The host of many Potomac River fishing tournaments, Southern Maryland’s Smallwood State Park http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/southern/smallwood.html lets you cast from the shore or take advantage of boat slips and stationary piers at the park’s Sweden Point Marina. Nearby Mallows Bay http://www.dnr.state.md.us/naturalresource/winter2001/ghostship.html incorporates a vast “ghost fleet” of sunken vessels and is reachable only by shallow draft watercraft. From there, pick up the trail of “Diamond Jim” – the legendary rockfish with a diamond-studded tag affixed to its jaw – in the Chesapeake Beach http://chesapeake-beach.md.us/ area.
Knowledgeable captains are ready to steer you toward fishing hot spots. Choose from a sailboat, powerboat, catamaran, schooner or skipjack. Extend your visit with a lighthouse trip, history tour, ecological exploration or champagne sunset cruise. Learn more at the Maryland Charter Boat Association Web site, www.marylandcharterboats.com.