Labor Day Weekend!!

 

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

Well folks can you believe we are saying goodbye to summer and approaching the fall…neither can we! This summer was great and we couldn’t ask for better weather and we’ve had a blast fishing. Captain Steve’s would like to wish all of our young anglers good luck as they go back to school, and give a big shout out to all the teachers who spend their days educating young minds.

Labor Day Weekend is here and anglers are piling in the store asking lots of questions and we always do our best to get anglers the best information we can. Everyone wants to know are the fish still biting? The answer is YES, YES, and YES! Our season is definitely switching, but if anglers will fish the tide and time of day with the right bait you are sure to real in a fish. So here’s the down low on how to catch a fish with the current conditions:

Surf Fishing: Early morning (we mean when the roosters crow through first light) reports of Kingfish, Croakers, and Bluefish using blood worm, squid, shrimp, and cut baits. Sharks and Rays are still hanging around and are being reported throughout the day and night; anglers are using cut bait, smelt, finger mullet, and squid. Captain Steve’s carries a custom made Shark Rig with stainless steel wire and Gamakatsu hooks for all your Shark and Ray fishing. Angler’s are having success with our Aqua Clear and Sea Striker Mullet Rigs baited with finger mullet as well as our Delmarva Fish finder Rigs and East Coast High Low Rigs. Stop by and ask our staff to help set you up. Weight sizes are varying currently.

Crabbing: Hurry Up and catch the last of the blue crabs before it gets cold. Blue Crabs are a great way to spend time with the entire family; Captain Steve’s offers a special that includes a net, four hand lines, and some bait. Steamed over vinegar and beer with some seasoning… one of the best meals on the Eastern Shore!

Channel, Bays, and Creeks: Anglers are still catching Croakers,  a few Spot, Kingfish, Oyster Toads, Flounder, Sharks, and Rays. We recommend targeting Croakers, Spot, and Kingfish with bloodworms, shrimp, squid, and fishbites (Flavors: Squid, Clam, Crab, Blood worm, and Shrimp). Anglers targeting Flounder are using squid, live minnows, and gulp bait. Reports are telling us that anglers are having the most success with Gulp bait (hot pink minnows and white shrimp are still on top). Anglers catching Sharks and Rays are chumming and drifting or bottom fishing with Shark Rigs with mackerel, croaker, and bunker.

Wreck Fishing: Boats are still bringing home nice Flounder from the rigs; anglers are mostly jigging with squid, bucktails, and gulp bait. Seabass are in season for until September 18th, and are being caught around the wrecks. This season is followed by Tautog season.

Stay safe and have a happy Labor Day Weekend. Tight Lines Everyone!

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Jimmy’s daughter, Luciana, with her very first Croaker caught in the Assateague Channel. #CongratsLuciana #FishingLady

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Kevin and Mark went out and are obviously still on the fish; they brought home Mahi Mahi, Flounder, and Black Sea Bass. #LikeFatherLikeSon #GreatCatch

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This is Jenna from Gap Pennsylvania with her very first Flounder weighing in at 4.24 lbs and 22 inches long. Jenna caught her fish in the Chincoteague Channel off a hotel dock using Gulp hot pink 4 inch mullet. #CongratsJenna #MrJoeCleansFishLikeNobodiesBusiness

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Joe Pruitt with a beautiful Cobia. Cobia are highly migratory species whose arrival is anxiously awaited in the lower bay in mid-summer, they are frequently found around large floating objects. Anglers frequently chum with fresh menhaden. #FingerLickinGood

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Captain John and Joe went out yesterday to test out the Joe’s new boat and brought home a cooler full of Black Sea Bass. Luciana was kind enough to model off one of these tasty guys. #GreatOnTheGrill #WreckTrip

August 26, 2014

 

Fishing Report: August 26, 2014

Hurricane Cristobal is making tracks away from the coast and moving away from North Carolina. Our shores are seeing some of the strong current and larger surf, but anglers are still managing to catch some fish. Off the Assateague Surf we are still having reports of Sharks, Skates, Bluefish, and early morning bites of Kingfish. In the bay, channels, and creeks anglers are reporting Croakers, Sharks, Skates, and Flounder.

Baits of Choice: Finger Mullet, Bunker Fillet, Mackerel, Squid, Shrimp, Bloodworm, Fishbites (Squid, Bloodworm, Shrimp, and Crab) and Peeler Crab

Recommended Rigs: Captain Steve’s Jumbo Surf Ball Rig, Mullet Rig, East Coast High Low Rig, Captain Steve’s Custom Made Shark Rig, Fishfinder Rig, or a Carolina Rig. 

Good luck out there and remember you can’t catch a fish unless you wet a line. Tight Lines Everyone!

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Ethan Reilly is a local Teaguer and a regular at Captain Steve’s Bait and Tackle. Ethan’s working on his fishing skeelzz so that one day he can become just like his idol Nathan Richardson. #EthanTheCroakerReilly

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Adam and Ty caught plenty of Croakers in the Chincoteague Channel. #YoungAnglersCatchingCroakers

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Little Eve is an angler in training…she probably caught the most fish. #LittleGirlsFishingRock

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Matt and Randy from Maryland with a nice Shark off the Assateague Surf. #SharkCatchers

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Tim Roth with a Hammerhead Shark off the Assateague Surf. #AwesomeCatch

 

 

SUBMIT YOUR PHOTOS

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 SUBMIT YOUR PHOTOS

Send us your fishing photos and we will do our best to put them up on the web for you and your family and friends to see. Captain Steve’s is family owned and operated and we love to share fishing stories and memories from Chincoteague Island. Please include your name and where you are from, and if you would also like to include what bait you were using or a general area that is great!

Email us at: info@stevesbaitandtackle.com

Fishing Report: August 22, 2014

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Jacob from Chincoteague, Virginia fishing on the new town pier brought in a nice Spade fish. #YoungTeaguer #islandlife

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A friend of the store submitted this photo from the Curtis Merritt Harbor; this 9.5 foot Mako was caught recently offshore. #MakoShark

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Chris White, Richard White, Nancy White, and Joan McHaul caught some nice flounder in the Chincoteague Channel. #CouplesFishingIsAHotDate

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Antonio Christou with a nice blue crab caught on Chincoteague Island. #Bunker #JimmyCrab

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Mr. Ralph with a beautiful Flounder caught in the Assateague Channel using hot pink Gulp tipped with a minnow and a spray of his personal cologne. #islandlife

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These two lucky anglers landed two whoppers aboard the “Huntress Charters” with Captain John. #BigFlounderIsGoodDinner

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Gene Brite submitted this photo of a Ray and a Bluefish caught on one rig. #DoubleHeader

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Phillip Moon from Turner, ME with a 12lb 3 oz, Joseph Koenig from Catonsville, MD with a 10lb 90z, and Nathan and Abby from Crisfield, MD from 10lb 4oz all cousins, landed these citation Sheepshead in the Tangier sound out with Captain Nick.

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Tyler Williams from Kitty Hawk North Carolina with an Oyster Toad caught on a bottom rig using fresh shrimp and crab fishbites. #CarolinaBoy #TDub

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Antonio fresh out of the water just turned in these two Flounder he caught in the Assateague Channel using 3 inch white mantis shrimp (gulp) and 4 inch live minnows. He also managed to bring in two croackers and bluefish. #AntonioIsTheMan

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Stop on by Captain Steve’s…we are always horsing around! #GoPonies

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August 19, 2014: Fishing Report

The fishing season is changing around Chincoteague, but not to worry anglers are still having lots of fun catching fish in the area. We are leaving our summer fishing and getting ready for fall. So, what does this mean for anglers wanting to catch fish now??

Crabbing: There are several families and friends coming in to Captain Steve’s everyday getting bait for the traps, hand lines, and pots. We recommend using chicken necks for the hand lines and bunker for the traps and pots. Stop by and let us set you up with buckets, coolers, ice, crabbing handlines, rope, crab pots (medium and large), gauges, and seasoning. Blue Crabs are common along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, from Massachusetts to Texas. Their Latin name, Callinectes sapidus, means “savory, beautiful swimmer.” The males have large, bright blue claws and legs and are called a “Jimmy” crab. The females have red tips on its claws, smaller than a male, and called a “Sook,” “Jenny,” or a “She Crab.” They are generally steamed (we recommend steaming with vinegar and beer), seasoned, and served with warm butter.

Bay, Channels, and Creeks: Everyone is still having plenty of fun catching croakers around the area. For the bigger fish we recommend finding a deep hole to drift across with a East Coast Surf Rig baited with shrimp, bloodworms, squid, finger mullet chunks, and fish bites (Squid, Clam, Shrimp, Bloodworm, and Crab). Bluefish are making an appearance and anglers are having fun catching these fast attacking fish. Captain Steve’s offers a deluxe mullet rig that is perfect for attracting bluefish to bite, and disabling them from taking off with your tails. Finger mullet, smelt, and bunker are great baits for bluefish. Flounder are still hanging out around these areas as well, and many anglers are drifting in their boats using bucktails baited with Gulp or Squid and also jigging with live minnows, smelts, and silversides. Additionally, anglers are catching Flounder from the docks right outside of their homes and hotels; the very popular Carolina rig with a minnow, silverside, or squid seems to do the trick. There are still reports of Sheepshead and Black Drum being caught around structures (bridges, piers, and old pilings) using peeler crab, clams, shrimp, and sand fleas.

Sharks and Rays: Sharks and Rays are still heavy in demand and anglers are having a blast hunting down these species of fish and catching an interesting variety. Rays are ranging from 12 inches to 60 inches and shark are ranging from 12 inches to 84 inches in length. Captain Steve’s clamps our very own custom shark rig complete with a heavy duty snap swivel, tri-swivel, and Gamakatsu hook…they are made to hook up and go! Baits of choice are mackerel, bunker, cut croakers, live croakers, finger mullets, and whole squids. Captain Steve’s also has plenty of wire leaders with some of the best brands in the market so stop on by and let us set you up for some shark fishing, they kids will love it.

Surf Fishing: Several anglers are reporting good catches of Kingfish early in the morning (we mean just before the sun is up until first light) and late in the evening. A general bottom rig with ricker hooks work great for these fish or an East Coast Surf rig. Baits of choice are bloodworm, shrimp, mullet fillets, squid, and fish bites (Bloodworms, Squid, Clam, Crab, and Shrimp). Sharks and Rays are still in demand off the shore and anglers are really enjoying the fight…it’s truly sporty to bring in one of these guys…or gals on the beach. Don’t get TOO excited…OR DO… a few drums were caught over a weeks time off the surf. We are hoping they will be here soon!! For those of you that don’t know, last year we had a great red drum season off the surf. The action was incredible and most days anglers had their limits within an hour or two. Stop by Captain Steve’s and let us set you up with an East Coast Hi Low Rig (our most popular drum/striper rig) or one of our fishfinder drum rigs. Red drum dine primarily on peeler crabs, shrimp, and cut bait like fresh bunker or mullet.

Offshore: The wreck trips are still producing limited out sessions of Flounder, and nice sizes too. Black Sea Bass are being caught around the wrecks and these fish are so delicious…anglers are never sorry to bring these home. Mahi Mahi and Tuna are being caught by anglers trolling with Ballyhoo and Chunking with Butterfish and Sardines. A few reports of Makos and even a Swordfish. The word is: a decent bite on the canyon and plenty of Mahi Mahi on the 20 fathom.

Life is good here on the island…what can we say we are L-I-V-I-N! Tight Lines Everyone!

 

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Skylar is LIVIN’ the island life…and has no problem with the weather, the fishing, or the company she keeps. Skylar is a great mate and loves help gathering info for the fishing reports; if you see here out and about say hello…and hide your bait because she might eat it.  #BaitSnatcher #CarolinaGirlLivinInChincoteague

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Sharon Hudson from Greencastle Pennsylvania caught a 24.5 inch flounder weighing in at 5.11 lbs. She left her boat at home and was fishing off the Birchwood Dock. #Dockfishing

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Matt Kauffman fished with Captain Matt and caught some nice Kingfish (whiting).

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Ryan Bagby joined Captain John with the “Huntress Charters” for a nice wreck trip and brought home some beautiful Black Sea Bass and Flounder. #Tasty #WreckFishing

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Jen Light from Delaware made a trip down the shore for some fun in the sun. Using a Captain Steve’s East Coast Surf Rig baiting the hooks with Finger Mullet, Fish bites (Crab and Shrimp), Crab Claws, and Shrimp, Jen brought home some nice size Croakers. #NiceJohnDeereHat

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Connie Wright fishing some of the Creeks and Channels around the island using a Carolina Rig with a Gamakatsu Baitholder hook caught a shark on Saturday. #FingerMullet

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Mark, Jake, and Kevin Quinn from Nottingham Pennsylvania are back at again with another nice trip from the wrecks. These boys are on the fish! #FlounderSlayers

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Rob Borowicz landed a nice Tuna, and these fish are great to eat!

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Lori White with two Flounder; the big one weighed in at 4.2 pounds caught in the Chincoteague Bay. #LindaSleighsFlounderAllDayEveryDay

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Dawn Hefner submitted this photo of a Hammerhead Shark caught yesterday afternoon. Most Hammerheads are Coastal and some are found in open ocean water (most are  migratory); they feed on baits such as Sting Rays, Crabs, Shrimp, and Octopi. Depending on the species they range from 5 foot to 19.7 feet long.

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Sarah with a little Striper caught in the Chesapeake Bay. #FishingGirlsRock

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It’s almost time for Red Drum season here on Chincoteague and we are getting very excited. A few drum were caught last week and some citations were submitted from further South… so it shouldn’t be long. Stop on by the store and let us set you up with an East Coast Hi Low Rig or a Fish Finder Drum Rig.

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Captain Steve’s stocks a large assortment of Spro Bucktails w/ Gamakatsu hooks as well as plenty of baitholder hooks, snell hooks, floating jigs, lead heads, football jigs, and fly teasers. Ask our staff what is right for you!

 

 

Beautiful Weather

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Cal and Josef caught two Mahi’s on aboard the “Lady B.” #dinnertime

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Mason with a beautiful Tuna caught using Butterfish and one of his brand new Penn Spinfisher V 6500 reels w/ 50 lb test braid. #SportySetUp

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Lee caught a beautiful Mahi Mahi somewhere in the Atlantic! #NiceFish

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Some folks know how to have fun…and catch 5 foot Rays! #SkateBitesForDinner

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Fran Kosinski caught this fat Mahi Mahi at the 20 Fathom Line. #MahiChowTime

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Burke with a 17 inch Flounder and his sister Isabella and Dad from Chambersburg Pennsylvania. #TheseKidsCanFish

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Tod Shoreman submitted this young angler with a nice Shark. #BayFishingForSharks

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Baltimore Brian, Jacob, and Erica, went out with “Huntress Charters” and once again Captain John limited out with the flounder. #HuntressIsAFlounderSlayer

August 12, 2014

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The Burton Family enjoyed fishing off the surf, and Jordan caught his first keeper flounder.

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Bob Linker and Family went out wreck fishing with Captain John with the “Huntress Charters” and brought home some nice flounder.

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Rich and Doreen Gonzoph fishing the wrecks using smelts had plenty of luck lately. #Smelts #FlounderSlayers

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TEAM PILGRIM with another happy angler     THANKS STEVE/TERESA   #TEAMPILGRIM20mahi

Fran Kosinski with a 21# mahi mahi #20line fish

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Sam. Mike, and Lee with a nice WAHOOO and mahi on a recent offshore trip!

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Brandon is still catching gigantic Stingrays and Sharks; many of you may remember the 7ft Sand Tiger he caught and released a while back.

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Daryl and Rusty were fishing the wrecks and caught a bunch of Black Sea Bass. #GreatTastinFish

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Raymond and Brian went out aboard the “Little Doctors” with Captain Jimmy Wilton and hunted some nice Stingrays.

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Tom from Ohio caught a whole mess of Croakers. #Dinner

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Ed and Ed from Pennsylvania joined Captain John for flounder fishing. #LimitedOut

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Trey Neal, with a citation size Mahi Mahi, joined Captain Glenn Neal and Mate Wayne Gualtney from Hallwood Virginia aboard the “Angela Lee.”  #PrettyFish

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Tina and Allen aboard the “Hold On” caught some nice Tuna chunking with Butterfish.

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Regan and Hayden were surf fishing with Finger Mullet and landed a nice Flounder.

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I wanted to give a big shout out to my girl Missy Swain who caught the largest Yellowfin Tuna aboard the “True Grit” with Captain Hank Beasley. Missy and her female pals were fishing the 25th annual Alice Kelly Tournament, a fundraiser event for the Outer Banks Cancer Support Group. #CarolinaGirlsFishingForAGreatCause #OBXFishing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let The Weekend Begin

 

August 7th, 2014: Fishing Report

A lot of people are stopping by the store and asking, “Are the Flounder still biting?” The answer is, “Yes!” This time of year the Flounder are spread out around the island and tend to lay in deeper water. The cooler nights combined with the rain has numbed the bite some, but anglers are catching Flounder everyday. Best bait for Flounder fishing around the islands are live minnows and gulp bait, but anglers are also using squid, smelt, bunker, bloodworm, and finger mullet. Stop by Captain Steve’s and let our staff hook you up with some of our best rigs.

Fun Fun Fun! Croakers are here and in the words of the Turtle Man we’ve got “Live Action!” If you are in a boat all you have to do is drift with a bottom rig using smaller hooks with prime baits such as blood worms, squid, shrimp, or our artificial fishbites (Flavors: Squid, Blood worm, Shrimp, Crab, and Clam) and or Gulp Blood worms. Croakers are also being caught from the new Town Pier, Memorial Park, and off of almost any dock around the island. For your convenience Captain Steve’s offers pre-rigged East Coast Surf and Bay Rigs and all you need to do is add the weight.

We’ve said it once and we are gonna keep saying it, “SHARKS!” Anglers are catching them everywhere and this includes the surf, bay, channels, and creeks. These fish are mostly for sport and you need to carefully review the limitations before throwing one of these guys… or girls in your cooler. Captain Steve’s offers a custom clamped Shark rig with stainless steel wire and our very popular Gamakatsu hooks. They are topped with a tri-swivel and a heavy duty snap, therefore you can hook up your rig and add a weight in order to begin fishing right away! Best bait by far is mackerel (they are nice and oily and that is key) and anglers are also using Bunker, Bluefish, Live or Cut Croakers, and Squid. Captain Steve’s also carries plenty of Bunker Chum and Clam Chum, and in the famous words of of Mr. Tom, “We have these Chums 25 hours a day.”

Wreck Fishing is producing nice fat Flounder and Black Sea Bass. Triggers and Spades have faded out mostly, but a few trips are producing some Triggers. Captain Steve’s sells the very popular Spro Bucktail jigs and we have a large variety of colors and sizes; they are equipped with Gamakatsu hooks. Clam chum, Squid, and Salted Sea Clams are also popular around the wrecks, and Captain Steve’s has a large variety of hooks for all fishing purposes.

Anglers are still reporting Black Drum and Sheepshead arounds the pilings. The trick is to find any old structure such as bridges or pilings that have barnacles attached and that’s where the fish are. These fish prefer crustaceans so you need to use peeler crab, shrimp, sand fleas, or mollusks.

Our local anglers are spotting Red Drum in the bay and we are hoping to have another great fall for surf fishing. We look forward to seeing everyone at Captain Steve’s.

Tight Lines Everyone!

 

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Ms. Jeanne Gonzoph is getting ready to cook some dinner for Captain Rich. #ThisLadyKnowsWhatShesDoing

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Jim Baumgartner from High Bridge New Jersey, Rob Parker from Zainesville Ohio, and Chris Waltersftom from White Hall Maryland had a great day on the wrecks with Sea Bass, Flounder, and a Trigger Fish with Captain John aboard the “Huntress.” #CaptainJohnIsOnTheFish

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Wade Martin caught this beautiful spread of fish in the Chincoteague Bay. #WhatTimeIsDinnerWadeWinkWink

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Nader from Pennsylvania with his very first Flounder! #LovingYourShortsNader

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This little lady goes by the name of Alley and she is clearly on the Croakers and Flounder. #AlleyWearsCoolShadesAndCatchesLotsOfFish

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Keyton came into Captain Steve’s and was telling me all about his Bass he caught in Pennsylvania, and then he came to Chincoteague and also caught Flounder. #KeytonIsABassMasterAndFlounderSlayer

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Connie Wright from Northeast North Carolina (and is now a “come here” in Chincoteague Virginia) caught this Flounder in the Assateague Channel just before dark using White Gulp Shrimp. #CarolinaGirlsKnowHowToFish

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Captain Steve’s stocks East Coast Surf and Bay rigs for fishing Kingfish (whiting), Croakers, Snapper, Bluefish, Pompano, Blowfish, Oyster Crackers, and Spot. You hook the rig on a snap swivel and add the weight… that’s it! Stop by the store and let us set you up. Best Bait: Blood worm, Shrimp, Squid, and artificials suchs as Fishbites (Flavors:

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These beautiful hand tied rigs equipped with circle hooks are used for catching small to medium fish including: Kingfish (whiting), Croakers, Snapper, Bluefish, Pompano, Blowfish, Oyster Crackers, and Spot. Similar to our other rigs, you add this rig to a snap swivel, clip on your weight, and add bait. #SimpleRigsForYourFishingNeeds

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Our custom clamped Captain Steve’s shark rigs have a stainless steel wire leader, tri-swivel, heavy duty snap, and Gamakatsu hooks. For an angler’s preference Captain Steve’s stocks both the J-hook style and circle hook style, and they are packaged here in the store. #SharkFishingIsOnFire #Mackerel #Bunker

 

 

 

 

Hello August!!

Monday August 4th saw the Annual “Take A Kid Fishing Day” held by the Chincoteague Island Charter Boat Association.  The following group of pictures is the kids along with the Captains who volunteered their time and chaperones on the boats.  The kids had a good time!

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The Over Sand Vehicle Area is open to the Coast Guard Station. The beach is open to 4×4 vehicle access. You do have to purchase an OSV permit which is good for 1 year

 

Wanna Go Fishing???

Captain Steve’s has all the right gear to set you up so that you and your family can have a great time and catch some fish.

Fishing Off the Surf: The Sharks are still biting really well and we are having daily reports of anglers catching a variety of sharks ranging in size from 12 inches to 72 inches. They are mainly using mackerel and bunker for bait and shark rigs. Captain Steve’s has a custom clamped stainless steel wire Shark Rig with Gamakatsu hooks. Anglers are also reporting lots of Croakers, a few Bluefish, a few Spot, some Flounder (when targeted), and Rays. The store stocks plenty of Kingfish rigs and bottom rigs with a variety of hooks, and for bait we carry shrimp, bloodworms, squid, peeler crab, fresh bunker, smelts, finger mullet, and fishbites (artificial bait: squid, bloodworm, clam, shrimp, and crab).

Fishing the Bay, Channel, or Creeks: Everyday we have reports of Flounder and those targeting them are using live minnows, silversides, smelt, bunker fillets, and gulp bait (Hot Pink and White are still in the lead). Reports of Shark using fresh bunker, cut croakers, whole squid, mackerel, live minnows, and finger mullet. The Croaker are everywhere and baits of choice are shrimp, bloodworms, squid, and fishbites (artificial bait: squid, bloodworm, clam, shrimp, and crab). Additionally, the Sheepshead are still around in the channels and are caught primarily around structure. Sheepshead love crustaceans and will bite shrimp, peeler crab, and sand fleas.

Fishing Offshore and the Wrecks: Wreck fishing is consistently good with several limited out trips of Flounder and Black Seabass. A few Triggers are still hanging around and being caught, but not as strong as about a month and a half ago. Jigging with bucktails and squid as well as clam chunking is very popular. Captain Steve’s stocks Spro Bucktails in a variety of sizes as well as small Gamakatsu hooks and bags of clam chum. The anglers pursuing Mahi Mahi and Tuna are going farther offshore to the Parking Lot, Lumpy Bottom, and the Canyons. Captain Steve’s has plenty of Bionic Ballyhoo, Butterfish, Mackerel Flat, and Chum (Tournament Chum, Mackerel Chum, and Bunker Chum).

We are looking forward to seeing everyone at Captain Steve’s! Tight Lines Everyone!

 

August 4, 2014

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Shaun caught and released this Sand Tiger shark off the Assateague Surf. Sand tigers are generally sluggish and slow moving, it’s often seen around reefs and wrecks in loose schools. They hunt small fish. Shaun is an instructor at the Marine Science Consortium that offers a variety of Marine Science and Ecology programs for youth ranging from ages 5 to 18 years old. For more information about the Marine Science Consortium visit: www.msconsortium.org

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TJ, Amanda, Logan, and Allie went out on a fun charter with Captain Shawn and had a great time. Amanda emailed us and said the kids learned a lot about fishing. #funtrip

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Julia Coleman and Monica from Greenbush Virginia were catching some nice croakers at the Queen Island Sound Boat Ramp yesterday. We pulled up with our boat as these ladies were just wetting their lines and within seconds Julia had a nice Croaker. #greatcatch

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Sally Ann, a NASA intern for the summer, joined by her mom Cindy Keyes both from Alaska were joined by Chris Hunn and Kevin O’Brien from St. Louis Missouri aboard the “Huntress Charters” with Captain John for some East Coast Style Fishing. Looks like everyone is eating Flounder this week. #JiggingForFlounder #EastCoastFishing

 

August 2, 2014

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Theresa, Donnie, Alyssa, Lucas, Donald Madison from Shemokin, PA and Dave Snyder from Chincoteague Virginia had a great day today aboard the “Huntress Charters” with Captain John. The largest Flounder was 5 pounds 8 ounces. #wreckfishing

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Mark, Jake, and Kevin Quinn from Nottingham Pennsylvania (and Chincoteague) fished off the wrecks and brought home some nice Flounder. #nicecaptainstevesgear

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Trevor Freeman from New Jersey had a quick 15 minute battle with this beautiful Tuna. #TrevorNeedsANewHatButWeLikeHisFishingStyle

Goodbye July… it was FUN!

 

 

July 31, 2014

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Eric Morrow and Donna Wailes from Chincoteague Virginia were using mullet fillet and squid around the subway cars. They caught five keepers ranging from 17 – 23 inches and ten throwbacks. #wreckfishing #localsdoingtheirthing

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John, Tama, Kyle, and Kalyn Piezo joined by Sam all from Virginia Beach Virginia fished the wrecks with Captain Kenny with the “Nothing Fancy” Charters. #wreckfishing

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Will and the Godin family from Jersey caught the first keeper flounder from the New Fishing Pier located off main street. #17incher #familyfishingpower

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Tom Lamb with a nice mahi mahi aboard the “Pilgrim” fished with Captain Steve.

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Chris Lambertson with Captain Steve aboard the “Pilgrim” with a nice mahi mahi.

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The Galante Family went out today with Captain John with the “Huntress” Charters and brought home 75 Black Sea Bass and 2 Mahi Mahi. #wreckfishing

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The Horne family went out with Captain Kenny with the “Nothing Fancy” Charters and caught some beautiful flounder around the wrecks. #wreckfishing

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Mark Fetzer, from Pocomoke City Maryland, caught a nice citation size Sheepshead at 12lbs and 4 ounces fishing in the Chincoteague Channel with Peeler Crab. #citationsheephead

The 2014 Pony Swim is Here

The 2014 Annual Pony Swim: July 30, 2014

 

Chincoteague Pony Swim

On Wednesday, the Saltwater Cowboys will swim the ponies from Assateague Island to Chincoteague Island. The swim takes place at “slack tide”. Slack tide is a period of about 30 minutes between tides, when there is no current. This is the easiest time for the ponies to make the swim. The time of slack tide varies each year. However, the swim generally takes place some time between 7am and 1pm. The specific time will be announced at the carnival grounds the week of the swim. The Chincoteague Ponies will swim across the Assateague Channel, just south of Memorial Park (7427 Memorial Park Dr, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336) on the east side of Chincoteague Island. There is no charge to see the ponies swim. However, the ONLY parking at Memorial Park is designated for handicap use. All folks coming in just for the day are encouraged to go to Chincoteague Combined School (4586 Main St. Chincoteague Island, VA 23336) and catch the free shuttle. Those lodging on Chincoteague Island may catch a shuttle bus near their lodging. We recommend getting started early on this day and to anticipate a heavy crowd. Click here to view the shuttle bus map. Click here for helpful information about riding the shuttle to Pony Swim events. The best way to see the pony swim up close is on a Charter Boat. However, spots on these boats for the pony swim are in very high demand, so be sure to reserve your spot at least several months in advance.

The first foal to come ashore will be named King or Queen Neptune and will be given away in a raffle drawing at the carnival grounds later in the day (time to be announced). Tickets are sold each night at the carnival and amongst the crowd while waiting for the swim to occur. You must have a ticket and you must be present to win.

This information is from: (http://www.chincoteague.com/pony_swim_guide.html)

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What a crew a fun trip with 4 yellowfin tuna and 60 seabass in another good trip with friend trip with “The German” Darryl, Capt. John, Rebar Joe, Rusty !

Fishing Report: July 28th, 2014

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Doug and family limited out again fishing off the wrecks. #fishingfamily

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Emily from Pennsville New Jersey, fishing in the Chincoteague Channel, using minnows and Flounder rigs were catching lots and lots of Croakers until… Emily landed this Shark! Her dad Greg was her Captain. #DadsMakeGreatCaptains

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Rich Gonzoph with two nice Flounder that pulled him right out of his BAD SLUMP! Rich was using Captain Steve’s smelts. #SmeltsBringHomeTheFlounder

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Jersey Rich’s flounder weighing in a just over 5.25lbs.

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Tom Mable caught this shark weighing in over 50lbs off the Assateague Surf. #CutCroakers

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Tom, Josh, and Own Mable from Reading Pennsylvania with another shark in the Assateague Surf. #CutCroakers

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Rusty and Mason Bennet from Reading Pennsylvania with a nice shark off the Assateague Surf. #CutCroakers

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Lazlo caught this shark off the Assateague Surf. #NightFishingForSharks

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Brad Woodhouse fishing with Bluefish chunks and fishing off the Blackfish Banks ran into one of these guys. #BluefishChunks #ClassyHatSir

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Luke with his first White Marlin at the 30 line trolling naked Bally with Captain Doug Bramble. #WhiteMarlin #YoungAngler #CongratsLuke