- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 9, 2005

When charter fishing captain Greg Buckner left the Calvert Marina in Solomons, Md., to fish for striped bass in the Chesapeake Bay on Friday, he was certain he would find enough 18-inch-and-larger keepers for his people. But he didn’t suspect a 551/4-pound rockfish would thunder into one of the trolled parachute bucktails.

“That’s David Whitt of Gaithersburg who’s holding up the big striper. He reeled it in,” captain Buckner said. The fish struck in 100 feet of water, two miles south of the “HI” buoy. The lure is one of Buckner’s custom-made parachutes, a gold-headed model with white hair and a 9-inch-long Sassy Shad fed onto the hook.

“The fish was so large, I could easily fit both of my fists into its open mouth,” Buckner said.

To see more photos and charter fishing information for Buckner, go to MissSusieCharters.com. And remember, all the bay’s charter captains are seeking those big ocean stripers that are visiting the Chesapeake to fatten up for winter.

Gene Mueller

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