when i was a kid, my two biggest fears were quicksand and piranhas: if i accidently fell into quicksand, i risked being smothered and eaten by a boa constrictor...piranhas could eat me alive, leaving only my skeleton to surface on the beach. and see, i was right: at least about the piranhas!
decisions! decisions! sometimes it is so hard to decide whether to take the boat out or the bike for a spin, but the new harley boat makes life so simple: i can do both! well, 15 feet is a bit small for the rough waters of the chesapeake, but i could whip around some coves on a nice flat day. the harley mini speed boat is a custom from st.martin's. it sports a harley v-twin engine and promises tons of fun. more here on the kneeslider.
the weekend fishing for stripers was excellent! i met up with john at point lookout and we cruised southward to below the great wicomico. we caught our limit, made it home by sunset and ate rock fish for dinner!
captain's meeting started last night for maryland's biggest rockfish tournament. more than 200 boats will jockey for the winning fish this weekend at the 19th annual chesapeake bay fall classic tournament put on by the maryland saltwater sportfishermen's association.
apparently it is as easy as dropping my line...this week! after a long, hot summer, the fall striper action has been sweet. now these arent trophy fish, more eating fish. i cut out the filets and the wife grilled them with olive oil and salt and pepper: delicious! (that's a blue above, which were also running heavy.)
this is the last weekend to participate in the maryland sea food dine out festival. participating restaurants are located from philadelphia to northern virginia: if you dont catch your own, take a ride...
here is a list of fireworks scheduled around the chesapeake bay starting tonight thru this weekend
Annapolis, July 4, 410-263-7958; www.annapolis.gov/Government/
Baltimore, Inner Harbor, July 4, 410-837-4636; http://bop.orgindex.cfm?page=events&id=42
Cambridge, July 4, 410-228-4020
Chesapeake Beach, Rod 'N' Reel Restaurant, July 3, 410-257-2230; www.chesapeakebeachresortspa.com
Chestertown, July 4, 410-778-0500; www.chestertown.com
Crisfield, July 3, 410-968-0925; www.crisfieldchamber.com/events.htm
Georgetown, July 4, 410-275-1200; www.kentcounty.comevents/kent4th/ctown4th.htm
Havre de Grace, July 3, 410-939-2100; www.hdgtourism.com
Herrington Harbour South, July 2, 301-855-8435
Middle River, Eastern Yacht Club, July 2, 410-687-1002
North East, July 3, 410-287-5801
Oxford, July 3, 410-226-5269; www.oxfordmd.net
Rock Hall, July 3, 410-778-0416; www.rockhallmd.com
St. Michaels, July 2, 410-745-9511; www.stmichaelsmd.orgCM_events.html
Solomons, July 4, 410-326-1950; www.solomonsmaryland.com/solomons-calendar.html
Cape Charles, July 3, 757-331-2304; capecharles.orgrec.htm
Colonial Beach, July 4, 804-224-7181 Deltaville, July 2, 804-776-6461; www.deltavilleva.com Dumfries, Tim's Rivershore, June 25, 703-441-1375; www.timsrivershore.com Fairview Beach, Tim's Rivershore II, July 9, 540-775-7500 Hampton, Fort Monroe, July 4, 757-788-3151 Irvington, Tides Inn, July 4, 804-438-5000; www.tidesinn.comactivities.asp Mathews, July 3, 804-725-1488; www.visitmathews.com/CALENDAR/MONTHS/jul.htm Newport News, July 4, 757-926-1400; www.newport-news.org Norfolk/Portsmouth, July 4, 757-441-2345; www.norfolk.gov/Independence_Day/default.asp www.virginia.orgsite/description.asp?attrid=51423 Poquoson, July 3, 757-868-3588 Reedville, July 1, 804-453-6529 Smithfield, July 3, 757-357-2291; www.smithfield-virginia.com Urbanna, July 4, 804-758-0464; www.urbanna.com Yorktown, July 4, 757-890-3500; www.yorkcounty.gov/Default.aspx?alias=www.yorkcounty.gov/fourth