Winners from the 2014 Surf Tournament


Captain Steve’s 2014 Surf Tournament Results

1st Place: Samuel Walp
2nd Place: Chris Cardinala
3rd Place: Phil King

Congrats to the winners and a big thank you to everyone that came out and fished this weekend. Not everyone caught fish, but we hope everyone had a great time. Thanks so much for all the continued patronage. See you all soon, and in the mean time keep those lines tight!



Brian from Maryland with nice Puppy Drum off the Assateague Surf;  Brian also had a 26” striped bass barely missing the limit so we will give him an honorable mention! #RedFishIsGoodFish


Pat Devlin caught a nice Puppy Drum and is taking it home for dinner! #AssateagueSurfFishing

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Sid, Kevin, and Duane went out with Captain Walt in the Chesapeake Bay and caught around 70 Rockfish and brought home these six keepers. #RockFishCandy #DinnerTime

Freedom Hunters & Tournament Pals





“Saluting the noble work of our courageous men and women of the Armed Forces is our mission.  Freedom Hunters reflects the outdoor community’s appreciation to the troops by taking select active duty and combat veterans on outdoor adventures.  With help from conservation groups, outfitters, corporations, state agencies and landowners, Freedom Hunters will honor individuals from all branches of the Military.” -Freedom Hunters

Learn more about Freedom Hunters at:


“To honor and empower wounded warriors. To raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members. To help injured service members aid and assist each other. To provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.” – Wounded Warriors

To learn more about the Wounded Warrior Project:


Captain Steve’s was honored to assist the Freedom Hunters and Wounded Warrior Projects last week. The fishing wasn’t great, but the company was outstanding. We encourage everyone that visits our site to check out these wonderful programs that assist our veterans and educate the public about wounded veterans and their families. A big thanks to everyone that came out (we hope you found that Buck!!) and hope to see you back again next time. Blessings to all our Veterans.

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Always a good time up here at the store, especially when Mr. Tom and Mrs. Rula are cooking. Haven’t had a lot of fish caught yet, but we’ve been having a good time with friends eating fresh venison, oysters, jerky, and drinking wine to warm up. We are grateful to have so many wonderful customers we call friends; the weekend is not over! YAMAS & Tight Lines Everyone!

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Striper (Rockfish) Time of Year


Captain Steve’s Annual Surf Tournament is this weekend! The tournament is free of charge; sign up here at Captain Steve’s anytime this weekend when you arrive. Largest Striper by weight caught off the Assateague Surf (here in Virginia) will win the tournament. Rod and Reel Combo prizes along with a lot of good friends and laughs here at Captain Steve’s… we are looking forward to seeing everyone here! Fresh Bunker and Live Eels are available for this weekend.

Also check out:

  • Insulated Fishing
  • Flamless Zippo Hand Warmers
  • Bucktails
  • Fillet Sets

All Striper Tournament T-shirts and Sweatshirts are 20% off & all clothing is Buy 1 item, get 50% off the second!!!!

It is cold here…we mean burrrrr! Bring your layers. Captain Steve’s supplies Muck Boots and Fishing waders as well as jackets, hats, gloves, rubber boots, and hoodies. This cold weather is exactly what we wanted for the Striper Tournament. See You All Soon. Tight Lines!!




Rob Dunning with a 25 pound striper taken off the surf using cut bait off the Assateague Surf!


Dan sherrill with a schoolie striper using calcutta swimshads!

Thank You Veterans


Veteran’s Day Weekend is over and yesterday we continued to celebrate with Veteran’s and their families here on the island. Captain Steve’s would like to thank all of the Veteran’s past, present, and future that serve our great nation; may God bless you all and your families for sacrificing so much to protect everyone here on the homefront.

Fishing Report: November 12, 2014

The weather cooled off a lot and the Rockfishing are turned on; anglers fishing jigs, swim baits, and live eels are doing well fishing structure, casting, or trolling. The bay side is producing great numbers and on the Chincoteague side anglers are fishing the creeks and channel for decent numbers. A few keeper Rock caught off the surf using cut bait and live eels. Red Drum still being caught off the surf; anglers are using cut bait, peeler crab, and clams. A few scattered snapper bluefish and kingfish in the area, but the numbers are few. Plenty of dogfish sharks off the beach and a few skates.

Stop by the store and grab your live eels and more fresh bunker in soon! Tight Lines Everyone!!


Tanner with some nice Tautog’s out fishing some wrecks in the bay. #TannerIsTheMan


Tanner with a nice Rockfish caught using strawberry flavored bubble gum. #RockFishBites #SwimBaits


Mr. Rick Kirkland caught a nice Red Drum off the Assateague Surf using fresh Bunker.


Josh with a beautiful Puppy Drum caught on the Assateague Surf using Fresh Bunker. #TwoSpotsJosh

Fishing in November



Well November is here and the island is fairly quiet, oysters are being harvested, football is on TV, the island creamery doesn’t have a line a mile long, people are no longer wearing socks with their sandals, and anglers have the beach all to themselves. What an exciting time to visit Captain Steve’s and catch up on all the local fishing news as well as stock up on a great supply of fishing tackle. We have a fantastic selection of Penn Rod and Reel Combos as well as other brands like Daiwa, TICA, Saltiga, Shimano, Sea Striker, Wright & McGill, Abu Garcia, Star Rods, and more! Rods range in weight allowance from 3 oz – 14 oz and are up to 12ft tall. This is the time of year that sand spikes come in handy and we have the good old fashion PVC spike and several other aluminum varieties. Beach carts are sold here at Captain Steve’s and anyone that has dragged their fishing equipment through the sand can vouch to how convenient the carts are. The carts come in small and large with different tire styles and accessories.

Penn Battle I is on sale now at Captain Steve’s. We are making room for the Battle II that is also here at Captain Steve’s.

November 21st – 23rd is our 19th annual Rockfish Tournament off the Assateague Surf. No charge… just fun and prizes. Sign up here at Captain Steve’s when you arrive on the island. Look for sales on Rods and clothing apparel during our tournament.

The bayside is still consistently reporting good numbers of Rockfish in the area. The creeks and channels on the Chincoteague Side are producing Rockfish daily, but the sizes are smaller. Swim baits are most popular with anglers using Gulp, ZMan, Calcutta, Tsunami, Rapala, MirrOlure, Yo-Suri, Gotcha, and more. On the surf, anglers are using cut bait (Bunker, Mullet, and Spot) on East Coast High Low Rigs or Fish finder Rigs. Snapper Blues and Kingfish are scattered on the beach and biting best early morning or late evening. Red Drum are still scattered and anglers are having the best luck early morning and late evening on cut bait. The drive on is open. We expect to get some live eels in soon!!!

We look forward to seeing everyone soon at Captain Steve’s! Tight Lines.



Lucky Chucky showing off his fishing skeelzzz once again with a 32 inch Rock caught off the Assateague Surf.  #ChuckyIsLuckyButHisRockfishIsDinner


Rockfish caught off a dock in the Assateague Channel caught off a crystal minnow. Early morning and late evening are good, but night time is even better.


Leon and Tyler Rose shot a 200lb 11 point Buck. #ChincoteagueSurfAndTurf


Nice double header on an East Coast High Low Rig; showing off a pretty snapper bluefish and a dogfish shark. #DoubleTheFun


Glenn and Mr. Ted enjoying a nice crab feast right here at Captain Steve’s. Mr. Tom and Ms. Rula are always making something good to eat around here. #IslandLife

Launch Results





Photo courtesy of Capt. Mike and His First Mate Brownie

Here is a good shot of the locket the day before the launch.  It was national news that the rocket was blown up after an unsuccessful launch attempt.  There is still some debris around the island and The Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is closed today due to recovery of rocket parts.  Good news is that no one was hurt but the bad news is that it was an unsuccessful launch.

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NASA Statement Regarding Oct. 28 Orbital Sciences Corp. Launch Mishap

The following statement is from William Gerstenmaier, Associate Administrator of NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Directorate, regarding the mishap that occurred at Pad 0A of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia during the attempted launch of Orbital Sciences Corp’s Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo spacecraft at 6:22 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28.

“While NASA is disappointed that Orbital Sciences’ third contracted resupply mission to the International Space Station was not successful today, we will continue to move forward toward the next attempt once we fully understand today’s mishap. The crew of the International Space Station is in no danger of running out of food or other critical supplies.

“Orbital has demonstrated extraordinary capabilities in its first two missions to the station earlier this year, and we know they can replicate that success. Launching rockets is an incredibly difficult undertaking, and we learn from each success and each setback. Today’s launch attempt will not deter us from our work to expand our already successful capability to launch cargo from American shores to the International Space Station.”

Updates will be posted as available on NASA’s Orbital page, at:




Rocket Launch Rescheduled for Tonight

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Currently, The NASA Flight Facility at Wallops Island is preparing for tonight’s rocket launch (rescheduled from last night); the launch is scheduled for 6:22 pm eastern time. The skies are clear and you can pull up the visibility map on their website or you can watch the live coverage of the launch:

Launch updates also are available via the Wallops Facebook and Twitter sites:

Lots of hard work goes into these launches and this rocket is to resupply the International Space Station. Good Luck to all the folks at NASA.


Fishing Report: October 28, 2014

The weather this past weekend was beautiful and it’s still nice and clear here on the island. Some large Red Drum were caught and released this weekend off the surf; anglers are using fresh cut bait. Captain Steve’s has a variety of drum and striper (rockfish) rigs including the east coast high low rig (hook sizes vary) and Delmarva Fish Finder Rigs (hook sizes vary). Both of these rigs are highly recommended for surf fishing and the hook style and size will vary for angler’s preference. Snapper blues and Kingfish are still in the mix and anglers are keeping busy putting some of these in the cooler for dinner. If you’ve never tasted kingfish you are missing out! Cut bait, shrimp, squid, and bloodworms work well for these fish. We recommend having a second rod with some smaller hooks if you want to put a few of these babies in the cooler while you are waiting for the BIG strike! A few angler’s have lost rod and reel setups in the shore when a BIG fish strikes; anglers can minimize this problem by loosening their drags and making sure you have a secure sand spike. Captain Steve’s has a variety of beach carts and sand spikes… stop by and check them out so that you are protecting your investments.

Fresh Bunker and Spot!! Hit us up. Tight Lines Everyone!!



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Imre with a nice red drum caught and released off the Assateague Surf on Sunday. #DCBoysCanFish


Joe Pruitt with a red drum caught and released off the Assateague Surf this weekend. #NewKeyChain


Rick caught an ALMOST keeper red drum 29″ off the Assateague Surf. #RicksFavoriteBaitIsBubbleGum



SALE: Get 10% off any rod in the store (Limited Time Only – October 24th – 26th) & All clothing is Buy One and Get the Second Item 50% Off


Fishing Report: October 23, 2014

Are you fishing? If not you should be, because fishing is always more fun than working! The report not changing much from the weekend; the weather however is much cooler and the wind picked up. What does this mean for fishing…? Nothing bad, that’s for sure. The temperature drop may push the rest of the Flounder out, but we will wait and see. The Red Drum are still biting and being caught off the surf. Big Reds are dominating but there are some in the slots. Anglers are using cut bait and drum rigs and having the most luck early in the morning and in the afternoon before sunset. Plenty of bluefish and kingfish in the surf if anglers are locating good slough, targeted with bloodworms and cutbait. Also, great reports of Rockfish in the area. They are having good numbers over in the bay and on our side in the creeks and channels. Rockfish really bite well at night, but are caught in the day on rising and falling tides. Best baits are crab and swim baits. Stop by the store and let us set you up with the most popular rigs.

Annually the Delmarva Media Group has patrons vote on local businesses on the shore. Click on the link below and log in to your facebook accounts and vote for Captain Steve’s. Here are the directions:

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Log into Facebook, select “Shopping Choice”, select “Bait & Tackle”, and then cast your vote for Captain Steve’s Bait and Tackle.


Thanks Everyone for the Support and we wish you all Tight Lines!


Buddy Cherrix with a citation Red Drum 48.5 inches off the Assateague Surf.


Jess Whitemore with another nice red drum he caught after his run of 28 Skates.


Tim Berlett with a nice 30 inch red drum off the Assateague Surf.


Check out this nice Bluefish Rig… awesome!



Greg taking a break from saltwater fishing and showing off his fresh water fishing skills. Bass and Crappie make for some fishing.