Fishing in Chesapeake Bay, Virginia

Fishing in Chesapeake Bay, Virginia
Chesapeake Bay has two states--Maryland and Virginia--sharing its shoreline and has many opportunities for sport fishing. Fishing for Spanish mackerel, trout, rockfish and blues is possible in Chesapeake Bay. In addition to the fishing, it is possible to see whales at the mouth of the bay as well as many different species of sea and shore birds. If you are planning a fishing trip into the bay there are several charter and guides services ready to assist you. Be prepared to have both Maryland and Virginia fishing licenses if you are going to fish both sides of the bay.

Captain Hogg's Charters

Captain Hogg's Charters operates from the docks and harbors of Hampton, Virginia. Charters typically go for striped bass, cobia, red drum, bluefish and trout. All fishing gear, bait, tackle, guides and boat service is included in the charter. You need to bring an iced cooler, lunches, drinks, rain gear, sunglasses and hat, sun screen and a camera. The striped bass season is best between May 1 and June 15 because you can keep your catch. Other times you must catch and release. During charters, keep an eye out for cormorants, pelicans and other sea birds.

Captain Hogg's Charters
Hampton VA 23669
757-876-1590
captainhoggscharters.com

Reel Diamond Fishing Charters

Reel Diamond Fishing Charters operates out of metropolitan Baltimore and offers four-season fishing. Spring is the best time for going out and catching striped bass. Summer is the time to go for Spanish mackerel and trout. The autumn months are good for striped bass and perch, and winter is good for bass. All fishing gear, tackle, guides, boat service and use of foul-weather gear is included in the charter. You should bring any food or snacks you want for the trip, sun hat and sunglasses, camera and extra layers for cold weather. Look for snowy egret and osprey while on the water.

Reel Diamond Fishing Charters
P.O. Box 9673
Baltimore MD 21237
443-520-8977
reeldiamond.com

Hook Mash Charters

Hook Mash is based in Meade, Maryland. Charters head out from the harbor and into the waters of the bay searching for trout, Spanish mackerel, blues and striped bass. You are asked to bring all your own food and drinks, rain gear, sun hat and sunglasses. A camera and extra layers for cold weather is recommended. Hook Mash provides all fishing gear and tackle, guides and boat service. You should bring your own cooler to store your catch. Make sure to look for birds and marine life during your time on the water.

Hook Mash Charters
P.O. Box 154
Deale, Md 20751
443-336-3011
hookmashcharters.com

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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