2016 Rockfish Season

Written by captpete Under Fishing news, Site news

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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Red Hot Summer Fishing

Written by captpete Under Fishing news

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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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Spring Trophy Season 2014

Written by captpete Under Fishing news

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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2013 Images

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2013 Images

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2013 Images

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Images from 2013

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Capt. Pete’s Charters featured on WTOP!

Written by admin Under Fishing news, Site news

Hey everyone, check this out!

From the article:

“Bay captain Pete Ide signals to the oncoming crab boat he’d like to parley.

It’s a sunny day on the Chesapeake Bay and boaters of all sorts are out conducting their business. Ide had been steering his charter boat with his feet while instinctively scanning for fish and eyeing the sonar.”

In fishing news, a decent number of small bluefish and Spanish mackerel have shown up near Solomons and we’re seeing a few keeper rockfish with them. Croaker fishing remains strong with nice, big late-season fish at night. I only have a few nights left for croaker trips so if you want to try to squeeze one in, make it soon.

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Red fish…. or chupacabras?

Written by captpete Under Fishing news

The other day we got quite a surprise. We were trolling four small spoons on planers for small blues and mackerel. Fishing was really slow when I saw a nice cloud of fish on the finder. They were pretty deep so I slowed the boat and made a turn to get the lines in the fish. Suddenly, WHAM, WHAM, WHAM, WHAM! We were covered up with what was almost certainly big redfish. I’ll never know for sure because they broke off or bent up everything we had and we never even saw one. I put some bigger stuff on and trolled the area for another hour with no sign of them. Ugh. Well, perhaps they were bull sharks, or just as likely, Chupacabras.

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Good Fishing

Written by captpete Under Fishing news

Fishing has been pretty good lately. Found some red hot croaker fishing and the rockfish have been fairly steady. I’m also posting a new rockfish recipe provided my Ms. Britta that you might want to try.

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