Thursday, April 30, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Check out what these guys did today in the picture above, fishing for striped bass on the Chesapeake Bay! The day started out with very calm seas and a hard-flowing flood current. We picked up three trophy stripers right away. Then, as the current slacked up, the fishing petered out a bit. We had a few hits that didn't materialize, but we waited them out. Then, the wind picked up out of the west, and the current started to flow down the Chesapeake Bay. At this point, the fishing picked up big time, and about an hour later, we had our limit! Check out the trophy Maryland rockfish that these guys came home with! The one on the far left was 43 inches long! This is the first time that these guys paid us a visit. We are very hopeful that we will see them again!
If you want to catch some of these awesome fish, check us out at http://www.sawyercharters.com/!
Monday, April 27, 2009
Check out what this fine young lady pulled out of the Chesapeake Bay! Yep, I kid you not. She landed this beautiful striped bass, the first fish that she's ever caught! Right here, she has just done what a lot of kids her age will never do in a lifetime! The fish is almost as long as she is tall! She will never forget this experience!We went out again on Sunday, April 26 on a calm afternoon. The Chesapeake Bay was just like a sheet of glass. Warm temperatures and a very faint breeze made for a beautiful day of fishing here in Maryland! This fine family is a new customer and we hope that we will see them again in the near future. They were definitely happy with the massive rockfish that they caught.
That will do for now. Stay tuned to this blog for more updates about our adventures catching these monster rockfish on Maryland's Chesapeake Bay! For more information beyond the scope of this blog, or if you would like to catch some of these beautiful stripers with us, please go to http://www.sawyercharters.com/!
April 23 was another great day of fishing for us! We fished both in the morning and in the afternoon. A picture from the morning trip is shown above. The wind was kicking up quite a bit from the south, but we were still able to overcome rough sea conditions to land our limit of Maryland Striped Bass! Once again, these guys are long-time customers, and the above picture shows why!
The above picture shows what our afternoon trip did! In the afternoon, these fish were out of the water, even moreso than in the morning! These guys had their limit of Maryland rockfish in one hour! The fishing on the Chesapeake Bay was just unbelievable! Hopefully, we'll being seeing these folks again soon.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
April 21, 2009 - A Day to Remember for Chesapeake Bay Striped Bass, Rockfish, or whatever you want to call 'em!
Here is the biggest fish of the morning! This fish weighed 34 pounds and was 45 inches long! As you can see, the guy who caught it is very happy! He arranged to have this fish mounted by a taxidermist. Very proud of his catch, as he should be! It was a beautiful morning. The sun was out, not a breath of wind blowing, and the fishing was out of this world! We came back to the dock at around noon for our afternoon trip.
This is how this group of 3 fared! We had our limit of Chesapeake Bay Maryland Striped Bass within 30 minutes! We caught and threw back a few other ones. These guys were tired from fighting these huge rockfish.
This is a close-up of their biggest one! This fish was 50" long, and caught by the boy in the picture! This is the biggest fish he has ever caught. It's almost as long as he is tall! This is an experience that he will never forget! This was a day where everything went right, from both a fishing and a weather perspective!
If you want to hook up on some of these monster Maryland rockfish, go to http://www.sawyercharters.com/!
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
I've got two spring dates left for catching these BIG Maryland Chesapeake Bay Striped Bass, May 13 and 14! With both of those days being weekdays, the chance of a good catch are a lot higher as opposed to a weekend, when everyone with a boat is a fisherman. These dates will fill. The clock is ticking. Get onboard NOW! Call us at (410) 397-3743, or visit our website at http://www.sawyercharters.com/!
*I should mention that I realize that the image quality isn't quite as good on this blog. I don't have that many close-ups of these fish. That is because I am trying to get everybody into the picture, which is difficult when everybody has a freaking fish!
Stay tuned to this blog, as I will be talking a little bit about trolling for these big Chesapeake Bay rockfish in the days to come.
Friday, April 10, 2009
Today, I went out in Maryland's Chesapeake Bay for the first time this year, doing some catch and release on these stripers, making sure all of my rods and reels are still working properly. I didn't leave the dock until about 8:00 this morning. We caught three rockfish within the first hour of fishing. After that, we never had another touch the rest of the morning. Not long after we caught the last one, the current started running real hard down the Bay, and that is probably what killed it. If we had left the dock an hour or two earlier, we probably would have caught more than that.
I don't have any pictures, because I usually don't take pictures when doing catch and release. My main focus is to get the fish back in the water as soon as possible. I hate the unnecessary killing of fish. As I mentioned before, the only reason I went today was to make sure that everything was working properly.
This brings me to something that I need to get off my chest. I'm going to upset a bunch of people here, but so be it. Lately, I've been hearing these stories about people who have been doing catch and release, and bragging about catching 50-60 fish in one day. Now, WHAT IS THE SENSE IN THAT? For one thing, after the first two or three, I don't see the fun in it anymore. It's more like work. More importantly, I'd be willing to bet that a significant percentage of the fish released don't live. Think about it. You're dragging these fish on a hook through the water, stressing them out. You get them in the boat, drop them on the floor, and rupture their spleens. You rub off their protective slime, causing lesions to show up on them later, which makes them sick, and when or if they're caught later, you have all these idiots screaming "Oh my God, Pfisteriaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!" After wrestling with the fish and getting the hook out of its mouth, you throw it back into the drink with a sore on its mouth. God forbid you hook one in the gill or gut-hook one. Yeah, that's right. Rip its gills out, rip its guts out, make it bleed everywhere, then throw it back in the drink, and brag about how you landed one, when in reality, all you did was kill a nice fish for no good reason. Yeah, you're one hell of a fisherman! Congratulations! I hope that someday my fat ass can ascend to that pinnacle of achievement that only you seemed to have reached.
Now, I feel better. Before anyone calls me a hypocrite, it is one thing to catch and release a handful of fish to make sure everything works before the season starts. It's a necessary evil. But, to sit back all day long and hammer those fish, 50-60 a day and more. That's just plain stupid and ridiculous. When there aren't any fish left, you can bet that these ignorant people will be the first ones to complain about it.
Ok. NOW I feel better.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Here is another one of my favorite rockfish recipes. For more recipes like this one, or information about fishing in the Chesapeake, check out http://www.sawyercharters.com/!
1 can Cream of Celery Soup
4 Baked Potatoes
Old Bay Seasoning
2 lb. Rockfish
Cut rockfish fillets into large cubes. Dice onions and potatoes. Put onions, potatoes, and fish into a large frying pan with some oil to blanch. Then, in a cooking pot, add all items with the soup and skim milk, to desired thickness. Let it boil, and then simmer for approximately 30 minutes. Enjoy!
By the way, I still have May 13 and 14 available for anyone who wants to go after those big trophy stripers. If anyone wants either of these dates, either reply to this blog, or head on over to http://www.sawyercharters.com/!
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Here is another one of my favorite Chesapeake Bay striped bass recipes.
Dill Weed Rockfish
Use a heavy-duty foil. Rub fillets with olive oil and lay them on a bed of yellow onions sliced about 1/4" thick. Squeeze lemon over the fillets and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and Old Bay. Sprinkle a heavy coat of dill weed on top. Close the foil and bake at 350 degrees for approximately 20 minutes. If the fillets flake apart, it is done.
More to come over the next few days. For more of these recipes, or to find out more about Chesapeake Bay fishing charters, head on over to http://www.sawyercharters.com/!
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
With Chesapeake Bay Striped Bass season fast approaching, now would be a good time to talk about some of our favorite recipes. In the next few days, I will be posting some of my favorites, and maybe some of you can submit some of yours. For now, check this one out. It's not very heart-healthy, but good nonetheless. For more of these, and other information, check out http://www.sawyercharters.com/!
Capt. Dave's Deep-Fried Rockfish Nuggets (* also works with bluefish)
1 cup Italian Bread Crumbs
1 qt. Cooking Oil
Small Amount of Milk
Heat oil in deep fryer. Cut fillets into small strips or nugget-sized pieces. Mix eggs and milk together in a bowl. Dip fillet strips to coat in egg/milk mixture. Coat fish with Italian bread crumbs. Place in deep fryer and cook until done or golden brown. Serve with cocktail sauce. Enjoy!