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



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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.

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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.

Saturday Morning Report




Fishing Report: October 18, 2014

A quick report this morning; Surf Fishing reports a good kingfish bite and plenty of snapper blues too. There were several red drum caught and released this morning off the surf. Best thing to use off the surf is an East Coast High Low Rig or a Fishfinder Rig tipped with Cut Bait (Bunker, Cobb Mullet, Finger Mullet, or Spot). Also, in the Chincoteague Channel we have several reports of Flounder. Anglers are using Gulp Bait and Live Minnows. The crabbing around the island is still decent, several folks are stopping in and baiting their pots and handlining.

Have a great weekend…it’s beautiful out there. Tight Lines!


Greg having some fun with his Kayak fishing early this morning. #Bucktails


Jess Whittemore, from Princeville Maryland, sent us a beautiful pic of his 50 inch Red Drum weighing 48lbs. He caught a second Red Drum weighing 38lbs; both fish caught on a East Coast High Low Rig tipped with Spot. #EarlyBirdGetsTheWorm

October 17th Fishing Report

Fishing Report: October 17th, 2014

The past few days we’ve experienced some winds from Hurricane Gonzalo, and while Bermuda is suffering a direct hit, the winds here are going to continue descending. The past few days nature worked against us on the surf, but now the weather is moderate… and it’s time to FISH! The Surf is producing scattered Blues and Kingfish biting best on bloodworm and cut baits (sometimes squid). Only a few reports of Red Drum the past couple of days, but this weekend’s weather is looking great for a bite. The inlet is still producing Kingfish and dare we say… Flounder… but they are still hanging around (also in the channels). Rockfish are probably the most popular this week and are being targeted on the bayside and around Chincoteague in the sound, channels, and creeks. We continue to say… swimbaits… and some anglers are having good luck with Peeler Crab. *FISHING TIP: Rockfish are night feeders…

Since tonight is homecoming, everyone at Captain Steve’s wants to wish the Chincoteague Ponies goodluck tonight. We especially want to send a big shout out to our boy Glenn!!

Tight Lines Everyone!



Chuck Gosnell with a 28 inch Red Drum off the Assateague Surf. #BeautifulRed


These Pennsylvania boys caught a beautiful Flounder! #FlounderAndFriesPlease


Vorvaugh is visiting us from the Ukraine, he works over a Wallops Island, and took some time to have some fun on the new town pier. #HeWasCatchinFishLikeNobodiesBusiness.


Liz is a local on Chincoteague and was kind enough to let me take her picture on the new pier. The croaker weren’t there that day… but she’s a born Croaker Slayer! #LadyAnglersRock


Swimbaits are working for Rockfish. #MirrorLures #WahooRigs #Zman #Tsunami #Gulp #Spro and more! Most of these baits work really well for Red Drum too!


It’s always a good time when Captain Pablo and his crew are here. Hope to see you guys again soon. #GORedSox

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We’ve had a couple request for pics of the New Town Pier, so here ya go. Built off the old bridge and has handicap ramps for those that need one.


Monday Fishing Report


Fishing Report: October 13, 2014

Well it’s back to the grind for most families today; school and work are a priority, but for many it’s their day off or they are enjoying some retirement time and are fishing. The area produced some decent fishing this past weekend and the most adamant anglers were most successful in the area. The weather cooled over the weekend and the overcast continues through Monday, this is ideal for redfish and rockfish in the area.

NOTE: Several anglers called in or stopped by the store curious to know if we had 12ft surf rods and the answer is, “YES!” Brands such as: Penn, Star Rod, Daiwa, Surf King, Tsunami, Sea Striker, TICA, and more. Rods will range in weight ability: averaging 3-14 ounces. The styles are both conventional rods and spinning rods.

Report: Several Red Drum out of the slot and keeper size were caught and some released off the Assateague surf; anglers were most successful with cut bait and drum rigs. Weight size varied from 3 oz – 10 oz depending on the tide and wind. Several bluefish were caught with finger mullet, cut bait, and bloodworms. There are still plenty of kingfish biting off the surf and inlet; best baits are bloodworms, cut bait, squid, shrimp, and fish bites. Flounder are still biting off the inlet and in the channels; biting live minnows and gulps. Rockfish bites are picking up in the channels and sounds; they are chasing swim baits. Captain Steve’s carries a large variety of these baits including GLOW bucktails and GLOW gulp bait for night fishing!

We hope to see you very soon at the store! Tight Lines Everyone.



Brent Martin, from Lancaster Pennsylvania, caught a nice Red Drum on an East Coast High Low Rig using cut Spot. #PABoysCanFish


Imre, from Washington DC, caught a nice Bull Drum off the Assateague Surf. #HopeToSeeYouAndTheFamilyAgainSoon


Toby Rickard, from Purcellville Virginia, with a 28 inch Red Drum caught on an East Coast High Low Rig and Cut Spot. #AlmostInTheSlotToby


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John Malone, from Lititz Pennsylvania, caught and released a nice Red Drum off the Assateague Surf. #BeautifulRelease

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Baltimore Rick with a Red Drum catch and release off the surf. #WaveHitRickAndNowRickIsColdAndWet


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Brandon, from Baltimore Maryland, with an awesome Red Drum catch and release. #SetWillyFree

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Mr. Allan, from Florida, is fishing hard around the island and is catching some nice Red Drum. This weekend he caught a keeper Red and a 29 incher he released.


On the bayside, Mr. Allan and friends caught some nice bluefish and a keeper Rockfish.


Have you ever met Stephan? He is one of the most excited anglers you’ll ever meet, and we always look forward to his big smile when he comes in the store!


Stephan posing with his pop and a cool Thresher Shark that washed up on the Assateague Surf this weekend.  #NotNemo

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Thresher Shark that washed up had lots of folks talking; this is rare. They have very long tails that are known for stunning their prey. They tend to eat bluefish, juvenile tuna, mackerel, squid, cuttlefish, and even crustaceans or seabirds.


Donnie Stefanick, from Drums Pennsylvania, with a very nice 4ft shark caught off the Assateague Surf. #FishTailsMakeGoodBait

Oyster Festival & After Party at Steamers


Oyster Festival Sold OUT!

This weekend is the 42nd Annual Oyster Roast at Tom’s Cove, Steamers is having an after party, and Captain Steve’s has a special on Koozies for the whole weekend! It’s the time of year when everyone wants to grab a long sleeve and hoodie and head outdoors to enjoy the weather and get in some fishing. Fresh bait is in and on ice!


Inlet, Channels, and Sound: We are getting a variety of anglers targeting different fish, but we are having some consistent reports of Flounder still hanging around the inlet and Channels. Live Minnows, Gulp, and Silversides as well as cut bait (mullet, spot, or bunker) and squid are working well. *Current favorite is probably the live minnow. Stripers are making the way up into the inlet and channels and primarily found around structure. Angler’s are having lots of success with Bucktails, Z-man Spinners, Calcutta and Tsunami Swim mullets, and Saltwater Assassin Swim Baits. In addition, anglers are adding gulp bait and uncle joe’s pork rinds to the mix.

Surf Fishing: A few more Bull Red Drum reported and a few more smaller Puppy drum as well. Mixing into the action are Kingfish, Bluefish, Flounder, and Rays. Fresh Spot and Bunker will work all day, but to add to the mix we recommend using bloodworm too!

Offshore: Nice Flounder coming in off the wrecks and Mahi Mahi further out. We sent out our scouts to check on the Tautogs!


Daniel Sahakian from Chincoteague Virginia caught a nice Puppy Drum off the Assateague Surf using fresh cut bait.



Mark and his daughter Sophia with a 49′ Bull Red Drum off the Assateague Surf using fresh cut bait.


David Kramer with a nice double header using a surfball rig.


Larry Marsh with a nice Rockfish casting with swimbaits.

Red Drum, Kingfish (Sea Mullet), and Blues


Fishing Report: October 6, 2014

Well the wind picked up and the temperature dropped enough for us to grab our long sleeves. To put it simply the weather is BEAUTIFUL and yesterday everyone was surfing, swimming, paddle boarding, walking, running, and fishing. Some of us even missed football (dare I say) in order to enjoy the outdoors. For those of you wanting the report:

Chincoteague Channel, Creeks,  and New Pier: Still getting reports of Scattered Flounder using live minnows and silversides. Several reports of Stripers (Rockfish) caught using artificials such as Tsunami baits, Salt-Water Assassins, Glass Shads, Calcutta baits, Z Man baits, and Gulp as well as Crab.

Assateague Channel and Inlet: Consistent Reports of Kingfish caught using bloodworms and Fishbites (Shrimp and Blood worms).

Assateague Surf: Several reports of Kingfish, Bluefish, and a few Flounder as well as some scattered Spot. A few Bull Drums were caught off the surf this weekend and early this morning and a few keepers within the slot were taken home for dinner. Anglers are using Fresh Spot, Fresh Finger Mullet, and Fresh Cobb as well bloodworm, squid, and shrimp.

Tight Lines Everyone!


Bill Mabbitt with a nice Bull Drum caught off the Assateague Surf early this morning. Jack Emily Ira and Eli look at this fish pappy caught and released 49” RedDrum

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Joe Lang, AKA Papa Louie, from Levittown Pennsylvania caught a beautiful Ray from Tom’s Cove using live minnows.


Tyler Hochfelder from Ohio caught a nice 29 inch Red Drum from the Assateague Surf. #AlmostAKeeper



Travis Wright from Chincoteague Virginia, putting his new #Penn Combo (Regiment Rod and Conflict Reel) to work on the Assateague Surf using fresh finger mullet and cob mullet. Brought home plenty of Kingfish and caught several Flounder and Blues.


Jimmy is modeling one of our brand new Captain Steve’s hoodies; they come in all sizes and a variety of colors.


Are you using a Bluefish/Surf Rig? While you are fishing for the big Red Drum you may also want to tie on one of these babies and catch yourself some Kingfish, blues, and Spot.

Release Reels and the Torque Penn


Captain Steve’s is now offering more options from Penn and Release Reels. Stop in the store and learn more about how these quality reels can improve your fishing options.


The Penn Torque

  • Fully Sealed
  • Full Metal Body
  • Made in the USA
  • Reel is Aluminum
  • Two Color Options: Black or Gold
  • 7 + 1 Bearing System
  • Marine Bronze Main Gear
  • Hard Stainless Steel Pinion Gear
  • Perfect Combination of Smooth and Strength
  • Considered Penn’s Highest Quality Reel

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Release Reels

  • Hand Made in the US (Virginia)
  • Lightweight
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Ergonomic Handle (Rubber or Metal Option)
  • Larger Option for big game fish
  • Smaller Option for small game fish
  • Several Color Options Available



Fresh Bait for the Weekend!!


19th Annual Striper Tournament: Free Surf Tournament. Please stop by and register at Captain Steve’s Bait and Tackle. Tournament last from November 21-23, 2014. Catch some great fish, win prizes, and have some fun!


Fresh Finger Mullet, Fresh Cobb Mullet, and Fresh Spot… Come and Get it!

Update: More Red Drum pulled off the surf earlier today, also Snapper Blues, Kingfish, and a few Flounder.