How Good is Maryland Fowl Hunting?

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Between October and January, duck hunters flock to Maryland’s Chesapeake Shore for prime conditions. Fowl not only love the Bay for sustenance, and are subsequently driven to the waters out of necessity, but the body of water sits directly under the Atlantic Flyway migratory route.

 

 

On autumn, southbound migrations, fowl from all feathers use the Chesapeake Bay as a stopover and feeding ground by the thousands. This makes for really good hunting in Maryland, particularly on the Eastern Shore of the state. Whether by boat for a sea-duck hunt, from the shore for a diver-duck hunt, or in the marsh for a goose hunt, the Eastern Shore has it all.

 

 

Every fowl species from Long Tailed Duck to Old Squaw and Surf Scoter to Redheads, Blackheads and Canvasbacks, not to mention the mallard and geese, are in high concentrations on the Eastern Shore. This is what makes Maryland’s Eastern Shore among the best rated hunting grounds in the entire world for waterfowl.

 

 

But just like everything in this world, if not channeled correctly, the best resources available are useless. This is why when in Maryland for fowl hunting, getting a hold of a guide is your best chance of enjoying the seemingly unlimited bounty of the region’s fowl hunting. Knowing where to go and learning certain regional tactics vary from region to region. And you can’t learn the lay of the land on the Maryland Eastern Shore overnight.

Stay Safe and Enlist a Fishing Charter when in the Florida Keys

fishing charterThe Florida Keys are not an easy place to navigate. There are thousands a reefs and tens of thousands of places to bottom out or run aground. On the same token, the Florida Keys offer visitors some of the best fishing they could possibly ask for, if you know where to go.

 
Simply relying on your sonar doesn’t replace the decade’s long experience it takes to become a seasoned fishing captain. Knowing the exact spots where fish are so plentiful they practically jump into the boat and what time of day makes fishing much more enjoyable. And doing it safely is imperative to protecting your life.

 
If you need a gage as to how dangerous it could be to navigate the Florida Keys without an experienced captain, consider the area is a top SCUBA destination. The reason has everything to do with the number of ship and boat wrecks, which create spectacular reefs divers love. A chartered fishing crew as familiar with the coastal areas off the Florida Keys as they are with the back of their hand ensure you and your boat won’t wind up part of the diving attraction.

 
If you’re visiting the Florida Keys and are an avid fisherman, you will need a little guidance to enjoy some of the best fishing you will enjoy in your lifetime. But these waters aren’t the most accommodating to unsuspecting visitors, unaware of what waits just beneath the surface. So enlisting the services of a professional fishing charter while visiting the Florida Keys will help you navigate to a vacation experience to remember.

The Impact of Eastern Shore Development

Maryland Eastern Shore When the original Chesapeake Bay Bridge span was completed in 1952, it opened Maryland’s Eastern Shore to exponential development. All of a sudden, the Eastern Shore, once a vast rural land tract, was considered part of the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area as a bedroom community.
The bridge loosened up population congestion in the western part of Maryland, allowing for more sprawl into the eastern half. There was some relief to expensive, congested living conditions found in the near suburbs to Washington DC. Suburbanites who were priced out or simply wanted a little more space to call their own now had options. But this came at a cost.
Aside from the environmental impact suburban sprawl has on any ecosystem, with increased automobile use over longer distance- and subsequent increased CO2 emissions- and deforestation for homebuilding, Eastern Shore suburban development is especially detrimental. Because thick eastern forests were bulldozed to clear land for homes and roads, bird habitats were strained. The deforestation combined with the increased CO2 emissions also compromised air quality.
Before the Eastern Shore started witnessing its suburban development boom, thanks to the Bay Bridge, it was forested and very rural. But since having taken on the role as a metro area bedroom community, this is becoming increasingly endangered. This is why we have in place such initiatives as The Waterfowl Festival.
The Waterfowl Festival, initiated by ambitious enthusiasts, was started to share with visitors the Eastern Shore heritage and ultimately raise funds to protect the wildlife and their habitat. Having kicked off in 1971 to coincide with the opening of goose hunting season, the Waterfowl Festival has grown from three small exhibits in downtown Easton to more than a dozen venues throughout the town, with an annual economic impact to the area of nearly $6 million.
With exhibits having grown to fifteen with four events since those fledging days of the Festival, awareness for protecting Eastern Shore waterfowl is strong as ever. The Festival has donated over $5million to Ducks Unlimited in conservation grants to more than fifty organizations. The negative impacts from suburban sprawl will never be completely eliminated on the Eastern Shore. But they can be minimized with awareness and fundraising efforts to best let us coexist with the wildlife on the shore present long before human impact.

Tips for Teaching Your Kids to Hunt

youth-goose-hunt-children-under-16Getting your kids into hunting is just like trying to create interest in any hobby or activity. If you want to generate their interest in playing Pop Warner football, garner their interest in an NFL team or NFL players. If you want to get them into hobby building, lead by example and show the how awesome your to scale boat or car is. The same goes for fowl hunting; getting your child excited about hunting will generate anticipation and a passion for the hunt.
As they say, half the adventure is the anticipation. And there’s no better way to generate this sense of anticipation than involving your young hunter in the preparations for the hunt. This can include anything from supplies shopping, packing, scouting, opening camp and any other kind of preparation. And don’t forget one of the largest components of prepping for the hunt; learning firearms safety and training.
Getting your fledgling hunter to the shooting range a lot before the season is one of the most important things you could do to prep them for hunting season. This will teach them not only best practices for aiming, but the different types of shot and in what ways they’re most effective. Before picking up a gun in the brush, your rookie hunter should have already picked it up at the range at least two or three times in the months preceding their first outing.
Remember you not only want the first outing to be a solid reflection of the preparation and education you have instilled in them, but you want it to be comfortable as well. This is why one of the fundamental steps in taking your young hunter out in the brush for the first time is ensuring their comfort. This includes making sure they have warm, well-fitting clothing. Big clunky boots that are 2x too large or a field coat 3 sizes to big not only compromise their general comfort and warmth, they also impact performance and maneuverability.
Finally make sure you are having fun with them. Kids like to have fun and if they are not, they will become disinterested quickly. And if you are forcing them to hunt and being a real downer about it, the experience will scar them and likely turn them off of it for life. So making sure you are having fun with them and they’re having a good time is much more likely to land you a hunting buddy for life.

What to bring on a Fishing Charter in Marathon FL

Are you wondering what to bring on a fishing charter you have coming up?  Here’s a list of things that we recommend:

1.) Camera – It might be good to keep it in a zip lock bag as well.  But, you’ll need to snap a picture of that prized fish!

2.) Jackets/Rain Gear- Make sure to check the weather the night before and even the day of – as we all know, weather changes frequently.

3.) Wear Sneakers – if you can, no slip soles would be the best idea.

4.) You may want to pack a drink, snack or cooler with you.  That sun is pretty dehydrating and so is pulling in that big fish you’re going to catch!

Don’t over pack or over think this. The main thing to worry about is to make sure you have a good time!

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April 8, 2014

The last couple of weeks have been very good for both Tarpon fishing at the famous 7 Mile Bridge and Snapper fishing in the back bay.  We have had several people catch their very first Tarpon with us…Jaycee, Julia, Ted, Brian, Tom…sure to remember for years to come with plans to come back next season and do it again!  Our customers of many years, Mike and Judy, have been catching Tarpon a couple times a week for the last 6 weeks.  All of this action, before the main migration has even arrived.  Typically the best time to catch Tarpon is mid-April to mid-May.  We will be here in the Florida Keys until the third week in May so there is still time to get your group together and book your memorable Tarpon trip!  Toms tarpon 5

Jaycee tarpon

Julia snapper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 22, 2013

The Chesapeake Bay Rockfish season has been really good!  We have consistently caught our limit every trip…even trips with 14, 18 and 21 anglers!  What a great way to spend the day with family, friends and co-workers.  To quote an angler from the July 6th trip, Charles Weaver, “What an incredible day and lasting memories, Michael, Mitch and Josh with their spoils. Thank you! We always have the best time.”  Keep passing the torch, Charles!  We enjoy being part of your family’s tradition.  Check out some pictures of our latest trips.  Call Captain Wayne to get your trip booked.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 16, 2013

Great to see Steve and Donna Titus and Joey…short visit, but great Tarpon fishing.  On Mother’s Day, my wife, Susan, caught her biggest Tarpon ever at 150 lbs. and 7 ft. long.  What a stubborn Tarpon too, he towed us a mile and half out into the ocean and fought for an hour and 15 minutes.  Then a hammerhead shark came on the scene and we broke him off to save his life. The next day our daughter, Cassi, and her boyfriend Will caught their very first Tarpon…3 total that morning, all between 100 – 120 lbs.  Very exciting and eventful morning!

The McDonald’s Tarpon Tournament is currently in full swing and will end Friday, May 17th.  Night number one, Capt. Wayne was number one at the 7 Mile Bridge with 3 tarpon to the boat.  We will head back to Maryland on Saturday, May 18th and ready to fish the Chesapeake Bay by June 1st.  We have had a wonderful fishing season in the Keys…thanks to all our friends, old and new, we appreciciate your business and look forward to seeing you in Maryland or in the Keys again next year.

 

May 1, 2013

Tarpon, tarpon, tarpon everywhere!  My latest group, Bill Skinner and his guys, Brian, John and Mike from Delaware had three great mornings of tarpon fishing catching as many as 3 fish in one morning.  They also had a great snapper trip and took their catch to Key Colony for a wonderful meal.  Mark and Colleen McNeil from Rock Hall, MD each caught their first tarpon.  See their videos on YouTube directly from this website.  Happy Anniversary Mark and Colleen, let’s make it an annual event!  Our kids, Paul and Amanda Perrone, joined us for their annual Anniversary trip and caught several tarpon each.  We celebrated our Anniversary’s together, enjoying our snapper catch at Key Colony.  Also making their annual tarpon trip was Scott Barmby, his son Rex and Steve Jaffe from Mt. Airy, MD. They caught several tarpon each…see you guys next year!  Rob and Tonya Hutcheson  made a detour from their Key West vacation and spent some time with us.  Not so lucky with their tarpon trip, although we had some close calls but no hook ups.  Our snapper trip was exciting, catching many species of fish in the back country, including a shark.  Our time in the Keys is winding down.  After we fish the McDonalds Tarpon Tournament, May 14,15 &17th, we will be making our way back home to Maryland.  We will be ready to fish the Chesapeake Bay by June 1st…let’s get booked up and hook up some stripers.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 15, 2013

The Tarpon have arrived!  Mike and Judy Adler from Burlington, Vermont caught Tarpon 4 days last week.  Bob and Jason Mart had a fantastic back country trip on Saturday, 4/13, catching over 50 lady fish (poor man’s Tarpon) and a nice limit of 13-16 inch Mangrove Snappers. Just a few pictures of last week’s trip with Steve and Judy Cooper from Worton, Maryland, Jack Crevelle’s caught at the 7 Mile Bridge while Tarpon fishing.  Had a double header with Tarpon, but both spit the hook!  Better luck next year Steve Cooper!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Easter everyone!

We have had a very busy couple of weeks…lots of families in town on Spring break.  The Coopers are here (Steve and Judy) from Worton, MD with a short visit from their daughter Stephanie.  Steve and Stephanie caught a large variety of fish out on the reef.  Kirk Rebane, John Martin and their families (6 children in all) did four trips out on the reef and shark fishing…the kids had all they could handle catching grunts, porgies, hog fish, wrasse’s, grouper, yellow-tail, lane and mutton snappers. John, Kirk and son Tim caught several nice sharks on their shark trip!  The experience was completed with 13 of us taking our fish to Castaways Restaurant  for a fabulous meal, shark steaks included!  A last minute trip was scheduled by 5 college exchange students from Tennessee, the boys were from Chile, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and the UK…never fished before and were very happy with Captain Wayne’s patient teaching.  They went to Sombrero Beach and grilled their own fish…Tom Sawyer style!

It’s been a very busy week with customers from up North, including Dr. Bill Rienhoff, Jerry Kennedy and his group and Terry Cooper and his group.  We caught many fish…28 different species to be exact, plenty of Snapper, Spanish Mackerel, Sharks, Porgies and Blue Runners.  To complete our fishing experience, we take our catch of the day to Key Colony Inn where they do a fantastic job of preparing our fish many different ways, Fish Parmigiana is one of our favorites. Florida Keys Snapper

Fish on in the Florida Keys!

Another good week fishing in Marathon with more of our Northern customers.  Steve Hessler and his son from New Hampshire had a great day aboard the “Fishin Fool” catching their limit of mangrove snappers and a few sharks and grouper.  Brian Councell and Beth, our boat neighbors from Rock Hall, spent a few days with us, catching sharks, snappers and we even tried our luck at Tarpon fishing!  Tarpon rolled all around us, Brian had one on for a few seconds, but spit the hook.  Very exciting! This week we welcome to town Phil and Patrick Jackson from DE (they took their fish to their favorite place, Burdines for a great meal), Tom and Kathy Wieliczko from NJ, Kevin Conboy from Long Island, NY.  No fishing today, weather permitting we will be back out this week.