December 2003 Fishing Reports

DECEMBER 31, 2003
Lower Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

On the last day of the 2003 calendar year, the fishing here in Lynnhaven continues to be excellent. Today, we welcomed the effervescent Capt. Woody Robertson of the Reedville, VA Charter Boat “Sharon’s Song”, our good friend Zubair Vaid of NOVA, family, and friends for a total of 6 anglers. We flogged 12 Beastly Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) ranging from 30″ – 40″ (our limit) with authority. We will be taxing the day off tomorrow to celebrate New Years Day with our families. We will resume fishing on Friday, January 2, 2004. Serving as 1st Mate was Mark “The Designated Winder” Shinn of VA Beach, VA (standing, on far right).

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DECEMBER 30, 2003
Lower Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

The fishing here in Lynnhaven continues to be excellent as the 2003 calender year winds down. Today, we welcomed the effervescent Capt. Woody Robertson of the Reedville, VA Charter Boat “Sharon’s Song”, our good friend Richard Baughan, also of Reedville, VA, Larry “Hoy Hoy” Freed of NOVA, and friends for a total of 8 anglers. We flogged 16 Beastly Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) ranging from 30″ – 40″ (our limit) with authority. We also released a 24″ undersized Rockfish. We also released a 30″ Rockfish which we caught at the end after we had our limit and were getting our lines up! On top of all of that, we also caught a 31″ Slammer Bluefish! Oh man, what a day! Serving as 1st Mate was Mark “The Designated Winder” Shinn of VA Beach, VA (kneeling, in center).

DECEMBER 29, 2003
Lower Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

The fishing here in Lynnhaven is holding up for The Beasts very nicely. Today, we spanked 12 corpulent Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) ranging from 32” ­ 40” (our limit) with authority. Serving as 1st Mate was TJ Reiber of NOVA.

DECEMBER 28, 2003
Lower Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report (p.m. trip)
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

The fishing was so good this morning we sneaked back out in the afternoon amidst absolutely beautiful wind and sea conditions. We spanked 6 obese Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) ranging from 32” ­ 43.5” (our limit) with alacrity. It was just the 2 Mates from this morning Mark “The Designated Winder” Shinn of VA Beach, VA and TJ Reiber of NOVA and yours truly, Capt. Croakerhead. Mark caught a truly impressive Beast which was 43.5”/31.5 lbs! It was caught on the BFOJO.

DECEMBER 28, 2003
Lower Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report (a.m. trip)
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

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Today, for our (fill in number later when I catch up) trip of the 2003 season we welcomed day 2 of Charlie “The Smooth Stuff” Meck, Country & Western Music Star Conway Twitty, Uncle Fester Adams, plus 4 friends for a total of 7 anglers. Once again – conspicuous in his absence from this usual band of rogues was 4 time All American University of North Carolina Lacrosse star Tom “It was only 3” Sears of Severna Park, MD. The rumor about the “Jil Carrie” decks was that “It was only 3” had quite a persistent hangnail, a full social schedule, and a slight problem with his kitchen table; and was simply unable to make their annual “Ready Room” soiree. This morning’s trip was a ½ day trip because the fellas had to get up the road – so we did a “quickie” to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.

The fishing was good today amidst absolutely beautiful wind and sea conditions. We spanked 14 portly Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) ranging from 18″ – 26.5″ with alacrity. We also released quite a few undersized Rockfish. Serving as Matest this morning were Mark “The Designated Winder” Shinn of VA Beach, VA and TJ Reiber of NOVA.
DECEMBER 27, 2003
Lower Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Today, for our (fill in number later when I catch up) trip of the 2003 season we welcomed Charlie “The Smooth Stuff” Meck, Country & Western Music Star Conway Twitty, Uncle Fester Adams, Richard Demnowicz (and his newlywed wife celebrating their honeymoon), the ebullient Capt. Woody Robertson of Reedville, Va and charter boat “Sharon’s Song” fame, family, and friends for a total of 12 anglers. Conspicuous in his absence from this usual band of rogues was 4 time All American University of North Carolina Lacrosse star Tom “It was only 3” Sears of Severna Park, MD. The rumor about the “Jil Carrie” decks was that “It was only 3” had quite a persistent hangnail, a full social schedule, and a slight problem with his kitchen table; and was simply unable to make their annual “Ready Room” soiree. The fishing was extremely tough today amidst absolutely horrific NNE winds, brisk air temperatures, and heavy seas. The forecast called for 5 ­ 10 knots SW and we were greeted with 20 ­ 30 NNE. Go figure? We worked our butts off to catch a respectable 19 ample Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) ranging from 30” ­ 38”. We also released 5 undersized Rockfish. We were visited by “Earl”, “Ralph”, and 3 of their cousins today for an impressive hurling total of 5 out of 12 ­ a season high worthy 40% “Car Salesman” ratio. Serving as Mates today were Mark “The Designated Winder” Shinn of VA Beach, VA and TJ Reiber of NOVA. “Exactly what was that stuff in the Ball jars??? And where was Zach??? Was that Conway falling on top of Capt. Woody???

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Spank, Spank, Spank!

DECEMBER 26, 2003
Lower Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Today, for our (fill in number later when I catch up) trip of the 2003 season we welcomed Bravitt Manley, Esq., family, and friends for a total of 11 anglers. We spent a great two days (12/24 & 12/25) at home with the family and Santa Claus so today we are back on The Bay! Fishing here in Lynnhaven was excellent again today amongst more beautiful weather conditions. We caught an impressive 22 portly Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) ranging from 31” ­ 39.5” (our limit). We also released 2 undersized Rockfish. Serving as Mates today were Mark “The Designated Winder” Shinn of VA Beach, VA and TJ Reiber of NOVA.

Spank, Spank, Spank!
Spank, Spank, Spank!

DECEMBER 23, 2003
Lower Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

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Today, for our (fill in number later when I catch up) trip of the 2003 season we welcomed infamous member of the “Legends of the Bay” Jim “Lead Rod” (pronounced “Leeeeed”) Boland, Sr., Chris “Polish Dristan” Wozniak, Buddy Lundmark, the perpetually ebullient Capt. Woody Roberts of the Reedville, VA charter boat “Sharon’s Song” and friends for a total of 11 anglers. Fishing here in Lynnhaven was good again today amongst absolutely beautiful weather conditions. We caught an impressive 22 corpulent Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) ranging from 28” ­ 35” (our limit). We also released 5 undersized Rockfish. We also caught a season high 4 Slammer Bluefish from 30” ­ 34.5”. It’s hard to believe we have weather this warm and Christmas Eve is tomorrow! We will be taking the next two days off to be with our families for the Christmas holiday.

We will return to fishing on Friday, 12/26/04. Happy Holidays everyone! Serving as Mates today were Mark “The Designated Winder” Shinn of VA Beach, VA and Capt. Woody’s mate “Chef” Tony (both pictured in rear).
DECEMBER 22, 2003
Lower Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Today, for our (fill in number later when I catch up) trip of the 2003 season we welcomed Mike Elliott, family, and friends for a total of 8 anglers. Fishing here in Lynnhaven was smokin’ red hot today amidst beautiful weather conditions by the afternoon. The morning started off a bit tough with 20 ­ 25 knot SW wind which made the sea conditions poor and the fishing slow. The winds calmed to 10 to 15 knots SW and the afternoon fishing lit on fire… We watched fishing boat after boat sail past us at break neck speeds heading south to unknown destinations down the shore, way over the horizon and far out of sight. We were the “Lone Wolf” left to bravely defend Lynnhaven and Cape Henry from the inevitable onslaught of the ferocious Beasts. We trolled an array of bucktails and parachutes from monel and monofilament. We “plinked and plunked” most of the afternoon and as we diligently trolled under a beehive of plugging Northern Gannets, we caught our last 2 fish for our limit for the day. Then, the 1st true Beastly melee of the 2003 winter season ensued. The 36” to 40” Beasts struck every pole remaining in the water on the boat (10) with a ferocious vengeance as if to tear the very rod holders from the gunwales and punish us for our transgressions of leaving Lynnhaven so thinly guarded. As the roar of the Beasts growled their gnarly call, the screaming drags told the vicious tale we have wanted to hear for oh so long:

“Everybody grab a pole and start cranking”…
“Uhh…, Capt. Croakerhead, there’s not enough winders”…
“Argghhhhh…”
“Oh, my achin’ arms”…
…and The Beasts were summarily subdued, thoroughly admonished for their transgressions, and released unharmed to fight yet another day… After the wonderful melee, we kept 16 humungous Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) from 30” – 40”. We also released 1 undersized Rockfish of 26”. And of course, we released the last 10 of the extra 36 ­ 40 inchers. That’s right, I said 10. Serving as 1st Mate today was TJ Reiber of NOVA (pictured on far left in group picture).

Here's Mike Elliott Sr. with a beauty…
Here’s Mike Elliott Sr. with a beauty…

DECEMBER 21, 2003
Lower Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Today, for our (fill in number later when I catch up) trip of the 2003 season we welcomed John Richardson, Bravitt Manley, and friends for a total of 6 anglers. Fishing here in Lynnhaven was slow today amidst improved weather, wind and sea conditions. The winds calmed to 10 ­ 15 knots switching from the NW to the SW. We trolled an array of bucktails and parachutes from monel and monofilament. We plucked 8 obese Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) from 28” – 33”. We also released 5 undersized Rockfish from 24” ­ 27.5”. Serving as 1st Mate today was TJ Reiber of NOVA (pictured on far left in group picture).

Here’s Bravitt with his “Christmas Present”…
Here’s Bravitt with his “Christmas Present”…
Back in the dark again…
Back in the dark again…

DECEMBER 20, 2003
Lower Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Today we welcomed “Wild Pony” Sutt of Baltimore, MD and Kenwood Anglers fame, Zubair Vaid, and friends for a total of 14 anglers. Fishing here in Lynnhaven was fair today amidst poor weather and sea conditions (again). We had another windy day (with steady 20 – 30 knot NW winds) and rough seas (frankly, I was shocked). Man, what a windy year it has been. The good news was that we heard the long awaited calls on the deck from “Ralph”, “Earl”, and “The Car Salesman” – a true Jil Carrie “Threepeat” or “Tripleheader” if you will! The Captain and Crew remained undaunted as we trolled a succulent smorgasbord of bucktails and parachutes from monel and monofilament. We devastated 23 portly Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) from 28″ – 37″. We also caught 2 monstrous Slammer Bluefish of 31″ and 32″. We also released 7 undersized Rockfish from 24″ – 27.5″. Serving as Mates today were Mark “The Designated Winder” Shinn of VA Beach, VA and TJ Reiber of NOVA.

Spank, Spank, Spank!
Spank, Spank, Spank!

DECEMBER 19, 2002
Lower Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Today, for our (fill in number later when I catch up) trip of the 2003 season we welcomed David Dumler and friends for a total of 7 anglers. We took the day off yesterday (Thursday, 12/18/03) for my son Jimmy’s 6th birthday party which was a blast! Fishing here in Lynnhaven was good this morning despite the poor weather and sea conditions. We had another windy day (with steady 20 – 30 knot NW winds) and rough seas (surprise, surprise). The Captain and Crew were not deterred as we trolled an impressive array of bucktails and parachutes from monel and monofilament. We hammered 14 corpulent Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) from 28″ – 39″ (our limit). We also caught 2 monstrous Slammer Bluefish of 34″ and 35″. We also released 6 undersized Rockfish from 24″ – 27.5. Serving as 1st Mate today was Mark “The Designated Winder” Shinn of VA Beach, VA (pictured on far left in group shot).

DECEMBER 17, 2003
Lower Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Today we welcomed our good friend Mr. Paul Kazyak, his daughter Danielle Kazyak, Capt. Mike Ferrell of the Reedville, VA charter boat “Shamrock” & friends for a total of 5 anglers. We will be taking tomorrow (Thursday, 12/18/03) off as I am traveling back home to Deale to be with my family for my son Jimmy’s 6th birthday party. We will resume fishing on Friday, December 19, 2003. This morning we had another break from the wind, but as the afternoon progressed, the conditions deteriorated significantly. The rain and fog set in after noon followed by a howling NW wind. Fortunately, we already had our limit and we were on our way back to the wharf before things got too bad. We trolled a veritable cornucopia of bucktails and parachutes. We flogged 10 obese Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) from 28″ – 39″ (our limit). The average size of the Rockfish we caught today was again excellent. But the big story today was Miss Danielle Kazyak who attends the 10th grade at Westminster High School as she caught the 2 biggest Beasts of the day to show everybody up! Another completely “Wild Kingdom” moment was when Paul hooked a monster Rockfish off a roof rod. Then, a Northern Gannett immediately plugged the surfacing, fighting Rockfish and knocked the Beast off the bucktail! The Gannett then got his wing hooked in the bucktail trying to plug the Rockfish. We released the Gannett (he was relatively unharmed) after we got him into the boat. This was definitely a first for the “Jil Carrie”. It was a good thing Paul was familiar with these birds and how to handle them. Paul took great care in getting the hook out of the Gannetts wing and gently released this beautiful bird! I’ve long admired these sleek birds from a distance, especially when they were plugging big Rockfish. It was certainly a treat to see one up close (in a bizarre way). [ Insert your favorite Warren Zevon “Excitable Boy” joke here ]. Somebody took a picture of Paul holding this huge bird. I didn’t take the picture, but I’ll post it when I get it! Score Gannets 1 – Rockfish 0! Serving as 1st Mate today was Mark The Designated Winder Shinn (pictured on far right).

DECEMBER 16, 2003
Lower Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Today, for our (fill in number later when I catch up) trip of the 2003 season we welcomed Erik Hoferer and friends for a total of 6 anglers.
Finally, a break from the wind today and it was a beautiful day out there on The Bay! The fishing was equally impressive. We trolled a
bedazzling array of bucktails and parachutes. We spanked 13 corpulent Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) keeping 12 (our limit) for the grill ranging
from 28” – 40” plus releasing a 26” while we were getting our lines up. The average size of the Rockfish we caught today was again excellent. Serving as 1st Mate today was Mark “The Designated Winder” Shinn (pictured on far right).

DECEMBER 15, 2003
Lower Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Today we welcomed Chris Wozniak and friends for a total of 9 anglers. It was great to get back on The Bay again today after getting blown out (again) on Sunday (12/18/03). Will this wind ever stop? This could be the windiest year I’ve ever seen! Today, the fishing down here out of Lynnhaven Inlet, Virginia Beach, Virginia returned to the excellent level we have come to expect here. We trolled an impressive array of bucktails and parachutes. We spanked 21 Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) keeping 18 (our limit) for the grill ranging from 28” 41” plus releasing a 26” and a 27” along with a 33” while we were getting our lines up. The average size of the Rockfish we caught today was excellent. The howling, brisk, 20 ­ 30 knot NW winds and heavy seas continued but, unfortunately, “Earl”, “Ralph”, and “The Car Salesman” did not make an appearance on the “Jil Carrie” decks. Winter fishing can be tough weather wise, but the last 2 seasons have been absolutely ridiculous! Serving as 1st Mate today was Mark “The Designated Winder” Shinn (pictured on far right). The infamous Capt. Woody Robertson of the Reedville, VA charter boat “Sharon’s Song” and his mate Tony rode along and helped with the mating duties and puttin’ “The Mojo” on the lines!

DECEMBER 13, 2003
Lower Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

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Today, for our (fill in number later when I catch up) trip of the 2003 season we welcomed Jerry Inzer, “Happy”, John & David Lyle, and friends for a total of 14 anglers. The fishing down here slowed again bit today as we struggled to catch 17 Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) ranging from 18” ­ 31” trolling today. The average size of the Rockfish that we have been catching here has seriously diminished over the last 2 days. A second day of howling, brisk, NE blow, and accompanying heavy seas hampered our efforts again. Will the wind this year ever stop???? Multiple “Earl”, “Ralph”, and even “The Car Salesman” made strong appearances on the “Jil Carrie” decks again today.

As a matter of fact, it looks like tomorrow’s gale force wind predictions are going to cause us to lose that trip to unfishable seas (again). Zach “I’m a Single Man Now” Stauffer was back from school for his 3rd shift here in Lynnhaven and served as 1st Mate today (at least he was here physically). Grand stories of outrageous animalistic antics “South of The Border” by Zach, Capt. Woody, and the Jerry Inzer crew resulted in the not unexpected “Capt. Jim, I’m going home and will call you later…maybe” response from skirt wearin’ Zach. Well, I suppose 3 days of hangin’ with Capt. Woody and ol’ Jim Beam was all that was necessary to send young Zach back to Severna Park with his tail between his legs… at least the coat and hat showed back up… “Ay Carumba”!

DECEMBER 12, 2003
Lower Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Today, for our (fill in number later when I catch up) trip of the 2003 season we welcomed Steve Jackson, family, and friends for a total of 11 anglers. The fishing down here slowed a bit today as we struggled to catch 18 Beastly and 1 small 18.5” (where did he come from) Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) ranging from 30” ­ 38” trolling today. A howling, brisk, NE blow and accompanying heavy seas hampered our efforts a bit as we lost several fish with the kids winding The Beasts, the heavy seas, and such… Hey, was that “Earl” and “Ralph” making an appearance? Zach “I’m a Single Man Now” Stauffer is back from school for his 2nd shift here in Lynnhaven and served as 1st Mate today (although 20 minutes tardy). Rumors were abounding the decks of the “Jil Carrie” that last night got real ugly at “Enchiladas” for Zach, Capt. Woody and the boys. Good thing I tipped my hat and said “goodnight gentlemen” at 2100 hours as I was rested and ready.

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Hey Zach – can you say “Burrito, Jim Beam, and what happened to my coat”? Yeah, I knew you could… Back to the photo in the dark thing….arrrggghhhhh….

DECEMBER 11, 2003
Lower Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Today, for our (fill in number later when I catch up) trip of the 2003 season we welcomed Capt. Woody Robertson and “The Old Boys Fishing Club” for a total of 11 anglers. The fishing down here keeps on tickin’ like The Energizer Bunny with a Timex! We caught an impressive collection of portly Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) ranging from 29” ­ 37” (our limit) trolling today. Zach “I’m a Single Man Now” Stauffer is back from school and served as 1st Mate today. This could get ugly. Can you say “Enchilada and Jim Beam”? Yeah, I know you can… “Release The Hounds”!

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DECEMBER 10, 2003
Lower Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Today, for our (fill in number later when I catch up) trip of the 2003 season we welcomed Rick Amaro and friends for a total of 15 anglers.

The fishing down here outside of Lynnhaven Inlet continues its torrid pace! We caught an outrageous cornucopia of obese Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) ranging from 29” ­ 38” (our limit) trolling today. We’re whackin’ and stackin’ down here and it feels good! We were accompanied again today by Capt. Woody Robertson of “Sharon’s Song” fame, his 1st mate Tony, Capt. Duby Lowery of Sea Toy” and others.

DECEMBER 9, 2003
Lower Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Today, for our (fill in number later when I catch up) trip of the 2003 season we welcomed Vicky D’Onofrio, Jamie Canter, and friends for a total of 10 anglers. The fishing down here outside of Lynnhaven Inlet is absolutely red hot! We caught an impressive array of corpulent Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) ranging from 29” ­ 36” (our limit) trolling today. Although the fish weren’t quite as big as yesterday’s spankin’ it’s still quite a whackin’! We were accompanied by Capt. Woody Robertson of “Sharon’s Song” fame, his 1st mate Tony and others.

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Vicky D’Onofrio displays her 36” Beast

DECEMBER 8, 2003
Lower Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

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Today, for our (fill in number later when I catch up) trip of the 2003 season we welcomed Tom Scharenbroken, Paul “Moose” Moskal, (what, no BOOM?) and friends for a total of 15 anglers. The bad news is we couldn’t fish Friday 12/5, Saturday 12/6, or Sunday 12/7 due to heavy winds and sea. We were blown out for the last 3 days by a wild Nor’easter; it was good to get back out on The Bay. Man, this has been some kinda windy year here on The Chesapeake. We have lost a ton of parties this season to bad weather ­ more than I can ever remember… The good news is that the fishing down here outside of Lynnhaven Inlet is wide open right now! We caught a simply unbelievable 30 humungous Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) ranging from 32” ­ 40” (our limit) today.

This Band of Merry Rogues included the likes of the infamous Capt. Woody of “Sharon’s Song” fame, Capt. Duby Lowery of the mighty “Sea Toy” and many other all stars! TJ Reiber served as 1st Mate. Oops, the telephone is ringin’… “Hello, Beasts, this is Capt. Croakerhead calling”…

“Yes, may we help you?”
“I’m baaaack”!

“Oh, the horror…the carnage”…

DECEMBER 4, 2003
Lower Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report (p.m. trip)
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

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This afternoon, for our (fill in number later when I catch up) trip of the 2003 season; we welcomed our good friend Mark “The Designated Winder” Shinn and friends for a total of 6 anglers. The fishing down here simply could not be any better! We caught 12 gargantuan Rockfish this afternoon (our limit) Rockfish in a hurry. We also caught 4 more huge Rockfish while we were trying to get our lines up to go in (released). We couldnt even get our lines out of the water as The Beasts gnashed at the bucktails as if to snatch them from their lines! Oh, Man I needed this fix! The bad news is that a severe Noreaster storm front is coming through this evening and we will lose the next 3 days (12/5 -12/7).

Arrrggghhhhhh! We will resume fishing on 12/8/03. The spankin’ continues! I did not have a 1st Mate this afternoon so a big “Jil Carrie” thank you to Mark and the crew for their able assistance with the mating duties! Our sweet revenge on The Beasts. “Who’s laughin’ now big boys?

DECEMBER 4, 2003
Lower Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report (a.m. trip)
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Today, for our (fill in number later when I catch up) trip of the 2003 season; we welcomed my good friend and college roommate Kevin Pascale, his brother Greg, and 2 friends for a total of 4 anglers. This is our 2nd day in Lynnhaven and the fishing is absolutely astounding! We moved the boat on the night of the 2nd and the morning of the 3rd here to VA Beach. We caught 8 enormous Rockfish this morning (plus my 2 boat fish) for a total of 10 Beastly Rockfish in a hurry. We also caught 2 huge Chopper Bluefish back to back – one was 36″ and one was 37″! The 37″ Chopper Bluefish came in on a double bucktail rig with a 33″ Rockfish! Talk about a fight!!! The spankin’ continues! I did not have a 1st Mate this morning so a big “Jil Carrie” thank you to the crew for their able assistance with the mating duties!

Here's our back to back 36" and 37" Chopper Bluefish. Woo Hoo!
Here’s our back to back 36″ and 37″ Chopper Bluefish. Woo Hoo!

DECEMBER 3, 2003
Lower Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Today we welcomed Bob Dolaway and Capt. Mike of the Shamrock Charter boat for a total of 2 anglers. The rest of Bob’s party did not show up and let me tell ya guys ­ you screwed up. We moved the boat last night and today showed why. I’ll let a picture say a thousand words (including my boat fish). The spankin’ has begun in earnest… and take a look at my boat fish…right out in front of Lynnhaven!!!!

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DECEMBER 2, 2003
Lower Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

We welcomed Mo Goldfarb and friends for a total of 9 anglers. Surprise, Surprise….another chilly, windy, blustery Fall day with heavy sea conditions. It appears that “Ralph”, “Earl”, and friends have taken up permanent residence aboard the “Jil Carrie”. We started trolling at Buoy 65 and moved trying for Fall Trophy Striped Bass (“Rockfish”). We used bucktails and parachutes for lures. Time to move the boat. Although we caught 8 humungous Rockfish up to 38” plus one fat 22” Rockfish for a total of 9 keepers, it’s time to pull the trigger. That’s not even half of the 20 big Rockfish we are allowed at this time of year. I know it’s a long drive, but trust me, it will be worth it. We are moving to Lynnhaven in the middle of the night tonight and fishing there tomorrow. It’s time for the whack & stack mode and I’m sick and tired of struggling… I did not have a 1st Mate today, so thanks to the party for helping me.

DECEMBER 1, 2003
Lower Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Today, for our (fill in number later when I catch up) trip of the 2003 season, we welcomed Marc “Egg Drop” Sinofsky, his brother, and friends from Baltimore, MD for a total of 6 anglers. It was another chilly, windy, blustery Fall day with heavy sea conditions. Will this wind ever stop??? “Ralph”, “Earl”, and friends were along for the ride again today for the 3rd day in a row! We started trolling at Buoy 72 and along the drop off there to the Target Ship and we DID ABSOLUTELY NOTHING trying for Fall Trophy Striped Bass (“Rockfish”). We used bucktails and parachutes for lures. Finally, I had more than enough of “watching the paint dry” and we decided to try some jigging on a few breaking schools of small and medium Rockfish with light spinning tackle. It was a good move. We used Li’l Bunker jigs and Stingsilvers for lures. We caught 12 rotund Rockfish from 18” ­ 29” (our limit) plus our boat fish using this method. We also caught 1 bazillion small undersized Rockfish which were released. We also released 1 Hickory Shad (moratorium). It’s good to see the Hickory Shad making a comeback! It’s very hard to say what is the problem with the Fall Trophies this year, but I can tell you one thing: it’s time to do some “exploring” and possibly move the boat. In my opinion, the fishing so far this Fall can be categorized as both inconsistent and frustrating. Poor weather conditions coupled with the strange behavior of inexplicably non feeding fish have made a difficult season that much tougher. The trip back across the Potomac River was another nightmare. TJ Reiber served as 1st Mate.