2015 Trophy Season

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After a slow start, fishing really heated up with the warm weather! There are still quite a few big fish around and the limit changes to two per person, 20-inch minimum with NO SLOT EXCLUSION on Saturday. Should be a blast!

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Spring Trophy Season 2015

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Dear Friends,

Opening Day of the 2015 Spring Trophy Rockfish Season, April 18, is rapidly approaching. It looks like the weather has finally turned the corner and I’m sure everyone will be anxious to get back out on the Bay.
One of the first signs of spring is the return of the osprey and that will happen in they just arrived in the past week or so. They almost always show up just before St. Patrick’s Day. It’s always exciting to see the first one and hear its shrill, rapid screeches! I’m sure many of you have heard me chatting with them out there.
The cold weather means it should be a good spring season. The rockfish won’t go in the rivers to spawn until the water temperature reaches 50 degrees or so, meaning the migratory fish should be around until the second week of May. This should be the case unless we get a sudden and dramatic warm-up.
I’m looking forward to serving all of you once again as I begin my 35th year of charter fishing. There are a few changes in the rockfish regulations this year as the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission attempts to ensure that we have lots of rockfish now and for years to come. The new limits in the spring will be one fish per person at 28-36” or 40” and over. The summer/fall limit will be 2 fish per person, 20” minimum. It will be more challenging to catch keeper-sized fish, but I hope it will be worth it in the long run. I’d rather sacrifice a few keepers now to have more in the future!
This year you might consider booking the boat for special events in Annapolis like the Blue Angels on May 20 and 22 or 4th of July Fireworks. Contact me for details.
It should be another great year, so call or email to set up a trip!

Best Regards,
Capt. Pete

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I’m Back

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I am back in town and eager to fill some dates. Call or email as soon as possible to set up your trips for the upcoming season!



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Happy Holidays!

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Dear Friends,

I hope this finds you happy and healthy and spending time with friends and family this holiday season. I sincerely thank all of you for once again giving me the opportunity to serve you on the Chesapeake. The faith and trust you have placed in me all these years is truly an honor. The older I get, the greater appreciation I have for it.

This year saw one of the biggest changes in the history of Capt. Pete’s Fishing Charters with the move to Rod and Reel in Chesapeake Beach, Maryland. That move turned out to be the best thing I’ve done for the business in a very long time. Along with being closer to clients, I was also closer to the fish and was docked at a first-class facility. I had nothing but positive feedback regarding the move. It’s fun being there; lots of positive energy and new business.

Fishing was great out of Chesapeake Beach this year. We had plenty of rockfish, big spot and some good croaker fishing as well. I enjoyed getting to know the fishing holes in Eastern Bay and the Choptank River, as well as a bunch of new places on the Western Shore side of the Bay.

I will be putting the boat in the yard for the winter soon. I hope to give her sides some fresh paint this spring if Mother Nature allows it. One fairly big change I made to the boat this year was the addition of a full enclosure to the the back of the canopy for the late fall fishery. It made things much more comfortable on those gusty days in November and December.

I hope all of you have a happy and safe holiday season and I hope your 2015 gets off to a good start. Thank you once again for your continued patronage. I am now accepting bookings for the 2015 season, so call (301-481-1889) or email (pdi787@hotmail.com) soon for the best choice of dates. Email will be the best way to get in touch with me in January and February as I plan to do some traveling.

Best Regards,
Capt. Pete

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Red Hot Summer Fishing

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It’s only been a few weeks, but I’ve really enjoyed my time at Rod and Reel so far! It is run in a very professional manner, it’s very clean and everyone has been very friendly. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the fishing has been excellent as of late. We have been catching rockfish up to 20 pounds, nice, big spot and even croaker in the evening.

Remember, we are now just 20 minutes from the Capital Beltway, and about 40 minutes from Downtown DC. Come out to see us and enjoy some of the best fishing I’ve seen in years!

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Osprey Cam

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0003Here are some recent fishing pics. A few people have been live-lining, but it’s not consistent just yet. Stay tuned.

Also, check out the ‘Osprey Cam’ page on the right. It’s a real-time view of the osprey nest at the mouth of Back Creek at Solomons Island. Escape from your cube if only virtually!

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The Pelican is migrating north. We are now located at the Rod and Reel and anticipate we will be there until the end of October, depending upon the weather and the fishing. It is located only 30 minutes from the Capital Beltway, so you’re closer than ever to great fishing! It is a very nice facility and the folks who run it are very professional. I’m looking forward to working there! Please come see us soon!

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School’s Out!

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In celebration of one of the happiest days of any kid’s year, I am offering a special discount this summer. For all Monday through Thursday standard trips (night fishing excluded) until Labor Day will receive the following discount: With 6 paid adults, 1 kid (14 and under) fishes for free, with 8 paid adults, 2 kids fish for free. Call to book your trip today and take a kid fishing!

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Nearly all of the migratory fish have returned to the ocean now. We are now in pursuit of the resident fish (2-15 lbs). Fishing has been fantastic! We have mostly been trolling, but we have done a little jigging as well. Everyone is anxiously awaiting the arrival of the spot for live-lining trips. There are a few reports out there of people catching a few spot, but it doesn’t sound very consistent.

Watch this page and our Facebook page (Captain Pete’s Fishing Charters) for updates!o'leary

pelican sunrise

lost friend

nick and britta1

sgt carter

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Memorial Day

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A couple of days late for Memorial Day, but I wanted to share this with you. I often tell the story of John McMurtaugh, a D-Day Veteran I had the privilege of serving for a dozen years or so before his passing. I remember him telling me he literally pissed in his pants as he ran up the beach in Normandy. I found his obituary online. He had an amazing life and I’m fortunate to have known him. I remember one time when I was much younger and crazier on the boat, John was north of 80 when he was struggling mightily to bring in a fish and I was snorting and stomping because I just wanted to get the boat turned around and get back on the fish. It turned out John was cranking on a double-header, both rockfish over 36 inches! I still remember how he looked exhausted and disheveled after the battle; a great memory for me!

From the Washington Post:

“John E. McMurtagh, 87, former vice president of the Shoreham Hotel in Washington, died after a heart attack May 30 at Suburban Hospital.

A well-known purveyor of convention accommodations in the District, Mr. McMurtagh worked for the Wardman Park Hotel from 1946 until he joined the nearby Shoreham, where he worked for 17 years. He retired as the Washington representative for the Chicago Convention and Tourist Bureau in 1990.

Born in Ontario, Canada, Mr. McMurtagh moved to the United States as a child and was raised in Green Bay, Wis. He graduated from St. Norbert College in DePere, Wis. and attended Georgetown University’s law school. During World War II, he served in the Army infantry and landed on Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944.

The date of June 6 held a particular fascination for Mr. McMurtagh, one of his sons said, because it was D-Day and the anniversary of his high school and college graduations. His son said Mr. McMurtagh expected to die on that date. He did not, but his funeral was held then.

Mr. McMurtagh fought until the Battle of the Bulge, when his platoon was overrun and he was captured. He was sent to Stalag 12A in Limburg, Germany, where he remained until the war’s end. Among his military awards were the Silver Star, two awards of the Bronze Star and two awards of the Purple Heart.

He came to Washington after the war and went into the hotel business. He served on President John F. Kennedy’s housing committee for the 1961 inauguration. He was past president of the Hotel Greeters of America and the Hotel Sales Managers Association. He was a lifetime member of the SKAL Club of Washington, an international travel industry organization.

Mr. McMurtagh took at least one cruise per year for 22 years with his wife. He also enjoyed fishing. He was a member of St. Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic Church in Bethesda for 50 years.

His wife of 58 years, Kathleen A. McMurtagh, died in January. Survivors include two sons, Shawn McMurtagh of Palm Springs, Calif., and Kevin McMurtagh of Atlanta; a brother; and two grandchildren.”

Also, I can’t acknowledge Memorial Day without mentioning my favorite Vets/current Service Members:

Lt. Bill Ide, USN; Capt. Warren Ide, USN (retired); Col. Richard Marcinowskii, US Army (retired); Capt. Greg Niemann, US Army; Jack Stephan. I am very proud of all of you guys!

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