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Enjoy light tackle Sport Fishing Charters in the Maryland Chesapeake Bay.
Fishing Chesapeake Bay for Trophy Stripers and Light Tackle Sport fishing adventures.


For the best fishing in Maryland!
Come and enjoy the day on the Down Time.

Down Time Fishing Charters Sport fishing Charters in the Maryland Chesapeake Bay
with Capt. Frank J. Tuma
443-949-8030                              Boat) 443-995-8666
Full Time Chesapeake Bay Fishing Guide and
Chesapeake Bay Charter Boat Fishing

Chesapeake Bay Charter Boat Fishing small group Sport fishing Charters, Light house Tours, Bay Cruising.
Easy access from Baltimore, Pennsylvania, Virginia fishing the Chesapeake Bay from Annapolis to Baltimore, Rock Hall, Kent Island and points south.

Light Tackle Summer Striped Bass, Rockfish / Stripers, Bluefish, Hardhead and Perch.
Small Group Sport Fishing Charters
(1 to 6 persons),

Light house Tours,
Family Fishing and Bay Cruising.

Blue Crab Charters available

Click for Annapolis, Maryland Forecast

 

Striped Bass (Rockfish)
 Season Starts April

Pre-Season Charters are Catch & Release Only!

Trophy Striper Season
3rd Saturday of April to May 15
April 17 - May 15th

1 Trophy Striper
per person
 28" or better

Summer Striper Season
May 15th to Dec

2 Stripers
per person
over 18"
Enjoy Sport Fishing Charters on the Maryland Chesapeake Bay with Capt. Frank J. Tuma
Full Time Professional Chesapeake Bay Fishing Guide
 

Light Tackle Striped Bass Fishing

 

 

All Tackle Provided

  • Light Tackle spinning gear for Chumming or bottom fishing

  • Spin casting with Ultra-light available

  • Trolling Medium/Heavy Shimano, Okuma & Penn Trolling Outfits
     

    Come join me for some of the best fishing in Maryland!

    Book Now for Great Chesapeake Bay Fishing!
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I provide top quality fishing gear and tackle on all charters. However, if you have a favorite rod and reel, you may bring it so long as it is in good working condition and freshly spooled with appropriate line.

Down Time Sportfishing Charters
  Maryland Chesapeake BayLight Tackle Charters

Light tackle fishing for Rock or perch  is great family fun. Guaranteed to bring back memories and a fun day on the bay for all.
Down Time Sportfishing Charters
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Down Time Sportfishing Charters

Custom light tackle charters available for shallow water surface plugging and jigging.

Light Tackle chesapeake fishing

Book Now for Great Chesapeake Bay Fishing!
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What to Bring?
Your comfort is most important and we want you to enjoy your day. 
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  Maryland Chesapeake BayAll Fishing Licenses Provided

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  Maryland Chesapeake BayAll Bait & Ice Provided

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  Maryland Chesapeake BayWe have all the  latest safety Equipment onboard!

Sunscreen Down Time Sportfishing Charters
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Jacket 
Think ahead and dress appropriately for the season and weather!
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Soft soled shoes
(no black or dark soles)
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  Maryland Chesapeake Bay Raingear - sometimes  Mother Nature just wants to play with us! Down Time Sportfishing Charters
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Camera 
 just for candid shot
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  Maryland Chesapeake Bay Motion sickness medicine Down Time Sportfishing Charters
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Small Cooler for drinks
 
Bring ice chest for fish to take home, But leave it in the car! We have plenty of room for fish!
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Please No Glass Bottles

 
Alcohol allowed in moderation
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  Maryland Chesapeake BayLife Jackets for anyone under the age of 12 years old. 
I have all USCG required equipment, but please read USCG Regs
And be sure to bring any additional necessities such as personal medications.

Absolutely No Illegal Drugs or Firearms allowed!

 

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  Maryland Chesapeake Bay NO BANANAS - It may be an old wives tale, but it's a fact that Bananas are Bad Luck on a fishing charter boat. History tells us that this tale originated from early years when boats with Bananas in the cargo, ran aground, got lost at sea, or lost many of their crew members to a deadly sickness. Further investigation indicated that the bananas were also prone carry to the deadly tarantula spiders.

Today, I believe that bananas are safe, but just to make sure that we have great day on the bay, let's leave the bananas home.

Thanks

Fish Have Tales!
I
try to schedule my boat in a location that is convenient and where the fish are! 
Fishing Calendar
Species
Jan- March
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Trophy Stripers
 

3rd Sat April - May 15

Trolling , Chumming

   
Summer Stripers
18'+

 Release Only

May 16

Trolling , Light Tackle  Live Lining, Chumming, Jigging

 
Bluefish
 

Trolling, Chumming

   

Seatrout

 

Light Tackle Jigging

Perch
  Light Tackle - bait

Spot

 

Light Tackle - bait

 
Hardhead
 

Light Tackle - bait
(usually late eve or night)

 
Seatrout
   

Light Tackle Jigging

Types of fishing:
Jan - March
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Trolling

    Trolling for Trophy Stripers  

 Live Lining & Chumming

   

 Light Tackle  for Stripers

 

Light Tackle Jigging

   

Light Tackle Jigging or Casting to breaking fish

Bottom Fishing

    Light Tackle Bottom Fishing -bait

Cruise Charters

Cruise & Sightseeing Charters
Legend
Legend
Closed
Best!
OK+

April thru Mid-May
Spring Trophy Season Trolling for Striped Bass

Breezy Pt  - Mid-Chesapeake Bay

During the Early Spring Trophy Striper season, we generally find the large stripers moving into the mid-bay locations from Chesapeake Beach / Breezy Pt to Cove Pt & Solomon's areas. 


 

This is usually heavy tackle trolling for Trophy Stripers generally over 30"s.

Theses Stripers are usually very large and fresh from the ocean, moving into the Bay to spawn. 

 



During this time I fish out of Breezy Pt.
Only 15 minutes from the dock to some of the top Trophy Striper fishing in the bay!

Book Now for Great Chesapeake Bay Fishing!



During the Spring Trophy Striped Bass Season, I fish the mid-bay areas - Fishing out of Breezy Pt.
Only 15 minutes to some of the top trophy Striped Bass fishing in the Chesapeake bay!

 


Early Pre-Season (April) Catch and Release only for Stripers  on the Bay


Summer and Fall
Chesapeake Bay Fishing
May 15th - December
Annapolis - Upper/Mid- Chesapeake Bay

Light Tackle Fishing for
Summer
Striped Bass, Rockfish, Bluefish, Hardhead and Perch.

Fishing onboard the Down Time

Down Time Fishing ChartersFrom Mid-May thru the summer,  I fish out of the Magothy River, just north of the Bay Bridge and South in the Annapolis areas

The Annapolis location gives us easy access to fishing areas from Bay Bridge/Annapolis to the Upper Bay/ Rock Hall, Chester River to Baltimore Harbor. Including the Eastern Shore along  Kent Island and the upper Bay areas.

All Tackle Bait & Licenses Provided

  • Light Tackle spinning gear for Chumming or bottom fishing

  • Spin casting with Ultra-light available

  • Trolling Medium/Heavy Shimano, Okuma & Penn Trolling Outfits

Mid May thru the summer, fishing the upper and middle bay areas near the  Chesapeake Bay Bridge.
Down Time Fishing Charters

This location gives us easy access to fishing from Annapolis to the Upper Bay/ Rock Hall, Chester River to Baltimore Harbor. Including Annapolis & Kent Island / Poplar Island areas.


Light tackle Chumming

 

Down Time Fishing Charters
Great for light tackle trolling or with Spin Tackle: Jigging, Live-lining or chumming.

I provide top quality fishing gear and tackle on all charters. However, if you have a favorite rod and reel, you may bring it so long as it is in good working condition and freshly spooled with appropriate line.

Guaranteed to bring back some great family memories.

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"Perch Jerkin'
More

 

I am fishing almost every day, and set the trip based on best technique to match the catch.

We fish for Stripers, White Perch, Trout, Spot, Blues and more.

Fall Fishing is generally for Rockfish in the 20" to 32" size


Mixed Bag of Striped Bass, Blues, Trout, Perch

Down Time Fishing Charters - mixed bag

Light Tackle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Guide


Custom light tackle charters available for Flyfishing,  surface plugging and jigging.

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Plugging for Rock with Top Water Baits


Fly-fishing on Breaking Blues

 

Light Tackle Fishing for Perch, Rock or Bluefish is great family fun.


Guaranteed to bring back memories and a fun day on the bay for all.

 

Fishing Calendar
Species
Jan- March
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Trophy Stripers
(See Current Regs)
 

Trophy Season Trolling

Trolling , Chumming

   
Summer Stripers

Release
Only

after Mid-May

Trolling , Light Tackle
Chumming, Jigging, Live Lining

 
Bluefish
 

Trolling, Chumming

   

Seatrout

 

Light Tackle Jigging / Live Lining

Perch
  Light Tackle - bait

Spot

 

Light Tackle - bait

 
Hardhead
 

Light Tackle - bait
(usually late eve or night)

 
Seatrout
   

Light Tackle Jigging

Types of fishing:
Jan - March
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Trolling

   Start Trolling for Trophy Stripers  

 Chumming

   

 Light Tackle Chumming for Stripers

 

Light Tackle Jigging

Catch & Release Only

 

Light Tackle Jigging or Casting to breaking Stripers, Blues, Trout

Bottom Fishing

    Light Tackle Bottom Fishing - Perch, Rock, Spot

Cruise Charters

Cruise & Sightseeing Charters
 
Legend
Legend
Closed
Best!
OK+

N/A

Sport fishing Charters and Cruises on the Upper Chesapeake Bay from Annapolis to Baltimore
Spring Trophy Striper Season Starts in April!

Sport fishing Charters and Cruises on the Upper Chesapeake Bay from Annapolis to Baltimore

Sport fishing Charters and Cruises on the Upper Chesapeake Bay from Annapolis to Baltimore

Easy access from Baltimore, D.C.,  Pennsylvania, Virginia. 
Fishing the Chesapeake Bay areas from Annapolis to Baltimore, Rock Hall, Kent Island and Mid-Bay areas. 
For the best fishing in Maryland! Come and enjoy the day on the Down Time with Capt Frank Tuma.
Gift Certificates Available for that Special Family or Business Occasion.

Book Now for Great Chesapeake Bay Fishing!
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Enjoy light tackle fishing for Rock or Perch to Heavy Trolling for that Trophy Striper with Capt Frank Tuma
Family Cruising, Fishing and Touring the Chesapeake Bay

 

All charters are scheduled around you!  
It's your boat for the day.
443-949-8030 Boat) 443-995-8666

 

   

cownose rayCownose Ray
The cownose ray grows about 3 feet wide and is armed with a venomous tail spine. It feeds along the inshore shelves and shallow bays of the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico, hunting hardshelled mollusks.
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toadfishOyster Toadfish
The oyster toadfish is not just a noisy swimmer, but holds the distinction of having been to space. Members of the species — Opsanus tau — traveled to the space station for tests. Known for the male's "foghorn" vocalizations, the oyster toadfish lives in the shallows of the Atlantic, from Maine to the West Indies.
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croakerAtlantic Croaker
The Atlantic croaker is a common fish on the East Coast of the United States, often feeding at the shoreline and migrating to the Gulf of Mexico. Averaging less than a foot long, croakers can be caught by those fishing from land into the Atlantic Ocean surf.
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CHESAPEAKE BAY Records

Species
Weight
Angler
Date
Catch Location
Black Drum
103 lbs., 8 oz
Robert Messik Jr.
09/23/73
Buoy #16
Bluefish 22 lbs. John Davidson 10/18/79 Off Queen Anne Marina
Ronald Raffo 05/31/86 Hackett's Point
Thomas R. Talbott 05/08/91 Chesapeake Beach
Carp
44 lbs., 6 oz
Jimmy Lake
04/28/78
Morgantown Beach
Catfish, Channel 29 lbs., 10 oz Kevin Kern 04/26/97 Mattawoman Creek
Chain Pickerel 6lbs., 8 oz James Grant 05/19/65 Susquehanna River
Cobia 97 lbs., 12 oz John Scheifele 09/12/69 Middle Grounds
Crappie 2 lbs., 10 oz Lawrence Rush 04/04/02 Swann Creek
Croaker 6 lbs., 3 oz Rome Tull 07/09/80 Puppy Hole
Flounder 15 lbs. Kenneth Grimes 10/14/78 Buoy #50
Gar       No Current Record. Benchmark for establishing this record is 25 pounds.
Hickory Shad* 4 lbs. John Schaeffer Jr. 07/23/71 Susquehanna River
Largemouth Bass 9 lbs., 1 oz J.D. Noell 09/13/75 Pocomoke River
Norfolk Spot 2 lbs. Parlett Moore 09/05/78 Tangier Sound
Red Drum* 74 lbs., 6 oz Earnest Hutchinson 05/15/77 Tangier Sound
Rock Bass 1 lb Timothy A. Adams 05/04/97 Susquehanna River
Sheepshead 13 lbs.
6 lbs., 5.92 oz
Margaret L. Taylor
Tom Horan
06/11/06
09/25/99
Tangier Sound
Middle Grounds
Smallmouth Bass 6 lbs. Charles Janes 07/23/71 Susquehanna River
Spanish Mackerel 10.99 lbs. George Hemelt 10/02/02 Buoy 83
Spotted Seatrout 16 lbs., 6 oz John Phillips 05/15/77 Roaring Point
Striped Bass 67 lbs., 8 oz Devin Nolan 05/13/95 Bloody Point
Weakfish 16 lbs., 8 oz Wayne Lappe 05/08/79 Nanticoke River
White Perch 2 lbs., 10 oz Sid Stollings 05/18/79 Dundee Creek
White (American) Shad* 8 lbs., 2 oz Vance Carter 05/03/75 Wicomico River
Yellow Perch 2 lbs., 3 oz Niles Pethel 11/21/79 Marsh Creek
** Bold indicates what the Down Time usually fishes for and trying to beat!

*Indicates species is no longer eligible for State record consideration.

 

 

 

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