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DOG DAYS FISHING
Light Tackle Fishing on the Chesapeake Bay and Potomac River
CAPTAIN CHAD KOENIG
I moved to Maryland in 1995 after serving in the US Air Force. I quickly fell in love with the Potomac River and spent as many days as I could fishing and hunting on the river. A few years later I began to expand my fishing grounds into the Chesapeake Bay. After learning to catch striped bass (rockfish) on light tackle I focused most of my efforts on the big water. I have a US Coast Guard OUPV license and a Maryland Resident Fishing Guide License.
RATES / TRIP INFO
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1/2 Day trips are available for morning or afternoons and are 5-6 hours from the time we leave the dock til we return. Morning trips typically leave the dock around 6 am. Afternoon times vary. -$450
Full day trips are 7-8 hours. We typically leave around 6 am, but that can change depending on the time of year or other conditions.- Potomac $650. Lewisetta or Point Lookout $750.
Spring- Spring fishing offers catch and release of large migrant striped bass in the Chesapeake. Another direction is to fish the upper Potomac to land giant blue catfish while filling a cooler of smaller fish. Early spring is a great time to catch that fish of a lifetime on light tackle.
Summer- Typically smaller rockfish, but catching over 100 fish/day is not uncommon. We may fish several different techniques and water depths. Mid to late summer we have opportunities to catch multiple species of fish including Spanish mackerel, bluefish, red drum, and cobia.
Fall- Early fall as water temps drop the other species leave the bay for warmer destinations. This is also when the rockfishing starts to heat up. Rockfish thrive in colder water and we start to see larger fish become more active.
Winter- Winter fishing for keeping rockfish usually runs through the 3rd week in December. We find nice schools of rockfish in deeper water and often find a really nice class of migratory fish. This is a great time of year to catch multiple 30+ inch fish on a jig. After the season closes we continue to catch and release as long as the bite is good and weather permits.
Tyler with a nice fall speckled trout
WHAT TO BRING
Rods, baits/lures, and license are included. Bring your own food and drinks. Other items you may need include: Sunscreen, camera/phone, rain gear, polarized sunglasses.
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