Saturday, August 29, 2009

Friday, August 28, 2009

walmart bass fishing league weekend results

James Schneider of Watervliet, N.Y., won the Walmart Bass Fishing League® Empire Division tournament on Lake Champlain Saturday with a five-bass catch weighing 20 pounds, 10 ounces. The victory earned Schneider $3,505 and placed him one step closer to qualifying for the Potomac River Regional Championship in Marbury, Md., Oct. 8-10, where he could ultimately win a new Ranger boat and a Chevy truck. Schneider said he caught his fish on a jig around shallow wood near shorelines.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

marine corps base quantico awarded clean marina status

our honorable troops were honored earlier this month with the designation of "clean marina" under the virginia clean marina program for the good work they perform at their quantico base facility. the marines join 62 other clean marinas throughout virginia. good work!

Monday, August 24, 2009

i married miss go-go

the wife does not have a nickname, but if she did, it would definately be 'miss go-go': she is a huge fan of go-go music, wanted to be a go-go dancer at age five, and has multiple pairs of go-go boots...and she spied this gorgeous girl. the real miss go-go is significantly older than the wife, but no less beautiful. she is a 1953 chesapeake bay deadrise tied up at tiffany yachts yard on the great wicomico river, where she was completely renovated and glassed in 2004. super sweet, just like the wife.

fishing for rockfish

caught rock both saturday and sunday down by my favorite channel marker in the bay. threw them back though: i didnt feel like messing with the first and the second looked ill.

Monday, August 17, 2009

unlimited striped bass

friday we headed out from chesapeake beach toward poplar island. it took us about two hours to catch the spot for live-lining the stripers: we caught our limit in twenty minutes!

Friday, August 14, 2009

killer whale yacht

is this really necessary? apparently not, because no one has forked over the $95-million to have oculus made: this is a virtual killer whale yacht.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

rod & reel club @ noon

im at the rod & reel club in chesapeake beach tomorrow at noon to head out on the 42' deborah-christine captained by brian sutton. chesapeake boats, inc out of crisfield. built her.
headed out looking for blues...

Monday, August 10, 2009

who is merck sleeping with at the virginia water board?

earlier this year, the virginia state water board voted in favor of allowing merck pharmaceutical company to discharge 29,216 more pounds of nitrogen and 3,288 more pounds of phosphorus each year into the South Fork of the Shenandoah River than allowed by law. the shenandoah-potomac river basin is already the source of 25% of the chesapeake bay's nitrogen pollution, amounting to more than 300,00 pounds more than scientists say it can handle. i thought we were going to try to clean up the bay? i guess the watermen and the businesses along the bay that contribute billions of dollars so vital to virginia's economy and prestige are more responsible for its upkeep than a large company up-river. or maybe they prefer litigation to doing the right thing.

chesapeake bay skipkack

Skipjack Stanley Norman
this is a photo of the chesapeake bay foundation's skipjack stanley norman, built in 1902 for dredging oysters, currently used as a floating classroom for kids. adults can sail away on another one of the cbf's skipjacks this september and october.

diamond jim still on the loose and worth $25k

this summer, three batches of 50 specially tagged striped bass were released into the chesapeake bay by the maryland state dnr with bounties on their heads paid to the lucky fisher-person who snagged them. sponsored by the 2009 fishing challenge, the fish release is supposed to encourage all people to enjoy nature. one of the tagged fish, diamond jim, is a special beast, valued at $25,000! i follow him on twitter.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Virginia Saltwater Fishing Tournament

this dude should not fish alone again! thank god he had a phone or who knows what would have happened to him AND the fish: because he has friends, he was able to land the second largest cobia in virginia, ever! mr. blow is currently in first place in the month-long Virginia Saltwater Fishing Tournament. what a fish story, though!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

fishing dog

who need's a boat, rod and/or bait with a dog like this?

Friday, August 7, 2009

r.i.p. benson the carp

anglers the whole world over are mourning the death of great britain's most famous fish, benson. she was a 25+ year old carp weighing in at 64 pound, that had been hooked, weighed and photographed more than 60 times. fishermen came from all over europe to try their luck at landing the iconic fish, but last week she was found floating in bluebells she is in a freezer awaiting the taxidermist's mount.maybe they hooked her one time too many.rumor has it, an angler poisened her with nuts.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

record blue marlin caught at white marlin open

this week the 36th annual white marlin open is being held off of ocean city, maryland. robert farris of charlotte was paid $435,000 for hauling in this 1062-pound blue marlin yesterday. nice catch! a 93.5 white marlin caught the day before earned $860,000! what? (it was the largest white caught since 1980).

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

manatee cruising the chesapeake bay

i cannot believed i missed this! i hope the manatee has made her way south from perryville: i would love to see it! the national aquarium is keeping tabs on her and made this video with dramatic music to prove it.

Monday, August 3, 2009

chesapeake bay oysters on the rebound?

a recent article in the new york times revealed that oysters in the chesapeake bay are coming back! the virginia institute of marine science in partnership with the army corp of engineers created large experimental reefs at the mouth of the great wicomico river five years ago. today, these areas are home to more than 180 million native oysters! i am surprised these beds are doing so well, considering how polluted that river is, but this is great. a few weekends ago we drove the pro-line down there to get some crabs at cockrell's creek and saw all of markers designating these new beds: kind of difficult navigating the entrance to the river from the bay. worth it!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

who should worry about sea-level rise?

you can visibly see something going on in the chesapeake bay:
sea-level rise is what it is, caused by global warming.
who is most vulnerable?
you can read the article in to get the details, but if you had any impact during isabelle or ernesto, you may be in trouble!
not cool!