Friday, November 26, 2010

post turkey day fishing

i fished yesterday...i fished today: i didnt catch a thing...the fish finder said they were there, but they really werent. still had fun.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

the grand illumination

norfolk will host the grand illumination of the tidewater to kick off the holiday (read: shopping) season. be there tonight @ 7 for the festivities.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

another fish kill

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

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

grand national waterfowl hunt

plan now to attend the grand national waterfowl hunt in cambridge this kicks off with a grandtastic jamboree friday night featuring music, door prizes and of course, all you can eat! be there by four.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

let's celebrate pirates

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.

Friday, November 12, 2010

oyster roasting

saturday 2-5 is the reedville oyster roast at the reedsville fisherman's museum...its all you can eat with music, dancing and such: you better get there early! if you cant make it, you can have your own oyster roast at your leisure.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

waterfowl festival

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.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

happy birthday, marines

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.

Saturday, November 6, 2010


you still have time to get to urbanna and enjoy oysters and what-not at the annual urbanna oyster festival. it started yesterday and runs til missed the parade, though.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

flash flood fishing

i reader asked me if oto can do this: no. neither can i, apparently...