double digits below normal temperatures for seemingly weeks on end has caused the potomac river to freeze...the boats in it are stuck for now...that is a shame because fishing season ends friday night at new years.
i wish i was out on the bay tonight, fishing under the full moon during a full lunar eclipse: it would be so awesome! but, the reality is: i'm not...last weekend-during the day- we slaughtered 'em...i mean we caught our legal limit (2 each) but hooked a lot more...
Recent fish kills at Kerr Reservoir and Briery Lake in Virginia have been linked to largemouth bass virus (LMBV) by Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries biologists. LMBV has not been implicated in fish kills nationally for nearly a decade. However, the Virginia incidents are a reminder that the organism may still pose some risk to largemouth bass populations. LMBV poses no risk to humans. read the full press release here...
DNR Fisheries Service biologists offer the following guidelines to reduce the spread of this and other more disruptive invasive or pathogenic organisms such as zebra mussels, which have recently been found in the lower Susquehanna River, and Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS), which is a fatal fish virus found in the Great Lakes and some upper Mid-Western states waters:
Never transfer live fish from one body of water to another
Never discard fish parts or unused bait in any body of water
Drain water from live wells, bilges, engines, bait buckets, and hoses and pumps before leaving the launch area and clear mud, vegetation and debris from trailers.
Disinfect live wells daily and particularly when moving between bodies of water.
Spray or wipe all surfaces with a chlorine solution, let sit for 5 minutes, then rinse with clean water and flush through lines and pumps.
Bleach is very toxic to aquatic organisms. Discharge the solution in a grassy area where it will not immediately drain into streams or ponds.
An effective chlorine solution can be prepared by placing three tablespoons of household bleach in one gallon of water. Use the chlorine solution to clean trailers and other parts of the boat – just be sure to rinse well with clean water.
LMBV may reduce a fish’s tolerance to stress. Anglers can increase the chances of survival of fish intended for release by following these guidelines:
Handle the bass gently and return to the water as soon as possible, especially when the water is over 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
Maintain good water quality your livewell by keeping the water aerated and recirculated at 3 to 5 degrees cooler than the ambient water. Add non-iodized salt to livewells at a rate of one tablespoon per 10 gallons of water, or use one of the commercially available products for maintaining fish.
Do not overcrowd bass. One pound of fish per gallon of livewell water is a good maximum ratio.
Stage tournaments during cool water months, particularly in areas where LMBV has been noted.
Report dying or dead bass, or bass that are swimming poorly in circles near the surface of the water by calling the Maryland Department of the Environment at 800-285-8195 M-F from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or 877-224-7229 after hours.
Report a largemouth bass kill with DNR Tidal Bass Manager Dr. Joe Love at 410-260-8257.
MD DNR biologists will host an LMBV and general bass fishing discussion at the 2011 Fishing Expo and Boat Show at the Maryland State Fair Grounds in Timonium at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 15.
More information about LMBV in Virginia is available online at www.dgif.virginia.gov/news/release.asp?id=269.
i have seen pirates here on the potomac river...learn about their activities in the upper bay at the lock house museum's pirate weekend by the bay. the festivities are both saturday and sunday and hopefully involve some form of booty.
plan on heading to easton friday, saturday or sunday for the 40th annual easton waterfowl festival. in addition to labrador retriever and fly-fishing demos, there will be waterfowl calling contests and a ton of waterfowl artists...and oysters, i would imagine.
the marines have been around for 235 years today! originally organized after the revolutionary war in 1775 to protect the 13 colonies, the marines have more than earned there cake. and, if they are eating cake today, maybe that will make the news...or maybe a marine's rendition of a beyonce or lady gaga song will be shown: i have yet to see in any headline the fact that the 'darkhouse' third battalion fifth of the marines is in a horrendous battle in afghanistan AT THIS MOMENT and have had thirteen members killed since last month. this story must have been buried between lindsey lohan and mel gibson updates.
bay events always seem to start on thursdays....so, you are a day late for a downrigging extended weekend in chestertown. this weekends celebration marks the end of the sailing season and is filled with lots of boat-centric shiz including fireworks! chestertown has an amazing history and should be checked out.
cambridge is a great place to visit this weekend-either by boat or other motor-driven vehicle- because the opening festivities of the schooner rendezvous begins at 10 saturday and continue through 4 on sunday. you can watch a parade, go for dockside tours of the many skipjacks and other sailing vessels moored there, as well as shop eat and sing-a-long. the weather is supposed to be excellent, so i might cruise over there...
wait: a bunch of boats did NOT sail yesterday from the bay bridge to portsmouth....in fact: i am confused and have no idea when this race begins...i believe the whole thing is over saturday...anywho...you can track the schooners whenever they leave here. it is too bad they didnt leave yesterday when it was 85°...or today when it was 70°...they are (possibly) leaving tomorrow when its going to be 60° and rainy. oh, sailors!
the atlantic sturgeon officially received endangered species status this month, preventing any and all harrassment of the big prehistoric fish in the chesapeake bay and else where. noaa recommended the specific sturgeon populations in the new york bight, the chesapeake bay and off the carolinas for preservation status and stricter regulations to ensure it happens will soon be the law. the sturgeon has been a no-fish/catch for the five years i have been living on the bay...i was fortunate to see one chilling in my creek about five feet off of my pier a few years back: they have a very distinctive, prehistoric look.
according to tidal fish, there is a lot of fish to be had in the middle chesapeake bay-my area! i can look forward to striped bass and bluefish "eating the paintoff the bottom of (my) boat"! apparently, boats are catching their limit of stripers and 1-3 pound bluefish in less than an hour, with decent bluefishaction at buoy 62 and the smith point light. there are still flounder being caught at the middle grounds and at buoy 42, and speckled trout and grey trout (up to 10 pounds) are hittingat the tangier target ships. there are lots of stripers (and lots of boats) being caught near the route 200 white stone bridge, and trolling near windmill bar catches a few spanish mackerel with smallgold spoons.
attention hippy freaks: the renaissance fair is live and local. i hate that festival...except for the turkey legs: i need to remember a sippy hat filled with mayonaisse this time...apparently, this weekend is pirate adventure weekend at the festival...which doesnt coincide with talk like a pirate day...but anyway, people: it's on.
i have seen the chesapeake bay skipjackclaud w. somers many times at the reedville fisherman's museum...most recently two weeks ago at the antique and classic boat show held there: the plaque on the 99 year old virginia-made work boat explains the sign painter accidently left the 'e' off of 'claude' when painting the skipjack's name...that is about all it said in addition to a little info on the builders...then today i ran across this article about a storm story that took the captain and his oyster crew of five's lives in a spring squall back in 1977.
the dailytimes.com reports of yet another fishkill in the chesapeake bay...this time in cobbs creek in mathews county, virginia. they think the tens of thousands of dead menhaden and other small species were in this tributary of the piankatank river to escape the hungry bite of the rock fish...tide got low+no oxygen= aphixiated fish. so sad... this year had the most large kills of any previously recorded year...i love that they only commentor on the post lives on the creek and wanted to know how to prevent this cuz it stunk: really?
delmarva bike weekend was great: tons of bikes...tons of rides! ocean city did a great job of welcoming riders...and the weather couldnt be beat. i did not go fishing...instead i attended a midget wrestling event at a bar: good times!
we have had stellar weather for many days...now the weekend begins...
•though classic hatteras yacht owners will meet up in cambridge this weekend to show off their beautiful boats, everyone is invited to celebrate the hatteras style by attending the yacht open house saturday at the cambridge yacht club.
•mathews market days
mathews county's fall festival will feature an art show, crafts demonstrations, live entertainment with outdoor dancing, children's activities and more.
•maryland seafood festival
sandy point state park hosts the annual seafood festival again. besides seafood, there will be arts and crafts vendors, wine tastings, beer tastings, a crabcake eating contest, a crab-picking contest as well as a crab soup cook-off: delicious! Sat. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
•hampton bay days
celebrate the chesapeake bay at hampton bay days with an indoor juried art show, arts and crafts vendors, two carnivals, live music and fireworks. educate yourself at the exhibits and display workboats and research vessels, sat. 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; sun. noon-6 p.m.
commemorate the writing of our national anthem in baltimore at fort mchenry, where visiting ships, military re-enactments, concerts and a symbolic naval bombardment complete with fireworks will round out the weekend. Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m., concert 6 p.m., fireworks at dusk. sun. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
watermen's rodeo taylors island works it out with a workboat docking contest hosted by the local volunteer fire departments. there will also be an after party with live entertainment, food and games.