Chesapeake Fishing Charters

Chesapeake Sportfishing Charters


Enjoy trolling for that prized striped bass, or light tackle fishing for a variety of other local fish species!

Whether you're experienced, haven't yet earned your sea legs, or are somewhere in between, Stormy Petrel offers fun and safe fishing charters for just about anyone. 

We catch a variety of different fish, depending on the season. Our crew employs multiple methods for catching fish, depending on the population and time of year. These methods include trolling, bottom fishing, and jigging, chumming or live lining. 

One thing is for sure, the crew members are passionate about fishing and are ready to do what it takes to make your fishing trip a success. 

Charter Services

Our trips are perfect for: 

  • Family Retreats
  • Bachelor & Bachelorette Parties
  • Corporate Events & Team Building
  • Casual Friends Get-Togethers
  • Weekends Away from the City
  • Anyone with a love of fishing

Seasons and More

Fishing Seasons

 The 2018 Chesapeake Bay Fishing Season begins on April 21, 2018.Striped Bass (Rockfish) Trophy Season is April 21 thru May 15.Trophy season Creel limit is 1 per angler, minimum size 35 inches.Regular season rules begin May 16 thru Dec 20th, 2018.Regular season creel is 2 per angler, minimum size 20 inches.Creel and size limits vary for other species, check DNR's website for Official regulations.
Approximately 350 different species of fish call the Chesapeake Bay their home - with some swimming into the Bay from the ocean to feed, and others making it their full-time home. Favorite (and tastiest) species among the fishing community include: 

  • Striped Bass (locally known as "Rockfish" or "Striper") - Offically "Maryland's State Fish" and with a lifespan of up to 30 years, these guys are prevalent in the Bay and can weigh up to 60 lbs!
  • Bluefish  -  Those found in the Bay generally grow up to 30 inches long. 
  • Spanish Mackerel - Migrating from Florida to the Bay in mid-summer (late July), these guys can grow up to 2 feet long.
  • Summer Flounder - Usually grows between 15 and 22 inches long. Females are larger than males. 
  • Atlantic Croaker  - Bottom feeders, and great eating, the Atlantic Croaker grows between 14 and 20 inches. 
  • Spot - A member of the drum family (as well as the croaker), spot are also bottom feeders, and great bait for striped bass. 
  • Perch - Relatives of the striped bass,  grows up to 12 inches long, and popular recreational catches.

​We do several different kinds of fishing. We troll, jig, bottom fish, live bait fish and sometimes, when we’re desperate beyond words, we chum. The method we use is determined primarily by the fish and what’s best to catch them. When you book your trip, tell us if you prefer a certain method and we’ll tell you the best time of year to have the best shot at being able to catch fish your favorite way. In the end though, we just try to put fish in the boat any way we can.​ 

Prepare for your Trip: What to Bring

We do our best to provide just about everything that you need for a great day out on the Bay, but there are still a few things that you should be sure to bring with you. 

  • No more than 6 passengers in your party. We are limited to 6 passengers per trip by US Coast Guard Regulations. We'll confirm the number of people in your party before departure, but please don't arrive with any more than 6 people -- otherwise, someone will be left behind.
  • Seasonal clothing. Keep in mind that offshore temperatures are generally cooler than land. 
  • Sunglasses, a hat and sunblock 
  • A camera to capture all of the action!
  • Snacks and beverages in break-proof containers (no glass, please) 
  • A cooler to transport your catch home (this can stay in your car until the conclusion of the trip)
  • Non-marking, comfortable shoes
  • Rain gear, if there's even a slight chance of rain in the forecast. We fish rain or shine.
  • Cash (see below) 

Prices do not include tip for the mate. Mates work exclusively for tips (20% is customary), and  work hard to ensure that you have a safe and pleasant experience.

What Not To Bring

 What Not to Bring

  • Illegal drugs - The USCG has a zero tolerance policy on passenger vessels
  • Firearms 
  • Bad Attitude
  • Absolutely, Positively  No Bananas Under Any Circumstance Ever.

Any experienced, self-respecting fisherman will tell you that bananas are bad mojo on a fishing boat.  So, please don't bring bananas with you, or be prepared for us to immediately throw them overboard. 

Fishing is as much about skill and experience as it is about chance and dumb luck. Dating back to the 1700s, the "no bananas superstition" is commonly abided by fishermen all over the world. Even in a world with scientific instruments, the unexpected can sometimes happen - and we choose not to tempt fate. 

So, remember: No bananas on board. Ever. We think bananas are rather tasty, they just don't belong on our boat.