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!

“Fowl” Weather Weekend & Top Water Striper Action

The Rockfish Are Here  10/20/09
The Rockfish Are Here 10/20/09
"Fowl" Weather Didn't Stop Us From Catching Fish
“Fowl” Weather Didn’t Stop Us From Catching Fish
Bruce Brooks and Friends
Bruce Brooks and Friends

Oct. 11 009Rain, wind, & rough seas were the name of the game this past weekend.  Friday’s group came all the way from Texas and they toughed it out. We still caught fish (bluefish & stripers) but it was so nasty & wet I only got the camera out to get a photo of the gull that got hung up in our lines.  Due to the weather conditions I decided it would be in everybody’s best interest to cancel the trips the remainder of the weekend.  Today, it was a much different story…warm, sunny, and calm.  Everybody seemed to enjoy jigging and we ended up catching our limit of stripers on top of the water.  When I don’t have a charter I’ve been doing some commercial gill netting.  I’m catching nice (10-12 lb.) rock in the nets so I know they’re here.  Call 804-529-6725 or email me and I’ll give you a list of available days so you can get into the action.

Taylor Blues and Striped Bass this past week

Warrenton Moose Lodge Group
Warrenton Moose Lodge Group
Samples of Light Tackle Catches
Samples of Light Tackle Catches
The Dave McAllister Group
Dave McAllister Family & Friends

 

Despite some really windy weather we had great fishing.  We had better luck with the Blues than the Striped Bass(Rockfish) although we saw a slight improvement on the size of the Rock.  As the temperature cools we will see the Blues start to taper off and the Rockfish pick up.   We saw a lot of breaking Blues and we chummed with light tackle so everyone could enjoy the fiesty fight of the Blues.  Thanks to all who fished on the Bay Quest this past week.  Hope to see you all again.

Cooler Temps — Hotter Fishing!

You couldn’t ask for any better weather or fishing.  Fall  is my favorite time of year and I enjoy hearing the geese honking as they fly over while I’m working on the water.  This past week we caught bluefish, red drum, rockfish & spot.  I also had a couple of chartered dinner cruises in the evenings  where we watched the sun set and the full moon rise.  We had lots of fun and I thank everyone for coming down.  I have plenty of fall/winter days still available so get a group together & give me a call.  Capt. Dave

Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School Floating Classroom

During the last two weeks the Bay Quest has been the floating classroom for the Environmental Science students from the Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School.  The school is comprised of gifted and talented high school students from all of the surrounding counties who are primarily studying advanced math and science.  We took biological collections for educational purposes using a small otter trawl, shaft tongs, crab pot, and plankton nets.  They explored the role of the oyster in the Bay and its value as a filter for the water column and as a source of habitat for other organisms.  The life of the blue crab is highlighted followed by lab work collecting water quality data such as ph, salinity, turbidity, and dissolved oxygen.  We pulled an otter trawl and caught a variety of fish.  We ended each day having a lot of fun rod and reel fishing.  It’s a wonderful experience for the students and I feel privileged to participate in their learning process.

Tough day fishing after Nor’easter.

Lenny playing a fish.

Lennie playing a fish.

Chumming at the Target Ship.
Chumming at the Target Ship.

This has been a rainy, windy week for fishing.  I did get out this weekend and we went Red Drum fishing across the bay.  I could find the slicks created by the Drum and tracked them as they fed up the bay but could not get one to bite.  We did catch Spanish Mackerel and Bluefish trolling.  We also tried chumming at the target ship and caught Bluefish and released undersized Sea Bass.  I enjoyed meeting a new customer, Lennie Ellis and friends.  Thanks for fishing with me and wish we could have hooked up those big Red Drum.  Hope to see you when the big Stripers arrive.

 

 

End of Day Portrait.   Nice Group of Anglers!
End of Day Portrait. Nice Group of Anglers!

Light Tackle Fishing

Sept 3, 2009 002Sept 3, 2009 003Sept 3, 2009 005Sept 3, 2009 010Sept 3, 2009 008This past week was a slow one for charters but not for catching fish.    Bill Johnson  and his group of buddies showed us how it’s done using light fishing tackle this past week.  We caught 7 different species(if you want to count seagulls too!).  We primarily caught rockfish and bluefish but also  we caught sea bass, flounder, oyster toads & a sucker fish all while chumming using Ugly Sticks and Penn 55SS spinning reels.  Look forward to seeing the group again when we start catching the bigger stripers.  Thanks for a good day.

August ending with the best fishing.

Fishing has gotten better even though I didn’t think it could.  We started catching more keeper Stripers(rockfish) this week in addition to Bluefish, Spanish Mackerel, Spot and Croaker.  We had a great weekend despite the threat of tropical storm Danny as you can see in the photos below and I really appreciate everyone who came this week.
This group of FedEx employees enjoyed their day off!
This group of FedEx employees enjoyed their day off!
Here come the rockfish!
Here come the rockfish!
Sample of the Spanish Mackerel we caught
Sample of the Spanish Mackerel we caught
Good way to start the day off with a mackerel and bluefish!
Good way to start the day off with a mackerel and bluefish!
Good day's catch.  That's a lot of good eating!
Good day's catch. That's a lot of good eating!
Proud anglers and their great catch.
Proud anglers and their great catch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Calm Seas & Good Fishing

Hurricane Bill was thankfully  going to have no effect on us up here on the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay but it was hard to convince my parties the last couple of days to come.  Two weekend charters cancelled thanks to the Weather Channel.  It was slick calm both days and the captains that fished had wonderful catches.  Bluefish, Spanish Mackerel & all kinds of bottomfish were caught.  

I want to say “Thank You” to my summer mate, Jordon Strickler, who is returning to college.  He will be a sophomore at Ferrum and I know he will do well again this year. 

I enjoyed having a long time customer, Cornell Walker and his family and friends fish with me this past week.  Here’s photos of Cornell’s grandson. We caught blues, mackerel, and spot. 

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Charter fishing on the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean