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Chesapeake Bay Fishing

Capt. Tyler Nonn
1604 Appleton Rd
Elkton, MD 21921

Phone: 443-553-0277


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Chesapeake Bay

April- Early May
Migratory Striped Bass and American Shad
Launching from: North East, MD
During the spring months Tidewater Charters can be found on the Upper Bay and Mid Chesapeake Bay! Fly fishing and Light tackle anglers can chase giant striped bass in only a few feet of water. These fish climb out of their deep winter holding areas and give us a great opportunity to hook up with a truly massive fish. Anglers can throw giant streamers on 10 to 12wt fly rods or large soft baits, poppers, and crankbaits on spinning and baitcasting equipment. Both Fly fishing and light tackle produce trophy fish. Tidewater Charters practices catch-and-release of these giants year round. If Chesapeake Bay Fly fishing and Light Tackle fishing interests you now is your time!
Where to stay:
Holiday Inn Express
(410) 287-0008

Comfort Inn & Suits
(410) 287-7100


Fly Fishing for Shad

Very popular among fly anglers the American and Hickory Shad are a sure sign that spring is coming and hot action for fly rodders in the Chesapeake Bay watershed! Flies or jigs fishing these prolific guys is a riot! Great fun for the experienced anglers looking to have some fun or bring the kids. You’ll be sure they loose attention here! Action, action, action and great fighters! Give me a call is you want to see some great shad fishing!

VA Sight Fishing for Migratory Striped Bass
If you’ve been searching for the opportunity to sight fish to giant striped bass in skinny water. Here’s your chance! To protect the fishery I am not going to put any more details on my website. This is two week window in May so don’t wait to give me a call about this 443-553-0277!

May – Oct
Light tackle and Fly fishing for Resident Striped Bass
After almost a decade of guiding and chartering in Alaska it was time for a change of scenery! Come fish the most remote waters you can find in Maryland. Come fish the lower Chesapeake Bay with Tidewater Charters and see what been hiding in your backyard. Using slightly different techniques than most we put high numbers of 18″ to 26″ and  sometimes as big as 32″ fish in the boat daily! Top water, fly fishing, jigging or any combination can make for a fun and exciting day. This is one of my favorite times of the year!

Where to stay:
Holiday Inn Express
Cambridge, Md
(410) 221-9900


Summer Destination Trips
VA Cobia Trips
Conditions are very sensitive but when the stars come together VA is home to some of the best cobia fishing on the Planet! Sight fish to giant cobia, fish over 50lbs are almost a daily occurrence! Call for details.



Striped bass Trips

Full Day : $550
Half Day: $400

*Rates based on 2 anglers. For each additional angler a $50 fee is added up to four anglers maximum.

Shad Fishing Jet boat Trips

Full Day : $400
Half Day: $325

*two angler maximum (only exception is kids)

Florida Keys Trips

Inshore : $650
Half Day: $450

Offshore: $750

*Rates based on 2 anglers. For each additional angler a $50 fee is added up to four anglers maximum.

Typical full day charters are 7 to 8 hours of fishing and half day charters are 4 hours.
What you need to bring:

  • Rain gear
  • Camera
  • Lunch, any beverage besides water

What we supply:

  • All top notch fly and spinning rods
  • Flies, lures, and/or bait
  • water

Florida Keys

Jan- March
Sailfish, tuna, tarpon, grouper, sharks, cudas, kingfish and more..

Launching from: Big Pine Key, FL
Here we come Florida Keys! Sailfish, tuna, tarpon and more! Tidewater heads south with boat in tow, our winter operations based out of Big Pine Key which is about 25 miles from Key West, FL. Sailfish typically arrive in Mid January and stay through March in fishable numbers. Tidewater Charters uses the same 23′ custom Jones Brother’s center console boat that we target striped bass with in MD. So, weather does play a part in our offshore fishing ability but when the winter winds blow us out of the offshore grounds we are still able to fish a variety of environments for several different hard fighting species. Along with our inshore and offshore fishing program we love to catch aggressive juvenile tarpon are night in the Big Pine area. There are lots of pinch points and feed areas where the juvenile tarpon, up to 60lbs, congregate to feed at night on out going tides. It’s a ton of fun and many anglers have the opportunity to hook multiple tarpon in a night.




Chesapeake Bay Fly Fishing and Light Tackle Fishing

Chesapeake Bay Fly fishing


Tidewater Charters specializes in Chesapeake Bay Fly Fishing and Chesapeake Bay Light Tackle fishing for striped bass in the Chesapeake Bay! From beginners to the most advanced anglers Tidewater Charters is the number one choice for a great time and experience while chasing the east coast’s favorite inshore game fish!
Our philosophy is move with the fish. Starting the season out on the Upper Chesapeake Bay Fly Fishing and Chesapeake Bay Light Tackle fishing for striped bass and ending the season in Lower Chesapeake Bay Fly Fishing and Chesapeake Bay Light Tackle fishing for migratory winter striped bass. The Chesapeake Bay is home to the largest group of migratory striped bass in the world and for anglers that translates to some great fishing in your own backyard! Resident fish thrive here until they reach size and age, and join their bigger ocean run family. Tidewater Charters takes pride in using the best equipment available and is glad to be apart of the Hogy Soft Bait Pro Staff! If Chesapeake Bay Light tackle and fly fishing is what you are looking for you have come to the right place!


Chesapeake Bay Fly fising Chesapeake Bay Light Tackle striped bass

Looking for something different?! Try one of Tidewater Charters’ destination trips! Try the Florida Keys! Tarpon, tuna, sailfish and grouper are just a few of the species that we target down south!