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!