- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 18, 2002

So you're hooked, and you want to set up your own charter trip. Here are some tips.
Use only a licensed charter boat captain. The Maryland Charter Boat Association (www.marylandcharterboats.com/index.htm) or the Calvert County Department of Economic Development (800/331-9771 or www.co.cal.md.us/cced/default.htm) can help you find one. Charters are also available for night fishing and Atlantic Coast fishing (marlin, tuna). You do not need an individual fishing license to charter fish.
Fees generally run $300 to $500, depending on the number of people and whether the party prefers a full day (eight hours) or a half day (four to five hours). Discuss fees and questions with the captain before your trip, and know exactly what is included. Be sure to bring extra cash for the mate's services; 10 to 15 percent is appropriate.
Wear appropriate clothing. Tennis shoes or other sturdy shoes, preferably with light-colored soles, are good. Rain jackets, hats, sunblock and sunglasses are also important. You must bring your own food and drinks. Alcohol is OK, but the captain reserves the right to return to the dock if a passenger gets out of hand.
After a day of fishing, families can cook up their catch while camping at Breezy Point State Park, or take the fish to a restaurant like the Rod 'n' Reel, which will cook the fish and throw in side orders, drinks and a dessert for $8 to $10 a person.
Weekends on Chesapeake Bay can get crowded; schedule your trip for a weekday if possible.
The Maryland Charter Boat Association carries a full list of available charters. Here is a small selection:
Janet M. II, Happy Harbor, Deale, Md. Capt. John MacEwen. 410/867-3273.
Killin' Time Charter Fishing, Breezy Point, Md. Capt. Charles T. Howes Jr. www.chesapeake.net/killin_time or 301/855-3462.
Kyran Lynn, Chesapeake Beach, Md. Capt. Marty Simounet. www.charterfishin.com or 301/855-2099.
Worm Charters, Chesapeake Beach, Md. Capt. Drew Payne. www.wormcharters.com or 240-375-6865.
Laura Boswell

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