Another Season in the Books

2017 was Last Hurrah Charters best season ever.  We ran more trips and caught more fish than ever before.  After the Trophy portion of the season, we boxed our limit of Rockfish on 94.1% of our trips!  I am already making preparations to the boat and tackle to ensure that 2018 is even better.

I would like to publicly thank all of my loyal customers,  first mates, fellow captains, and supporters for making this year such a success.  It takes a village (or in this case, a dock) full of great people to keep the boat running and catching day after day.  Whether it is a word-of-mouth referral or a call about a hot bite, I truly appreciate the various contributions from my clients and friends that are so critical to running and growing the business.

There is one person in particular who is indispensable to both me and LHC and deserves special thanks—my incredible wife, Sharon.  She not only deals with my long hours, grumpy moods, constant cell phone interruptions, fish stench on my clothes…..the list continues, but she does whatever it takes to keep me and The Hurrah going strong.  She voluntarily jumps in bilges, runs power-sanders, and operates wax buffers until her arms feel like rubber.  She serves as “chief purchasing officer” for boat supplies, packs me lunches each day and text-messages me with good luck vibes when I need that last fish.  She does all this and a tremendous amount more without being asked and with a smile on her face.  Her support is undying and LHC couldn’t thrive without her.  She’ll always be my best catch!

Here are some pics from the last few trips of the season.  2018 Spring Trophy Dates are already filling up quickly, so don’t delay in reserving your trip.  Also, a few reminders:  We offer Gift Certificates for the Holidays and I will be guiding Canada Goose Hunts for Sean Mann Outdoors again this year.


The Migratory Jumbos are Here!

It’s been several years  since the jumbo Striped Bass (Rockfish) have ventured into our part of the Chesapeake Bay.  Ocean-run fish in the 30 to 50 + pound class just arrived and they are hungry!  Last Hurrah Charter Fishing has several open dates from now until the season closes on the 20th.  Don’t miss this unique opportunity to catch a fish of a lifetime!

Can take a max of 6 customers.
The boat is heated.

Let’s Go Fishing!

19 Days Left ….Time For One Last Hurrah

The Maryland fishing season ends on December 20th, and we are booking up prime dates.  Fishing is good and getting better.  Last Hurrah Charters has some weekend and weekday dates available for charter.  The boat is heated and we have been leaving later so you don’t even have to wake up early.  Let’s Go Fishing!

Capt. Scott will be guiding Canada Goose hunts for Sean Mann Outdoors again this waterfowl season.  Please give us a call or email to book your fishing or hunting excursion today.

Fall Fishing is Heating Up!

There is just a little over one month left in the season.  The fishing is heating up as the water temperature cools.  The fish are feeding in short windows but when the bite is on, the action is fast and furious.  Hooking over a dozen fish simultaneously is not unusual.  The fish are beautiful, butterballs ranging from 21 to 35 inches and they make for excellent table fare.  We have several prime dates available from now until the season closes on December 20th.  Let’s go fishing!

Last Hurrah for 2017 Chesapeake Fishing

The season ends on December 20th so time is running out to take your Fall fishing trip aboard The Last Hurrah!  This last month and a half can be some of the best fishing of the year and we have open dates to fill.  Weekdays are always better fishing due to less little boats blasting over schools of fish and spooking them.  The action can be fast and furious when the fish go on the feed, and hooking a dozen at once is not unusual.  The boat is heated and comfortable.   Shoot us an email or give us a call today to book your Fall fishing trip on the Chesapeake Bay.

Two Months Left in the Season

There are only two months remaining in the 2017 Maryland Striped Bass Season and some of the best fishing of the year is about to happen.  Air and water temperatures are cooling and fishing is getting hot.  When the fish decide to bite, the action gets crazy in a hurry.  We had a few trips last week where we hooked 7 to a dozen good fish simultaneously.  The bite should only get better as the Fall unfolds.  We are currently booking trips for November and December.


Fishing Season Ends December 20th—-Booking Fall Trips Now

Fall fishing is here and we only have a few more months to chase Striped Bass in the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay.  Water temperatures are reluctant to drop, but once they do, the bite should get even better.  We’re currently catching limits of quality stripers but some days require patience and persistence.  Fish don’t eat all day long; especially in the Fall.  Being at the right place, at the right time, and doing all of the right things in the right way make the difference.  Remember, weekdays are always far better fishing due to fewer clueless weekend-warriors spooking fish and trying to run over our trolling gear.  We are only running one trip a day now so departure times are flexible.   We have some prime dates from now until the season-end on December 20th but they are going fast.  Call or email today to reserve your Fall fishing trip on the Chesapeake.

Fall Turnover on the Chesapeake

Fall fishing can be some of the best of the year, but it can take some understanding of the Chesapeake Bay’s seasonal transition or “Fall Turnover” in order to put meat in the box.

Temperature, salinity and circulation determine the basic aspects of a given body of water. Wind, rainfall, air temperature, snow melt, currents, tides, waves and even the Coriolis Effect shape these fundamentals.  The term “Fall Turnover” refers to the annual phenomenon that the Chesapeake’s water layers undergo.

During the Spring and Summer months, the Bay’s surface is heated by the sun and maintains a higher temperature than that of deeper depths. The cooler, saltier water is denser and therefore sinks to the bottom during this time of year. Two distinct layers of waters stratify with a thinner zone in between them. This middle section of water is called the “pycnocline” and it is where water density increases abruptly with increasing depths due to changes in salinity and water temperature. Since the thermocline is a region of rapidly fluctuating water temperature, and the halocline marks sudden changes in salinity, it’s useful to think of these two “clines” as causing forces behind the pycnocline. The stratification of the Bay’s layers and a significant pycnocline can create barriers to nutrients mixing between layers and can void the bottom of dissolved oxygen. This is why fish are often not found very deep in some areas during the Summer.

When Fall brings cooler temperatures and an abundance of wind, the Bay is stirred like a giant mixing bowl. The fresher surface water cools the quickest and density becomes consistent throughout the water column. This causes the top layer to sink and vertical mixing to occur. As the water blends, it pushes nutrients up from the bottom and distributes oxygen deeper. During much of the winter, water salinity and temperature are relatively constant from the surface to the bottom. The turnover can happen overnight but will do so in different areas at different times depending on conditions.

So, who cares? Fish do. Striped Bass, the crown jewel of the Chesapeake, are greatly affected by this autumn changeover. With dissolved oxygen more evenly dispersed, fish may be suspended anywhere from the very bottom up to the surface of a post-turnover area. It can be more challenging to target fish scattered throughout the depths, and extremely deep fish can be reluctant to bite. However, post-turnover areas can provide large bait concentrations and schools of active, cooperative Stripers. In order to consistently catch these late-season fish, it helps to pay close attention to their environment and to have a basic comprehension of Fall Turnover.

Fall Fishing on the Chesapeake Bay

We are into October already and there are only 3 months left in the 2017 Maryland fishing season.  Fishing is still solid to excellent depending on the day.  We did end our 82 consecutive Striped Bass Limit streak the other day when some unfavorable tides and conditions from the Harvest Moon sent us home 2 fish short of a limit.
110 striper limits out of 113 trips since May is nothing to complain about though!  We are currently catching a nice grade of fish and the bite is back on track .  Fishing should only improve from here on out as water temperatures cool.  Weekdays are always better fishing than weekends due to ignorant crowds.
Shoot us an email today to book your Fall Rockfishing trip on the Chesapeake Bay.

Booking Fall Trips Now!

Last Hurrah Charters is still boxing Rockfish limits on every trip (78 in a row and 105 for the last 107 trips for those  keeping track).  We are now gearing up for an awesome Fall fishery.  The Fall pattern is right around the corner, and we are currently booking trips from Oct. 1st  to the  season-close on December 20th.  Give us a call or email to book your Fall fishing trip on the Chesapeake Bay aboard The Last Hurrah.