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The Spring Trophy Season was great, with lots of fish in the 40-inch range. Now summer fishing is in full-swing. We are currently catching some nice-sized rockfish (up to 34″). There are quite a few white perch around and I’ve heard of a few bluefish being caught. Call 301-481-1889 now to schedule your private charter and come experience the finest fishing the Mid-Atlantic region has to offer!

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2016 Rockfish Season

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The 2016 Rockfish seasons are set and we are ready to serve you for a 24th year. We are eager to see you again on the Bay! The Trophy season is set at a 35″ minimum and one fish per person. That should end up being much better for us than last year’s limits.

I am excited to tell you that we are in the process of some re-structuring which will eventually include electronic booking and payments. Instead of lots of back-and-forth on the phone or over email, now you and your group will have access to an online calendar that you can all look at at the same time, pick a date, book with your deposit, all with a few clicks on your computer or mobile device. I want to make it easier and more convenient than ever for you to get out on the Bay for your trip with family and friends or your corporate event.

I also hope to offer items such as hats, t-shirts, sweatshirts and drink coozies at booking. This way, if you want to surprise your kids or guests, or just want to make your corporate outing better with some new Capt. Pete’s schwag, you can have your items waiting for you on the boat when you start your trip! Plus, it will be as easy as making a few clicks on your device.

Don’t worry, we will still provide the same personal service and attention to detail for your inquiries and to help you choose the right date and trip. We will still offer the same great service we have for 23 years, we just hope to enhance and simplify the booking and payment experience for you and your groups.

The new system could take up to a month to implement, so until then, give us a call or email and reserve your time and date to get out on the Bay for some monster Rockfish this spring!

As always, please visit and like our Facebook page for more frequent updates photos.

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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 ( 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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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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Weekend Weather

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Looking good!

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1000-mile Rockfish Trek!

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This from Mike O’Brien, a Master’s Degree student at the University of Maryland’s Center for Environmental Studies:

“We’ve picked up two striped bass at CBL (Maryland) that were tagged summer 2011 in the Kennebec River in Maine. 1000 miles over water. They arrived in the Patuxent less than two weeks apart. Crazy.”

Remember, for more pictures and more frequent updates, check out our Facebook page at Captain Pete’s Fishing Charters

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The Official 2014 Newsletter

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Dear Friends,

Despite the fact that it still feels like January, the 2014 fishing season is upon us! I’m hoping the cold weather results in a longer, more robust run of spring trophy fish. The Spring Trophy Season opens April 19 and goes through May 15. The limit on rockfish in the spring is one fish per person, 28” minimum. When the summer season comes in (May 16), the limit changes to two fish per person, 18” minimum.

2013 was challenging as for the second year in a row, there weren’t many rockfish close to Solomons in the summer. As a result, I moved the boat to Breezy Point Marina in Chesapeake Beach where fishing was fantastic right through the middle of November. We were mostly fishing with live spot which people love. People seemed to appreciate this move to the north as it put me closer to most of my customers.

As of right now, the plan is to start the year in Solomons and fish until mid-May, then move the boat back to Breezy Point for the summer.

There are a few things that I want to do a better job of this year. First, I want to make a concerted effort to be more environmentally friendly. I am going to try very hard to recycle the large volume of cans and bottles that come off the boat every day. I have also tried to be more informed about some of the wildlife in our area. I went on a couple of tours in the off-season and I realized that I was missing out on a lot of really cool things in my own back yard that I think people would be really interested in. Did you know there are nearly 2,000 pairs of osprey in the Chesapeake Bay and that they mate for life?

I plan to ‘strongly discourage’ smoking on the boat this year. I love my customers and I want you to be around to support me in my old age and if you keep smoking, that is far less likely to happen! Further, we are all sharing an enclosed, restricted space and second-hand smoke really adds up for me over the course of a lifetime. Please keep in mind that if you or folks in your group must smoke, keep it to a minimum, stay all the way in the back of the boat and never throw the butts in the water.

Please remember to check us out on Facebook at and on our web site at I look forward to serving you in 2014 and here’s to good fishing!


Capt. Pete

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Spring Trophy Season 2014

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I hope everyone endured this awful winter well enough. The Spring Trophy Season is right around the corner. As of today, the water temperature at Solomons Island was 39 degrees! BRRRR! This should bode well for the spring. The past few years the water temperature was ideal for the spawn very early on and as a result, the fish returned to the ocean early. The cold temperatures should postpone the spawn and keep the fish around longer. If the salinity stays low, in addition to the cold temperatures, this could be a great year for the spawn–something we could certainly use.

Mother Nature gave the fish a break this winter. I think it’s fascinating that the fish seem to have seen this brutal weather coming. Instead of moving down the coast to the Virginia Capes and into the Chesapeake, they moved down the coast no further than Ocean City, MD, then headed east. I heard rumors that the fish were 60-70 miles off the coast. The authorities seem to finally have dissuaded the vast majority of fishermen from fishing outside the three mile line. The result was that the fish didn’t get hammered the way they usually do by the Virginia Beach fleet. Hopefully they will be fresh and hungry when they get back to the Bay.

As of now, the plan is to fish the trophy season from Solomons and then to return to Chesapeake Beach for the summer. Of course, this depends on what the fish do, but I feel pretty certain this is how the season will go.

I still have some availability on weekends for prime time for the trophy season so get your group together and come fishing!

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