beautiful 25" flounder caught inside the hook at cape henlopen state park on delaware bay this weekend. nice work, garrett!
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
the maryland natural resources police need your help in locating the jerk who abandoned a gill net near the mouth of the choptank river: several hundred pounds of dead (read: wasted) fish, sea birds, etc. were found in the net when it was removed. for more information, go to tidal fish.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
great video from a couple of weeks ago by partyoffive shot while striper fishing off of breezy point. maryland.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
i met a guy tending to his oyster cages on presley creek this weekend. he had been an oyster farmer about 4 years now, ever since his friend on the great wicomico gave him a bag of seedlings. he now has bushels and bushels of fresh oysters! he said i should buy a bag of seedlings and put them off my pier and i would have some of my own to give to john. i am really thinking about it. i few weeks ago, i discovered an oyster reef about 15 feet from my pier! back in the day, (george washington's day, that is), oysters could filter all of the water in the chesapeake in about 3-and-a-half days; in 1988 that filter time increased to 325 days. considering only 2% of the oysters are left, i guess they filter about nothing now. the chesapeake bay foundation has a program for oyster farming in maryland, but i might do may own thing in virginia. the photo above is a skipjack oyster buy-boat i shot in urbanna, virginia.
Monday, May 18, 2009
president obama signed an executive order last week declaring the chesapeake bay as a "national treasure". governor tim kaine of virginia was a big help in getting this done. the chesapeake bay foundation states that some of the requirements detailed in the executive order are a little conservative, but it is a great start. if this means more fish, i couldnt be happier!
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
this year the state of virginia started a program to remove abandoned crab pots and other debris from the chesapeake bay. 58 watermen participated in the program which covered over 1500 square miles and recovered 8600 pots, along with 61 nets and a baby stroller. this is a fantastic program coordinated by the virginia institute of marine science (VIMS)! not only did it replace income for the watermen lost due to the elimination of the winter dredge, it will help revive the health of the ailing bay: almost 5000 animals were killed while trapped in these derelict pots. This is the only large-scale program of its kind in the country that seeks out and removes unmarked, submerged, derelict crab pots using side-imaging equipment. very cool. support vims, please.
Monday, May 11, 2009
the angry fisherman is pissed again: no fishing this week! john took both boys out to catch something for mother's day dinner. they caught about 30 fish, mostly small mouth, a few large mouth and one rock. john says they will continue to fish the creeks entering the potomac until the water clears and is about 4'-6"deep: the main river was running about 6' this weekend near the pump station. if you ever need information about the river, including quality, temperature and depths, check the united states geological survey's water data interface.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
mike and his brother from orange, virginia caught one striper. it was a good one, though! oto wanted to lick it. mike has a beautiful 23-foot parker, perfect for the potomac at the mouth of the chesapeake.