Fishing the Eastern Shore of Virginia – September

I don’t fish alone, at least not often. Fishing alone is a purely selfish endeavor.  There is no sharing – not of the hunt, the wind and water, the smells, the fish themselves.  No sharing of disappointments, the cracking of natures’ puzzles, or (if you’re lucky) the joys of success. Fishing with good friends is…

Fly Fishing the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia

Over the last week, I’ve fished the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay three times:  Out of Machipongo, Virginia, out of Crisfield, Maryland, and out of Solomons, Maryland. Out of Machipongo, I and a friend hoped to target speckled trout and red drum, but with strong southerly winds, we struggled to catch anything other than…

Fishing out of Solomons and Kent Island

The last two weekends I fished out of Solomons, MD, hunting for all the great early fall fishing that comes this time of year. The first weekend I fished the Honga River with a crew of three.  With strong winds out of the north, we headed across the bay from Solomons, entering the Honga north…

Eastern Shore of Virginia

In July and early August, I fished the Eastern Shore of Virginia with the hope of finding fly-rod cobia. For the first go-round, I traveled down by car to the Cape Charles area, and headed out with my friend on his boat.  We caught shark after shark while chumming for cobia, eventually changing strategies to…

Fishing Report: Indian River Inlet and Burton Island, Delaware

I spent two weekends ago in Bethany Beach, Delaware, with friends.  Great fun, but having been vacationing in the area for years, I was excited to climb on the jetty and throw my 10wt for big bluefish in the mornings.  I brought all of the needed gear, but forgot my korkers (studded boots for climbing…

Fishing Report – Eastern Shore of Virginia

Summer on the Eastern Shore of Virginia is what you make of it.  Want to float pin-fish for Tarpon?  Bottom fish for croaker?  Sight cast to cobia and red drum?  It’s all possible, and depending on the conditions, available to the angler with a little knowledge (hopefully of the local variety). I spent Thursday night…

Fishing Report – Middle Chesapeake Bay and Lower Patuxent River

I spent Saturday morning running the Patuxent River and Middle Chesapeake Bay, looking for Striped Bass, Bluefish and Spanish Mackerel.  I was joined by my cousin, who is a solid fisherman himself, and just getting into the fly fishing game. We left the dock at 6:30AM, immediately finding a school of breaking young-of-the-year striped bass…

Fishing Report – Patuxent River and Lower Chesapeake Bay

Another weekend in the books fishing the Chesapeake Bay by boat.  Saturday saw myself, a coworker, and his 10 year old fishing the Patuxent River, bottom fishing for croaker and spot near St. Leonard Creek and the mouth of Cuckhold Creek.  Fishing was surprisingly poor compared to past years, with only one caught spot and…

Summer Fly Fishing on the Middle Chesapeake: Open Water

July and August on the Chesapeake bring an interesting mix of species and opportunities for middle-Chesapeake fly fishermen, as well as some challenges.  With the hot weather, most mid-sized game fish (2-5lb striped bass, bluefish, and Spanish mackerel) are in deeper water, following clouds of bay anchovies that dimple the surface like rain drops.  When…