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On a family fishing Father’s Day weekend, we find ourselves amerced in fintastic fun and fellowship. The Eastern Shore has a full spread of the finest festivities that will fulfill Dads salt water fantasies with a finale in the frying pan.

The Chesapeake has been the stronghold for angling action. Cobia have made a good showing from Watts Island down to the CBBT. While some rods have been bent with the help of a slimy swimming eel, most fish have been coerced into the net with chunks of bunker presented on 8/0 octopus circle hooks on fish finder rigs. The most successful settings for a breaching brown suit is around the shoals and slough’s in the 15-25 depth range. Don’t forget this year’s regs are 2 per boat or one per person (which ever is more restrictive) with a minimum size of 40 inches total length with only one fish over 50 inches.

The Chesapeake shallows are heating up both literally as well as metaphorically. This recent summer heat could start a sweet water exodus. However, the fish are still here and providing pullage and smiles that rival any sport fishing experience around. The trophy targets have included specs, rock and reds. We have done best with paddle tails on jig heads with and without popping corks. There has also been some baited battles as avid anglers cast chunks of peelers and softcrabs to the edges of grass beds in hopes for super sized summer surprise.

Sometimes it takes “blues” to get rid of the “blues”. If you want to have a fun time with drags screaming and poles bending, the Chesapeake has had an excellent grade of bluefish around the many structures of the central bay. We have done best off rap-10’s and 12’s as well as yozuri suspending swimming plugs. The majority of fish have been in the 25-30 inch size range, but we had a couple surpass the 32 inch mark. On light tackle this has got to be some of the funniest fishing around.

The depths of the Atlantic have finally produced some palegic prey. Tuna have made an appearance in the Baltimore canyon. Trolling meat has put steaks on the grill with most bites from yellowfin. The tile bite still is keeping folks cranking even when the sought after sportfish are not cooperating.

The flounder bite inside the inlets of the ESVA could be described as lackluster. There had been a fair number of fish from Gargatha to Wachapreague. However, with the new 17.5” size limit. Keepers have been fairly hard to come by. The good news is that some of the near shore reef sites like the one of blackfish banks have started to provide flounder jigged off the deep structure. These fish have historically been a little bigger and hopefully will help fill dinner plates even with the new unsavory regs. Some spades have been spotted around some shallower wrecks. It won’t be long and we will be doing battle with these tropical trophies!

I would like to say, as a Dad , the best thing for Father’s Day is to spend time with those we love doing what we love. So get out there grab the kids, or get your Dad, gas up the boat and enjoy this wonderful place we call home!
Sea Hawk Sports Center
Sea Hawk Sports Center
Good morning from Sea Hawk Sportfishing
Sea Hawk Sports Center
Sea Hawk Sports Center
Thunderstorms and water that warms are the setting for June Eastern Shore action. The temperature is changing and so are our fishing opportunities. With these new found options our techniques need to adapt, to ensure bent rods and citation sized smiles.

Cobia are kicking off in a big way. While the season doesn’t open till 6/15 , the catch and release fishing has been off the hook… or maybe on the hook is a better description. Anglers have been soaking bunker chunks on fishfInder rigs with 8/0 hooks to entice the battlers in brown suits. Most bites have come in 15-25 foot depths from just below the Pocomoke sound down to the more recognizable spots near the CBBT.

The sweet water of the Chesapeake is still supplying superb pullage as flats fishermen target the big three ( rock , reds, and specs). All species have been prevalent in the picturesque pristine waters of the Tangier and Pocomoke sounds. However, the concentration of slot reds really has me excited with regards to what the year possibly could offer for those of us who have a fondness for the flats. While bait fishermen have been casting chunks of crab, light tackle lure anglers have found paddle tails (with and without popping corks) as well as suspending mirrolures and x-raps have gotten the boat good and fishy.

Elsewhere on deeper structure of the southern Eastern Shore, Sheepshead are starting to show up on the lower Chesapeake as well as the seaside. Tog jigs baited with a precious piece of peeler have provided pull for folks in search of a prize with funny look’n teeth. Oyster rocks have heard the bellowing brawling black drum as crab baited lines await a bite and battle.

The new flounder size limit of 17.5 inches has been anticlimactic for anglers targeting filets for the freezer. The best action has centered around high water as flatfish find themselves on the flats. A mixture of silversides and squid have summed fish to the net but in most cases returned to the salty sanctuary to secure future generations.

The deep shades of azul have hidden some of our most sought after palegic species. However, bottom fishing for tiles has taken the edge of for those who desire the deep. Seabass fillets continue to fill frying pans as knotheads cross the gunwale. The nearshore flounder and spade/ trigger bite should start soon on the many structures just off Chincoteague and Wachapreague.

Don’t forget we at Sea Hawk Sports center are hosting the second annual “Michael C Taylor Flounder Frenzy “ on June 14th & 15th. This is a memorial tournament for the family of Mike who was a friend of mine. All proceeds go directly to the National Down Syndrome Society, a charitable group that was dear to Mike’s heart. So if you are looking for something to do that will provide a bunch of fun that supports something positive, while remembering someone we miss, stop by or give us a call. Let’s catch some flounder and show all that see that we know how blessed we are to live in this wonderful place that we call home.
Sea Hawk Sports Center
Sea Hawk Sports Center
Fresh bunker have arrived !!!!
Sea Hawk Sports Center
Sea Hawk Sports Center
Sea Hawk Father’s Day Flounder Tournament! Come join for fun, and make a difference for something we care about , while remembering someone we miss!

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