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.”No Comments
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 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Captain-Petes-Fishing-Charters/111378085551227 and on our web site at www.captpete.net. I look forward to serving you in 2014 and here’s to good fishing!
Capt. PeteNo Comments
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!No Comments