Good Year for the Susquehanna Flats?

23 02 2015

While last year’s Susquehanna Flats catch and release season surely tried the patience of even the most passionate flats aficionado, I look for better things to come as this spring approaches. Here’s my reasoning. This past fall saw a pretty good run of striped bass in Maryland’s mid and lower bay. Beginning in mid-September, Tangier Sound and the bay proper along with the shallows surrounding the bay islands of Tangier, Smith, South Marsh, Holland, and so on, provided some of the best fly and light tackle angling for rockfish that we’ve experienced in several years. As the waters cooled, stripers gravitated towards the deeper channel edges of lower Tangier Sound, Smith Point and the mouth of the Potomac River. While the strong 2011 year class was well represented, many fish in the 28″ to 32″ category were also brought boat-side. These bigger males should begin returning to the spawning grounds in March, and I have to believe many of the 2011 fish, which should be approaching twenty inches or better, will tag along and fill in the gaps. There is always the chance of a true trophy of 40-inches, or more. All we need is some relatively clean water. Hopefully, most of the heavy snow melt gives the Susquehanna river basin a break for a change.

To that end, I will once again be trailering my Jones Brothers to Havre de Grace for this very special spring fishery. I still have a few open dates remaining during the month of April, so if you would like to get in on this fun shallow water fishery please email or call me at your earliest convenience. I can be reached at kjosenhans@aol.com or 443-783-3271.

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23 02 2015
Toms MAC PRO

Kevin

Happy New Year.

So you fish the Susquehanna flats… Up in my territory. What dates are available? Are there walk on possibilities? Can you pick me up at the North East River boat ramp (I think that is the closest to me here in PA. FULL DISCLOSURE. One of the reasons I am interested in a charter is to learn the waters and opportunities since I will likely fish the Susquehanna flats with my skiff. Are you ok with teaching me?

Tom

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Tom Sweeney

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23 02 2015
Josenhans Fly Fishing

Hi Tom,

I would be happy to arrange a walk on trip. I’ll contact you by email to discuss.

Kevin

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