Fishing Eastern Bay out of Kent Island, MD

While battling food poisoning, I was invited to go fishing with a friend on Eastern Bay, south of Kent Island.  Having never fished it before, I (of course) said yes. I met my friend at his house, and we trailered his new Carolina Skiff to the launch on Kent Island.  My goal was to find…

Fishing Report: Middle Chesapeake Bay

I enjoy fishing without other people around.  I think most people do. Because of this, I will happily burn fuel to get far away from the pack, often as not taking me across the bay to the Eastern shore of Maryland.  Sometimes, however, that doesn’t work out.  A few weeks ago, I had that kind…

Bahia Honda State Park – Florida Keys

Last Monday, after my other friends left Key West, I headed to Bahia Honda state park to hunt for bonefish.  This park is a gem – gorgeous sand, great amenities, and generally is not too crowded for fly fishers to hunt the sand and grass flats for hours.  I armed myself with my 8wt and…

Fly Fishing for Tarpon in Key Largo

Last Saturday I fished with guide Duane Baker out of Key Largo for ocean tarpon.  I have wanted to do the ocean-side tarpon fishing thing for a few years, and finally pulled the trigger.  I was very lucky to get Duane – he’s accomplished, a relaxed yet precise coach, and an all around nice guy. …

Fishing Report – Middle Chesapeake Bay (Skinny Water)

A couple weeks ago, with what looked like decent weather, my dad and I fished the Eastern Shore of the middle Chesapeake for striped bass.  From late April to early June, there is good fishing to be had around the islands, rivers, and creeks off the Honga River, Little Choptank, and Choptank Rivers. The weather…

Lancaster PA Fly Fishing Show and Keys Tying

Last weekend, I traveled to the Lancaster PA Fly Fishing Show.  This show is one of the biggest in the country, and features lodges, fishing celebrities, tackle manufacturers, and others from around the world (but with a special focus on Eastern fly fishing).  I had a chance to watch Lefty Kreh and Joe Humphries teach…

Chesapeake Cobia and Fly Design: What fly pattern works best?

I did not have a good year sight casting for cobia.  Over four days in July and August, I hunted these fish, armed with my 10 weight and a number of hand-tied flies.  I found small fish (24″-30″) on two of those days, and in those cases, I either could not get sighted fish to eat,…

Fishing Report: Neuse River, North Carolina Creek

On a mini-vacation, and enjoying a great Airbnb down here in Arapohoe, NC.  The place has kayaks and creek access, so I spent a couple hours together fishing and catching.  With the warm, sunny conditions, the fish were active, and I landed a half dozen largemouth bass and pickerel.  Yellow clouser minnows on a floating…

Fishing Report: Middle Chesapeake Bay and the Patuxent River

Last Saturday, I headed out with a friend to fish the Patuxent River one final time before pulling my boat for the year.  We were fortunate to have low winds and calm waters, and we quickly found large schools of juvenile striped bass at the mouth of the river and out into the bay.  Terns,…

Fishing Report: Middle Chesapeake Bay and Patuxent River

Thanksgiving Weekend has usually represented the last and best fishing of the year in the Patuxent River and Middle Chesapeake Bay for striped bass.  And although temperatures have been higher this year, the cold front that blew through last Saturday dropped temperatures to their normal fall levels. Thanksgiving night, I took what may be my…

Fishing Report: Tangier Sound Striped Bass

Back in Maryland, it was time for the annual pilgrimage to Crisfield, MD to fish with guide Kevin Josenhans.  Kevin is the first fishing guide I ever hired, and still one of the best 15 years later.  November is peak-time to fish these islands near Crisfield, and I was excited to throw flies at 3-5 pound striped…

Fishing Report: Fly Fishing for Mako Sharks in San Diego

Fly fishing for mako sharks is bananas:  The sharks are fast (45 mph for a top speed), large (50 to 300lb regularly), and they jump multiple times when hooked.   As a former elementary school shark nerd, it’s something I’ve wanted to try for a long time.  And when I was in San Diego with friends two weeks…