With fishing boats, charters, and dolphin- and whale-watching trips departing from dawn until dusk, the captains at Fisherman?s Wharf keep the docks buzzing with activity. This organized schedule of comings and goings can be attributed to the fact that four generations of the same family have been overseeing the fleet and learning the ropes for more than 70 years.
Miss Chesapeake spirits vacationers and die-hard anglers alike from its dock at Breezy Point Marina on chartered fishing expeditions. Captain Luke Thatcher and his crew of hyper-intelligent seagulls provide artificial bait, a fishing license, and allow passengers to bring their own snacks, lunches, and beer. Once everyone's fully kitted out, Captain Thatcher sets out across the bay, as Miss Chesapeake trails fishing lines and cuts watery swathes from Bloody Point to the Choptank River.
After a full day of bamboozling fish, sun-soaked adventurers return to shore with coolers filled with their catch. Fish cleaners stand at the ready on the dock, happy to prep the newly netted seameats or step aside and let passengers to do it themselves.
Bunky's has been sailing the open seas since purchasing his first charter boat in 1978. Naming it after his wife, Kathy, he used that boat to catch oysters that he subsequently sold in their marina shop. Over time, his fleet grew to 3 charter boats and 16 rental boats. With more boats, Captain Bunky's able to share his love of the water with his community and one of the ways he does this is by inviting people to try their hand at captaining a ship for a day. Tourists can also come aboard his 40- to 47-foot vessels to indulge in an afternoon of cruising, crabbing, or fishing for selkies on the Patuxent River or Chesapeake Bay.
For someone who spent his childhood fishing and his teenage years as a first mate, the role of captain seemed like a natural progression for L.J.K.'s Luke Koller. Now that he's steering his own way, Koller uses his expertise of southern Maryland's waters to steer groups to the best fishing spots, where they can reel in rockfish, bluefish, white perch, and trout. On his charter trips, boats are also equipped with multi-gallon fish boxes where they can store their catches or beer to give a particularly thirsty mackerel.
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Captain Brian Mayer has seafaring in his blood. As a boy, he watched his father command vessels around Chesapeake Bay. Now, as a 100 Ton Master Captain at Marauder Charters, he carries on his family's legacy during intimate afternoon and evening cruises. Groups of up to four passengers board a 23' Wellcraft, which sports advanced electronics, tested safety equipment, and a spacious cockpit filled with cushy seating. Once aboard, they set out for Maryland's waterways, traversing rivers, creeks, and waterfronts during three-hour cruises along some of the state's most scenic stretches.
The boat isn't short on creature comforts, guests can grab a shaved ice from the cooler, connect their iPod to the JBL sound system, and kick back while Captain Mayer cuts gently across the water. During evening cruises, the soundtrack of your choosing sets the tone and with boat's underwater light system, passengers can catch a glimpse of action below the surface even when the sun goes down.