Sunday, January 31, 2010

snow on the chesapeake bay

January Thirtieth
big snow storm saturday...we got fifteen inches in heathsville, i heard: i wasnt there this weekend. this photo from st. mary's, across the river from us, shows they got a little!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Friday, January 22, 2010

how to catch a world record catfish

apparently, with halibut pellets!
it is reported that the lady in the above photo caught this 214 pound catfish while on vacation in spain. the big fish measured over 8 feet long and took 30 minutes to land. after a photo session, the beast was released back into the ebro river.

old wooden boat

drove past this great boat under restoration last weekend.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

how to winterize your boat

i dont know how to winterize my boat...well, i do. but i dont feel like doing it: its been bitter cold. so i dropped it off at jett's marine where they work indoors. i drove by last saturday: it was still in the yard, but had moved closer to the garage doors.

Monday, January 18, 2010

mid-atlantic rockfish shoot-out

jet-ski brian is so crazy: he entered the mid-atlantic rockfish shootout on his super-modified yamaha pwc...with passenger in tow: his brother. they covered 84 miles, burned 27 gallons of gas (the jetski holds 21) and caught one sweet 33" rockfish.
more photos and details on atlantic anglers.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

super foggy

after the rain, the fog moved in to melt the rest of the nasty snow.
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Saturday, January 16, 2010

waiting for rain

nice day for now
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taco stop

a quick taco stop: I really wanted fish tacos... but what about tongue? or tripe!
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Thursday, January 14, 2010

now that's a house boat!

after henry ford's boat, the benson ford was decommissioned late in the 1900's (remember them?), a couple purchased it, separated the front from the rest of the structure, and made it into a house on south bass island.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

high tides

the chesapeake bay's tides have been a little out of whack this year, with some really high ones and others crazy low: different from what my tide app says it should be. everybody knows the tides are regulated by the gravitational pull caused by the rotation of the sun and the moon: their interaction with the earth have caused these tidal anomalies. 

Monday, January 11, 2010

chesapeake bay clean up conference

the baltimore sun reports The Environmental Protection Agency is moving to enact new rules to curb pollution from development and large-scale animal farms to help restore the Chesapeake Bay, the agency's chief announced today. EPA administrator Lisa P. Jackson said the rules governing storm water and farm animal waste would serve as a "backstop" to pollution control measures that Maryland and other bay states are expected to take over the next two years. She made the announcement in Washington at a bay cleanup conference that ends Tuesday.

While the storm-water rules would apply nationwide to new development, Jackson said the agency would consider writing even more stringent requirements for the six-state bay watershed because storm water is a significant and growing source of pollution fouling the estuary's waters. EPA will weigh imposing new mandates to reduce storm water in existing communities and on redevelopment projects as well as new construction, Jackson said.
EPA already regulates waste handling at hundreds of large-scale chicken and animal farms in the bay watershed. Jackson said the agency may expand its oversight to smaller farms and demand even more stringent controls of polluted runoff from them. But the agency will hold off on imposing those rules, she said, as long as states enact equivalent measures to reduce farm pollution.
The storm-water rules are expected to take two years to draw up, and the animal-farm requirements three years. The time lag bothers environmentalists, who otherwise hailed the agency's move to expand federal regulation. "The bay needs immediate attention," said William Baker, president of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
Jackson noted that EPA may well act sooner. The states have to submit draft plans by this summer for reducing bay pollution, and then must spell out by the fall what they intend to do to meet their cleanup goals. EPA has warned it may impose sanctions on the states, including possibly blocking permits or diverting federal funds, if they fall short.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

jones brothers marine

drove to morehead city to drop off a boat at jones brothers marine. we took a tour of their nice facility. had hoped to drop a line, but it was only 37° with a stiff wind...
headed back to dc.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

marine recreational information program

State officials say all Maryland recreational anglers must register with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration before fishing in 2010.
The requirement is part of a federal initiative to help ensure the long-term sustainability of America's fisheries.
Although the survey is focused on saltwater species, some ocean fish travel between salt and fresh waters, so anyone fishing in the Chesapeake Bay, its tributaries and coastal waters must register.
Anglers must provide their name, birth date, address, telephone number and the regions they plan to fish. Registration information is available online at
State officials say they expect to make the annual registration part of the Maryland fishing license application process starting in 2011.

Friday, January 8, 2010

happy birthday, elvis!

the king loved a boat: happy birthday, elvis!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

video of Sea Shepherd vessel Ady Gil rammed by Shonan Maru

back in august i reported on the earthrace bio diesel boat that broke the round-the world record by over 60 days. after the race it was renamed the ady gil and employed by sea shephard to pester whale hunters the whole world over. today one of those whale hunting boats split the vessel in two. apparently, nearby boats did NOT rush to save the 8-member crew as the boat sank. they were eventually rescued by another anti-whale hunting boat. whoa!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

war ships

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the naval war ships from oceania naval base cruised past us as they headed out to sea.

Monday, January 4, 2010

last days of rock fish season

the last days of striper season proved to be fruitful. john caught this (legal) specimen while i worked the pilings down at the chesapeake bay bridge and tunnel week before last.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

ultra light craziness

my neighbor is seriously crazy: he flies around under a kite with an ultralight backpack engine keeping him aloft...super bird's eye view of the northern neck!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

three old dogs on new year's day

new year's day has gone to the dogs.
this year has started with cold-but nice-weather.
i should have put the boat in,
because today is crazy-cold with 40+nph winds.

Friday, January 1, 2010

happy new year?

how can I be happy this new year's day when fishing season is over? that's why all the boats are sitting in the yard this foggy day...happy new year?
I don't think so.

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