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Hoopers Island, Maryland

 

Enjoy the finest in Maryland fishing charters on the Chesapeake Bay from Maryland's Eastern Shore!

 

We are located on Hoopers Island, just 40 minutes south of Cambridge, MD!

 

Reserve your date NOW for some of the best fishing that Maryland has to offer!!

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2017 CHESAPEAKE BAY FISHING REPORT

 

Maryland Fishing Report: July 16, 2017

Another Limit Of Maryland Rockfish Caught With Live Bait And Light Tackle!

It was another fine day of fishing today, as this crew is showing off their legal limit of Maryland rockfish. Just like last time, these fish were caught with the use of live spot fish and light tackle! After leaving the dock before the sun came up, this crew started bottom fishing for spot fish and had plenty of fun doing that. Once they caught enough of those, we headed on up to where we've been catching rockfish, and used to spot to catch those. These fish ranged between 20 and 23 inches in length. A bunch of other stripers were caught that had to be thrown back because they were not big enough to keep. All in all, it was another action-packed Maryland fishing charter!

A Nice Cooler Shot Of Today's Rockfish Action!
Maryland Fishing Report: July 11, 2017

Catching Striped Bass With Live Bait On The Chesapeake Bay!

We are finally back to live-lining on the Chesapeake Bay! That means catching Maryland rockfish with the use of live spot fish for bait! For the last several years, this has been the most popular technique for catching rockfish during the summer months.

The crew that is pictured above started out their afternoon by bottom fishing for spot fish with the use of bloodworms. After catching a bunch of those to fill up the livewell, we headed up the bay, in pursuit of some "line-siders."

The fishing did not disappoint! We started getting hook-ups almost right away, as those striped bass clearly wanted what we were selling! We ended up catching our limit of rockfish in no time! Below is a cooler shot.

A Cooler Full Of Summer Stripers!

If you are in to catching striped bass with live bait, then you need to give us a call NOW to book your date! The fishing is great right now. Give us a call at (410) 397-3743!
Maryland Fishing Report: June 23, 2017
Light Tackle Fishing For Rockfish Is Back!

Light tackle fishing for striped bass is back on the Chesapeake Bay! The crew pictured above caught their limit of Maryland rockfish while chumming with light tackle! When we arrived at the fishing grounds, we spotted the fish on our sonar, dropped the anchor, and started catching fish almost right away. Today's catch ranged between 20 and 31 inches in length. A fantastic day for this group of seven.

This Is What A Limit Of Striped Bass Looks Like!
Maryland Fishing Report: June 3, 2017
Maryland Rockfish Caught On The Chesapeake Bay!

Have you ever watched a baseball game where a team is down 5-0 in the bottom of the ninth inning, but finds a way to come back and win? Well, that's basically what happened with us today on the Chesapeake Bay! We left the dock at around noon today, and by 5:30, we had not had a bite, not a fish in the box. It appeared that all hope was lost, and that we were going to go home with a zero. However, when we were about to pack it in, we spotted a couple of pods of breaking fish on the water surface and started heading in that direction. Not long after that, we got our first hook-up and first fish of the day. The rest of the fish followed pretty quickly. There were several times when we had numerous trolling rods hook up with rockfish at the same time. It was fast and furious for about an hour, long enough for this crew here to limit out on Chesapeake Bay Maryland rockfish! The moral of the story for today: Never give up!
Maryland Fishing Report: April 29, 2017
A Nice Catch Of Rockfish On The Day!

The fishing was a bit challenging this morning on the bay, but this crew still came away with a decent catch of BIG trophy Maryland rockfish from the Chesapeake Bay! We caught three big fish that we could keep, along with a couple of 30"+ rockfish that had to be thrown back because they fell short of the state-mandated 35" minimum. In just a couple of weeks, those fish are going to be legal! There were also a couple of other bites that we didn't get. All in all, it was plenty of action, and this led to a happy crew!
Maryland Fishing Report: April 28, 2017
Awesome Catch Of Rockfish Yet Again!

It was another awesome morning for us out on the Chesapeake Bay, as these guys landed a limit of rockfish, just like the group that went the day before! Despite a lot of weekend boat traffice that complicated things a bit, we still managed to bring home six BIG rockfish from the bay! These guys had their limit of rockfish by 10:30am! A great day indeed!
Maryland Fishing Report: April 27, 2017
A BIG Limit Of Maryland Rockfish On The Chesapeake Bay!

Here, we have a nice limit of Maryland rockfish from the Chesapeake Bay! This was one of our best trips yet in 2017! It all started while we were getting our lines out, when the lady on the right landed a monster, 47-inch trophy rockfish. From there, we continued getting bites, eventually getting our limit well before the morning was over! This was a very happy crew and they're already talking about booking with us again!

Yes, She Reeled That In By Herself!

Four More Trophy Maryland Rockfish!

The above picture shows how we made out on our afternoon fishing trip. They had another decent catch with four big rockfish! It was slow starting out, that is, until we had three trolling lines all hook up at the same time! After a little bit of chaos onboard, we got all three fish in, plus another one as we were getting up our lines for the day! Another bunch of happy campers!
Maryland Fishing Report: April 26, 2017
More Pretty Fish From Maryland's Eastern Shore!

Here is a group of longtime customers that we enjoy taking out on the Chesapeake Bay every year. As you can see, they went home with a decent catch of Maryland rockfish from the bay! The biggest one on the day clocked in at a whopping 47 inches in length! A great way to cap off a relatively slow afternoon of fishing!

Huge Maryland Rockfish Caught On The Eastern Shore!
Maryland Fishing Report: April 21, 2017
Another Great Catch Of Maryland Rockfish From The Eastern Shore!

We had two trips on the Chesapeake Bay today. The above picture is from our morning trip. As you can see, they had a great catch. Early in the trip, we had three trolling lines all hook up at the same time, creating a lot of excitement. We managed to successfully land all three fish. We then went on, to catch a couple of more of these monster fish, and also a couple of throwbacks that were too small to legally keep. These guys were so happy that when we returned to the marina, they reserved the same date for next year!

Four BIG Maryland Rockfish!

The above picture is from the afternoon trip. It looked like this was going to be an unproductive trip, until it came time to pull up the lines. At that point, we only had one rockfish in the box. But, when we started pulling up lines, we had a hook-up on a monster 42" striped bass! Then, we made a couple of circles in that area, and landed two more, including the whopper seen in the picture below.

48 Inches! The Biggest Striped Bass So Far This Year!

This fish was a whopping 48 inches long, our biggest rockfish caught so far this year! It was reeled in by the lady holding it, and she did one heck of a job! We hope that this is a sign of things to come as the spring trophy Maryland rockfish season progresses!
Maryland Fishing Report: April 20, 2017
Nice Catch Of Maryland Rockfish For Longtime Customers

These guys have been fishing with us for many, many years, and they always seem to have a good time with us on the Chesapeake Bay. Today was no exception! With the exception of one 36" rockfish, the other five fish that you see in the above picture were all at least 40 inches in length! We had to have a little bit of patience, as the fishing wasn't fast and furious, but it worked out great!
Maryland Fishing Report: April 19, 2017
Biggest Rockfish Yet This Season!
It was another great day of fishing on Maryland's Chesapeake Bay! We caught some real monsters today. The biggest on the day came in at 47 inches long, while even the smallest was still a whopping 41 inches! Hope this is a sign of things to come!
47" Maryland Rockfish!
Maryland Fishing Report: April 18, 2017
Nice Catch Of Maryland Rockfish!
Today wasn't as good as yesterday, but I think we'll take it. We were really looking forward to getting out on the Chesapeake Bay again after the day that we had yesterday. It certainly started out the same way, with three hook-ups within the first hour of fishing. One of the three trophy rockfish had to be thrown back for being 3 inches shorter than the 35-inch minimum required by Maryland law. The other two were really nice, one coming in at 40 inches, the other at 41. Then, we went for a long time with nothing, until we picked up a 35-incher as things were winding down. We didn't get our limit, but it was still a nice catch.
Maryland Fishing Report: April 17, 2017
Our First Full Limit Of Trophy Rockfish In 2017!
We needed a nice day of fishing after the tough opening weekend that just about everyone had on the Chesapeake Bay. Fortunately, today did not disappoint in any way, shape, or form! There wasn't as much boat traffic out today, which helped contribute to better fishing. We landed a couple of trophy striped bass when we were putting out our lines. After that, we gradually chipped away until we had our full legal limit of Maryland rockfish! In all, we had six keepers. The picture only shows five, because our phone had cut off one of the guys on the left-hand side. If you look closely, you can actually see the tail of the fish that he's holding! Four of the six fish caught today were 40 inches in length or more.
Maryland Fishing Report: November 25, 2016
Maryland Rockfish On Display For Black Friday!
Instead of participating in the Black Friday rush at the malls, these guys enjoyed the rush of catching a full limit of Maryland rockfish on the Chesapeake Bay! It was a fantastic day for trolling, as the location of the fish was given away by flocks of diving birds. Once we got on the fish, it didn't take long for this crew to limit out. Some of the fish in these pictures were 30 inches long or more! These guys were so happy with how the day went that they booked with us again for Black Friday next year!
A Full Cooler Of Maryland Rockfish!
Maryland Fishing Report: November 3, 2016
More Maryland Rockfish From The Chesapeake Bay!
Another fabulous day of Maryland rockfishing on the Chesapeake Bay! These guys went home with a great catch, with some of the fish over 30 inches in length! The fishing was really slow starting out. We could see the fish on our sonar, but they wouldn't bite. However, as the day went on, the fish finally got hungry and bit. And, when they did, they bit with a vengeance! There were a few times when we had several lines hook-up at once! Once the fish started biting, it didn't take long for these guys to limit out on the rockfish!
Another Cooler Full of Maryland Rockfish!
Maryland Fishing Report: October 15, 2016

Another Happy Crew With A Limit Of Maryland Rockfish!

It was another great day of fishing off of Maryland's Eastern Shore for rockfish! As soon as we got to the fishing grounds and put our trolling lines out, we started getting hook-ups almost immediately! There were several moments during the trip when we had numerous lines hook up at once! This was a really exciting day to say the least! While most of the Maryland rockfish caught today were between 20 and 25 inches long, there were a couple that approached 30 inches! If this is a sign of what's to come for the rest of the fall season, then the fishing for November and December will be epic! We have numerous open dates for that time frame, so if you want to be in one of these pictures on our website, book your own date by giving us a call at (410) 397-3743!

Another Fine Day of Rockfishing on the Chesapeake Bay!

Maryland Fishing Report: July 11, 2016

Maryland Rockfish From The Chesapeake Bay!

Here, we have another group of happy anglers that fished with us on the Chesapeake! It was an afternoon trip that featured some light tackle action for striped bass. It didn't take long for our group of 13 to limit out on Maryland rockfish! Not all 13 wanted to pose for the picture, but they all caught fish! Just check out the cooler shot below! All of these fish were a healthy grade, ranging from 20 to 26 inches in length!

Cooler Shot Of A Full Limit Of Chesapeake Bay Rockfish - Maryland Fishing Charters

Maryland Fishing Report: June 24, 2016

Maryland Light Tackle Fishing Charters For Striped Bass

Here is another group of guys and gals that have been fishing with us on the Chesapeake Bay for a number of years. Today, they got to do some light tackle fishing for Maryland rockfish, with fresh bunker for bait. As you can see, it turned out pretty well for them! In spite of a hard-running current that was headed down the Chesapeake Bay, the rockfish were hungry, as we started getting hook-ups as soon as the anchor dug in! It didn't take long for this crew to limit out on Chesapeake Bay rockfish, and they also caught a bunch of smaller fish that had to be released. These guys certainly had an action-packed afternoon! Check out the cooler shot below!

Another Limit Of Maryland Rockfish Caught On The Chesapeake Bay!

Maryland FIshing Report: June 18, 2016

Light Tackle Fishing In Maryland For Striped Bass!

Today was the first time this year that we went fishing for Maryland rockfish with light tackle, and boy was it fun! It took a bit of a sail to get to the fishing grounds, but we were rewarded for it! After spotting a few marks on our fish finder, we dropped anchor, and started fishing with the use of fresh menhaden for bait. We caught a fish here and there, but we had to be patient for a couple of hours. Then, all of the sudden, the fish started to bite with a vengeance to the point where we couldn't keep them off the lines! The fish that we brought home were all between 20 and 25 inches long, and were one heck of a fight on a spinning reel with 20-lb. test line! It was a great day for this crew, and we hope to see them again some time!

Here's A Nice Cooler Shot Of Maryland Rockfish Or Summer Stripers!

Maryland Fishing Report: June 1, 2016

Nice Fish Caught Today From Maryland's Eastern Shore!

It was another fantastic day on Maryland's Chesapeake Bay! We had a small group on our charter this morning, but there were enough striped bass out there for a much larger group to have limited out on! We put eight trolling lines in the water, and within an hour, our group had a full limit of Maryland rockfish! It was an action-packed morning to say the least! While the fish caught today were smaller than what we've been catching, with the biggest clocking in at 26 inches long, there are still reports of some of the bigger fish lingering in the bay! We are available every day next week, if any of you have a group and want to go for some of these fine fish! Just give us a call!

Nice Cooler Full Of Rockfish!

Maryland Fishing Report: May 12, 2016

Another Great Day Of Maryland Rockfishing On The Chesapeake!

After a few days of slow fishing on Maryland's Chesapeake Bay, it picked up again today! These four guys limited out on rockfish by 7am this morning, and then caught another two big fish as we were getting our lines up for the day! The action was fast and furious on the Chesapeake Bay! These fish were all about 40 inches in length. Another great day of Maryland charter fishing action on the Chesapeake!

Maryland Fishing Report: May 4, 2016

BIG Chesapeake Bay Striped Bass From Maryland's Eastern Shore! Maryland Chesapeake Bay Fishing Charters

It was another great day of fishing on the Chesapeake Bay for this group of longtime customers. This is another group that always seems to have luck when they fish with us. Today was no different, although the campaign was a bit tougher, as we had to wait a while for the rockfish to bite this time around! Today, the fish ranged between 36 and 40 inches in length. We didn't catch 'em all at once, but rather one at a time throughout the day. Not a bad way to finish up!

Maryland Fishing Report: May 3, 2016

A Full Limit Of Maryland Rockfish By 8am? No Problem! Maryland Chesapeake Bay Fishing Charters

These guys have been fishing on the Chesapeake with us for many years now, and they always seem to have a lot of luck. We can have stretches of time when the fishing is not that good, but when these guys show up, the fishing has a way of suddenly turning on. Well, that's exactly what happened today! These four guys had their legal limit of rockfish by 8am! All four of the fish in this picture were over 40 inches long! We caught our first big fish on a roof rod that was out 400 feet before we could get the rest of the lines out. We had a hook-up on a short line with a 64-ounce sinker that's made for catching fish that are lower in the water column. We also landed two fish on our planer board lines. Not only that, but these guys also caught five more rockfish while we were pulling up our lines! By 9am, they had caught 9 fish! What a day!

Maryland Fishing Report: May 1, 2016

BIG Chesapeake Bay Striped Bass From Maryland's Eastern Shore! - Maryland Chesapeake Bay Fishing Charters

It was a rainy and foggy day on the Chesapeake Bay today, as we spent the morning with this group of four. A longtime customer brought along some members of his family. As you can see, they did pretty well! We caught our first fish while we were putting our lines out, and then picked up the rest throughout the morning until they limited out!

Maryland Fishing Report: April 30, 2016

Maryland Rockfish Charters From The Eastern Shore! Maryland Chesapeake Bay Fishing Charters

Check out the four rockfish that were caught today! These Maryland striped bass were huge, with all of them at least 40 inches in length! It was a bit of a tough day with all of the boat traffic that was out this weekend, but when you bring home fish like that, it's well worth it!

Maryland Fishing Report: April 29, 2016

Maryland Charter Fishing For Rockfish On The Chesapeake Bay!

These folks came to see us for the first time today, and hopefully, it won't be their last. It was a bit challenging with a lot of boat traffic on the Chesapeake Bay, but we still managed to bring back a nice catch!

Maryland Fishing Report: April 28, 2016

Another Limit Of Maryland Striped Bass On The Chesapeake!

These guys had one heck of a Maryland charter fishing trip with us, as they came home with their legal limit of Maryland trophy rockfish! The fishing was fast and furious this morning, as these guys had their limit of rockfish by 8am!

More BIG Striped Bass Today! Maryland Chesapeake Bay Striped Bass Fishing Charters!

Here's what happened during our afternoon trip on the Chesapeake Bay! Another full legal limit of rockfish that were caught in pretty short order! We left the dock at 1pm, started catching fish at about 3:30, and had our limit by around 4:30! Doesn't get much more action-packed than that!

Maryland Fishing Report: April 27, 2016

A Full Limit Of Rockfish By 7am! Maryland Chesapeake Bay Fishing Charters

This was one of the best Maryland charter fishing trips we've had all season thus far! This gang of four guys had their legal limit of rockfish by 7am this morning! We had our limit before we could get all of our lines out. These were some nice fish that ranged between 38 and 42 inches long! This group is already making plans to fish with us again this fall!

BIG Striped Bass From Maryland's Chesapeake Bay!

The above picture shows the result of our afternoon trip, in which this crew of longtime customers limited out on striped bass! We would see thick clouds of bait fish on the meter, slow down the boat, and get 2-3 hookups at the same time! We started catching fish at 3pm and had our limit by 4pm! It was that fast and furious! A fantastic day!

Maryland Chesapeake Bay Striped Bass Fishing Charters

How about this? In this picture, we see 90 year-old John Bilic of Collingswood, New Jersey with this mammoth striped bass. This was the biggest fish of the day, and he was the one who reeled it in! Surprisingly, this is not the biggest fish that he has caught!

Maryland Fishing Report: April 26, 2016

BIG WHOPPER FISH! Maryland Chesapeake Bay Fishing Charters

This has been one of our best days yet on the bay, as this crew landed a full legal limit of trophy Maryland rockfish! All of these fish were at least 40 inches long! We picked up three of these fish within the first hour or so of fishing. After that, we had to wait them out for a couple of hours before they bit again. Once that happened, it didn't take long at all for us to limit out! The young man in the picture below landed a HUGE 48-incher that weighed in at over 40 pounds!

BIG Catch For This Young Man! Maryland Chesapeake Bay Fishing Charters

Maryland Fishing Report: April 24, 2016

Three More BIG Rockfish! Maryland Chesapeake Bay Fishing Charters

These three guys have been with us on numerous Maryland striped bass fishing charters over the years. They typically have good luck, and today was no different! After just a few hours on the Chesapeake Bay, these guys walked away with three whopper Chesapeake Bay rockfish! Another fantastic day for this crew!

Maryland Fishing Report: April 22, 2016

Full Limit Of Trophy Maryland Rockfish! Maryland Chesapeake Bay Fishing Charters

Here, you can see how this crew did on their Maryland fishing charter. Even though we encountered a rainstorm when we arrived at the fishing grounds, we still landed a full legal limit of these Maryland striped bass! Once the storm cleared, we averaged about one big rockfish every half hour until we finished off the legal limit!

Maryland Fishing Information

Seasons

April through mid-May

Trolling for trophy Maryland rockfish (35" minimum). One fish per person.

Late May through October

Light tackle fishing, chumming, and live-lining for summer stripers (20" and up, two per person. Only one per person can be over 28".), bottom-fishing for croakers, trolling for bluefish (10 per person), and Spanish mackerel

November - December

Trolling for trophy Maryland rockfish (28" and up, one per person and one per person 20"-28", or two per person 20"-28")

 

 

HomeCapt. Dave SchauberMaryland Fishing Report

 

 

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Sawyer Fishing Charters and Tours

 

Hoopers Island, Maryland

 

Enjoy the finest in Maryland fishing charters on the Chesapeake Bay from Maryland's Eastern Shore!

 

We are located on Hoopers Island, just 40 minutes south of Cambridge, MD!

 

Reserve your date NOW for some of the best fishing that Maryland has to offer!!

(410) 397-3743

sawyercharters@yahoo.com

 

 

We offer the finest in Maryland fishing charters on Maryland's Chesapeake Bay from Maryland's Eastern Shore! We offer the best Maryland charter fishing experience, fishing for Maryland rockfish (striped bass, or stripers), bluefish, croakers, Spanish mackerel, and more. We also offer Maryland lighthouse cruises, floating crab feasts, and trips to various destinations along Maryland's Chesapeake Bay. There is nothing that we can't handle! Come join us for a wonderful Maryland charter fishing experience!