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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:

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.

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.

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.