Mothership and Kayak Ferry Service
I am intiating a service for kayakers that you might be aware of from the Maryland Kayak Fishing site. It is using my guideboat to transport kayaks into areas of Ches Bay that they cannot get to easily because of distance, lack of access or safety concerns. Basically, there is no waters that I cannot go, or get very close to and I could be taking kayaks, gear and anglers with me. Many of these places have no fishing pressure, you may not see another boat all day, except the guide-boat, standing off, ready to assist you if needed. I have been a fishing guide for 29years and I can put you onto fish quickly and reliably.
There are two types of services that I will provide: mothership and ferry.
Ferry Service : We rendezvous at a boat ramp or per-arranged location. I can have the guide-boat on a trailer or already in the water as in meeting at a dock or landing site,beach,etc. We load the yaks, anglers and gear into the guide-boat, and they are transported to a distant site and dropped off. At a time later in that same day, or another day if that is desirable, the guide-boat returns, to the same site (or another) and recovers the yaks,anglers and gear, and then transports them to their initial rendezvous point. There is a deposit required to book the service and the balance is due at the final drop-off point. The costs of this kind of service is going to be based upon the total round-trip mileage of the guide-boat. I'm starting off with a price of $1.25/statue mile per kayak. The guide-boat will carry up to three yaks and up to four passengers, and gear. I think a minimum of two kayaks is preferred, if only one I will have to adjust the price. Cash or check only, by reservation.
Mothership Service: The yaks, and gear are loaded onto the guide-boat in the parking lot of a selected boat ramp area. The guide-boat is launched and the anglers board, sitting in designated places to balance the load. The guide-boat then travels to certain fishing locations where the Capt assists the yaks to launch, load gear, and depart to fish. The mother ship stays in the immediate vicinity of the "ducklings" while they fish and services them as needed, including directing them into more productive places and reloading them as needed to move to other areas. When the angling is done and return trip must be, the mother ship loads yaks,gear,and anglers back into the guide-boat and returns to the home ramp. The guide-boat(with the yaks still on-board) is recovered on a boat trailer and driven to where the anglers cars are parked, where the yaks and gear are unloaded.
There is a deposit of $100 required to book the service and the balance is due at the final drop-off point. The costs of this kind of service is going to be based upon a flat daily rate. I'm starting off with a price of $375. The guide-boat will carry up to three yaks and up to four passengers,and gear. Cash or check only, by reservation.
The prices quoted here are promotional prices and are based upon boat fuel not getting too much over $4/gal. I can operate out of any boat ramp but mostly the Southern Maryland area/ Solomons Md. I am keenly familiar with Susquehanna Flats, the Ches Bay from the mouth of the Choptank down to Tangier Island ,Fishing Bay, western side of Tangier Sound, Potomac, Patuxent Rivers, and in Va the Mattaponi, Pamunkey, Rappahannock, and James Rivers from their fall lines down.I'm willing to learn new areas.
I am taking reservations now.
Capt Brady Bounds
A really intriguing idea because I do not have a boat trailer for my 19' runabout (docked in Easton, MD) and don't venture much outside of the Choptank, and am not all that familiar with good kayak fishing locations. In fact, I have never been on many of the water bodies or rivers you mention. I don't have any specific trips in mind at the moment, but do know that I would like to do some early season yellow perch and rock fishing. Perhaps part of your marketing could be putting together single kayakers into a group, using this BB or an e-mail list to notify folks of potential openings. I would very much like to get my fat ass in the kayak more this season!
Yellow Perch are right now or last week. You might have missed it in Southern Maryland . Usually by the time it gets on the fishing forums, it's over.
There are some striper opportunities at the Calvert Cliffs Nuke Plant. You need a SW wind. The fish are usually glued to the bottom in and around the warmwater discharge.
Availability to Mothership/Ferry
OK, before it gets too crazy, here is my general schedule of fishing and where I intend to be taking folks.
Now to late March, Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant out of Solomons Md,......
Late March thru May 3rd Susquehanna Flats out of Anchor Marine Northeast Md, .......
May-Oct Middle Ches Bay, including mid-bay islands , Pax & Potomac Rivers out of Solomons ,etc,.....
After Oct we are chasing fish and birds down the Bay out of Buzz's Marina St Jeromes Ck.......
, possibly CBBT into Dec.
My travels are not limited to this schedule, just my overall game plan.
Conducted sea trials this past Monday, transporting "ictalurus" out to nearby the CCNPP, and launched him from shallow water. We had departed Solomons Boat Ramp earlier 12.8 miles away and had him fishing on site in 45 minutes.. The launching, recovery and kayak cradles all worked , exactly as planned and it was a great day to be out. We discovered that it was much easier to get into and out of the yak and the guideboat than I had thought, even in deep water.
Took some Pictures which will eventually get posted here.
Of course the stripers did not cooperate, mostly because they were not there in abundance. Saw Bill catch a few. I caught a 24" while watching.
BTW, Bill staying on the edges and in the seams of the outflow without any appearance of concern. As it was a diminished outflow, because the Plant is down for maintenance, it is particularly favorable for small craft until around April 5th, when the discharge is returned to full operation.
Stayed to our schedule, returned to Ramp at 12n , where the kayak was left on the guideboat as it was trailered to Bill's truck, where it was easily moved to Bill's preferred carrying position in his truck.
Great, thanks for offering this.
Pics from Monday
Everything about the trip was surprisingly easy. The yak racks on the boat are really secure, and my yak didn't move even when we hit some chop and boat wakes. The racks are nicely cushioned, so hitting the chop wasn't any different than driving down a gravel road at 20mph. There was no oil canning or scratching of my hull.
When we got to the area, we went into a shallow beach area to offload the yak. I got into my yak from the water rather than risk taking a header off the boat. However, I climbed back into the boat from my yak at the end of the day when it didn't matter if I got wet. If you're worried about that part of the process, you can perfect your technique at a floating dock or any other surface that's about 18" above the water. I'd be willing to try a deeper water entry on a warm day without any hesitation if there wasn't too much chop.
I loaded my yak before putting it in the water. In hindsight, it would probably be easier to put the yak in the water first because having my crate on the back made things a little more awkward even though I was traveling light.
Preparing to launch:
Launching, step 1:
Launching, step 2:
Launching, step 3:
Launching step 4:
Ready to go:
It looks like I'm contributing to the launching process, but I was really getting in the way more than anything. I thought the yak would roll around more on the gunwale, but it really didn't. However, I think I would still load the crate after the yak was in the water.
Fishing the discharge was a piece of cake, at least at this flow level with calm winds. In fact, I've been more worried fishing the inlet at St. Jerome's Creek in the past. Since yaks are relatively short compared to most boats that fish the discharge, it was easy to get my yak to stay put in an eddy (at least at this flow level). In fact, that was kind of a problem because I wanted to drift down the discharge. Actually, fishing the discharge like I would from a boat wasn't very productive, so I had to think like a kayaker rather than like a boater. I worked my way up the discharge rather than drifting down it. It was fairly easy to hold my position by adjusting the rudder and occasionally pedaling. Most of the time, just using the rudder was all that was needed to my position. I caught both my fish (one striper in the 16-18" range and another smaller one) by casting up the discharge and bouncing the jig back to me. This was the easiest way to maintain contact with the jig. I missed about half a dozen other strikes, most of which occurred as I tried to drift down the discharge. I would approach it in the same way Shawn Kimbro describes jigging the pilings at the Bay Bridge. However, Shawn Kimbro discussed a technique for bouncing a jig back down the discharge that might be productive while parked in an eddy. Unfortunately, I didn't know to try that at the time.
Now for some shots of the discharge at reduced flow.
Approaching the discharge:
Really smooth water (Walleye Pete's boat in the background):
Fishing the discharge:
Later in the morning, the breeze picked up a bit, and some chop developed on the windward side of the discharge. This water was pretty confused, and it was difficult to maintain the angle and orientation I wanted. The water was much flatter on the downwind side of the discharge. I saw lots of marks along the seam of the confused water, so that would likely be a good area to cast to.
When the flow goes back to normal, I think it will still be fishable from a kayak as long as the wind had a westerly component. Fishing close to the discharge might not be easy or time well-spent, but there were plenty of eddies farther back from the discharge to park in. I would also fish the downwind/downcurrent side of the discharge to stay in the smoothest water.
Anyway, thanks to Capt. Bounds for taking me on the trial run cruise. Thanks to George of Specialized Baits, as well, for taking the photos and sending them to me. Not only does he make sweet lures, but he takes nice photos, too.
View of the rig from the dock:
There was plenty of room in the boat for my kayak, all my paraphernalia, George, George's stuff (a few rods and a tackle bag), a cooler/seat, and Capt. Brady. There would easily be enough room for two more yaks, another person, and two more crates. The boat ride is smooth, the engine is surprisingly quiet, and the boat can get into really shallow water. It's a pretty cool set up. I'm looking forward to hitting the Eastern Shore with my father later in the summer.
Anadromous fish come and go, but catfish stay forever.
Yellow Hobie Revolution
Yellow Tarpon 120
Slick, Capt. Brady.. Good thinkin
Looks like an awesome trip. I have heard of people who wanted to get dropped off at poplar island since they could fish inside the breakers where boats dont normally go.