Happy Fishing Friday, everyone! It’s been a while since I last posted anything “Angling Right” related, so I’ll remedy that today.
Last Sunday, my dad and I ventured out to the Chesapeake Bay to fish at Solomons Island, MD. Solomons is marked by the confluence of the Patuxent River and Chesapeake Bay–making it a unique fishing spot. To put it simply, it’s a hybrid of saltwater fishing and freshwater fishing without the turbulence you normally find in deep sea fishing. (Both saltwater and freshwater fishing are enjoyable!)
My dad and I decided on Bunky’s Charter Boats for our first Chesapeake Bay fishing experience. Affordability, high return on investment, and proximity to our home were factored into our decision. And we were pleased with the results!
Bunky’s has decent options for their Head Boat bottom fishing trips. From Thursday to Monday, anglers can choose to fish from either 7am-2pm or 3pm-8pm half-day trips. The cost is $45/per person. Bait and rod are excluded from the price. ($5.00 rod rental is available.)
Below is a view where the Patuxent River and Chesapeake Bay converge:
I’m pictured below with our final catch:
Here’s a closer look at our final catch. Each spot fish averages 7″-9″ a piece, which wasn’t too shabby.
If you plan to fish with Bunky’s Charter Boats, take the following into consideration:
1) Get a good night’s rest and arrive early: My dad and I woke up at the ungodly hour of 4am to make the 7am trip. While this was inconvenient, in retrospect, sacrificing sleep proved fruitful for us. Whether you prefer early morning fishing or afternoon fishing, make sure to arrive early as this place operates on a first-come, first-serve basis.
2) Take Dramamine if you’re prone to sea-sickness: As I’ve written before, take any precautions prior to fishing to ensure the best fishing experience. Though the Chesapeake is fairly tame, the boat will occasionally rock back and forth–adversely affecting buoyancy by triggering motion sickness. Always come prepared!
3) Pack light food and drinks: It’s essential to eat before and during any fishing excursion. Pack light food and refreshments. I prefer to eat fruits (apples), vegetables (cucumbers), beef jerky, and sandwiches, while coupling it with plenty of water, sip by sip. Normally alcohol is forbidden aboard most charters, but some people brought their own. Use discretion if you wish to consume alcohol.
4) Use blood worms as bait to maximize catch rate: This bait produced the most results for us. Spot fish ate them up like crazy! They are available for purchase from the tackle shop. I recommend cutting them into quarter pieces to better utilize them and not waste money on bait.
5) Wear sunscreen: Summer is in full swing, so the sun is quite powerful. Wear sunscreen to prevent any unnecessary sunburns or to get a nice farmer’s tan. It’s up to you!
6) Don’t go fishing by yourself: I prefer to not fish alone, and neither should you! I always go with my dad because he taught me everything I know about fishing. Bring a friend, companion, family member, or significant other!
Stay tuned for another “Angling Right” post soon!