LARGER TROPHY FISH ARE HERE!

A lot of you have asked for me to keep you posted when the “hosses” arrive.  Take a look at some of today’s catch.  We had the big fish up to 35 lbs plus still caught our small fish to max out our limits.

Toby pulls in his own fish and his smile says it all!
Dakota pulls in his own fish and his smile says it all!

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That's a big net full!

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Striper Update

Nov. 21 011Nov. 21 008Nov. 21 005Nov. 21 004Nov. 21 001This past week we had a couple of really windy days that made it tough to be where we needed to be to catch a lot of fish.  As the weather improved so did the fishing.  Yesterday and today fishing was back to normal and we had lots of action and all sizes of stripers.  Today’s group brought their own ultra-light spinning tackle and they jigged for the stripers.  As you can see from the bent poles they had a lot of  fun.  I want to thank everyone who fished with me this past week.  If you have any photos you have taken and want included on the website just forward them to me and I’ll get them on.  Dave

Fast Action!

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Fishing gets better every day.  Everybody’s getting their 2 fish to take home and we’re having a good time the rest of the day hooking and releasing. Wonderful bird action….heron gulls and gannets working over the fish.  Weather is great also…cool starts and then warming up during the day making it beautiful late Indian summer days.

BAM!

Wayne Hayslett with a big Rockfish
Wayne Hayslett with a big Rockfish
Marion with one the stripers she landed
Marion with one the stripers she landed

“Big Wayne” Hayslett from Charlottesville takes the prize for catching the biggest striper(45″) to date for the fall season aboard the Bay Quest today. We jigged and trolled for the smaller fish and then went for the big guns with the umbrella rigs.  We got our limit of schoolies, as well as, our limit on big fish also.  Since it was such a pretty day I took Marion back out after Big Wayne and his group  got back to the dock.  It was flat calm, 78 degrees, and just as soon as we got our rigs out we had  five poles with fish on.  It was so much going on for a while that I didn’t have time to take many photos but  it sure was fun seeing my better half crank in those fish!

If you want to get in on the action, I still have a few slots open for this Friday’s (Nov. 20th) Open Boat day at $100/person but you need to let me know as soon as possible. 

If you were waiting for the big fish to arrive before booking your trip, you better get your charter on the books now at the lower price before I have to move down the Bay and into the ocean.  I hope to be able to stay in the Bay and leave from Coan River Marina in Lottsburg until about Christmas before I have to move the Bay Quest down to Rudee’s Inlet in Virginia Beach.  Just contact me via email or phone if you want a list of available days.  Capt. Dave

Strickly Stripers Now.

We continue to catch our limits of stripers when the weather cooperates.  Friday was one of those days when the weather was not going to let us get on the fish.  I had a great youth group from Standardsville United Methodist Church who hung in there all day in rough conditions for only a handful of fish.  First Mate Tom and I were proud of them…no seasickness and no complaints.  What a wonderful group of young men. 

Saturday and Sunday were picture perfect…good weather and lots of action.   On Saturday, Bill Osl from Warrenton, brought a group of church friends.  Sunday was my first Open Boat Day.  Nine got on the boat that morning not knowing who they would be fishing with and by the end of the day new friendships had been made.  Thanks to all of you for being so great and making this day enjoyable for all.

Pat Burke (Mate Tom's other half) watches a fish being reeled in Sunday on the Open Boat Day.
Pat Burke (Mate Tom's other half) watches a fish being reeled in Sunday on the Open Boat Day.
Only 3 fish were caught on Friday.
Only 3 fish were caught on Friday.
Jodi Jeffries with her dad shows off one of her fish
Jodi Jefferies with her dad shows off one of her fish
Saturday's catch
Saturday's catch

The start of a great angler! Every kid his age needs his own tackle!
The start of a great angler! Every kid his age needs his own tackle!
Robert Harris shows off a fish caught trolling using an umbrella rig.
Robert Harris shows off a fish caught trolling using an umbrella rig.

 

Striper Action Improving

My best high school buddy, Bill Webb(yellow shirt) with his son and friends enjoyed his birthday present from his wife -- a fishing trip on the Bay Quest.
My best high school buddy, Bill Webb(yellow shirt) with his son and friends enjoyed his birthday present from his wife -- a fishing trip on the Bay Quest.
Barbara Swann enjoyed catching her dinner and I enjoyed having her on the boat.
Barbara Swann enjoyed catching her dinner and I enjoyed having her on the boat.
Retired Federal Employees living in the Northern Neck who caught their limit of rockfish.  Hope to see them again soon.
Retired Federal Employees living in the Northern Neck who caught their limit of rockfish. Hope to see them again soon.

 

Another beautiful sunrise on the bay.  One reason I love my job!
Another beautiful sunrise on the bay. One reason I love my job!

During the last couple of charters we found plenty of breaking rockfish under the gulls across the Bay.  We caught our fish trolling and jigging with good action doing both.  We still see a bluefish or a chopped off bait which, suggests that there is still a few of them around, but they have pretty much packed it up for the winter.  I see more and more gannets all the time hanging around schools of bait suggesting that the bigger rock are getting closer. Any day now!  Stay tuned!