Delaware Bay

Captain Walt is familiar with the entire Delaware Bay but extremely familiar with the Western Shore of this fantastic bay. There are many great shoals and feeder rivers that present many opportunities for many species depending on the time of year. The spring time reveals some great Sea Trout runs (known as Tiderunners or Weakies) among local Delaware Bay anglers. The spring and summer reveal some excellent Flounder opportunities. And the fall welcomes some trophy Striped Bass opportunities.

Maryland Portion of Chesapeake Bay

This is Captain Walt's home, and while he is familiar with all of the bodies of water he fishes, this is by far, the body of water he is most intimately familiar with. From Tangier Sound north to the Susquehanna River, there are many opportunities for some trophy class fish, depending on the time of year. Trophy Striped Bass fishing begins at the end of March when huge egg laiden Striped Bass make there way to the Susquehanna Flats area of the upper Chesapeake to spawn. This is a "catch and release only" fishery as we need these fish to spawn and repopulate the species. It is common to catch 30 pound class fish, and not uncommon to catch 50 pound class fish. Even though these fish must be released unharmed, there are always photo opportunities for you to get a picture of you with your trophy. In addition, measurements can be taken (Weight, Length, Girth) so that along with your picture, Captain Walt can arrange for a fiberglass reproduction mount to be made for you.

The "catch and release" fishery ends in early May. Then these huge fish can be intercepted further down the Chesapeake as they make there way out of the Chesapeake Bay. Trolling is the preferred method here and now that these fish have "spawned out" you may keep one or two depending on the regulations at the time. This type of fishing remains productive through June. After June, Chumming begins to become the preferred method of catching Striped Bass. That lasts into the fall when once again Trolling becomes active. In addition there are numerous locations in the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake where casting towards structure of some kind is very very productive. The Maryland portion of the Chesapeake also offer excellent opportunities for Hickory Shad (catch and release only), White Perch, Flounder, Bluefish, Spanish Mackeral, Croaker and Yellow Perch depending on the time of year.

Virginia Portion of Chesapeake Bay

From Tangier Sound south to the Cape Charles area, the Virginia Portion of the Chesapeake offers opportunities to catch the same species as the Maryland Portion, with the addition of some more saltwater favoring species such as Cobia, Sheepshead, Spadefish, Speckled Trout, Tautog and the popular Red Drum. Again, all depending on the time of year.

Seaside Inlets & Bays of DE, MD & VA

These waters include the mouth of the Delaware Bay and Indian River Inlet in Delaware. The Ocean City Inlet and Assowoman and Senepuxent Bays in Maryland. And Assateague, Chincoteague, Wachapreague, Quinby, Oyster and Cape Charles area of Virginia. All of these seaside inlets and bays offer excellent opportuinities for Striped Bass, Shad, Flounder, Sheepshead, Trigggerfish, Tautog and Bluefish. But many are extremely surprised to hear of the Tarpon opportunities that the small seaside port of Oyster Virginia offers. If you have never experienced the Virginia Eastern Shore, you are sure to find it a most tranquil fishing setting. One that you will want to enjoy again, once you have tried it.


To book your trip aboard Light Tackle Charters call Captain Walt at (410) 845-3231 or email him from this site! Remember, your date is not "booked" until a deposit has been recieved.

Light Tackle Charters
543 Wellington Road
Crisfield, Maryland 21817

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You may bring your own fly, spinning, casting or trolling outfits. I recommend different outfits of different size & weights dependent upon the time of year and the species we'll be stalking. Just talk with me (via phone or e-mail) prior to the trip and I'll be happy to make recommendations...