April 2004 Fishing Reports

APRIL 30, 2004
Middle Chesapeake Bay Report (P.M. Trip)
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

We took an afternoon trip today (the remainder of the 14th Day of the 2004 Maryland Spring Trophy Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) Season. This was our 33rd Fishing Trip of the young 2004 season. We welcomed our good friend Marty Gary from the MD Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Service, his son Ryan Gary, and his brother. Jil and our kids rode along too. The conditions and the fishing were poor. A heavy South wind of 20 to 25 knots cut our trip very short as my daughter Sarah started “Selling Buicks” amidst a 3 to 4 foot white capped Southerly roll. Little Jimmy and Jil were queasy as well. “Daddy, I think we should stick to chumming and bottom fishing.” However, before we bagged it, Marty’s son Ryan (10 years old) braved the heavy sea and caught the biggest Rockfish of his life – a 34 ¾” and 15 pound “Beast From The East”. He earned a MDDNR Citation for his efforts! Young Master Ryan took his fish home whole as he wanted to show his Trophy to his mother and the rest of the neighborhood. Ahh&the age long ritual and the passing of the Hunter/Gatherer loincloth&.Grunt, Grunt, Grunt& Capt. Al “The Livin’ Legend” Jones (not pictured) served as 1st Mate. “We have no cake this afternoon.”

Here's proud poppa Marty Gary with his son Ryan
Here’s proud poppa Marty Gary with his son Ryan

APRIL 30, 2004
Middle Chesapeake Bay Report (A.M. Trip)
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

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On the 14th Day of the 2004 Maryland Spring Trophy Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) Season the bite was red hot once again with our water temperature maintaining 58 degrees. Today was our 32nd Fishing Trip of the young 2004 season. We welcomed our Annual Day 14 group ­ Mr. Scott Swidersky and his company Quality Associates for a total of 13 anglers on our boat. This was a 4 boat party with 3 other Happy Harbor Boats. We trolled around Buoy 82. We caught 13 chubby Spring Trophy Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) ranging from 36” – 40” (our limit) in a hurry. Zach Stauffer (on far right, in rear, in group shot) served as 1st Mate.

APRIL 29, 2004
Middle Chesapeake Bay Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

On the 13th Day of the 2004 Maryland Spring Trophy Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) Season the bite was red hot once again with our water temperature maintaining 58 degrees. Today was our 31st Fishing Trip of the young 2004 season. We welcomed our Annual Day 13 group – Mr. Ron Bieberich, family, and friends for a total of 9 anglers. We trolled around Buoy 82. We caught 9 obese Spring Trophy Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) ranging from 37” – 44” (our limit) in a hurry. Capt. Karl Bieberich (on far right in group shot) served as 1st Mate. But the big story today was 73 years young angler Bob Krabbe of Catonsville, MD who landed our largest “Beast From The East” of the 2004 Maryland Spring Trophy Season so far – a 44”/33 pound pig. It could not have come at a better time because this hawg scored our 1st Tournament win of the season as well! It struck a 4 oz. JJ’s Tackle Mabel’s special custom Chartreuse Sparkle Marvel.

APRIL 28, 2004
Middle Chesapeake Bay Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

On the 12th Day of the 2004 Maryland Spring Trophy Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) Season the bite was red hot once again with a water temperature of 58 degrees. Today was our 30th Fishing Trip of the young 2004 season. We welcomed our Annual Day 12 group ­ Butch Smith, Mr. Heller, and friends for a total of 6 anglers. We trolled between Buoy 83 (The Old Gas Buoy), Buoy 82, and the Deale Fishing Reef. We caught 11 corpulent Spring Trophy Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) ranging from 36” – 41” (our limit) in a hurry. We kept the 6 largest and released 5 smaller fish. Zach Stauffer (on far left, in rear in group shot) served as 1st Mate.

APRIL 27, 2004
Middle Chesapeake Bay Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

On the 11th Day of the 2004 Maryland Spring Trophy Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) Season the bite was red hot once again with a water temperature of 58 degrees. Today was our 29th Fishing Trip of the young 2004 season. We welcomed our Annual Day 11 group – Jim “Lead Rod” (pronounced leeeed) Boland, Sr., his 2 sons Brian and Jim Jr., and friends for a total of 8 anglers. We trolled between Buoy 83 (The Old Gas Buoy), Buoy 82, and the Deale Fishing Reef. We caught 8 obese Spring Trophy Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) ranging from 36” – 42” (our limit) in a hurry. Capt. Al “The Livin’ Legend” Jones (on far left in group shot) served as 1st Mate. But the big story today was Jim “Lead Rod Jr.” (pronounced leeeeed) Boland Jr. who continued his Boland fishing family dominance with a 42”/ 28 1/2 pound pig. This is our biggest Beast From The East of the season so far.

APRIL 26, 2004
Middle Chesapeake Bay Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

On the 10th Day of the 2004 Maryland Spring Trophy Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) Season the bite was red hot once again with a water temperature of 58 degrees. Today was our 28th Fishing Trip of the young 2004 season. We welcomed our Annual Day 10 group ­ Terry “Santa” Hitzelberger and the fishing team from Ironworkers Union Local #16 in Baltimore, MD for a total of 7 anglers. We trolled between Buoy 83 (The Old Gas Buoy) and the Deale Fishing Reef. We caught 21 portly Spring Trophy Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) ranging from 33” – 41” (our limit) in a hurry. We kept the largest 7 and released the smaller ones. T.J. Reiber (in rear in group shot) served as 1st Mate.

APRIL 25, 2004
Middle Chesapeake Bay Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

On the 9th Day of the 2004 Maryland Spring Trophy Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) Season the bite was red hot with a water temperature of 57 degrees. Today was our 27th Fishing Trip of the young 2004 season. We welcomed our Annual Day 9 group – the Grease-N-Go Fishing Team led by Greg “Hands” Prothero, Larry “THE CHAMP” Hurley, family, and friends for a total of 9 anglers. We trolled between Buoys 82 and Buoy 83 (The Old Gas Buoy). We caught 9 portly Spring Trophy Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) ranging from 33″ – 41″ (our limit) in a hurry. Capt. Al The Livin’ Legend Jones served as 1st Mate. But the big story of the day was 17 year old angler Miss Katie McGoldrick of Montgomery Village, Maryland (on left in first picture) who caught this whopper 41 inch/26 pound “Beast From The East.”

APRIL24, 2004
Middle Chesapeake Bay Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Maryland Spring Trophy Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) Season the bite was red hot with a water temperature of 56 degrees. It started out foggy and misty after a torrential downpour and thunderstorm yesterday evening. However, as the morning wore on, it turned into another beautiful day out on The Bay, with fair seas and warm Spring air temperatures. This has been a very good stable Spring weather pattern and the good fishing is, in part, a result of this pattern. Today was our 26th Fishing Trip of the young 2004 season. We welcomed our Annual Day 8 group ­ the U.S. Food Service Union Truckers for a total of 9 anglers. We trolled between Buoys 82 and Buoy 83 (The Old Gas Buoy). We caught 10 obese Spring Trophy Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) ranging from 33” – 41” (our limit) in a hurry. We also had to release the 10th fish as we had 2 fish on at the end and kept the larger of the 2 and released the other. Capt. Karl Bieberich (on far right in group shot) served as 1st Mate.

APRIL 23, 2004
Middle Chesapeake Bay Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

On the 7th Day of the 2004 Maryland Spring Trophy Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) Season the bite was red hot with a water temperature of 56 degrees. It was another beautiful day out on The Bay, with fair seas and warm Spring air temperatures. Today was our 26th Fishing Trip of the young 2004 season. We welcomed our Annual Day 7 group – 75 years young Uncle Ed “The Six Foot Pole” Mechlinski from Stewartstown, PA for a total of 7 anglers. We trolled between Buoys 82 and Buoy 83 (The Old Gas Buoy). We caught 7 obese Spring Trophy Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) ranging from 31” – 38” (our limit) in a hurry. We also lost 1 fish. Capt. Al “The Livin’ Legend” Jones (third from right in group shot) served as 1st Mate.

APRIL 22, 2004
Middle Chesapeake Bay Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

On the 6th Day of the 2004 Maryland Spring Trophy Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) Season the bite improved as the magical red hot Spring bite water temperature of 55 degrees is finally here. It was another beautiful day out on The Bay, with fair seas and warm Spring air temperatures. Today was our 25th Fishing Trip of the young 2004 season. We welcomed our Annual Day 6 group – 4 time all American Lacrosse Star Tom “It was only 3” Sears from Severna Park, MD, country music legend Conway Twitty, Charlie Meck, Rob Yetter, and Ed Meushaw for a total of 5 anglers. Conspicuous in his absence was “Uncle Fester”, but we did call him on the phone to tell him about the fun he was missing. We fished between Buoys 82 and Buoy 83 (The Old Gas Buoy). We caught 14 plump Spring Trophy Rockfish ranging from 31 – 38 (our limit). We kept the 5 largest and released nine. TJ Reiber (in rear in group shot) served as 1st Mate.

APRIL 21, 2004
Middle Chesapeake Bay Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

On the 5th Day of the 2004 Maryland Spring Trophy Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) Season the bite improved once again as the water temperatures (53 degrees) approach the magical red hot Spring bite number of 55 degrees. It was another beautiful day out on The Bay, with fair seas and warm Spring air temperatures. Today was our 24th Fishing Trip of the young 2004 season. We welcomed our Annual Day 5 group ­ Harry Calle and friends for a total of 6 anglers.

We fished at Buoy 82. We caught 9 plump Spring Trophy Rockfish ranging from 31” – 37” (our limit) We kept the 6 largest and released three. TJ Reiber (in rear in group shot) served as 1st Mate.

APRIL 20, 2004
Middle Chesapeake Bay Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

On the 4th Day of the 2004 Maryland Spring Trophy Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) Season the bite improved a skosh as the water temperatures (51 – 52 degrees) rose slightly. Usually, the “magic number” for the red hot Spring bite is 55 degrees, so we’re approaching that temperature now. It was another beautiful day out on The Bay, with fair seas and warm Spring air temperatures. Today was our 23rd Fishing Trip of the young 2004 season. We welcomed our Annual Day #4 group – George McDuffie, family, and friends for a total of 5 anglers. We fished at Buoy 78A. We caught 7 plump Spring Trophy Rockfish ranging from 31″ – 37″ (our limit). We kept the 5 largest, released two, and lost one big one right behind the boat. We also had 3 knock downs or strikes that did not hook up. So, it was 11 bites in about 6 hours of fishing. That’s not “red hot” by any means, but its a lot better than the first 3 days. The Rockfish seem to be getting more active each day it warms a bit. TJ Reiber (in rear in group shot) served as 1st Mate.

APRIL 19, 2004
Middle Chesapeake Bay Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

On the 3rd Day of the 2004 Maryland Spring Trophy Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) Season the weekend warrior armada vanished (WOO HOO!). Another day of a slow bite as the cold water temperatures (50 – 51 degrees) improved slightly. It was another beautiful day out on The Bay, with fair seas and moderate air temperatures. Today was our 22nd Fishing Trip of the young 2004 season. We welcomed our Annual Day #3 group ­ Harry Calle and friends for a total of 6 anglers. We fished from Buoy 82, south to the CR Buoy, and finally to just north of Buoy 80. We struggled to catch 6 corpulent Spring Trophy Rockfish ranging from 31” – 37” (our limit). TJ Reiber (on far right in group shot) served as 1st Mate. After yesterday’s Banana debacle I promptly interrogated the crew prior to boarding, and yes, there was illegal and forbidden contraband: to wit, 1 Banana. Said item was immediately disposed of and consequently THE CURSE was narrowly avoided. Here’s your sign.

APRIL 18, 2004
Middle Chesapeake Bay Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

On the 2nd Day of the 2004 Maryland Spring Trophy Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) Season the weekend warrior armada diminished considerably. The excruciatingly slow bite from yesterday improved a skosh. Very cold water temperatures (49 – 50 degrees) are not helping either. It was another beautiful day out on The Bay, with fair seas and moderate air temperatures. Today was our 21st Fishing Trip of the young 2004 season. We welcomed our Annual Day #2 group – Jon Taylor and friends for a total of 11 anglers. We fished from CR Buoy south to Buoy 80 and finally, Buoy 78A. We struggled to catch 8 portly Spring Trophy Rockfish ranging from 29” – 39.5”. Zach Stauffer (on far right in group shot) served as 1st Mate. But the big story of the day was Ms. Anne H. Carter–Smith who, despite warnings, notices, e-mails, and presidential daily briefings to the contrary, brought along A BANANA on our outing. Yes, that’s right, you heard me – A BANANA! Needless to say, when the largest strike of the day came up, it was Ms. Smith’s turn. After 15 minutes of a fierce battle, The Beast spit the hook behind the boat as a harbinger for all to remember the CURSE OF THE BANANA. However, by virtue of a magnanimous gesture of a fellow angler who gave Ms. Smith his turn, she somewhat redeemed herself with a 39.5”/28 pound Pig which took the day for the big fish landed aboard the “Jil Carrie”.OK gang, since it’s a new season and all, let’s all repeat after me: NO BANANAS. NO BANANA BYPRODUCTS. NO BANANA CONTAINING FOODS OF ANY TYPE. NO BANANAS.

APRIL 17, 2004
Middle Chesapeake Bay Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Amidst the largest weekend warrior armada I have ever seen on The Bay numbering in the several hundred, fishing today was a nightmare. An excruciatingly slow bite coupled with very cold water temperatures (48 ­ 49 degrees) joined in with the mob to test the patience of Job. The one saving grace was that it was a beautiful day out on The Bay, with a slight chop and moderate temperatures. Today was our 20th Fishing Trip of the young 2004 season and the 1st day of Spring Trophy Season. We welcomed our annual “Legends of The Bay crew for a total of 9 anglers. Each time we hooked a fish a horrifying ruck ensued. The prospects of returning to the area where the fish was originally hook were grim, indeed, as miles of dodging boats gunwale to gunwale prevented turns for hours. We fished in front of Deale – at The Old Gas Buoy, Buoy 82, and Buoy 84. We struggled to catch 6 plump Spring Trophy Rockfish ranging from 31” ­ 38”. Capt. Al Jones (in front in group shot) served as 1st Mate.