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#1 Mar-28-14 3:23PM

Ernie
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3-28-14, Chesapeake Bay

The forecast was all over the place but we wanted to go. So we did. And that forecast chased many boats away as we were one of 5-6 boats fishing one area....that is good!

We (Greg Folts, Michael Bartgis and Bruce Robertson) got to Solomons at 0605 to find it very windy. We were fishing with Capt. Dennis Fleming and his trusty mate, Dale.

At the ramp, we ran into Walleye Pete (5'5") and one of his crew (6'9"). Yesterday, he had a 7 footer on board!

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/033_zpsb709c47d.jpg

The ride to the fishing grounds was not as bad as we expected and we had a pretty nice sunrise but we were there to fish!

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/034_zpsf0636615.jpg

It did not take long to get hooked up!

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/035_zps5dea8f11.jpg

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/036_zps09e14115.jpg

I think Bruce was having a great time fishing teh salt!

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/037_zps22b02bd6.jpg

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/038_zps71e446c9.jpg

He got his biggest striper ever at 30"!

More fish for Michael!

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/039_zps2d085c02.jpg

This one was mine....

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/040_zpsd0bb29c5.jpg

And this one.....35"!

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/041_zps52c311f4.jpg

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/043_zps1fb46748.jpg

Michael's 31 incher!

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/045_zpse00e2760.jpg

Somehow, I didn't get a picture of Greg's 29 incher...his personal best!!

And another for "hot hand" Bruce on the last drift!

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/046_zps4ef398e4.jpg

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/047_zps700b6f4b.jpg

Cove Point Light....

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/048_zps6c871557.jpg

It turned out to be a great day after all!


Time to go fishin' again!

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#2 Mar-28-14 3:26PM

redskinsfan360
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Re: 3-28-14, Chesapeake Bay

Nice fish!

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#3 Mar-28-14 5:08PM

GregF
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Re: 3-28-14, Chesapeake Bay

What a great day!  We figured we caught about 60-70 fish total.  Dennis and Dale did a great job as usual.  Everyone got some big fish.

After waking up at 3:45am, I came home and took a nice nap and dreamed about the next fishing excursion.

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#4 Mar-29-14 2:17AM

Bruce
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From: Waterford, VA
Registered: Nov-12-11
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Re: 3-28-14, Chesapeake Bay

I was the reluctant member of the crew. The forecast of 4'-5' rollers, 15-20mph wind, and rain showers almost made me cancel. But thank goodness Ernie talked me out of it the night before leaving. Despite getting up at 1:30am (I had the longest drive and probably the most "worry" factor), I thoroughly enjoyed the outing. The guys were great to fish with and Captain Dennis and his mate Dale were very patient and helpful for an inexperienced saltwater fisherman. Caught my two biggest stripers ever...including the 30" fish that took me about 10 minutes to land. It fought like a 50" fish...running drag several times as she approached the boat. Using light spinning tackle sure made catching these fish a lot of fun. And we also stopped at one of Ernie's favorite barbeque places on the way home to recap the day. Thanks to Ernie for arranging everything and to Captain Dennis, Mike, and Greg who helped me catch more fish due to their helpful advice.

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#5 Mar-29-14 5:44AM

Ernie
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Re: 3-28-14, Chesapeake Bay

How could I forget mentioning as stop at Big Dave's BBQ! Good stuff.

Also, all the fish we caught were very well fed....pigs!


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#6 Mar-29-14 1:51PM

T.
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Registered: Sep-30-09
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Re: 3-28-14, Chesapeake Bay

Looks like an awesome trip.  I haven't done any fishing since early December.   Since I'm not doing Kayakwars this year I'm not pressured to go out.

Last edited by T. (Mar-29-14 1:51PM)

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#7 Mar-29-14 2:37PM

Redfish12
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From: Arlington, VA
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Re: 3-28-14, Chesapeake Bay

Great trip with the gang!! I was throwing huge plastic and coming up short... there were some big fish out there though! I told my fiance I was haunted by the two fish I hooked up and lost that felt like big fish and she said I should go back today! I knew Dennis had an open seat since I knew the next crew and so I went back... Weather conditions were worse than yesterday, wet and foggy with wind building as the morning went on. Well the Saturday crowd does not follow the rules like the weekday folks and as such I think the fish scattered. All sorts of engines blasting, driving up the rip, etc... Oh well we caught fish and managed a couple around 30 with a lot of small fish mixed in. Great time again out on the water!

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#8 Mar-29-14 2:41PM

Ernie
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Re: 3-28-14, Chesapeake Bay

Two days in a row...nice Michael!

Was anyone out there trolling?

Too many boats will certainly kill the bite unless they are all playing with the same rules.

Glad I went yesterday....


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#9 Mar-29-14 3:56PM

GregF
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Re: 3-28-14, Chesapeake Bay

And of course the company wasn't as good today as it was Friday....right Michael? big_smile big_smile

Glad you got another shot at them.  Are you going to try for another trip in the next week or two?  Just keep thinking about the 47 incher Pete's boat caught.  That will keep you going back for more!

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#10 Mar-29-14 9:19PM

firemunkee
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From: Ashburn, VA
Registered: May-23-13
Posts: 1384

Re: 3-28-14, Chesapeake Bay

Looks like it was a great time! Nice job on landing all those fish!


Together we'll fight the long defeat.

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#11 Mar-30-14 11:02AM

purpleworm
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Re: 3-28-14, Chesapeake Bay

Outstanding day, way to go fellas!

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#12 Mar-30-14 11:16AM

Ernie
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Re: 3-28-14, Chesapeake Bay

Capt. Dennis emailed me and said, Thursday was great,  Friday was good, Saturday was not as good. Lots of small fish, I mean massive schools,  early then they DISAPPEARDED. Despite the rain and pea soup fog, 11 boats, only 2 real boneheads in the bunch.

We did the best we could despite the bad weather and lack of fish. Only bigs were a 32" and a 28.5.

It's called fishing...


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#13 Mar-30-14 1:00PM

Redfish12
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Re: 3-28-14, Chesapeake Bay

Yep! Should have been there Thursday!

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#14 Mar-31-14 5:10AM

Bryan
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From: Bealeton, VA
Registered: Mar-18-11
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Re: 3-28-14, Chesapeake Bay

Great job guys, those are some nice fish!


tight lines

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#15 Mar-31-14 10:39AM

John F
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Re: 3-28-14, Chesapeake Bay

Nice Ernie!   Some decent fish ! I was wondering  how you guys made out.   Looked like it wasn't too bad  at the secret spot. Congrats to all !


" Think Like a Fish "

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#16 Apr-02-14 8:28AM

IL_DUCE
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Re: 3-28-14, Chesapeake Bay

Ernie-
It is possible I am heading out to that area on a friend's boat this weekend. What kind of bait/lures were you all using? Thanks.

*Edit- I see the bucktail, but anything else?

Last edited by IL_DUCE (Apr-02-14 8:29AM)

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#17 Apr-02-14 8:56AM

Ernie
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Re: 3-28-14, Chesapeake Bay

Get there very early! Yesterday, the bite was hot from 0630-0800.

1.5-2 oz jig heads

6-10" BKD type...all soft plastic.

You will lose lures....rocky especially at the beginning of the plume.

You MUST touch the bottom....jig it many ways, it all worked. Sometimes I dragged baits and sometimes I rapid jigged. Touching the bottom was key.


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#18 Apr-04-14 9:47AM

Craig
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Re: 3-28-14, Chesapeake Bay

Nice trip Ernie and healthy looking fish! I've only fished the one time with Capt. Dennis (on the trip with you and Bob last year), but he is a class act for sure. I see his name pop up from time to time in articles online and it is readily apparent that he is well respected by his peers, but doesn't seem to have the name recognition of Pete and some of the others. Probably comes down to marketing savvy but I tell anyone who'll listen that I learned a ton from him in those few hours of our trip. Kudos to the Captain!

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#19 Apr-04-14 10:03AM

Ernie
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Re: 3-28-14, Chesapeake Bay

Craig- Capt. Dennis only guides part time vs Pete being full time. Pete has a great following and also knows the marketing game. Dennis has lots of guys like me that have known him for years and appreciate his services. I now go out with him 3-4 times a year. His boat is bigger and better!


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