfish). This time of year is when you will have a good chance at catching a Striped bass of a lifetime. And with our location in Deale, MD it makes for one of the best fishing spots for these Trophy Fish. Each year these fish migrate past Deale to the northern parts of the Chesapeake Bay to spawn, and once again they pass back by Deale to return south to the ocean. This makes Deale a prime location for your chance at catching a 50+ lbs. Striped Bass. During this season we will be trolling with up to 30 rods on any given day. The season is short but it’s a great one and it does book up well in advance.
Rockfish are still plentiful with school size fish of 18 to 30 inches. We will still be trolling until the end of May. At the start of June the summer season starts to heat up. At this time we switch over to live bait for the Rockfish. If you’ve never live lined, you do it once and you will see what you’ve been missing. Typically a day of live lining consists of spending a little time catching bait. Then we are off to the big fish grounds The Rockfish we are targeting throughout the summer season are 18 – 38 inches. Other than Rockfish the Black Drum enter our regions at the end of May during their migration north and can be caught until mid-June. Drum range from 30 to 90lbs. At this time the bottom fishing for White Perch is starting to heat up also. Live Lining and trolling for Rockfish stays consistent through June and July. Hardheads (Croakers) are targeted in the evening and provide plenty of action for the whole family. The Bluefish start to enter the region in July averaging 3lbs. And Bottom fishing for Spot begins to pick up during the day and Hardhead fishing at night remains active.
August and September offer a variety of options. In a given day you can liveline, troll, jig and bottom fish. It’s not uncommon to do a little of each. Live lining for Rockfish is still going strong and the presence of Bluefish and Spanish Mackerel have now grown in larger numbers. Catching Blues and Spanish by either trolling or jigging provide fast action. If it’s bottom fishing you’re into, then now is the time to catch a variety of spot, White Perch and Croakers. It’s a perfect time to fill the cooler.
As the water temps begin to drop, the Rockfish school up into mad feeding frenzies. This is the time of year to witness all out feeding frenzies on baitfish. We use several different methods during this time of the year and typically they all work just as equal. We still may be live lining with Spot at the first of the month but by the end of the month we are either chumming with clams or have switched over to trolling; either way the fish are hungry and doing everything they can to fatten up for the winter. We are also still catching a few Bluefish and it’s also a great time to target some jumbo White Perch.
The big boys return in the fall. Rockfish caught trolling reach sizes of 50 inches if you missed out in the spring season. Here is your chance at a wall hanger! The best part of this season is you can catch resident Rockfish and a Jumbo migratory Rockfish on the same trip. The air temps are chilly and the water is cooling down but don’t let that keep you from filling your freezer for the winter. And don’t forget the cabin is heated. So stay in the cabin and enjoy the heat till your Trophy Rockfish bites.
Approximately 350 different species of fish call the Chesapeake Bay their home. Some swim into the Bay from the ocean to feed, and others make it their full-time home. Favorite (and tastiest) species among the fishing community include:
- Striped Bass
- Striped Bass are locally known as “Rockfish” or “Stripers”. These fish are officially “Maryland’s State Fish” and they are prevalent in the Chesapeake Bay and can weigh more than 60 lbs!
- Those found in the Bay generally grow up to 30 inches long.
- Spanish Mackerel
- Migrating from South America to the Bay in mid-summer (late July), these guys can grow up to 3 feet long.
- Atlantic Croaker
- Also known as Hardheads, croackers are bottom-feeders and grows between 18 and 20 inches.
- A member of the drum family (as well as the croaker), spot are also bottom feeders, and great bait for striped bass.
- Relatives of the striped bass, grows up to 12 inches long, and one of the best to eat.
- Black Drum
- Bottom feeders, the Black Drum can weigh up to 90lbs., a typical catch of 40 – 70lbs. is common.