Capt Brady

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  1. I fish Neal Cohen's poppers regularly. I met him at the Solomons Show around the end of March and started my clients into throwing them. They are generally similar in appearance to custom wood poppers seen along the Jersey Shore.But, they have a unique design and action. This past Spring his larger custom popper, green over chartreuse, a color and size larger than I would have normally chosen for use in Chesapeake Bay & tribs, was "The" plug for the bigger stripers in the rivers. I only had one of that particular size and color. The clients were taking turns with that one rod, casting long, and provoking huge blow-ups when my other offerings were not producing. Since that introduction to his plugs, I have provided Neal Cohen poppers to my clients for regular summertime guideboat service. I downsized slightly and then target larger fish by popping at sunset and into the darkness at special structure places. On average, this methodology, yields fish up to 50% bigger than the average daytime fish, Right now, we are targeting 30" fish. Capt Brady Bounds
  2. Viper, I am corrected. Straight from the Md DNR website as follows: " Snakehead Please Catch and Keep Northern Snakeheads It is against Maryland, Virginia, and federal laws to possess, import, or transport live northern snakehead. If you catch a snakehead and want to keep it, you must immediately kill the fish by removing its head, gutting it or removing its gill arches. Anglers are encouraged to catch and keep northern snakeheads year round. There is no minimum size or creel limit for snakeheads. DNR asks anglers to report snakeheads caught outside of the Potomac River and its tributaries or upstream of Great Falls. Send catch information to or call 410-260-8300 to help DNR track the range of the species. If you catch a northern snakehead with a blue or red tag, please report the tag number and the location, date and time of day when the fish was caught to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service at 800-448-8322.
  3. Be very careful about wishing snakeheads were to invade waters close to your home. They cause havoc on native species. And for that reason they are declared invasive and in MD must be killed and not returned into the water. Capt Mike Starrett of Indian Head Charters guides anglers for snakeheads on tidal tributaries of the Potomac River. He's experienced, inexpensive, excellent guide, and very accommodating. And most importantly using a guide for an introductory experience is the best way to learn how to catch these peculiar fish on your own.
  4. Well I'm back in the guiding biz. Right now I am running trips from 5pm into the dark of a couple of rivers in and around St Marys County. Fishing Report :Getting a good striper bite at sunset on jerkbaits. I've heard they are doing good above the Bay Bridge but down here seventy miles to the south of that, when we can get the wind right, there's speckled trout, weakfish in Tanger Sound, some reds, cobia any day now on the Middle Grounds, and in certain places where the tide is swifter like around a jetty or shoal right at sunset is really good.Capt Brady Bounds
  5. Posted this on the regional forum today; a great start to the upcoming season, and a great way to come out of retirement... I'm guiding areas where catch & release is permitted. Last trip, yesterday, one angler for six hours with 6'6" spinning rod only, fifty to sixty fish released. Two over 40". Barbs mashed down and gentle return to the water. We try to release fish with as little trama as possible. The big ones never leave the water. Blue crank baits running 4-6 ft down and fast, erratic retrieve. Pictures later after I crop out the background scenery in keeping with our custom of not revealing too much location information. Capt Brady Bounds
  6. I'm guiding areas where catch & release is permitted. Last trip, yesterday, one angler for six hours with 6'6" spinning rod only, fifty to sixty fish released. Two over 40". Barbs mashed down and gentle return to the water. We try to release fish with as little trama as possible. The big ones never leave the water. Blue crank baits running 4-6 ft down and fast, erratic retrieve. Pictures later after I crop out the background scenery in keeping with our custom of not revealing too much location information. Capt Brady Bounds
  7. As a Chesapeake Bay light tackle guide of many years, most of my guiding is from a boat. If a caster was too short to the target i'd just move the boat closer. Before restrictions, before 9/11, we'd stealth in there and work those u/w stones. But now we have areas with boundaries. Buoy to buoy, a boat is not allowed inside that line. And there are some phenomenal structures in there that defy my best cast, so I'm inquiring of this forum; your surf casting knowledge is what i need. It's not practical to manage a twelve foot surf rod, much less two from a 21' open center console guide boat and crank a bomber through there. It's rocky on bottom and the depth varies from 36' to 7'. Bucktails and heavy spoons out past 40yds tend to get get hung on snags or as we call'em Chesapeake Coral. So I'd like a set up that can heave a 7/8s - 1 1/4 oz crank bait fifty yards or far better. I'd like your advice. I'm thinking 8ft - 9ft rod, medium action, fast tip, with a reel about equivalent to an Stratic FJ 5000 with 20# Power Pro and ten ft of 30# mono casting tippet. Maybe even a FJ 4000 Spinning reel please, as it's much easier for my novice clients to operate.
  8. I posted this on the main forum but just in case you missed it....as follows - After an extended absence from SOL, I greet each member with a new outlook and enthusiasm. I am willing to be helpful especially to any inquiry concerning the fishing in the Middle Ches. Bay area from the Bay Bridge to Cape Henry,Va. The area from the Susquehanna Flats to the Bay Bridge I am less experienced there. Everywhere else, and tribs, I've guided for thirty-four years. So not to make my introduction too commercial, just know that I'm very respondsive to SOL members. If you are down my way , close to my home base of Lexington Park, and ya throw a trailer bearing, run out of boat fuel or just can't get bit, give me a call, or a ping. And that's about the best re-introduction of myself that I can do....for now. Capt Brady Bounds
  9. Thanks Tim. So you don't have a Chesapeake Bay forum anymore. That's OK I love your site, and your policy of non-commercialism. And I trust your members are still very much opposed to location information of a bite that is too specific. My kinda place.
  10. I fish Sluggoes from an inshore guide boat in Ches Bay on a variety of offset worm hooks including freshwater styles and I flatten the barb beforehand and superglue guide wrapping thread widely cris-crossed on the portion of the shank where the plastic will be in contact with the metal. At days end, i usually cut the hook point off with linemans pliers and discard the hook. Go through many hooks that way, but no rusting in my box, and my clients are always using new. For weight i wrap a short piece of solid core soldier around the exposed hook bend and just let it slide as it will. Fish this on 9 and 6 inch Sluggoes and 10 and seven inch BKDs.
  11. After an extended absence from SOL, I greet each member with a new outlook and enthusiasm. I am willing to be helpful especially to any inquiry concerning the fishing in the Middle Ches. Bay area from the Bay Bridge to Cape Henry,Va. The area from the Susquehanna Flats to the Bay Bridge I am less experienced there. Everywhere else, and tribs, I've guided for thirty-four years. So not to make my introduction too commercial, just know that I'm very respondsive to SOL members. If you are down my way , close to my home base of Lexington Park, and ya throw a trailer bearing, run out of boat fuel or just can't get bit, give me a call, or a ping. And that's about the best re-introduction of myself that I can do.... Capt Brady Bounds
  12. There is a group of kayak anglers known as , Maryland Kayak Fishing, that will be holding a kayak regatta on April 18th at the Susquehanna State Pk on the Md side above the I95 bridge. Does anybody know anything about this ?
  13. I would be very careful about floating between Locust Pt and Sandy Pt;on the APG side, this because the current runs strongly there and sometimes Sandy Pt area is closed to boats due to onshore explosive testing.
  14. (*Edited - Capt, this is considered advertising and we don't allow it here. If you would like to advertise your business here, please contact advertise@stripersonline.com - thanks. It's nothing personal, but wrapping an advertisement up in a question is still an advertisement. Sort of like "Hey, check out my awesome website - do you like it?" - it's still an advertisement, even though it's wrapped up in a question Thanks - TimS)
  15. (*Edited - Capt, we don't allow commercial use of these forums - if you'd like to advertise your service or business, please contact advertise@stripersonline.com - thanks. TimS)