New Fishing Shirts

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Stay cool, fight the sun, and look good with the new bayflyfishing.com fishing shirts.  High quality screen-printed front graphics are used on an A4 Cooling Performance long-sleeved crew.  Available in silver and blue in sizes M-2XL (sizes run slightly large).

  • 100% performance polyester interlock
  • Stain- and odor-resistant
  • Ultra tight knit resists snagging
  • Moisture management wicks away perspiration from the skin
  • The moisture evaporates quickly from the fabric surface

Only $30 with free shipping!  Shoot me an email if you’d like one.

Spring Fishing Forecast

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I find it hard to believe that this is my 16th year running fly and light tackle fishing charters on Virginia’s saltwater. Time has flown by along with countless fishing memories. I am excited to create another chapter in my guiding saga this season as I get both longtime and new clients on the water to chase the bay’s bounty.

I will officially begin my charter season on May 1st. The early half of the month will produce decent numbers of striped bass along with bluefish and a few speckled trout. As waters continue to warm, an increasing number of stripers will take up residence on shallow water structure. May 16th marks the start of the Chesapeake Bay’s spring keeper season for striped bass. Anglers looking to take home some rockfish fillets will be able to keep two fish between 20-28 inches. After June 15th, striper will be catch and release only… but catch we will with many 100 fish days!

Two consecutive cold winters decimated the speckled trout population last year. I’m hopefully optimistic that speckled trout fishing will rebound due a prolific spawn last spring and a relatively mild winter. Many of the yearling specks will reach 14” by June, but I’m not expecting many large specimens this season. The best bet for quality specks this spring should come in late June when a few locations typically hold schools of spawners.

Packs of 14-20” bluefish invade local waters each spring for fly and light tackle anglers looking to find an additional species to target. What these “Chesapeake piranhas” lack in size, they make up for in feistiness. Pound for pound, there is no more scrappy a fighter in the bay than a blue.

While I expect another down year for flounder and reds, there should be enough around to keep us on our toes. Croaker and white perch will round out the typical mixed bag of springtime species available to the fly and light tackle angler.Please remember that I stay extremely busy during the fishing season, so contact me as soon as possible to reserve a fun day on the bay!

New Website

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After 12yrs on the internet, my website recently kicked the can. Unfortunately, years worth of articles and fishing reports are now gone. The good news is that I plan to have the site better than ever once completed. Please bear with me as I go through the slow process of restoring old and adding new material. Most pertinent information has already been added to the new site. Please check it out and let me know if you have any recommendations.  Check out the new website.

Turneffe Flats Lodge, Belize

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Over the winter, I had a fantastic trip to Turneffe Flats Lodge located on a coral atoll off the coast of Belize. Turneffe Atoll is very unique in that it is one of only four atolls located in the Western Hemisphere. Its waters are home to a world-renowned flats fishery for bonefish, permit, tarpon and more. I found both the fishing and lodging to be superb during my stay. I enjoyed T-Flats so much that I have decided to host a group of anglers on a return visit December 3-10, 2016. I hope you can join me on this trip to tropical paradise. If that time frame does not fit your schedule, I am planning a second visit sometime between January and April 2017. Please see the travel section of my website to learn more about the lodge, fishery and trip details. Feel free to contact me if you are interested in visiting Turneffe Flats Lodge either on a hosted trip or on your own. I am happy to help you plan that trip of a lifetime!