Penny Sue Charters

Penny Sue Charters invites you out for an unforgettable day of fishing the Chesapeake Bay. With over 25 years of experience, you can count on Captain Michael Smolek to get the job done. Bring your family, friends, or coworkers on a fun fishing outing and see just what is it that makes this fishery so popular.

You’ll be fishing from a 40’ Robbins boat that runs on a 375 HP Caterpillar engine. This fishing machine has plenty of room for you and 9 other anglers to be casting off in comfort throughout the day. It has all the necessary navigation and safety gear on board, along with a private head that really comes in handy on longer trips.

As for the fishing itself, you’re in for a real treat. Your main target on these trips will be Striped Bass (known locally as Rockfish). Other than that, these waters are also home to White Perch, Bluefish, Catfish, and more. Bait is caught during the trip, and the crew will clean and fillet your catch afterward.

Rods, reels, and terminal tackle come included in the price of the trip, along with the required fishing licenses. All you need to bring are a pair of polarized sunglasses and any drinks or snacks you’d like to have on your day out. Come on down and let Penny Sue Charters take you on an angling adventure to remember!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $750
    price breakdown
    $750
    If you're looking to experience everything the Chesapeake Bay has to offer a prospective angler, this trip is for you. While your main targets for the day will be Rockfish, you'll also see some Perch, Bluefish and more.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $600
    price breakdown
    $600
    This trip will give you plenty of time to enjoy the awesome fishing found in the Chesapeake Bay. area. You'll mostly be fishing for Rockfish (Striped Bass), but you're also likely to encounter some Perch, Bluefish, and others.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $600
    price breakdown
    $600
    This trip will have you fishing in the mid-bay area from Chesapeake Beach to above the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. You'll be able to target Rockfish, but also some other species like Bluefish, Perch, and more.
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About the Captain

Michael Smolek
Edgewater, Maryland, United States
Angler's Choice
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23 Customer Reviews
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Member since June 2019
Captain Michael Smolek has been running charters for over 20 years now and has a total of 35 years of fishing experience in the Chesapeake area. He loves taking people fishing, especially those who don't have the opportunity to get on a boat every day. There's nothing he enjoys more than people's excitement when they catch fish, even more so if it's their first time fishing.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Bass (Striped) Bass (Striped)
Bluefish Bluefish
Catfish Catfish
Perch (White) Perch (White)

Boat Specs

Robbins (Pilothouse) originally built in 1983. Powered by a 375HP Caterpillar engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 16 knots.

Length
40 ft
Capacity
10 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Jigging

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
Fishing License

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Cash
Visa
Mastercard
PayPal
Checks

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 2.5% fee.

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.94
out of 5 stars from 23 reviews
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On the fish!
Great day on the water
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
96%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
89%
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Eve B.
Herndon, VA
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4th of July fishing with kids

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip (AM) on July 4, 2020
We had the Sat morning 5 hour tour, and it was a blast! There were 6 of us in the group; 3 adults and 3 kids. After taking...
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Diane L.
Towson, Maryland
 5.00
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Belated Father’s Day family outing

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip (AM) on September 27, 2020
Captain Mike Smolek of Penny Sue Charters was terrific! Very organized, personable & knowledgeable about fishing Rockfish...
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Emily K.
Annapolis, MD
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Half day fishing charter

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip (AM) on September 7, 2020
Myself and 5 other adults had a great experience on the Penny Sue 6 hour charter. We caught 9 and kept 8 Rockfish in total....
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Andrew V.
Washington, DC
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5 hr trip

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip (PM) on June 27, 2020
We eneded up picking the short trip for out 6 year olds first trip out on a boat/fishing trip, these guys were fantastic.
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Mark & Laura Holtzman
Greenville, NC
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Best Father’s Day gift

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip (AM) on June 28, 2020
Chartered a 1/2 day outing for my husband and kids. He had a great morning on the Bay and absolutely loved the trip. ...
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