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Chesapeake Bay Striper Charters, Deale Maryland

Chesapeake Bay Rockfishing Charters

Chesapeake Bay striper fishing means awesome rockfish like this big catch. And they get much bigger than this.

The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the United Sates and is fed by more than 150 rivers and streams. The Bay almost completely divides the state of Maryland in half and plays a huge part in the state's economy, tourism, and recreation. The Algonquin name for the big water was "Chesepiook," meaning "great shellfish bay." This Native American term was appropriate - the Chesapeake is home to abundant crabs, clams, and oysters, all of which provide food for a variety of finned fishes. Of all these fish species, none is dearer to the hearts of Maryland anglers than striper.

The striped bass, also called "striper" or "rockfish" or "linesider," is Maryland's state fish. Stripers are very long lived - biologists believe they can survive for up to thirty years, so they're capable of reaching enormous sizes. In fact, the largest striped bass ever recorded weighed 125 pounds. Stripers spawn in freshwater, and the Chesapeake is one of the most important breeding grounds in the world, due to the number of freshwater streams and rivers that empty into the Bay. The fish travel from the ocean to these freshwater sources to lay their eggs, and that's when Chesapeake Bay striper charters get ready for action.

Chesapeake Bay striper fishing charters eagerly anticipate striper fishing season each year, which begins in mid-April. Trophy striper fishing continues through mid-May, when one striper, 28 inches or longer, may be kept by each angler. Summer striper fishing season begins in mid-May and continues through December, when two fish, each measuring a minimum of 18 inches, can be kept by each fisherman. The lower section of the Bay is higher in salinity, so the rockfish fishing usually remains productive for a longer period of time there.


Rockfishing Charters in Deale and Chesapeake Bay

Chesapeake Bay Rockfishing Charters

A typical day of Chesapeake Bay Striper Fishing with Ebb Tide Charters and Captain Billy Gee.

Chesapeake Bay stripers get hefty. Any rockfish over 50 pounds is considered a trophy, and the Maryland state record striper tipped the scales at 67 pounds, 8 ounces and was caught near Bloody Point. Rockfish fishing is extremely popular, and anglers come from all over to get a chance to land a trophy in the Chesapeake. These fish are powerful and put up a valiant battle when hooked. Not only are they fun to catch, they're also excellent on the table.

Rockfish are aggressive feeders that eat a wide variety of food, including eels, crabs, clams, oysters, and smaller fish. Striped bass fishing can be done employing several methods. At times, the fish can be seen feeding near the surface, so sight casting can be done. When the fish aren't visible, rockfishing usually involves trolling. Fly fishermen also enjoy striped bass fishing, as the fish will readily attack flies. Chumming is another method of attracting fish while striper fishing.

Of the above methods, trophy striper fishing is usually done by trolling spoons, plugs, and plastics. Big stripers are often found near bottom structure, so rockfishing in this manner usually targets channels, drop-offs, and ledges. In the fall months, one of the preferred venues for striper fishing is around the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, where large numbers of the fish often congregate.


Chesapeake Bay Fishing Charters For Striper

If you're not familar with the Bay and its bottom structure, you might have a difficult time finding stripers, so your striper fishing trip won't be productive or much fun. Your best bet is to book a Chesapeake Bay fishing charter for some thrilling striped bass fishing. These guys know the Bay well, and they follow the striper feeding and migrating patterns. Half-day and full-day charter trips are available for rockfishing, and it's some of the most amazing and enjoyable fishing you'll ever experience.

The Chesapeake Bay is a beautiful body of water with a fascinating shoreline, so you'll be able to enjoy the great scenery when striped bass fishing, while the captain and crew navigate the boat and take care of all the mundane details. They'll even do the hard work for you, including taking your fish off the hook, filleting your catch, and bagging your fillets for the trip home. All you'll have to do is sit back and enjoy the ride until a big striper is hooked - then you're in for a real battle! Once your striper fishing trip is over, you'll be left with all the great memories you made, plus some nice tasty fillets to throw on the grill.


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