Sunday, March 29, 2009

Chesapeake Bay Trophy Rockfish Right Around the Corner

It's that time of year again! It's time to get ready for catching these big trophy striped bass in Maryland's Chesapeake Bay. The season starts on Saturday, April 18. The pictures in this article are from last spring to give you an idea of what I'm talking about. We troll for these fish, pulling 20 lines at one time. There were a few times we had several hook-ups at the same time. Recent reports have indicated that the fish are here now, ready for us, and we're ready for them.

This one here was a 45-pounder. We are mostly booked up for this spring run between mid-April and mid-May, but we do have a few dates left if you wanted to get in on the action. We expect to book them up soon, so if you want to get in on the action, get on over to or email at

Trophy Maryland rockfish in the Chesapeake Bay................ There's nothing else like it!
Capt. Dave

Saturday, March 28, 2009

An Introduction

Given that this blog was just created, an introduction is in order. My name is Capt. Dave Schauber. I am a native to Maryland's Eastern Shore. I have fished on the Chesapeake Bay my entire life. From the late 1970s to the late 1990s, I operated sawmills for a living. After relocating to Dorchester County in 1981 to operate another sawmill, I quickly became known in the community as simply "The Sawyer", and I am still referred to by that title to this day. It is often confused with my last name. This is the origin of my business name, and hence the boat name.

After moving to Dorchester County, I started to fish the lower and middle Chesapeake Bay, in addition to the Honga River, Fishing Bay, and other local bodies of water for years. I started out with small, center-console boats and worked my way up to eventually owning a 42-foot Bay-built vessel. I obtained my Captain's License in 1992, and began to run fishing charters on the weekends and on my days off. After building my business for several years, I made the decision to leave the sawmill and begin running charters full time in 1999. My business has continued to grow, leading to the construction of my new boat in 2002.
I would now like to share my thoughts and experiences with an internet audience, hence the creation of this blog. Please stay tuned to this blog for further insights along with fishing reports as the season progresses. You can also catch me online at my website,

Capt. Dave