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Fall Fishing on Fire!

Fishing is getting better by the day but dates are going quickly.  The season runs until December 10th.  The boat is enclosed and heated.  We offer morning and afternoon departures, 7-days a week for up to 6 customers.  Book you Chesapeake Bay Fall Fishing Trip Today!

Here is what is still available for  October:  18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 26th, 27th, 29th, 30th, 31st.

Let’s Go Catching!

ROCKTOBER!!! Open Dates

The weather is perfect and the fish are fat!  There is bait everywhere and the Rockfish are plump footballs.  They are scattered and it takes some patience and work some days, but we have been putting together nice boxes of Rockfish limits on every trip.  The calendar is loosening up and now is the time to BOOK YOUR FALL FISHING TRIP ABORD THE LAST HURRAH.   (Season goes till December 10th.)

Open October dates:   9th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 18th, 19th, 20th 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 26th, 27th, 28th, 30th and 31st.  

Here are some pics from the last week….

 

 

 

Chesapeake Fall Fishing —BOOK NOW!

We had a few inconsistent days, but the striper fishing is heating up again and now is the time to get on the Fall calendar!  We have open dates for October.  The season runs until December 10th, and don’t be wimps about the weather.  It doesn’t even get cold in MD anymore and the boat is heated.  Let’s go catching!

OPEN DATES WEEK OF THANKSGIVING

The Maryland Fishing Season runs until December 15th and the bite is ON!   There’s some great fishing to be had and the boat is fully enclosed and heated.  Now is one of the best times to enjoy the Chesapeake Bay.  We have trips open all of Thanksgiving Week.  Take some relatives out on the Bay for a Striped Bass fishing trip they will always remember!

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Fishing is Outstanding & Dates Are Available!

It’s just plain stupid that we are not booked every day from now until the season-close on December 15th!  NOW is the time to go, people!  The crowds are smaller, the fish are schooled up and snapping and the weather is beautiful.  There may not be a Spring Season next year, so go fishing with us now while you can and the bite is outstanding!  We have open dates starting this weekend.  We can take up to 6 customers.  All licenses, gear and tackle are provided.

Let’s Go Catchin’!!

Less than 2 Months of Season Left—Book Now!

Fishing is getting better by the day and we have have open trips starting as early as this weekend!  The season runs for another month and a half, and next year’s season-length will likely be cut substantially.  Book your Fall fishing trip on the Chesapeake Bay now while you can!  We will run everyday possible until the December 15th closure.  The boat is enclosed and heated.  This last stretch is my favorite time to fish.  Let’s book ’em up!

Fall Fishing on The Chesapeake

We are well into October and it’s time to book up the dates from now until the season closes on December 15th.   Yesterday, we targeted Spanish Mackerel and Bluefish and caught 30 Blues and 20 Macs!  The Macs are definitely on the way out of the Bay, but the Blues should be around for a bit longer.  There are a lot of undersized Rockfish schooling up, but the Fall pattern with plentiful, fat “football” fish should bust loose soon.  There are still plenty of Spot fish around for live-bait fishing.  (Just my mate and I caught 225 the other day in 1 hour.)  For those of you that are soft:  NO, it’s not “too cold” out there in November and December!   The boat is fully enclosed and heated and it doesn’t even get that cold anymore around here.  The last few months are prime-time and can provide some of the best fishing of the year.  Get your Fall trip on the Chesapeake booked now!

Available Dates Starting this Weekend!

The weather is cooling down but the fishing is still hot.  With schools back in session and vacations spent, bookings have slowed.   Last Hurrah Charters has prime dates open for charter as soon as this weekend.  We’ll fish everyday possible until the season ends on December 15th, so take advantage of the great fishing and smaller crowds on the Bay right now!  We run morning and afternoon trips for groups up to six.   Hurry while there are still Spanish Mackerel around to chase!

Back in Deale, Bookin’ Trips and Rippin’ Lips!

The Last Hurrah is back in her usual berth at Herrington Harbour North Marina in Tracy’s Landing (Deale, MD).  The weather is cooling down but the fishing is still HOT.  We run every day that we can book until December 15th, so book your FALL FISHING TRIP on the Chesapeake with us today!  Let’s go catchin’!

Fall Turnover on the Chesapeake Bay

Fall fishing can be some of the best of the year, but it can take some understanding of the Chesapeake Bay’s 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.  The thermocline, (a region of rapidly fluctuating water temperature with regard to depth) and the halocline, (a sudden salinity gradient), act as the 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 bottom up to the surface of a post-turnover area.  It can be more challenging to target fish scattered through 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 fish.  It is these areas that fishermen should canvass thoroughly.  Trolling spreads should cover the majority of the water column until sonar readings illustrate a definitive pattern.  If the fish-marks become consistent within a certain depth-range, it’s time to fine-tune your spread and re-set some gear at the appropriate depth.  In order to consistently catch late-season Stripers, it is imperative  to pay close attention to their environment and to have a basic comprehension of Fall Turnover.

Yesterday’s clients with their limit: