Friday, December 16, 2011

fishing allure

took off a little early this week to get in a little more fishing, but i need more tools.
i think the wife would like these hot pink lures: but the fish? i dont know...what kind of sea creature are they supposed to represent?

Thursday, December 15, 2011

boats in my hood

this old boat has been sitting still for as long as i have lived here...
i have never scene anyone at the house either.
i like the cool fifties design.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

when fish attack

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!

Monday, December 12, 2011

the weekend catch

the fish are in the bay!
it is lucky i am learning to love eating rockfish, cuz i cant stop catching them!
lately, i have been hauling in my limit-and more-of healthy striped bass every time i go out...this beauty was number three, so back to the bay he went!

Friday, December 9, 2011

santa swim

we are about to get the coldest air of the season, so get your santa hat and speedo ready for the santa swim today on the choptank river in cambridge.

Monday, December 5, 2011

today's problem: boat or bike?

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.

Friday, December 2, 2011

parade of lights

it's beginning to look a lot like christmas! get in the mood with a holiday boat parade, starting this weekend. here are the locations, times and links.
Dec. 3, Inner Harbor to Fells Point. 484-553-9932;

Potomac River
Dec. 3, Herring Creek to Piney Point gas docks,
Tall Timbers, Md. 301-994-1508.

Rock Hall
Dec. 3, Rock Hall harbor. 410-639-7611;

Dec. 3, Patuxent River, Solomons, Md.

Dec. 3, Torpedo Factory to the 
Washington Channel, Alexandria, Va. 4 p.m. 703-838-5005;

Colonial Beach
Dec. 3, Potomac River, Colonial Beach, Va. 804-224-7691;

Hampton River
Dec. 3, Hampton, Va. 7:15 p.m. 757-727-1271;

Dec. 3, Yorktown, Va. 6-8 p.m. 757-890-4970;

Dec. 3, Potomac River, Georgetown's Washington Harbor. 7:30-8:30 p.m. 703-838-5005;

Thursday, December 1, 2011

white shark

did you see the video of the great white shark circling the fishing boat off the north carolina coast?

now you have!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


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!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Cape Charles Oyster Roast

i have been to cape charles before, but oysters roasting had nothing to do with it. i might return to try some at the cape charles museum's annual oyster roast tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

today's problem: the weather

muddy waters...high winds...choppy water...driving rain: must be rockfish time!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

MSSA Fall Tournament

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.

Monday, November 14, 2011

weekend fishing

i fished saturday afternoon at the mouth of the bay...caught this nice 20" rockfish for dinner.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Friday, November 4, 2011

oyster festival

it's that time of the year to celebrate the chesapeake bay oyster!
it doesnt matter what side of the bay you are on: you are covered. the urbanna oyster festival begins today and tomorrow marks the start of oyster fest at the chesapeake bay maritime museum in st. michael's. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

world record striped bass

certified yesterday as the new world record striped bass catch is this 81.88-pounder caught in atlantic waters: monstrous!

Monday, October 31, 2011

happy halloween!

need a last minute halloween costume? what about using your toilet seat to become an oyster? no? other ideas for a chesapeake bay halloween are here.

Friday, October 28, 2011

monster rockfish tournament

get your boat to the bay for the biggest rockfish tournament of the season: you could call it a monster tournament, even! the fishing starts today, but the celebration runs all weekend in hollywood.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Barcolana Regatta 2011

that's a lot of boats!
the 22nd barcolana regatta ran a couple of weekends ago with 2000+ boats in the water.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

how to catch a rockfish

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.)

Monday, October 24, 2011

today's problem: sinking ship

this chinese-built $2.5 million yacht sank its first time out on the river!
cross that item off my christmas list!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Monday, October 17, 2011

today's problem: how to count rockfish

thankfully, counting the rockfish in the chesapeake bay is not my problem: its v.i.m.s.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

house boat

i don't live on calm waters, so this floating scenario is an impossibility, but, wow, looks pretty nice!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

san francisco marina

 on a recent visit to san francisco the wife and i visited the marina.
 it was a beautiful day and rather late so all the working boats were in.
do they call them skipjacks on the west coast?
 we watched as a class of middle schoolers boarded this 1886 square-rigged ship for the weekend.
the steam tug, hercules, built in 1907 was awesome!

Monday, October 10, 2011

fishing report

the weekend fishing report from the chesapeake bay appears to be good! the wife grilled rockfish filets with olive oil, salt and pepper: delicious!

Thursday, October 6, 2011


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...

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

rock fish

although the river is still muddy and warm (about 70°) from september rains, the cooler weather has brought the fish back!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

oyster bar

oysters are making a come-back in the bay-i have seen their resurrection myself- so learn about oysters today and consider becoming an oyster farmer this summer.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

boats in my hood

spotted this one underneath the weeds...hasnt been moved in a while.

Friday, July 1, 2011

fireworks schedule

here is a list of fireworks scheduled around the chesapeake bay starting tonight thru this weekend

Annapolis, July 4, 410-263-7958;

, Inner Harbor, July 4, 410-837-4636; http://bop.orgindex.cfm?page=events&id=42

, July 4, 410-228-4020

Chesapeake Beach,
 Rod 'N' Reel Restaurant, July 3, 410-257-2230;
, July 4, 410-778-0500;

, July 3, 410-968-0925;
, July 4, 410-275-1200; www.kentcounty.comevents/kent4th/ctown4th.htm

Havre de Grace
, July 3, 410-939-2100;

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

, July 3, 410-226-5269;

Rock Hall
, July 3, 410-778-0416;

St. Michaels
, July 2, 410-745-9511; www.stmichaelsmd.orgCM_events.html

, July 4, 410-326-1950;
Cape Charles, July 3, 757-331-2304; capecharles.orgrec.htm
Colonial Beach, July 4, 804-224-7181
Deltaville, July 2, 804-776-6461;
Dumfries, Tim's Rivershore, June 25, 703-441-1375;
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;
Newport News, July 4, 757-926-1400;
Norfolk/Portsmouth, July 4, 757-441-2345;
Poquoson, July 3, 757-868-3588
Reedville, July 1, 804-453-6529
Smithfield, July 3, 757-357-2291;
Urbanna, July 4, 804-758-0464;
Yorktown, July 4, 757-890-3500;

Washington, D.C.
Washington Monument grounds, July 4, 202-619-7225

Thursday, June 30, 2011

$300 million yacht

please take note: recently added to my birthday 'wish list'...

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

turtles for lunch

join the crew at v.i.m.s. every wednesday from now through the end of july aboard the schooner 'alliance' for some education on all things chesapeake bay. today's subject are the endangered sea turtles...maybe you'll get lucky and see one of the babies released by the national aquarium this past weekend.