Destination: Breezy Point
Head to a new place, and the fishing gets better
It was in the middle of the week and we had our Norfolk spot for live lining caught by 7am. Jumping up on plane, we headed toward the Bay Bridge. It was already too late. The concrete supports where we had had such great luck a day earlier had two skiffs anchored at each, and our third and fourth choices were being eyeballed by a couple of approaching charter boats.
“We’ve got to start getting away from this traffic jam if we want some decent fishing,” I told my fishing buddy. Then I thought of Breezy Point. Trailering my boat just a half-hour farther south would have resulted in having the waters mostly to ourselves, not to mention bigger fish.
Breezy Point Marina (www.breezypointmarina.com) in Calvert County and just 25 miles south of Annapolis is a prime destination for dedicated rockfish anglers with lots of fish and little pressure. I’ve had some memorable days fishing there and am planning for more soon.
Resource Management Note
At the Breezy Point area, the rock arrive earlier in the trophy season than they do higher in the Bay, and they are there longer. The fall run of better fish starts earlier as well. With a little luck, you can tangle with a big one — and by big I mean fish over 40 inches — almost any month of the year.
As they say in the real estate business, the secret is location, location, location. From the Breezy Point Marina ramp, it’s just a quick 15- or 20-minute run to the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant, the home of The Rips and one of the very best areas of the Bay to tangle with trophy-sized striped bass on light tackle.
A few miles farther south by water, you’re at the Gas Docks. The enormous structure itself is off limits, but the area continues to concentrate fine numbers of some of the better rockfish you’ll find in the Chesapeake.
Directly across the Bay from Breezy Point Marina, also a quick 15- or 20-minute run, is the mouth of the Choptank River and the False Channel, structures that are currently holding nice stripers. These locations get a fraction of the fishing pressure of more northern Bay locales this time of year.
Mike Strandquist has been the owner and operator of the Breezy Point Marina for over 26 years and is one of the most customer friendly and knowledgeable people you’ll ever meet. The 225-slip marina with its double-wide launching ramp is an amicable marina for boating sportsmen and women. Right next door is Calvert County’s family-friendly Breezy Point Beach and Campground (www.co.cal.md.us/Facilities.aspx?Page=detail&RID=15 ) with superb facilities for camping, swimming and picnicing.
Not only is the striped bass fishing superior at Breezy Point this time of year. For the pan-fishing fanatic, the Norfolk spot and croaker are also bigger and more numerous. Bluefish, too, frequent the area, with Sharps Island Light currently holding a good quantity of fish in the 18-inch range, a perfect size for the barbeque.
Don’t take my word for it. Try a day at Breezy. You won’t have lots of pleasure boat traffic or other anglers — only a lot of fish.