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
    6 Hour Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $700
    A 6-hour trip in the morning.
  • Private trip
    7 Hour Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $800
    A 7-hour trip in the morning.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $850
    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.
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About the Captain

Michael Smolek
Edgewater, Maryland, United States
ID & License verified
52 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
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) Striped Bass
Bluefish Bluefish
Catfish Catfish
Perch (White) White Perch

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
Chesapeake Bay

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging

Amenities

Toilet
Private
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Radar

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Caught on the trip
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
20% tip is customary
Fishing License

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 3 days days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

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

Payment

Book with 20% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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
American Express
PayPal
Checks
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3.5% charge will apply.

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 52 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (23)
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8hr day
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
95%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
92%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
85%
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Cori R.
MARRIOTTSVL, MD
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

August fishing trip

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip (AM) on August 13, 2022
Our half day on the water was awesome! Captain Mike and his mate Joe were super knowledgeable and were able to put us on some...
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Robert B.
Greenbelt, MD
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Very nice half day trip

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip (PM) on September 24, 2022
The weather was great and the fishing was fun.  Captain Mike and Joe were great.  Our 5 year old boy had a blast.  He caught...
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MICHELLE E.
Ellicott City, MD
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

6 hour trip

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip (AM) on September 18, 2022
We had a great morning on the water. We caught our limit in rockfish and had to throw more back! Mike and joe were helpful...
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Anthony F.
Silver Spring, PA
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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8hr day

VERIFIED   8 Hour Trip on June 25, 2022
Had a great day with captain Mike and first mate wally.  Caught our bait and our limit of striper.  Captain and first mate...
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Herman G.
Joint Base Andrews, MD
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
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5.0 / 5
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Great fishing trip

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip (PM) on August 28, 2022
A great day on the water with Capt Michael and his Mate Joe.
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FAQs about Penny Sue Charters

Penny Sue Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $700 per group, additional $80 per person after 6 guests - 6 Hour Trip (AM) (6 hours)
  • $800 per group, additional $80 per person after 6 guests - 7 Hour Trip (AM) (7 hours)
  • $850 per group, additional $80 per person after 6 guests - 8 Hour Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Penny Sue Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet Private
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Outriggers
  • Radar

Trips booked with Penny Sue Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait (Caught on the trip)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate (20% tip is customary)
  • Fishing License

Penny Sue Charters offers the following type of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing (Chesapeake Bay)

Penny Sue Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging

Top targeted fish species with Penny Sue Charters include:
  • Bass (Striped)
  • Bluefish
  • Catfish
  • Perch (White)