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The Chesapeake Bay is an excellent striper fishery, and I am very fortunate to live relatively close to it. For years, my friends and I headed to the Eastern Shore to fish with Brian Councell ( I've fished with Brian many times and each time he has delivered quality fish.

My biggest fish so far with Brian was a 43.5-inch, 40-pound female striper caught during the catch and release season of 2009. I’ve caught at least one other trophy (40-inch) striper and many other stripers in the 36 to 40 inch range, as well as lots of smaller stripers, some bluefish, and some cownose rays. Brian is a tournament winner himself and one of the hardest-working captains with whom I have ever fished. He is without a doubt the man to fish with for Chesapeake Bay striped bass.

Update June 2021: Despite living less than three hours from the ocean, I do not saltwater fish. In fact, the last time was when I finished my 50 state quest in Hawaii in May 2015. But, as a Father's Day 2021 treat to myself, I went shark fishing for the second time in my life. I chose Chasin' Tides out of Ocean City, an outfit that catches trophy sharks regularly, and I was not disappointed. My first shark of the day was a trophy, an 8.5-foot, 250-pound sand tiger shark. He took quite a few runs and continued to go crazy even after the mate had tail-roped him. I managed another, smaller shark before the end of our short morning trip. It was a fun experience and I look forward to going back.

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