Friday, February 17, 2012

Rockfish Video

I was able to get out a do a little fun fishing last Tuesday and Wednesday with a few of my good fishing buddies.  The rockfish made a really good showing and I was able to capture the action on my Go-Pro Here HD camera...below is the link to the You Tube video.  Thanks to Mike, Tyson and Al for making it a great couple of days on the water!

Captain Ed Stonich

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Bluefin Tuna in January!

We were fortunate to get a couple of tuna bites during mid January.  These were 150lb-250lb Bluefins and our rockfish tackle is not exactly designed to handle these fish but we were lucky enough to hang on to one about 150lbs.

A few more highlight pics from Winter Rockfish Season in VA Beach

2011-2012 Winter Rockfish Season Highlights!

What a fantastic season this was!  We got the boat moved over to VA Beach just after Christmas as the fish were a little later showing up this year due to the mild winter.  Once we started our ocean season it was game on!  The big rocks stayed between the inlet and Cape Henry for much of the season and limits before lunchtime were the norm.  We also had a surprise showing from the bluefin tuna.  The bite got good around the end of December and lasted through January.  We were lucky enough to hang on to a nice one even with rockfish tackle.  Other than a couple of research trips with the USFWS we are done for the season...thanks to everyone who fished with us this year and we looking forward to seeing you next season.


Captain Ed Stonich

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Fall Rockfish Season is HERE!!

Our 2011 Fall Rockfish season is off to a great start.  We are targeting these early season fish using live bait and light tackle...what could be better?  The fish seem to be on the large size for this early in the season and are averaging 10-15lbs.  This weekend's cold front should trigger the migration of some of the larger fish!!

Captain Ed Stonich

Epic Fishing for Red Drum!

2011 has, without a doubt, been a fantastic year for red drum fishing.  We caught them sight casting earlier in the summer and I wanted to give them one last shot before they moved out of the Bay.  Had two of my favorite fishing buddies, Tyson and Al on the boat with me in late September.  We fished live spot on 8/0 circle hooks with 60lb flourocarbon leaders and 80lb braid mainline around the structure of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.  We caught the start of the outgoing tide and we managed 16 citation sized reds in about 3 hours of fishing...and left them biting when we ran out of bait.  The fish ranged from 46" all the way up to 53.5".

Captain Ed Stonich

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The giant red drum are still here!!

Another day of spectacular drum fishing on the Chesapeake Bay!!  On Monday August 15th we had a great group of co-workers aboard the Smokin Gun II.  We started out trying to catch a few small to medium sized black drum so the guys would have some meat from the grill...We managed to put 2 nice ones in the box.  Once that bite died we ran out toward the mouth of the Bay to look for a cobia or a red drum.  Around mid-morning we found some really big reds that were busting on topwater feeding on blue crabs...WHAT A SIGHT!!!  We got set up with some small live croakers on spinning gear and managed to catch and release 7 big reds between 49"-53".

I look forward to seeing these guys again this fall for some rockfishing!!

Captain Ed Stonich