Chesapeake Sportsman: Rock are easy pickings at bay bridge tunnel

Mike, left, and Matt Stephens sport a pair of chunky winter rockfish, caught at the tunnel in the lower Chesapeake. Kiptopeke, Va.) — The parking lot at the Kiptopeke boat ramp was jammed with trucks and SUVs, trailers in tow, even though it was just slightly past 7 a.m. Chesapeake Sportsman: Rock are easy pickingsContinue reading “Chesapeake Sportsman: Rock are easy pickings at bay bridge tunnel”

Bob Sampson: The year that was featured both good and bad

A look back at 2008 through the eyes of the people who provide the fishing and hunting stories for this column is a good way to get a feel for how the events of the past year fit into the mosaic of the past, thus providing some insights as to the what the new yearContinue reading “Bob Sampson: The year that was featured both good and bad”

Chesapeake saves best rockfish for last of season

Annapolis angler just misses state record with 65-pounder Last is not necessarily least, some fishermen such as Joseph Hedges of Cape St. John in Annapolis, save the best for last – and when they score they do so with the biggest bang imaginable. How about in the waning days of the season, the biggest striperContinue reading “Chesapeake saves best rockfish for last of season”

Md. waters open to Virginia charter fishing boats

A new fishing guide license system will allow Virginia charter boat operators access to Maryland waters for the first time in more than a decade.Expected to impact those based in the Northern Neck more than this far south in the Chesapeake Bay, the regulations nevertheless open up possibilities previously prohibited Md. waters open to VirginiaContinue reading “Md. waters open to Virginia charter fishing boats”

How commercial fishing fits:

A cold shiver runs down the spine of commercial fishermen whenever government shows up at the docks, prescribes another bitter regulatory pill and promises that although the pill might be hard to swallow, it will, over the long run, cure what ails of the fishing industry. How commercial fishing fits – Columns – News &Continue reading “How commercial fishing fits:”

Big Rock, Big Concerns

Call it the rockfish season that never ends. Right up till the end of the year, Chesapeake Bay anglers are hauling in the biggest striped bass you’ve ever seen. The one that recently caught my eye was the 65-pounder caught by Joseph Hedges of Annapolis, who checked in the massive rock (the local name forContinue reading “Big Rock, Big Concerns”

2008 Virginia Beach Contender Cup Striper Tournament Results

  Contender Cup Striper Tournament Results out of 32 Boats 1st place Matt Oliff 55.17 $32002nd place Robert Hughes 46.31 $8003rd place Rick Handly 41.88 $4804th place AJ Marchigiani 41.65 $1285th place Jamie Judy 41.19 $128 Chris Bait and Tackle Small Boat Challenge1st place Matt Oliff 55.17 $320 Chesapeake Angler Magazine Live Release division1st placeContinue reading “2008 Virginia Beach Contender Cup Striper Tournament Results”

More and more stripers making their way up Bay

Northern Neck Virginia charter fishing captain Billy Pipkin ( said the fishing in his part of the Chesapeake Bay has been picking up steadily and shows no signs of slowing down. More and more striped bass are entering the area around the Maryland-Virginia state line, and some are heading up the Bay. The rest ofContinue reading “More and more stripers making their way up Bay”

Local Fishing Report – Southern Maryland News, Charles County, Calvert County and St. Mary’s County News

Plenty of rockfish are being caught by trollers in the Bay and the Potomac.  Saturday was excellent as big fish were caught everywhere up and down the ships channel.  Cove Point was hot.  Capt, Ritchie Roberts landed a 60 pound, 56 inch rockfish on his charter boat the "Mary Lynn".     Local FIshing Report –Continue reading “Local Fishing Report – Southern Maryland News, Charles County, Calvert County and St. Mary’s County News”

Delmarva Fishing Report

Boat anglers out of Lewes, Indian River Inlet and Ocean City reported a couple of days when winds and seas were calm enough to fish. According to reports, striped bass are still available in the waters within a mile or two of the beach. Most of the rockfish are hitting trolled baits, including Mann’s StretchContinue reading “Delmarva Fishing Report”

Simple shopping ideas for sportsmen

It’s getting close to crunch time: Just seven shopping days are left before Christmas morning.For the spouse or child of a hunter, hiker or angler, do not panic. Although you have been procrastinating, there’s still plenty of time. What follows is a list of gift ideas all easily available in local stores. Simple shopping ideasContinue reading “Simple shopping ideas for sportsmen”

Max King’s ASA 61.5lb Rockfish Cleaning Party

      This video shows how to measure the proper length and girth of the fish for estimated weight. Use the conversion chart link below to check against the actual weight of the fish: Saltwater Fish Weights Freshwater Fish Weights   Also, this video will show what the fish has eaten over the past fewContinue reading “Max King’s ASA 61.5lb Rockfish Cleaning Party”

Outdoors notebook: Action for big stripers should pick up on coast

Recent cold weather has kicked off what should be the prime season for striped bass fishing along the Virginia and North Carolina coasts. A few large stripers have moved into Virginia waters around the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay and along the Eastern Shore Outdoors notebook: Action for big stripers should pick up on coastContinue reading “Outdoors notebook: Action for big stripers should pick up on coast”


  REEL ESCAPE CHARTERS REEL ESCAPE CHARTERS "WALK ON" TRIP THIS WEEKEND!!!!!!!!!December  2008 Join Our Mailing List Take a look at the guy on the right…..he kept saying the Reel Escape was a "Lethal Weapon" on Rockfish this past weekend……and the guy beside him had a curious Aussie accent……  Well the weekend did provide someContinue reading “REEL ESCAPE CHARTERS “WALK ON” TRIP THIS WEEKEND!!!December 20th”

Marlin Maniac Donates $3,561.25 Of American Striper Association Angler of the Year Winnings to Idea League Charity

      For More Information or Donations Please use the links below:   http://www.idea-league.org American Striper Association Angler of the Year Results

Angus Phillips – Angus Phillips: Old Ideas Are Polluting the Chesapeake Bay’s Future

The last sail of the year was a good one — stiff breeze from the south, flocks of wintering sea ducks buzzing around close to the water and, as expected, the Chesapeake Bay as clear and clean as all outdoors. Angus Phillips – Angus Phillips: Old Ideas Are Polluting the Chesapeake Bay’s Future –

Regulators Target Recreational Crabbers

A traditional birthright of all Marylanders — the ability to catch a blue crab with a chicken neck, a string and a net — could soon require a government license, under a proposal unveiled yesterday by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Regulators Target Recreational Crabbers –

Bluewater Yachts 2008 Tournament Results

Saturday, December 13th, 25 boats went out in cold, windy conditions, attempting to win the inaugural Bluewater ROCK Party tournament. Dawn Saturday broke with a strong northwest wind, and temperatures in the low 30’s. 7 am and it was lines in. Fishing ended at 2, with the scales closing at 3:30. In the end, itContinue reading “Bluewater Yachts 2008 Tournament Results”

American Striper Association 2008 Virginia Beach Tournament Results

1st   VIRGINIA BEACH CONTENDER  38.80 61.50 100.302nd  MURPHYS IRISH PUB                41.40  51.05 92.43rd   DEVIOUS                                  42.30  45.65 87.95 4th   MARLIN MANIAC                     45.45  42.45 87.905th   MOD SQUAD                           40.85 45.35 86.206th   AMAZING GRACE                     43.80  38.00 81.807th   DEDEE G II                               42.80  34.75 77.558th   HAPI DAZE                              36.50  36.80 73.309th   REEL COMFORT                       34.00  39.15 73.1510th THE HANDYMAN                     33.25  36.45 69.7011th BOBContinue reading “American Striper Association 2008 Virginia Beach Tournament Results”

Team Marlin Maniac Fishes for Haley Smith and Idea League at The ASA on December 13th

Virginia Beach National Tournament – ASA STRIPER TOURNAMENT – Virginia Beach, VA   Haley is a beautiful little girl who has suffered from uncontrolled seizures since she was five months old. She had seen over four neurologists until one finally diagnosed Haley with Dravet syndrome. Dravet syndrome (named after the French doctor, Charlotte Dravet, whoContinue reading “Team Marlin Maniac Fishes for Haley Smith and Idea League at The ASA on December 13th”

Fishing Report Delaware

Despite the frigid temperatures and strong winds, there still were a few hearty fishermen trying their luck in the local waters. Boat anglers who made it out last weekend had mixed reports, with some finding fish and others not having luck. Boaters fishing the inshore wrecks and Artificial Reef Sites 10 and 11 have beenContinue reading “Fishing Report Delaware”

Annapolis Outdoors Stripers

  While it got nowhere near as cold back in Anne Arundel County in recent days, expect the fishing for sea-run stripers to begin to taper off as Chesapeake water temperatures slide closer to 40 degrees. But, when the bay was relatively calm Monday some nice catches were made by the few who weren’t intimidatedContinue reading “Annapolis Outdoors Stripers”

From France, a Different View of the Sea Bass Fishery

Pierre Affre visited from Paris last month, filming a report for French television on the health of the striped bass population in the United States contrasted with the steep decline in population of the European sea bass. (The European bass is identical to the striped bass, except it has no stripes.) Suzy Allman for TheContinue reading “From France, a Different View of the Sea Bass Fishery”

Rockfish Shootout kicks off season December 13th

  Jerry Harris’ striper tournament year has boiled down to a single business trip he took to Las Vegas. It was the week of the American Striper Association’s stop in Hampton Bay, N.Y. – the sixth of eight tournaments leading up to Saturday’s ASA championship. Jerry Harris of Chesapeake holds a striped bass he caughtContinue reading “Rockfish Shootout kicks off season December 13th”

Second-Annual Rockfish tournament on December 13th

Mathews – Since 2005, the Mathews Rotary Club has awarded more than $8,500 in academic and vocational scholarships to Mathews High School graduates. Giving back to the community is one of the club’s missions. As part of their giving back, the club will be hosting its Second-Annual Rockfish Tournament Dec. 13, with 100 percent ofContinue reading “Second-Annual Rockfish tournament on December 13th”

CCA 2008 Tournament Results

Tournament DivisionPlace Angler Boat Name Team Name Weight Length1 Greg Nunn Hapi Daze Hapi Daze 50.25 47.52 Hank Sibley Marlin Maniac Coastal Builders 45.70 49.03 Bruce George De Gee G II De Gee G II 44.45 47.54 Christian Nash Right Hook Right Hook 43.15 47.05 Mark Colberson Relentless K H Jarvis Inc 41.40 46.56 DaveContinue reading “CCA 2008 Tournament Results”

Washington Times – GENE MUELLER: Bay is perfect for rockfish

This week showed it’s still all about the Chesapeake’s stripers. "The fishing was really good this week," said Christy Henderson of Buzz’s Marina on St. Jerome’s Creek. "Rockfish were scattered between the HS Buoy and Buoy 68. They are also concentrated at the mouth of the Potomac River. Some people are reporting catches in theContinue reading “Washington Times – GENE MUELLER: Bay is perfect for rockfish”

Washington Times – GENE MUELLER: Fishing captain-to-be gets his sea legs

It was long before dawn on a cold, clear night when Ray Frank and his son Ryan left their homes north of Baltimore to drive to southern Maryland and fish for striped bass that the weekend angler wouldn’t even think were available in December. But now is when well-fed rockfish arrive from the Atlantic OceanContinue reading “Washington Times – GENE MUELLER: Fishing captain-to-be gets his sea legs”

Experts expect records to fall as big fish move in Virginia

Let the record season begin. This year already has produced a Virginia state record striped bass and an International Game Fish Association 2-pound line-class world-record for striper. Experts expect records to fall as big fish move in | |

Record Online – Serving the Northern Neck of Virginia

The derby attracted 97 entries and more than 40 fish were weighed-in during the two days, said Coates.B.J. Carrier of Lively landed a 43.75-pound rockfish to claim the first-place prize of $500. Carlie Woolard of Kilmarnock landed a 28.49-pound rockfish for second place and $250. Wayne Darrall of Lively landed a 26.16-pound rockfish for thirdContinue reading “Record Online – Serving the Northern Neck of Virginia”


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4th-grader reels in 50-pound striper –

Bill Garren was thinking he might surprise his son Jake this Christmas with a replica mount of the 46-inch-long striped bass Jake caught last year in the Chesapeake Bay.But those plans might have to change now that 9-year-old Jake has an even bigger striper to his credit.Jake boated the 50.9-pound striper Saturday afternoon while theContinue reading “4th-grader reels in 50-pound striper –”

No shortage of big bass or tourneys in local waters

Big striped bass have started to show in the southern portions of the Chesapeake Bay and along the Eastern Shore oceanfront. That means there could be outstanding catches in many of December’s multitude of rockfish tournaments. No shortage of big bass or tourneys in local waters | |

Cold, snow, rockfish made for interesting combination

Corey Kemmerer won the 11th annual Rockfish Tournament, sponsored by Capt. Steve’s Bait and Tackle Shop. The annual tourney ran Friday, Saturday and Sunday of last week. Corey Kemmerer with nephew Jayden and the 35-inch rockfish that won the 11th annual Capt. Steve’s Rockfish Tournament. David Orton from Northern Virginia is pictured surf fishing onContinue reading “Cold, snow, rockfish made for interesting combination”

OUTDOORS: FISHING FORECAST: It’s not over yet: Montauk herring attract big stripers

Just when you thought the fat lady was warming up her vocal chords comes word that herring have finally arrived at Montauk – and with them schools of hungry striped bass OUTDOORS: FISHING FORECAST: It’s not over yet: Montauk herring attract big stripers —