Dec 6 Speaker: Chris Newsome on the Lower Chesapeake Bay’s Shallow Water Striped Bass Fishery

Capt. Chris Newsome, owner of Bay Fly Fishing, LLC, has been guiding fly fishing anglers on the lower Chesapeake Bay for the past 19 years. A native of the Tidewater region, Chris’ childhood playground was the Piankatank River on Virginia’s Middle Peninsula. Capt. Newsome went on to further his understanding of the Chesapeake ecosystem in college with studies in marine and environmental science. Upon graduation from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Chris returned home to the Middle Peninsula to start his fishing guide service. Newsome uses two specialized boats to put his clients on the best saltwater fly fishing the area has to offer for species such as striped bass, redfish, cobia, speckled trout and bluefish.

According to Chris, "Striped bass are one of saltwater’s most idyllic species for the fly fishing angler. They readily eat streamer fly patterns and often can be caught on topwater flies. Rockfish, as we call them on the bay, take up residence in relatively shallow water during the warm months of the year. They can be found around a variety of structure from oyster reefs and grass beds to old pilings and rock piles. With the fish holding in predictable areas, it is possible for even novice fly anglers to catch numerous striper in a single outing while fishing calm, sheltered waters."