Our biggest catch was a whopping 42 inches and weighed 32 pounds. The striped bass was delicious baked with butter, lemon, onion, salt and pepper. We ate it with rice and salad and were in bed by 9pm. 6 hours outside in the sun and the spray will always ensure a good night’s sleep.
We fished the Chesapeake Bay on the Rebecca Ann. The 1962 Crisovich was bought by Captain Jesse Bolton a few years ago and lovingly restored. Jesse is a DC Firefighter in real life and Chris, the mate, is a roofing estimator but in fishing season water is their element and they share their joy with everyone who joins them in rockfish season.
Jesse and Chris are kind to those who lack sea legs and on hand to help the unwary and wobbly on and off the boat. Chris sets up 24 rods, weights and lures and manages to discourage all offers of help from the keen but inexperienced as he negotiates with giant hooks and navigates the beer-filled coolers.
Last year, our party caught only one fish–but it was a 36 inch whopper. This year we had Hansel’s monster catch, and reeled in a couple of other respectable trophies.
Visit the Happy Harbor in Deale MD and take your own trip on the Rebecca Ann.