Catching Rockfish in Ocean City
Introduction to Striped Bass
Rockfish, striper, striped bass - no matter what you call them, these elusive fish can be found in abundance in the waters of Ocean City, Maryland. At Get Sum Charters, we specialize in hunting down these prized fish for our clients. Striped bass, locally known as rockfish, can be pursued almost year-round, with the late fall and winter months being particularly fruitful during their migration.
Popular Striped Bass Charters
On the eastern shore of Maryland, striped bass charters are popular throughout the year. However, our fall trips are especially sought after aboard the Get Sum. Embarking on early morning excursions on the Ivy Sea, we target the striped bass near the 50 bridge and the inlet rocks. Our skilled Captain Nick stays on top of the latest techniques and knows all the prime locations. Whether it's casting or using live bait, we have the expertise to maximize your chances of hooking a trophy-sized rockfish.
The Premier Sport and Commercial Species
Rockfish, or striped bass, hold a special place in the hearts of anglers and seafood lovers alike. Considered the premier sport and commercial species in the Chesapeake Bay, these silver-flanked, iridescent-striped beauties present a thrilling challenge to catch and a delightful treat to savor. In fact, the current Maryland record for a rockfish caught in the Chesapeake Bay stands at an impressive 67 pounds, 8 ounces, achieved in 1995.
Due to declining stocks attributed to overfishing and pollution, Maryland implemented a moratorium on harvesting rockfish between 1985 and 1989. While the population has rebounded, stringent regulations are now in place to ensure the species' continued survival in Maryland waters. It's worth noting that the rockfish, scientifically known as Morone saxatilis, was officially designated as the state fish of Maryland in 1965.
Characteristics of Striped Bass
Renowned for their size and fighting ability, striped bass are easily recognized by their olive green back, which gradually fades to a light silver shade on their sides, culminating in a white underside. Seven or eight dark, continuous stripes run vertically from head to tail, creating a striking visual pattern.