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.

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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Lazlo caught this shark off the Assateague Surf. #NightFishingForSharks


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


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


The Thunderstorms Passed and Fishing has Resumed


Update After The Storm: Several anglers and guest have inquired about the thunderstorms that hit the Eastern Shore earlier this week. Chincoteague Island had thunder and lightning with some heavy rain, but everyone here is safe. Unfortunately some of the guest and locals on the South Eastern Shore were not so lucky; they endured severe weather with casualties and injuries from the storm. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families as well as all the emergency responders that were their to assist everyone in their time of need.


Fishing Report July 26, 2014

The Croaker are in and they are everywhere! This is the perfect time to bring the family for some fun fishing, your chances of catching Croaker are 99.9%. Here at Captain Steve’s were carry plenty of bottom rigs with a large assortment of hooks. For an angler’s convenience we stock East Coast Surf & Bay Rigs used for catching Croaker, Spot, and Kingfish as well as snapper, pompano, blowfish, and bluefish. They are tied and ready to go… you add the appropriate weight. Baits of Choice for Croaker are Bloodworms, Squid, Shrimp, and Fishbites (artificial bait: shrimp, bloodworm, squid, crab, and clam).

Sharks, Sharks, and more Sharks have infiltrated the bays, channel, and shoreline. Angler’s who want a fun fight and to challenge themselves into catching a shark, stop on by Captain Steve’s and let us set you up with the right tools. We have custom clamped stainless steel wire shark rigs with Gamakatsu hooks guaranteed to increase your chances of the shark not biting through the leader. Bait of choice is fresh Bunker (Yes! We have some in stock) Mackerel, and Squid.

The Wrecks are still producing great numbers of keeper size Flounder, most boats are limiting out. A few Triggers and Spades are still hooking up, but not as much as they were a month ago. Captain Steve’s just got a large shipment of Spro bucktails, and they are one of the hottest lures this season when jigging for Flounder. Gulp and Squid are both used when jigging for flounder around the wrecks. We also stock a variety of sizes of Gamakatsu hooks that anglers are baiting with clam and squid while fishing for Triggers and Spades.

Flounder in the Bay, Channels, and Creeks are being caught everyday. This time of year anglers have the most luck drifting through deeper holes using Gulp bait and minnows. The store stocks plenty of flounder rigs and we can get you fishing in no time. *NEW: We just stocked Red 4 inch swimming mullet & restocked White 6 inch swimming mullet.

Anyone fishing offshore? Captain Steve’s stocks Butterfish, Mackerel Flats, Bionic Ballyhoo, and Chum (Tournament Chum, Mackerel Chum, and Bunker Chum).

Good luck to all anglers out there, and remember you can’t catch a fish if you don’t wet your lines. Tight Lines Everyone!


Ben, age 7, with his FIRST FISH! #fishingfever #congrats


This beautiful shark was caught on the Assateague Surf. #sharkbait #bravemenwithbarefeet


Jimmy and Mr. Al fishing in the Assateague Channel caught five keepers and a Grey Trout. #gulpbait #minnows


John Speleos with a nice shark off the Assateague Surf. #sharkrig


Preston and Grace Mullett from Powell, Ohio catching Croakers using Kingfish rigs and Fishbites. #islandlife #younganglers


Greg, Joe, Joe, and Devyn from Lancaster Pennsylvania caught 51 Croaker and 1 Spot using Fishbites and Red Gulp. #Gulpbait #dinnertime


Elizabeth, 8 years old, from Kentucky with a Flounder she caught in the Chincoteague Channel using Pink Gulp. #FlounderSlayer #KentuckyGirlsRock


Mr. Jim and Friends went out with Captain John aboard the “Huntress Charters” and caught plenty of fatty Flounders and a few Trigger fish. #wreckfishing


Jordan all the way from California with a nice 20 inch Flounder. #WestCoasterFishingEastCoastStyle


Mark and Kevin limited out with eight keeper Flounder. #welldone


Tom Blackwell and John Hubbard from Maryland went out with Captain Matt Abel from Seahawk Sportcenter, caught Triggerfish around the wrecks. #wreckfishing

Send Us Your Pictures!

Send Us Your Pictures

Each year our visiting anglers and our locals help us out by sending us family photos of their fishing trips while they are fishing around Chincoteague, VA. Sharing fishing stories is part of the experience and we love to see the kids getting out there and catching their first Croaker or Blue Crab as well as anglers fishing from the shore, the bays, the wrecks, and the deeper water offshore. If you have a fishing photo you would like to share with Captain Steve’s please email us at: Be sure to include information such as the angler’s names, hometown, name of the boat and Captain if you chartered a trip, and if you would like to include the bait and or tackle you used we appreciate it.


Fishing Report July 21, 2014

Surf: Several Reports of Sharks being caught all over the surf; Captain Steve’s has hand clamped Shark Rigs with Stainless Steel Wire set up and ready to hit the beach. Baits of choice are Mackerel and Bunker. Other reports off the surf are Rays, a few Bluefish, Kingfish, and Croakers. This morning we had a few Red Drum caught and released.

Bay, Channels, and Creeks: Lots and lots of Croakers and the size varies. The dominate bait is shrimp and bloodworms followed by squid. Captain Steve’s stocks the very popular fishbites (artificial bait) in Clam, Bloodworm, Crab, and Shrimp. *NOTE: The town pier is doing well and there are reports of anglers catching Croaker all week long.

The Wrecks:  Flounder, Spades, and Triggers are dominating with a few Cobia and Tautogs (out of season). Captain Steve’s carries Squid, Smelt, Big Minnows, Clams, and Shrimp and are all used around the wrecks.

Offshore: Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and Shark. Heavy Chunking is working well with Butterfish and trolling with Ballyhoo using Blue and White skirted rigs as well as Islander rigs.




John Main from Ellicott City Maryland aboard the “Martha Jane” limited out in 2 hours off the wrecks. His Flounder were 20″, 21″, 22″, and 23″. #LimitedOut


Shawnee and Taylor with two 22 inch flounder and a 17.5 inch flounder.


These young anglers hit the wrecks and brought home 8 keeper flounder.


Captain Frank, Captain Jay, and Mate Dave took  out the O’Bryant Crew and these gentlemen landed some nice Tuna and a dolphin. #Tuna #Dolphin #Goodeatin


Another good trip with Captain Glenn aboard the “Shammy.” Tommy Button and Crew caught a 60 lb Yellowfin and 4 Mahi Mahi chunking at Lumpy Bottom. #Tuna #MahiMahi


Joshua Bukofsku from Glen Lyon Pennsylvania caught this 23.25 inch flounder. #dinner


Keith Antoniacci from Derwood Maryland caught a shark off the Assateague Surf. #sharkrigs #mackerel #bunker


Mariah Luring with double header Croakers on a top and bottom rig. #nicework

July 19th Update


Bach Vu fishing the wrecks landed a nice Black Sea Bass. If you’ve never had Black Sea Bass you are missing out on a delicious meal.


Bach Vu aboard “Birthday Wishes” caught this nice Yellowfin Tuna using a Sea Striker Bally-Hoo Trolling Rig.


Gregg Selby and Chris Burton aboard “The Hunter Lynn” caught these dolphin at the Lumpy Bottom using Butterfish. #NiceCaptainSteveHats


My lab Skylar really loves fishing on the boat, and yesterday she was a great mate while we had some fun catching lots of Croakers in the Queen Sound. Using Clam Fish Bites and Shrimp our rigs were barely hitting the bottom before there was a bite. The size of the fish varied, some definitely had some size to them.




July 17th Update

We are selling a lot of Captain Steve’s King Fish and Croaker rigs for anglers fishing off the surf or in the bay. There are a lot of kids with smiling faces as they stay busy reeling in Croakers all day. Anyone interested in Shark fishing? We can set you up with custom clamped rigs made with stainless steel wire and plenty of mackerel or bunker. Anglers in the channels, bays, and creeks are still picking up flounder by drifting and jigging. Stop by the store and see our Captain Steve’s Exclusive rigs that are hand tied  here in the store and ready for fishing. The word is Gulp is still dominating, but anglers are also having success fishing flounder with silversides, minnows, squid, and cut bait. We also have reports of Sheepheads being caught in the Chincoteague Channel and Queen Sound. These fish prefer shrimp, squid, crab, sand fleas, muscles, and clams and anglers will find them around structures such as buoys and bridges. Captain Steve’s carries plenty of swivels, egg weights, beads, and circle hooks that will help you catch these delicious fish.

It’s summertime and for Teaguers that means eating Clam Fritters! If you would like to go clamming we can set you with a Captain or give you materials you need to take the family out yourself.

Crabbing is still the main attraction for families trying to entertain their kids and those that want a good summertime meal. Captain Steve’s has plenty of hand lines, gauges, buckets, gloves, nets, traps, pots, and bait such as bunker and chicken necks. The store has a crabbing special for $14.99 it includes a net, four hand lines, and a small pack of chicken necks.

If you are interested in a wreck trip (Triggers, Spades, Flounder) a bay trip (Flounder, Croakers, King fish, Rays, Sharks, and Clams) or an offshore trip (Mahi Mahi, Bluefin Tuna, Yellowfin Tuna, Marlins, and Sharks) stop by the store and ask our staff to set you up with a Captain. Your trips include your tackle and bait and are very reasonably priced.

Everyone between the ages of 16 and 64 needs a saltwater fishing license and we can sign you up here at Captain Steve’s. If you are 65 and older you don’t need a license, but you still need to register for an FIP number for the state of Virginia (Even if you have a Maryland License).

The weather is beautiful and it’s time to get outdoors and go fishing. Hope to see you all soon at Captain Steve’s.

Tight Lines Everyone!


Brad MacMullan from Bainbridge Pennsylvania, Norm MacMullan from Hatfield Pennsylvania, Tom Barker from Edmonton Alberta, Canada, and Brandon Martin from Saxis Virginia joined Captain John today for a Wreck Trip and came home with some nice flounder in the cooler.


Chris Poole with a 6 foot shark caught off the Assateague Surf.

Chris Poole releasing this 6 foot sand tiger back into the wild. *Sand Tigers are sluggish and slow moving, it’s often seen around reefs and wrecks in loose schools. Hunts small fish and grows to 10.5 feet.


Glenn joined up with anglers aboard “The Birthday Wishes” for some wreck fishing yesterday. They caught Trigger fish, Spade fish, Flounder, and a Tautog.


Rose with a nice 22 inch flounder she caught while drifting.


Fishing Report through Mid July


Jacob Seek with his biggest flounder ever 28” caught in the Back Bay!


7/14/2014: Travis with a shark off the Assateague Surf.


7/14/14: Josh Barfield with a shark off the Assateague Surf.


7/14/14: Fishing overnight on “the Lady B” catching Mahi Mahi.


7/14/14: Fishing overnight on “the Lady B” catching bluefin Tuna.


7/14/14: Young Angler Jacob Seek with a 24” flounder inshore flounder pounding!… Nice Flounder Jacob!


7/12/14: John sent us a good shot of his fly rod and Spade fish he was catching off the wrecks with Captain John.


7/10/14: Kristi Justice with a White Marlin Catch and Release and Kevin Justice with a Cow Dolphin both from New Market Maryland, Celeste Tressler with a Bull Dolphin and Kevin Tressler with a Cow Dolphin both from Greencastle Pennsylvania had a great day on the water aboard the “Shammy.”


7/12/14: Bailey with his flounder he pulled off the Wrecks.


7/10/14: Randy & Angela Watkins with there sons Nick & Tyler and Uncle Rick & Aunt Darlene Ashman had a great day fishing with Captain Ken Keomwell.                                  They had 15 keeper flounder.


7/11/14: The Houstons from Altoona PA limited out aboard “Huntress Charters” with Captain John (Day 1).


7/12/14: The Houstons from Altoona PA limited out aboard “Huntress Charters” with Captain John (Day 2).


7/12/14: Olivia Pytel from Julian PA with a 18″ Flounder & some King Fish in the Chincoteague Channel.


7/12/14: Keith Antoniacci from Rockville MD, Lucas Gallaher from WV, and Dave & Holly Labas from MD with limits of Flounder and lots of Trigger and Spade Fish. They where fishing with Captain John aboard “The Huntress Charters.”


7/12/14: Stephanie Ehrlich from Delta PA with her first keeper flounder fishing near Queen Sound!


7/12/14: Flatty Mc Patty from VA with 4 keeper flounder.


7/12/14: Little John, Brett, Justin, and Josh brought home Spade Fish and Flounder. John was using a fly rod to catch these spades.


7/12/14: Jersey Rich still bringing home some nice size flounder.


7/12/14: Eric the Pirate and Lisa went out brought home Trigger Fish and a nice Flounder from the wrecks. A little birdie told us it is Lisa’s birthday so we want to wish you a very healthy and happy birthday Lisa!



New Gear Arrived




Captain Steve’s Camo Shirts with UPF 30+ Block and Brand New Youth T-shirts


Guy Harvey Lightweight Camo Shirts: Short Sleeve and Long Sleeve


Brand New Guy Harvey T-shirts and Tank Tops


Captain Steve’s Tank Tops (Brand New Colors)


Ever worn Native Sunglasses? They are equipped with  Anti-fog Technology, Interchangeable Lenses (on certain models), and Polarized Lenses.


Don’t loose your sunglasses! Captain Steve’s carries Floatz, Croakies, Chums, Zipz, Costa’s, Cablz, and many more.

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Captain Steve’s carries a variety of Costa Del Mar Sunglasses for men and women; they are very popular among anglers and outdoorsman due to their polarized lens technology. The store stocks bi-focal Costa’s for those that may need them.


It’s the season for shark fishing and we have plenty of gear to get you ready to fish for sharks offshore or on the surf. Stop by the store and look for our Captain Steve’s Exclusive Shark rig tied with heavy stainless steel wire and Gamakatsu hooks.


If you are looking to fish off the surf Captain Steve’s stock’s plenty of King Fish rigs, Blue Fish Rigs, Spot/Croaker Rigs, as well as shrimp, bloodworm, squid, and Fishbites.



It’s time for Sunblock and Sun-bandits

It’s time for Sunblock and Sun-bandits:

New products have arrived at Captain Steve’s and we are encouraging everyone to protect themselves from the sun. We have a huge new assortment of items you can protect yourself and your children with in order to avoid sunburn. Very popular items include: Sun-bandits, Captain Steve’s lightweight shirts, Captain Steve’s new camo shirts, AFTCO shorts, AFTCO fishing lightweight and breathable shirts, AFTCO hats, Guy Harvey lightweight shirts, 50+ UPF Rash guards (youth sizes included), Shimano breathable shirts, Shimano lightweight shirts, Bimini Bay pants, an assortment of hats and visors, UPF protectant umbrellas, and lots of sunblock.


This young angler goes by the name of Max he said he has a girlfriend so please do not call him :) and he caught this 22” flounder out in the Assateague Channel.


Jimmy Vasiliou from Chincoteague Virginia caught this 23 inch flounder using a gulp jerk shad and mackerel strip combo.


Captain John took Nate and Jimmy out for a quick trip yesterday afternoon; they were shut down by the rain but not before they brought home five keepers.


Dr. Byron Ernest from Indiana caught some King Fish off the Assateague Surf.


Heath Ernest from Indiana bringing in some King Fish off the Assateague Surf.


Keith Jacobson from Maryland along with Jeff and Mary Carlson from Connecticut caught this flounder (and two croakers) using Hot Pink Gulp in the Chincoteague Channel.


New Products: Sun-bandit, AFTCO Trucker Hats, and Calcutta Shades


New Products: Sun-bandit, Ladies Calcutta Hat, and Calcutta Shades


Fishing Post Arthur


We didn’t see too much of Hurricane Arthur except some wind and rain. It didn’t stop everyone from fishing though. The water is dirty, but the water will clear and fishing will resume. If you are going flounder fishing use brighter colors like Chartreuse or Hot Pink and anything shiny. Surf fishing is best at first light and before dark; Captain Steve’s has plenty of bloodworms, squid, and shrimp to catch King Fish and Croakers. It’s summertime and the sharks are biting off the surf and in the deeper channels; we have Mackerel, Squid, and Bunker you can use for your shark rigs. It’s mating season for Rays so don’t be surprised if you see them breaking the top of the water. The creeks on Assateague Island have plenty of male crabs, and it’s the perfect spot to take your kids and bring home some dinner. All around Chincoteague island Sheepheads are being caught around structures; baits of choice are sand fleas, shrimp, and crabs.

Remember you can’t catch fish if you don’t wet your line. Tight Lines Everyone!


Nathan, John, Capt. John, Lee, and Joe had an awesome trip. They returned home with 5 Spade fish, over 40trigger fish, and 20 fat flounder. (Two of the trigger fish were citations)


Brayden Lynch with a 22 inch flounder using minnows in the Assateague Channel.


Fishing off the “Lady B” these ladies caught these nice Mahi.


Fishing with Captain Cal off the “Lady B” this nice Mahi Mahi came home.


Sandy Carter from Falls Pennsylvania with her first keeper flounder.


Ryan Bailey, Michele Bailey, Dave, and Mikey Mike fishing with Captain Frank Murphy & Captain Jay aboard the “White Lightning.” Two Yellowfin Tuna and four juvenile dolphin.



Happy 4th of July Everyone!


Captain Steve’s would like to wish everyone a Happy Independence holiday, and we send our appreciation to all members of our Armed Services and Veterans who have given their service to our nation. We remember those who are no longer with us.

Captain Steve’s has the largest selection of fireworks on Chincoteague Island, so stop on by and check them out. Additionally, there are flags, bandanas, head wraps,  t-shirts, coozies, coolers, ice, firewood, charcoal, and more.


Chet and Luke with a nice Marlin fishing with Captain Allen Mitchell on the “Hold On”


Luke and Captain Allen with another Marlin aboard the “Hold On”


Doreen Murray with a 22.25 inch Flounder.


Ed Caudill using minnows and squid in the Queen Sound caught this 23.5 inch flounder and two more 18 inch flounder.


Matt from Chincoteague caught this citation sheephead 10lb 9 ounce near our local pier.


Mike Baunes, Bob Persh, and Garry Weller aboard the “Screamin Seaman” caught their limits of Spade Fish and Flounder.