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…

Fly Fishing and Light Tackle on the ESVA

After having mixed success fishing the Eastern Shore of Virginia (ESVA) this year, I and my buddy (a local) gave it another go.  The weather this past weekend was favorable, and so I made the drive from DC with fly rods and spinning rods in tow, as well as a new fly…a secret weapon in…

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 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…

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…

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: Patuxent River

Late report here. A few weeks back, I and a friend set out of Solomons MD to chase striped bass on the fly and light tackle.  We found a massive school of dink (10″-14″) stripers spread out across  the river entrance.  Fishing large jigs and flies for a few drifts didn’t provide any action, but…

Fishing Report: Patuxent River

Water temperatures are still high in the Chesapeake and its tributaries (63-65 degrees), and the fish are behaving much as they would in early October.  Breaking fish are available everywhere you go, with calm weather days the best for spotting and catching these fish.   I took part of my Saturday to give it a shot…