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!
Jimmy’s daughter, Luciana, with her very first Croaker caught in the Assateague Channel. #CongratsLuciana #FishingLady
Kevin and Mark went out and are obviously still on the fish; they brought home Mahi Mahi, Flounder, and Black Sea Bass. #LikeFatherLikeSon #GreatCatch
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
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
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