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. 

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Tangier Slam Rulers In Stock

14 03 2016

“Tangier Slam” Release Rulers now IN STOCK. Decals and flexible PVC available exclusively through Josenhans Fly Fishing. $15.99 + $3.50 shipping (tax incl). Contact Kevin Josenhans at kjosenhans@aol.com or 443-783-3271. #releaserulerCheck this link to Tangier Slam

  





3rd Annual Huk Performance Fishing Red Trout Tournament

12 01 2015

This is going to be a great event! Fantastic tournament venue, food and fun! Mark your calendar today!

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CCA Maryland Announces Huk as Title Sponsor for 3rd Annual Red Trout Tournament

5 01 2015

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/b56/18615203/files/2015/01/img_4511.png The Coastal Conservation Association of Maryland announced today an agreement whereby Huk Performance Fishing Gear (www.hukgear.com)
has become the TITLE SPONSOR of the 2015 Red Trout catch, photo & release fishing tournament on September 18-20th, 2015. I have fished this tournament since it’s inaugural season and I have to tell you it’s a blast. Headquartered in Crisfield, MD we get to fish some of the best speckled trout and redfish waters on the Chesapeake Bay. Click on the links below for additional info.

3rd Annual Huk Red Trout Tournament

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30 08 2014

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“Trout” Heating Up

14 06 2014

We’ve all been waiting for the speck fishing to heat up and with the recent spell of hot weather there is the anticipation of some North Carolina trout heading our way. Yesterday, while prospecting for a few of the spotted variety we happened across one of his cousin’s, the weakfish ; a.k.a. gray trout, grey trout, yellowfin, tiderunner, squeteague, or simply sea trout (This fish has more aliases than a bad rapper). Anyway, the six pound ‘weakie’ (had to throw that in there, sorry) was a pleasant surprise. Oh, and we did manage to land four ‘specks’ of 18 to 20 inches, so things are looking good for a summer run. Remember, all speckled trout caught in Virginia waters must be released until August 1st. Specks caught in Maryland’s portion of the bay may be kept, but the creel is now 4 per day.

Paul Anderson shows off his 27-inch ‘weakfish’

Chen Sun boated this fine redfish on a Berkley Gulp! Swimming Mullet

Chen Sun boated this fine redfish on a Berkley Gulp! Swimming Mullet





Josenhans FF – Summer Highlights

28 09 2013

Summer is fast leaving us as nighttime temperatures dip to the mid-forties, cooling the sound’s shallows and triggering a feeding instinct in the bay’s migratory fish species. Speckled trout are as fat as I have seen them this year, bloated with silversides, juvenile spot and baby bunker. Redfish are schooling into tightly packed schools and moving towards deeper water in preparation for their long migration south to the Carolina’s. While it can be tough some days keeping up with the constant movements of both species as they prepare for their trek south, it’s that challenge or ‘hunt’ that actually makes fishing fun. (Though I’m sure there are days when my clients would say otherwise) Enjoy some summer highlights..

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Josenhans Fly Fishing – Specks and Reds

29 08 2013

Speck catches have slowed a bit of late but the size has been exceptional. We boated a 27-inch beauty yesterday that tail-walked right by the boat. What a sight! Throw in a mix of schoolie rockfish, reds, bluefish and flounder and we are catching plenty to keep anglers happy.

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Josenhans Fly Fishing – Li’l Jimy

18 08 2013

20130818-151257.jpg The Li’l Jimy bucktail jig is still going strong. Li’l Jimy creator George Lenard and friend Dave Gedra hammered home this point on a recent outing to Tangier Sound aboard my Jones Brothers Cape Fisherman.
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 – July Newsletter

12 07 2013

The month of June has seen a stretch of windy weather unlike anything I have experienced since, well, May? In point of fact, the first half of 2013 has been the windiest six-month stretch of my 20-year guiding career. I am really glad I have my trusty Jones Brothers underfoot to soften the ride.

20130712-123626.jpg Regardless, we are experiencing yet another outstanding season with speckled trout. As anticipated, numbers are down slightly from 2012 but the average size is greater. To date, we have had many more specks of 23-inches and larger, with several in the 27-inch range. I look for a super fall with some really big fish!!

Redfish, or puppy drum as they are known hereabouts, are slowly increasing in numbers. These hard-fighting bulldogs have grown as well. Most that we have caught have been in the 19 to 22-inch size range. I can honestly say they’ll make you forget all about speckled trout. There’s no quit in a red.

20130712-125749.jpg Stripers and bluefish round out the usual daily catch, with even a few weakfish (grey trout) in the mix. Flounder have yet to make a showing, but then the breezy conditions have not really been conducive to good flounder fishing. Take a visual stroll through some of this past month’s action.

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20130712-133200.jpg Mark Nichols enjoyed another great day

20130712-133312.jpg Phil Bangert hefts a 27-inch speck

20130712-133704.jpg Jack McKenna had fun with the long stick

20130712-133849.jpg Jack’s trout were caught on his son Kevin’s hand-tied pink Cactus Striper

20130712-134211.jpg Burt Anderson’s custom-tied flies are works of art

20130712-134749.jpg ..and put to the test..

20130712-134904.jpg ..this bluefish proves they’re not just pretty to look at

20130712-135205.jpg John McMinn fooled this colorful speck on a fly

20130712-135752.jpg Kevin Gladhill enjoyed an outstanding day with big specks

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20130712-193913.jpg Spencer Schenking with one of several weakfish caught this day

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20130712-194619.jpg This good-sized croaker fell to Spence’s Clouser Minnow

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20130712-195101.jpg Susan Kemp had the hot hand early with big specks

20130712-195242.jpg Susan’s 9 year old grandson Nick McIver was top dog for the day with his 24.5″ rockfish

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20130712-200719.jpg Steve had lots to smile about as he and Bo landed over 30 trout for the day

20130712-201159.jpg Howard Stinefelt braved windy conditions to land this fat speck