Autumn on Tangier Sound

3 12 2017

Sorry I haven’t posted much but I’ve been on the water a lot, and by the time I get home the computer screen is just a blur. I often take the easy way out and simply post photos on my Facebook @JosenhansFlyFishing and Instagram @KevinJosenhans accounts. Please check out all my social media sites for current fishing reports. A picture really is worth a thousand words.

We’ve enjoyed a fantastic fall, fishing for stripers and speckled trout out of Crisfield. Shallow water action was great around Smith and Tangier Islands casting DOA CAL Shad Tails in Pearl or chartreuse colors. I can’t begin to tell you how much I love the DOA 4-inch Shad tail, especially for larger stripers. The action is extremely lifelike at slow or higher retrieve speeds. Attach to a 3/8 or 1/2 ounce DOA Premium Jig Head and you have my go-to rockfish bait. Check it out at http://www.doalures.com

Enjoy some of my favorite shots of Autumn on Tangier Sound, with a few bonus pics out of Madison on the Little Choptank.





The Fat Lady has Sung

15 05 2016

The game is over, for this season’s southern Chesapeake adventure, at least. While we certainly enjoyed our share of exciting moments chasing bull reds and trophy stripers on the lower bay flats, the weather was not our friend. Cool temperatures, dirty water and more east wind than you’d see during a tropical storm, all made for difficult sight-fishing conditions. ‘Boom or Bust’ is how I’d best describe the action. Still, when after what seems like a thousand casts you finally hook that behemoth drum, and she begins peeling 30# braid from the reel at an alarming clip, the wait is long forgotten. Or, as the boat is surrounded by 40-plus inch stripers who continue to ignore your near perfect presentations, when finally a monster inhales your offering and the battle is on, the wait is long forgotten. As one client aptly described it, after experiencing a mild case of buck fever, “this is not fishing, but trophy big game hunting!” Thanks to all my clients for your patience and perseverance, both those who succeeded and those who did not. This fishery will test the mettle of the most ardent angler. Therein lies the drug. 





Josenhans Fly Fishing – Susquehanna Flats 2014

13 12 2013

IMG_2243Believe it or not, I am already receiving calls about the 2014 Susquehanna Flats Catch & Release Striped Bass Season. For those of you who have yet to fish the flats with me, I keep my Jones Brothers Cape Fisherman docked at the Havre de Grace City Yacht Basin for several weeks each April. If you have fished the flats, you also know that the fishing can be like Forrest Gump’s proverbial box of chocolates – “you never know what you’re gonna get.” This past spring we experienced a handful of days (five to be exact) of some of the hottest fishing the flats can provide. Rockfish up to 43-inches provided consistent action in water no deeper than six-feet, exciting light-tackle fishing to say the least. Then we had an early spawn and the stripers vacated the flats for over a week, and never really returned in numbers. The remainder of the season was spent working really skinny water, casting to several pods of trophy stripers that ventured back onto the flats post-spawn. This can be exciting fishing, especially during low-light periods when the large rockfish would crash a surface popper. There were several days where we did more fishing than catching, but that chance at a real trophy on light tackle kept people’s interest. That said, you can book your trip today with the assurance that should the rockfish decide to play hard-to-get, I will inform you ahead of time so you can decide for yourself if you wish to roll-the-dice. When making your decision, be mindful of the fact that the fishing can get hot with each new tide. Drop me an email at KJosenhans@aol.com or give me a call at 443-783-3271 if you would like to get in on some shallow water striper fishing.

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Josenhans Fly Fishing – Li’l Jimy

18 08 2013

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Fishing nothing but Li’l Jimy custom bucktails, in mostly 3/8 ounce weights, George and Dave really put on a show. Specks, reds, rockfish, blues, croaker and even a juvenile cobia all succumbed to the tantalizing action of the Li’l Jimy. Checkout the complete line of Li’l Jimy and Li’l Bunker baits at www.specializedbaits.com

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Josenhans Fly Fishing – Speck Catches Ahead of Last Season

3 06 2013

lil_jimy_MPPDespite a constant and relentless breeze, speckled trout catches are ahead of last season’s record pace. It looks to be another fantastic season for this spotted member of the drum family. While I have yet to have any puppy drum come aboard my boat, I have heard of a few starting to be caught in Maryland’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay. We have had the best success casting Bass Assassin 4-inch Sea Shads rigged to a 1/4 or 3/8 ounce Specialized Baits Jig head, something brand new in an already excellent line of speciality lures from creator George Lenard. George’s old standby, the Li’l Jimy, is as effective as ever when trying to coax a fat speck out of the grass or stump-field.

John Nelson shows off a big spring speck

John Nelson shows off a big spring speck

Chris Mitchell with one of nine specks to 24-inches

Chris Mitchell with one of nine specks to 24-inches

Jack McKenna in perfect form with his G. Loomis 8-weight

Jack McKenna in perfect form with his G. Loomis 8-weight

In addition to specks to 24-inches, Jack nailed this fine flounder in skinny water

In addition to specks to 24-inches, Jack nailed this fine flounder in skinny water

Benjy Duke took a break from guiding for trout in Wyoming to fish for the salt water variety

Benjy Duke took a break from guiding for trout in Wyoming to fish for the salt water variety

Reddi Duke, following in her brother's footsteps as a guide, adds a nice speck to the days catch

Reddi Duke, following in her brother’s footsteps as a guide, adds a nice speck to the days catch

Not to be outdone, dad Ben Duke gets in on the action

Not to be outdone, dad Ben Duke gets in on the action

Phil Kerchner hit it right with the high catch of the young season - 35 feisty speckled trout between he and walk on partner Chen Sun

Phil Kerchner hit it right with the high catch of the young season – 35 feisty speckled trout between he and walk on partner Chen Sun

Chen showing off a perfect cast after lessons from Lefty Kreh

Chen showing off a perfect cast after lessons from Lefty Kreh

Rob Leatherbury braved the wind to land this fat speck

Rob Leatherbury braved the wind to land this fat speck

Rob's son Jake with his first fly-caught speckled trout

Rob’s son Jake with his first fly-caught speckled trout

Long time client and good friend Maurice Klein hefts a pretty speck

Long time client and good friend Maurice Klein hefts a pretty speck

While fishing with Maurice, Gene Jones ups the ante

While fishing with Maurice, Gene Jones ups the ante

Gene nets a nice rockfish for Mom

Gene nets a nice rockfish for Mom

Tangier Sound sod banks serve as avenues for specks and stripers

Tangier Sound sod banks serve as avenues for specks and stripers





Josenhans FF ~ Hot August Fishing, News

4 08 2012

What a summer of fishing this has been! Hot weather  and even hotter fishing, especially for speckled trout. Right after my last blog entry, I took a planned two-week mini-vacation for some much need R & R. I had been running full-steam since the beginning of flats season. It was time for a break. In addition, my Yamaha made a trip to the doctor to have her fuel injectors cleaned. Seems they only do this in Florida. After a few extra day’s wait for shipping, I am happy to report the prognosis is excellent; as the 150 HPDI once again purrs like a kitten. Now back to the fishing report…

The last trip before my break Dave Elvin, Mike Nolan, John Scott and his son Troy enjoyed a banner day catching 30 specks ranging from sixteen to twenty-one inches. Thrown in was an assortment of rock, blues and croaker and, needless to say, it was very hard to take time off. It didn’t help matters when my first day back I was greeted with 15-20 Kt winds that roiled the shallows, yielding  but a brace of specks. The next day I traveled to the quaint township of Onancock, Virginia. My clients for the day had rented a private home just on the edge of town, so I agreed to meet them at the town dock. The fifteen-minute run to the bay down Onancock Creek provided a picturesque cruise past a mix of stately old Eastern Shore homes, smaller shore dwellings and miles of unspoiled shoreline. I think I could retire happy living on Onancock Creek. In addition to the beautiful scenery, fishing’s not bad either. Final tally for the day was 23 specks to twenty-two inches, a baker’s dozen of feisty bluefish and a handful of rockfish. Once again, all was right with the world. During the past two weeks, speckled trout catches have been as high as 35 per day, with a handful of days in the 20’s. Flounder catches are still well off last years pace, but the few times we have tried has yielded some nice fish to 24-inches.

Late-Summer and Fall Bookings are running way ahead of last season’s pace, so if you want to enjoy some of this fabulous speckled trout fishing please don’t wait to reserve a date. I have been blessed with many new clients this season and for that I am truly grateful. And to my long-time friends, words alone cannot express my gratitude for your continued support. 

Share a Trip – I occasionally receive requests to find a fishing partner(s) in order to share expenses. This way, you get the full trip at half, or even a third the cost. I will act as your booking agent and make all the arrangements, in advance. If this trip arrangement interests you, please let me know. Enjoy some photos from the past two weeks.

Randy and family began their trip at the Onancock, VA Town Wharf

Julie holding a beautiful spotted trout

Randy’s daughter Kylie loves to fish and her smile shows it

Somers Cove Marina at sunrise – Crisfield, MD

Scott shows-off a puppy drum – I think it’s going to be a fun fall with redfish

A first for my boat. At five-pounds, this Smooth Puffer put up quite a fight..

…not so much when swelled-up!

Troy with his largest speckled trout to date

Mary with an awesome speck

Michael with a nice speck of his own – what a morning this was!!

Troy with one of his six biggest specks to date – all caught on my boat this morning

After 28 specks to 23″ in just four hours, Terry T. and Bobby S. enjoyed the view on the ride home (No, it wasn’t quite that close)

Rodney Sunday with his first fly-caught speckled trout

and, while he’s at it…

..his first fly-caught bluefish! I think he’s hooked!!

Not to be outdone, Rodney’s dad Corey landed this pretty trout

Let’s not forget there are some nice flounder out there!

George Lenard of http://www.specializedbaits.com fame fooled this fat 22-incher with his Blue Crab pattern

Dave Gedra with a nice flatty on a Specialized Baits Li’l Jimy

Redfish like Li’l Jimy’s, too

 

 

 





Speck Fishing as Hot as the Weather!!!

8 07 2012

Bring on the heat!! Even with the sweltering temperatures of late, there has been no let-up in the speckled trout bite! Given decent weather and a break from the wind, on most days we are catching 20 – 30 fat, healthy specks on a variety bucktail jigs, soft plastics and flies. Specialized Baits Li’l Jimy’s, Bass Assassin 4″ Sea Shads, Clouser Deep Minnows and Cactus Stripers are all gobbled-up like cotton candy at a carnival. I have seen stretches of good speck fishing in my 30 years of fishing Tangier Sound, but never have I experienced such a prolonged period in both size and numbers. The specks are averaging 17″ – 21″, and this past Monday, Dennis Dame boated a gorgeous five-pound, 25″ specimen on fly. With a little luck, look for this incredible fishing to continue right through October. On the flip-side, the fantastic flounder fishing that we had last summer has, so far, failed to materialize. That said, I haven’t been putting in a lot of time trying, for obvious reasons.. Bluefish to 20-inches are available if you want a hard-fighting gamefish to put a bend in your light spinning or fly rod and a few stripers are always around. I have less than a handful of dates remaining open in July, and August is fast becoming booked as well. Drop me an email or call if you would like to get in on some hot summer fishing. If a full day sounds a bit too long in this heat, the less-expensive six-hour trip is plenty of time to fish a tide, and we will be off the water before the oven cranks up!  

Walk-on Notice

On the subject of guided trips, I am in need of one or two anglers to share the cost of one or two days fishing with another angler. The date(s) requested are July 26 or 27 and August 20, 21, 22 or 23. This will be a full day, 8-hour trip. Cost will be $150 or $225 per person, subject to total number of anglers. Specks, blues, rock and maybe even some flounder should be available. I look forward to seeing you on the water!!

Troy Scott with a beautiful speck

Sam Dame caught this 23″ beauty on fly

Dennis Dame and his 5-pound, 25″ speck on fly

Laura Wolf is all smiles with a gorgeous speck

Happy Father’s Day to dad Dave Wolf

Chris Wolf gets in on the action, as well

One more for Dad!

Barb Long had the hot hand early

Doug Curtis boated this healthy speck

Ron Long adds a nice rock

Doug with a nice rock of his own

Scott Evander with a big speck

Mike Long shows off a good spotted trout of his own

George Lenard of Specialized Bait fame shows the Li’l Jimy in action

Rob Allen cradles a fat speck

Rob fooled this nice striper on a Stillwater Smack-it!

A colorful speck for Trey Blackiston

Ginni Bowen with her 11 pound rockfish – nice catch Ginni!!

For the catch of the week, Trey pulled in this 32″ cobia! The fish was released.

Justin Matoska with a windy day speck

Justin’s friend Kenny with a speck of his own

Cam added this nice flounder after the wind finally won out





Josenhans FF ~ Specks Still Going Strong!!

14 06 2012

Speckled trout catches show no signs of slowing down! During a recent five-day stretch my clients boated a total of 100 trout!! That’s an average of 20 per day if you don’t have your calculator handy 🙂 While we’re not seeing quite the number of big females that we had several weeks ago, the mostly male specks have been averaging 16″-21,” so no small potatoes there. Every so often a roe-laden female will push the tape to 23-inches. In addition to casting the shallows for specks we have tried jigging-up some flounder with mixed results. Dave Wilmoth, Rob McColligan and Rob’s son Jeremy managed two beautiful flounder of 21″ and 17,” in addition to 18 specks to 22″; along with a 32-inch rockfish caught by Jeremy. On the very next day, Lou Pochettino, his son Dave Pochettino and Dave’s son Alex, along with Lou’s son-in-law Gus McKee and Gus’ son Mac were patient enough to boat four keeper flounder of 18″ to 19-1/2″. Eight pretty speckled trout to 21″ were also brought to the boat. Lou was treated to seeing his two grandson’s out-fish their dad’s. We are hoping for a repeat of the super flounder fishing that we had last summer and it appears that things are right on track. Specialized Baits bucktails and Berkley Gulp! Swimming Mullet did the job on the flatties. I look for continued good fishing for specks and the flounder should get better with each passing day. It looks to be a great summer here on Tangier Sound!

Michael Avara and Steve Malan with a brace of specks

Jim Davis landed this nice speck

Glen Cooper fooled this fat trout on a very windy day

Glen and Jack Cooper with one of a dozen trout caught by 9 a.m.

Tim Riley showing off one of 24 specks boated

Tim even threw in a nice rockfish

Jeremy McColligan and dad Rob shows off Jeremy’s 32-inch striper

Jeremy getting in on the speckled trout action

Dave Wilmoth with a nice speck

Alex Pochettino struck first with a nice flounder

Mac McKee shows off his first speck with Grandad looking on

Dolphin gave Alex and Mac a show as good as Sea World!

Mac and dad Gus with a big flounder





Josenhans FF ~ November Wrap-Up

19 12 2011

And a windy November it was.. The greatest challenge of the past month was not catching fish, but juggling the schedule to accommodate everyone who wanted to fish. A stiff breeze was relentless! I know some of you were moved three times before we were able to hit the water. Thanks everyone for your patience and flexibility. Now on to fishing.

An early November trip brought Tim and Matt King down to Crisfield for some late fall rockfishing. The water was ‘slick cam’ in the morning, with some very nice rockfish caught around the sod banks of Smith Island. Someone flicked the wind switch around eleven o’clock and we hit zero to 25 in the blink of an eye. Made for a fun ride home. “Part of the adventure,” Tim said. Oh, Tim did manage to catch a “Diamond Jim” fish, but when he called the number on the tag he was told the tournament had expired. Sorry Tim.

Matt King with the season's last speckled trout. What a year it was!

Tim with "Diamond Jim"

 

Matt King enjoyed the fight of rock like this beauty while using the feather-light G.Loomis Pro Green series spinning rod

 

Monday, November 7 brought Karl Bernetich and Bernie Kemp together for a walk-on trip. This has been a popular cost-saving program, while at the same time giving fellow anglers a chance to make new friends.  I’ll act as your booking agent and make all the arrangements at no extra cost to you. Since the program’s inception, several clients have made repeat requests to fish with the same angler. 
Karl Bernetich picked a good day to fly fish the creeks of Smith Island
Wednesday, November 9 was a wild day, weatherwise. Dave Fetterman, his son Cory, along with Dave’s brother Kurt met me bright and early at the Somers Cove ramp in Crisfield, only to be greeted by a blanket of fog. While visibility was limited, we could see far enough to avoid a collision, so off we went. It was kind of neat actually, the GPS helped point me to a shoreline location that I wanted to fish, the sod bank would appear out of the haze, and more times than not there were rockfish waiting for our offerings.  It was fun fishing and gave us a sense that we were the only boat on the sound. Later in the morning, as the sun burned-off the fog, we chased surface-feeding rockfish in the bay out near the target ship. A great day on the water with three great friends.

Dave Fetterman was happy with his Smith Island creek striper

   

Kurt and Cory spot working birds through the lifting fog

On Saturday, November 19, it was a treat for me to take Mark Horst and his three boys fishing out of Crisfield. His sons Kent, Shannon and Delvin turned out to be very good with the spinning rods. After a slow, cold morning – and a boat trip that seemed to cover Tangier Sound in its entirety – we found breaking fish right out in front of Crisfield at the infamous “Puppy Hole.” The boys had a blast pulling in rockfish to five pounds. Thanks for hanging tough guys! 

Kent handles this rock like he's done it a thousand times

 

Shannon shows off a nice rock

 

And the big fish of the day goes to young Delvin! Nice catch!!

 

Mark and his sons after a fun trip!

On the day after Thanksgiving, Frank Shipper, along with his two sons Chris and Ford, met me at the docks of Somers Cove Marina for a six-hour trip in search of breaking rockfish. It took a good ride in the cool morning air, but we finally found the stripers just east of Tangier Island. The guys had a fun time jigging soft plastics and Li’l Bunker spoons by Specialized Baits, all-the-while catching rockfish averaging 17″ to 22.” After a couple of hours of steady action Frank says “let’s get lunch.” A hot crab cake platter at Drum Point Market in Tylerton on Smith Island was the perfect ending to a fun morning.

Chris and Ford catching two at a time

On Saturday, November 26, Justin Matoska and friend Kenny Fletcher enjoyed catching schoolie stripers on both fly and spin-tackle. We ran into working birds pretty much everywhere we tried, which was pretty much everywhere.. Kenny managed to master the fly rod and catch his very first saltwater fish of any kind on a fly. Thanks for being a quick study Kenny.

Birds working over acres of rockfish - a common sight in November!

 

Justin trying out the G.Loomis NRX 9-wt. A real gem to cast!

 Jack McKenna was one of my final trips of the year out of Crisfield and he enjoyed a mixed bag of breaking rockfish early, followed by a few shallow water stripers around the banks of Smith Island. Finishing-off the year in the creeks of Smith Island was the perfect way to end a terrific season on Tangier Sound. Now it’s off to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel for a last fling at some big sea-run rockfish. At least that’s the plan…

My Lowrance HDS-7 helps to keep tabs on the rockfish when the birds take a break

 

One final creek rockfish for Jack





Josenhans Fly Fishing ~ Pictorial Essay

29 10 2011

Friday, September 23 – George Lenard (www.specializedbaits.com), Dave Gedra and Rob Allen joined me for a trip on Tangier Sound.

George Lenard found Tangier specks loved the Li'l Jimy

 

Dave Gedra showing-off the specks beautiful spots

 

Speckled trout canines

 

Rob Allen with his over-stuffed speck. Final tally for the day was 20 trout!

 

Dave with a nice rock

Sunday, September 25 – Justin Matoska and Bernie Kemp joined up for one of my cost-sharing trips and we traveled to the Choptank River for some great speck and rock fishing. Great to see the specks that far north again. Final tally for the day was 10 specks from 16″ to 21″, plus numerous rockfish on poppers.

Justin Matoska showing-off a fat Choptank speck

 

Self-explanatory!! Only on the Eastern Shore!