There are many great ways for families to spend the day on the water during the hot Maryland summer.
When you have streams, rivers, lakes and the Chesapeake Bay at your disposal, the opportunities are endless. Over the next two weeks we will feature four ways to spend the day on the water with the family — fishing, tubing, paddling and sailing.
Today’s post features fishing.
Where to get hooked on Fishing
Updated June 2017. Call ahead before heading out as prices may vary.
Teach your kids the rewards of the rod and reel with an afternoon spent fishing the waters of the Chesapeake.
“Fishing is old-fashioned fun and kids can learn it from an early age,” says Captain Dale Weems, of Fish Solomons.
Here are some spots where your family can captain a vessel or take an excursion with the pros.
Tilghman Island Marina
Catch your share of rockfish and white perch in the waters near Tilghman Island. At the marina, families can rent 19- to 21-foot fishing boats and classic pontoon boats for a full or half day. Fishing gear is available at the marina at half-price for boat renters. Need a captain for your ship? Tilghman Marina also offers charter-fishing excursions.
Power boat rentals: $300 and up
6140 Mariners Court, Tilghman Island
Solomons Charter Captains Association
Choose your captain and your boat from the Solomons Charter Captains Association. Cast your reel in the waters of the Patuxent River and Chesapeake Bay and you may pull in a 28- to 50-inch rockfish. Captain Dale Weems will set you up with a boat and captain perfectly suited for your family.
Charter fishing excursion: starting at $525 for five hours, including six anglers
Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis
Catch some rockfish hiding under the Bay Bridge when you head out on a boat from Sandy Point State Park. The park’s marina has a fleet of smaller 15-foot fishing boats for rental. Reel in some yellow perch from the bow of your boat, or head out on the park’s fishing jetty.
Prices vary, call marina in advance.
Sandy Point State Park
1100 East College Parkway, Annapolis
By Katie Riley
Photos courtesy of Capt. Dale Weems Fish Solomons