June 2003 Fishing Reports

JUNE 30, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield
Another beautiful day on The Bay today ­ hey, we’re on a roll! For our 76th Fishing Trip of the 2003 Fishing Season we welcomed Mr. Bravitt C. Manley, Jr. and his two sons ­ Matthew and Justin from Centreville, VA for a total of 3 anglers. There’s something absolutely wonderful about taking your kids out fishing on The Bay ­ it’s magic! We started by bottom fishing at Holland Point and at Poplar Island. We used standard bottom rigs baited with Bloodworms, Squid, Peeler Crab, Bait Shrimp, and Razor Clams. We did fairly well with the bottom fishing. We made 3 successful long drifts and caught 7 medium and jumbo Norfolk Spot, 6 nice White Perch, and 14 gargantuan Atlantic Croakers (“Hardhead”) up to our largest of the year ­ a 19.75/3.75 lb. Croakersaurus! On our 4th and 5th drifts, we didn’t catch anything so we decided to go and try some light tackle chumming for some Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) at “The Gooses”. So, we slinked on down The Bay and used cut Bunker and Razor Clams for hook bait in the chum slick. It was a good bite and a decent grade of fish. We caught 6 corpulent Rockfish from 18” ­ 24” (our limit) plus our boat fish at this location. We also released several undersized Rockfish. Zach Stauffer (standing in rear, in group shot) served as 1st Mate.

Earning a MDDNR Citation and Embroidered Patch were:

Bravitt C. Manley Jr. for a 17” Hardhead
Matthew C. Manley for a 19.75”/3.75 lb. Croakersaurus (our largest so far this year)
Earning a MDDNR Citation were:

Bravitt C. Manley Jr. for an 11.5” White Perch
Justin Manley for a 15.5” Hardhead

NE 29, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report

By Capt. Jim Brincefield

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It was another absolutely beautiful afternoon day on The Bay today. For our 75th Fishing Trip of the 2003 Fishing Season we welcomed our good friend Dave Smith and coworkers from Potomac Sprinkler for a total of 5 anglers. We slithered on down The Bay to do some light spinning tackle chumming for Striped Bass (“Rockfish”). We used cut Bunker and Razor Clams for hook bait. It was a good bite and an excellent grade of fish. We caught 10 portly Rockfish from 18” ­ 24” (our limit) plus our boat fish at this location. We also released several undersized Rockfish. Then we tried some bottom fishing but did not catch anything. Capt. Karl Bieberich (standing on far left, in group shot, with rabbit ears) served as 1st Mate. “Hey, did anybody see my straw hat”?

JUNE 28, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report (P.M. Trip)

By Capt. Jim Brincefield
It was an absolutely beautiful afternoon and evening on The Bay this afternoon, but the fishing was a bit slow. For our 74th Fishing Trip of the 2003 Fishing Season we welcomed Wayne Johnson, family, and friends for a bottom fishing extravaganza for a total of 6 anglers. We went bottom fishing at several locations ­ Holland Point, West River Lumps and Buoy 83A. We tried everything to get the fish to bite, but only a few wanted to cooperate. We struggled to catch every single one. In the end, we caught 10 medium and jumbo Norfolk Spot, 8 gargantuan Atlantic Croaker (“Hardhead”), 6 nice White Perch, 1 keeper Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) of 23”, and 4 undersized Rockfish (released). We used standard bottom rigs baited with Razor Clams, Squid, and Bloodworms for hook bait. Capt. Karl Bieberich (standing on far left, in group shot) served as 1st Mate.

Earning a MDDNR Citation and Embroidered Patch was:

13 year old angler Adam Wehler of St. Mary’s, PA for a 17.25” Hardhead
Earning a MDDNR Citation was:

Brian Johnson of St. Mary’s, PA for a 16” Hardhead

Here’s 13 year old angler Adam Wehler of St. Mary’s, PA with a beautiful 17.25” Hardhead

Brian Johnson of St.Mary’s PA scored our only keeper Rockfish a 23 beauty!

A slow night, but the crew really hung in there!

 

JUNE 28, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report (A.M. Trip)

By Capt. Jim Brincefield
It was another beautiful day on The Bay today but the fishing slowed down a bit. For our 73rd Fishing Trip of the 2003 Fishing Season we welcomed Dana & David Ayers, friends, and family for a bottom fishing extravaganza for a total of 28 anglers. We went bottom fishing at several locations ­ Holland Point, Choptank River and Old Rock. We caught 42 medium and jumbo Norfolk Spot, 44 nice White Perch, and several undersized Rockfish (released). We used standard bottom rigs with Razor Clams, Squid, and Bloodworms for hook bait. All of the kids really behaved well as many of them were on their first ever fishing trip! Several of the kids brought “Grandpa” along and he had not seen the Bay for many years. “Grandpa” and I reminisced about the old days and pondered whether these kids will live to see the demise of The Bay. Capt. Karl Bieberich (standing on far left, in rear) served as 1st Mate.

Earning a MDDNR Citation and My First Fish Award was:

12 year old angler Miss Emily Milchling of Westminster, MD for a 12” White Perch
13 year old angler Miss Allison Milchling of Westminster, MD for a 12” Norfolk Spot
Christian Libdan of Westminster, MD for a 10” Norfolk Spot

 

JUNE 27, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report

By Capt. Jim Brincefield
It was another great day on The Bay today (and still quite warm). The fishing was good, but slowed down a bit. We had some wild thunderstorms which we did our best to dodge, but still got caught a little bit. For our 72nd Fishing Trip of the 2003 Fishing Season we welcomed George Fuller, coworkers, and friends for a total of 12 anglers for an afternoon/evening combo trip. We slithered on down to “The Gooses” to do some light spinning tackle chumming. It was an excellent bite. We caught 24 obese Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) from 18” ­ 24” (our limit) plus our boat fish at this location. Overall, it was an excellent grade of Rockfish again today. We also released a few undersized Rockfish. Then we went bottom fishing at The Stone Rock in the mouth of the Choptank River. It was a fair bite. We caught a 5 gallon bucket full of medium and Jumbo Norfolk Spot and Atlantic Croaker (“Hardhead”). We used standard bottom rigs with Razor Clams, Squid, and Bloodworms for hook bait. Capt. Karl Bieberich (standing on far left) served as 1st Mate.

 

JUNE 26, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report

By Capt. Jim Brincefield
It was another absolutely a perfect day on The Bay today (although quite warm) and the fishing continued it’s mid summer torrid pace. For our 71st Fishing Trip of the 2003 Fishing Season we welcomed Jim Stansbury, coworkers, and friends for a total of 15 anglers. We slithered on down to “The Gooses” to do some light spinning tackle chumming. It was an excellent bite. We caught 30 obese Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) from 18” ­ 25” (our limit) plus our boat fish at this location. Overall, it was an excellent grade of Rockfish again today. We also released a few undersized Rockfish. Then we went bottom fishing at The Stone Rock in the mouth of the Choptank River. It was a good bite there, as well. We caught 1 gargantuan Atlantic Croaker (“Hardhead”) and an orange mesh bushel basket full of medium and Jumbo Norfolk Spot. We used standard bottom rigs with Razor Clams, Squid, and Bloodworms for hook bait. Chris (a/k/a “Pigtail”) 1st Mate aboard “Canvasback” (not pictured) filled in for 1st Mate Zach Stauffer who is on vacation.

 

JUNE 25, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report

By Capt. Jim Brincefield
It was another absolutely a perfect day on The Bay today (although quite warm) and the fishing continued on a torrid pace. For our 70th Fishing Trip of the 2003 Fishing Season we welcomed Tom Martins of Martins West Laurel Filling Station, his brother “Big Fish” Jim Martins, family, coworkers, and friends for a total of 13 anglers. We slithered on down to “The Gooses” to do some light spinning tackle chumming. It was an excellent bite. We caught 26 obese Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) from 18” ­ 25” (our limit) plus our boat fish at this location. Overall, it was an excellent grade of Rockfish again today. We also released a few undersized Rockfish. Jim “Big Fish” Martins was living up to his namesake until Meghan bested his 24” with a 25” Rockfish (whew, I would have never lived that one down). I must admit, “Big Fish” did put a whoopin’ on ‘em until mysteriously, his hook “went dull” – ??? Then we went bottom fishing at The Stone Rock in the mouth of the Choptank River. It was a good bite there, as well. We caught 1 gargantuan Atlantic Croaker (“Hardhead”) and an orange mesh bushel basket full of medium and Jumbo Norfolk Spot. We used standard bottom rigs with Razor Clams, Squid, and Bloodworms for hook bait. Zach Stauffer (seated on rail on far left) served as 1st Mate.

 

JUNE 24, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report

By Capt. Jim Brincefield
It was absolutely a perfect day on The Bay today and the fishing improved dramatically. For our 69th Fishing Trip of the 2003 Fishing Season we welcomed Jim “Lead Rod, Jr.” (pronounced leed) Boland, Jr., his brother Brian Boland, and the gang from Ashburn, VA Home Depot for a total of 7 anglers. Conspicuous in his absence was the Patriarch of this crew and one of our “Legends of the Bay” ­ Jim “Lead Rod” (pronounced leed) Boland, Sr. As the crew offered various and num

erous criticisms regarding his absence, the Captain defended his honor for this “excused” absence. We slinked on down to “The Gooses” to do some light spinning tackle chumming. It was a good bite. We caught 14 corpulent Striped Bass from 18” ­ 27” (our limit) plus our boat fish at this location. Overall, it was an excellent grade of Rockfish. We also released a few undersized Rockfish. Then we went bottom fishing at Buoy #10 – Cook’s Point, Buoy 12, The Sands and The Stone Rock in the mouth of the Choptank River. It was a good bite there, as well. We caught 1 gargantuan Atlantic Croaker, (“Hardhead”), and a 5 gallon bucket full of medium and Jumbo Norfolk Spot. We used standard bottom rigs with Razor Clams, Squid, and Bloodworms for hook bait. Capt. Al “The Livin’ Legend” (standing on far left in group shot) served as 1st Mate.

Earning a MD Department of Natural Resources Citation was:

Candy Rolle of Harpers Ferry, WV for a 15.5” Hardhead

 

JUNE 23, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report

By Capt. Jim Brincefield
For our 68th Fishing Trip of the 2003 Fishing Season we welcomed our good friend Henry Morris, Esq., family, and friends for an afternoon/evening combo trip (4:00 p.m. – midnight) for a total of 7 anglers. We slithered on down to “The Gooses” to do some light spinning tackle chumming. It was a good bite. We caught 14 obese Striped Bass (our limit) plus our boat fish at this location. We also released a few undersized Rockfish. Then we went bottom fishing at Buoy #10 – Cook’s Point in the Choptank River. It was a good bite there, as well. We caught 42 gargantuan Atlantic Croakers (“Hardhead”), and 6 medium and Jumbo Norfolk Spot. We used standard bottom rigs with Razor Clams, Squid, and Bloodworms for hook bait. Zach Stauffer (on left, in rear) served as 1st Mate. The party declined Citations (for “Hardheads”).

 

JUNE 22, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report

By Capt. Jim Brincefield
With the storms clearing through last night, today’s weather on The Bay was absolutely perfect (for a change). And the fish responded well! So, for our 67th Fishing Trip of the 2003 Fishing Season we welcomed Phil and Patty Horne, family, and friends for a mid-day combo trip (11:00 a.m. ­ 7:00 p.m.) for a total of 9 anglers. We slithered on down to “The Gooses” to do some light spinning tackle chumming. It was a good bite. We caught 18 portly Striped Bass (our limit) plus our boat fish at this location. We also released a few undersized Rockfish. Then we went bottom fishing at Buoy #10 – Cook’s Point in the Choptank River. It was a good bite there, as well. We caught 10 gargantuan Atlantic Croakers (“Hardhead”), 4 nice White Perch, and 10 medium and Jumbo Norfolk Spot. We used standard bottom rigs with Razor Clams, Squid, and Bloodworms for hook bait. Capt. Karl Bieberich (not pictured) served as 1st Mate.

Earning a MDDNR Citation was:

11 year old angler Brent Schmitt of Cincinnati, Ohio for a 16.5” Hardhead
Earning a MDDNR Citation and Embroidered Patch was:

Michael P. Ford of Oswego, NY for a 17.5” “Croakersaurus”

JUNE 21, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report (P.M. Trip)

By Capt. Jim Brincefield
We had the morning off this morning because we went to Capt. Frank Carver’s wedding at 3:00 p.m. We took the kids and some friends fishing this morning under perfect weather conditions. After Capt. Frank’s wedding we took an afternoon party out with impending skies, dark clouds, and approaching storms…oh , no not this Spring, you must be thinking of another… So, for our 66th Fishing Trip of the 2003 Fishing Season we welcomed the men of VACCA Northern Virginia Chapter for a total of 12 anglers. We slithered on over to “Suicide Hill” to do some light spinning tackle chumming. It was a disaster. Between a completely non-existent bite and the violent storms, coupled with howling winds, crashing lightning and thunder, and torrential rains – it just could not get any worse. We tried to “save the day” with some bottom fishing at Poplar Island. That too, was miserable. We managed to only scrape together 12 Atlantic Croakers (“Hardhead”), 6 nice White Perch, and 10 medium and Jumbo Norfolk Spot. We used standard bottom rigs with Razor Clams, Squid, and Bloodworms for hook bait. We ended up coming back to the wharf early to get out of the storms and rain. A big “Jil Carrie” Thank You to all of the intrepid anglers who really hung in there despite the slow bite and horrible weather. Zach Stauffer (not pictured) served as 1st Mate.

 

JUNE 21, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report (A.M. Trip)

By Capt. Jim Brincefield
We had the morning off this morning because we are scheduled to go to Capt. Frank Carver’s wedding at 3:00 p.m. So, we figured for our 65th Fishing Trip of the 2003 Fishing Season we would take the kids out front fishing. We took Little Jimmy and Sarah and a couple who are friends of ours from the neighborhood ­ Frank & Cathleen DuBois and their two kids ­ Camille & Barron for a total of 7 anglers. We putt putted out front to make a couple of drifts on Holland Point Bar. We caught 3 humungous Atlantic Croakers, 6 huge White Perch, and 8 medium and Jumbo Norfolk Spot. We used standard bottom rigs with Razor Clams and Bloodworms for hook bait.
Our son, James C. Brincefield IV – “Little Jimmy”, who is 5 years old, caught his first Maryland Department of Natural Resources Citation and Embroidered Patch fish of his young life – a 12.75″ whopper of a White Perch while bottom fishing at Holland Point, Deale, MD on 6/21/03. Little Jimmy was fishing with his sister Sarah Elizabeth, his Mom Jil, and Daddy – Capt. Jim Brincefield aboard the “Jil Carrie”. This beauty of a White Perch struck a bloodworm fished from a standard bottom rig. “That’s my boy”!

Here’s Little Jimmy and his 6 year old friend/young angler Barron Dubois of Deale, MD with a pair of nice MDDNR Citation Hardheads! No, not Jil and Frank!
JUNE 20, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report (P.M. Trip)

By Capt. Jim Brincefield
For our 64th Fishing Trip of the 2003 Fishing Season we welcomed the gang from Tidalfish.com BS Board for a total of 18 anglers for an evening bottom fishing trip to raise money for our favorite charity – The Ele Fund. More rains, more winds, more rough weather, more fronts coming through – somebody just shoot me. We slinked on down to “The Gooses” to do some bottom fishing. We used standard bottom rigs with Razor Clams, Bloodworms, Squid, Peeler Crabs, Bait Shrimp, and cut Bunker for hook bait. Fritzer used jigs and jigged a few undersized Rockfish (released) and a few Norfolk Spot. We struggled through a very slow bite to catch 6 Atlantic Croakers, 25 medium and jumbo Norfolk Spot, and 4 undersized Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) (released). We quit early as what slow bite we had going, completely shut down shortly after 9:00 p.m. The slow bite only added fuel to the adult beverages fire though, as many aboard made up for lost time! Upon our return to the wharf, we invaded the Happy Harbor and enjoyed good company and cold, frosty, malted adult beverages until closing time. We will do another CroakerFest on Friday, August 1, 2003 to make up for this one. Zach Stauffer (seated on rail, on far right, in rear) served as 1st Mate today.
Chumbucket and The Love Dwarf. The face only she could love.
Brian ‘Champion of the Workin’ Man” Bunk with the 1st Hardhead of the evening (which won $5.00/angler including a fin from yours truly).

“Hello, Happy Harbor? Exactly how many 10 oz. Budweisers do you have in stock?” “What in the world are you crouching down to do Le Chumbouquet?”

 

JUNE 20, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report (A.M. Trip)

By Capt. Jim Brincefield
For our 63rd Fishing Trip of the 2003 Fishing Season we welcomed Ron Caldwell and friends for a total of 11 anglers for a morning light spinning tackle chumming trip. More rains, more winds, more rough weather ­ STOP THE MADNESS!!! We slithered on over to “Suicide Hill” to do some light spinning tackle chumming. We used standard chumming rigs with Razor Clams and cut Bunker for hook bait on the chumming rigs. We struggled to catch 18 portly Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) from 18” – 23” at this location. We also released quite a few undersized Rockfish. Zach Stauffer (seated on rail, on far right, in rear) served as 1st Mate today.
A young angler shows off his 1st Keeper Rockfish
A wet, soggy, cold, and tired crew happy to be back at the wharf

 

JUNE 19, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report

By Capt. Jim Brincefield
For our 62nd Fishing Trip of the 2003 Fishing Season we welcomed the Knights of Columbus Council led by our good friend Jim “Lead Rod” (pronounced “leed”) Boland, Sr. for a total of 11 anglers for a morning (6:00 a.m. ­ 2:00 p.m.) light tackle bottom fishing and chumming trip. Surprise, surprise, another cloudy, overcast, rainy damp, and dismal day. Somebody turn this stuff off! We tried something a bit different today as we stopped out front at Holland Point Bar to collect some White Perch and Spot to try some live lining at The Hill to see if we could scare up some larger Rockfish. We made several drifts and caught 10 medium and Jumbo Norfolk Spot, 12 nice White Perch and 4 enormous Atlantic Croakers (“Hardhead”). We used standard Bottom Rigs and baited up with Cut Spot, Razor Clams, Bloodworms, Squid, Bait Shrimp, and Peeler Crab for hook bait. Then, we slinked on over to “Suicide Hill” to do some light spinning tackle chumming and live lining. The live lining did not work at all. We used standard chumming rigs with Razor Clams and cut Bunker for hook bait on the chumming rigs. We caught 18 portly Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) from 18” – 23” at this location. We also released quite a few undersized Rockfish. Capt. Al “The Livin’ Legend” Jones (seated on rail, on far right, in rear) served as 1st Mate today.

 

JUNE 18, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report

By Capt. Jim Brincefield
For our 61st Fishing Trip of the 2003 Fishing Season we welcomed the Northrup/Grumman Company led by Mike Rigby for a total of 10 anglers for a morning (6:00 a.m. ­ 2:00 p.m.) combo trip. It was another cloudy, overcast, damp, and dismal day. Will this stuff ever stop? We slithered on over to “Suicide Hill” to do some light spinning tackle chumming. We used standard chumming rigs with Razor Clams and cut Bunker for hook bait. It was a good bite. We caught 20 portly Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) from 18” – 24” (our limit) plus our boat fish at this location. We also released several undersized Rockfish. Then we went bottom fishing at Poplar Island. We made several drifts and caught 80 medium and Jumbo Norfolk Spot, 2 nice White Perch and 12 enormous Atlantic Croakers (“Hardhead”). We used standard Bottom Rigs and baited up with Cut Spot, Razor Clams, Bloodworms, Squid, Bait Shrimp, and Peeler Crab for hook bait. Zach Stauffer (seated on rail, on far right, in rear) served as 1st Mate today.
Now here’s a nice Rockfish caught on light spinning tackle!

From The Land of Pleasant Livin’…

 

JUNE 17, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report

By Capt. Jim Brincefield
For our 60th Fishing Trip of the 2003 Fishing Season we held our 1st Annual Chesapeake Bay Scientists Trip for a total of 12 anglers for an 8:00 a.m. ­ 4:00 p.m. day party. Our Guest of Honor for our Inaugural Trip was renowned National Science Foundation and NOAA environmental and marine biologist Mr. Edward O. Murdy. Mr. Murdy is the author of the “Bible” on Chesapeake Bay Fishes entitled “Fishes of the Chesapeake Bay”, published by the Smithsonian Press. This fishing trip is designed to be a “Thank You” to some of the people that help us to better understand and manage our Chesapeake Bay fisheries. It is also an opportunity for us to get together and exchange ideas while enjoying a day on the Chesapeake Bay. Also, I was especially happy to have Jil and her friend Sue Wilkins along to help us welcome our guests. It was a decent day on The Bay with fair seas and calm winds (for a change) and the fish were a snappin’… Covering this event for the press was Lauren Silver of The Bay Weekly Newspaper. The best part about her attendance was that Ms. Silver caught her 1st Fish today (amongst others) – a 19” keeper Rockfish! We slithered on over to “Suicide Hill” to do some light spinning tackle chumming. We used standard chumming rigs with Razor Clams and cut Bunker for hook bait. It was an excellent bite with a superb grade of fish. We caught 24 obese Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) from 18” ­ 31.5” (our limit) plus our boat fish at this location. We also released several undersized Rockfish. Jil had the big fish of the day ­ a 27.5” beauty, but Angel Bolinger from the MDDNR Fisheries Service took the day near the end with a 31.5” Whopper! Then we went bottom fishing at Poplar Island. We made several drifts and caught 80 medium and Jumbo Norfolk Spot, 6 nice White Perch and 2 Atlantic Croakers (“Hardhead”). Then we tried a few drifts at Buoy 84 for Flounder with no takers. We used standard Bottom Rigs and baited up with Cut Spot, Razor Clams, Bloodworms, Squid, Bait Shrimp, and Peeler Crab for hook bait. Capt. Al “The Livin’ Legend” Jones (on far left) served as 1st Mate. Zach Stauffer (seated on rail, on far right) served as 2nd Mate today.

 

JUNE 16, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report

By Capt. Jim Brincefield
For our 59th Fishing Trip of the 2003 Fishing Season we welcomed our good friend Mr. Dennis Hankey of PA and friends for a total of 9 anglers on an afternoon/evening combo trip. It was another cloudy, blustery, damp, cold, dreary, windy afternoon and evening on The Bay today (what’s new) complete with choppy seas and a nasty 15 ­ 20 knot East wind. As Capt. Al “The Livin’ Legend says… “East is the least”… So, we slithered on over to “Suicide Hill” to do some light spinning tackle chumming. We used standard chumming rigs with Razor Clams and cut Bunker for hook bait. It was a decent bite. We caught 18 obese Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) from 18” ­ 26.75” (our limit) plus our boat fish at this location. We also released several undersized Rockfish. We also caught 1 Snapper Bluefish ­ 19”/2.5 lbs. Then we went bottom fishing at Poplar Island. We made 3 drifts and caught only 1 White Perch. Then we went bottom fishing at the Clay Banks Buoy. We made 4 drifts and caught 2 medium Norfolk Spot and 1 humungous Atlantic Croaker (“Hardhead”). Then we went bottom fishing at “The Gooses” and caught 100 plump Hardheads from 14” ­ 17” and a few more Rockfish (released ­ over limit). We used standard Bottom Rigs and baited up with Cut Spot, Razor Clams, Bloodworms, Squid, Bait Shrimp, and Peeler Crab for hook bait. Zach Stauffer (standing, on far right) served as 1st Mate today.
“Hey Hankey, can you beat this 26.75” Beauty? What was that, Capt. Jim had to catch your 2nd keeper for you? DOH!”

The Story of The Old Bull and The Young Bull
JUNE 15, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report

By Capt. Jim Brincefield
Happy Fathers Day to all you Dad’s! For our 58th Fishing Trip of the 2003 Fishing Season we welcomed Doug Cooper, his dad, family, and friends for a total of 6 anglers. We’ve had the Cooper family out several times previously, and they are an absolute joy to fish with as they have a true passion for their fishing! It was a wonderful day on The Bay today (for a change), with fair seas and mild temperatures. Our Bay water temperature has now risen to a balmy 70 degrees. As the Summer Solstice approaches, we are starting to see more of a Summer pattern in our fishery. It certainly has been a long time coming this year as the Winter and Spring of 2002/2003 will long be remembered for its cold, record breaking snows, record breaking rains, and flooding. It will also be remembered for its fantastic Rockfishing. It just goes to show you what a good, cold, wet Winter and Spring will do for these Rockfish. The YOI index should be off the charts this year. Today, we slinked on over to “The Hill” to do some light spinning tackle chumming. We used standard chumming rigs with Razor Clams and cut Bunker for hook bait. We caught 12 corpulent Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) from 18” ­ 23” (our limit) plus our boat fish at this location. We also released several undersized Rockfish. Then we went bottom fishing at Poplar Island. We caught 45 Medium and Jumbo Norfolk Spot (we stripped up the Medium ones for Flounder bait and kept the Jumbos) and 10 humungous Atlantic Croaker (“Hardhead”) from 14” ­ 16.5”. We used standard Bottom Rigs and baited up with cut Bunker, Razor Clams, Bloodworms, Squid, and Peeler Crab for hook bait. Then we went Flounder fishing between Buoy 84 and 84A. We rigged up with Flounder Pounder rigs fished from light spinning tackle. We used cut Spot for hook bait. We caught an incredible 27 Flounder ranging from 13” ­ 16.75” in 7 drifts ­ but no keepers! Oh, man that was frustrating going 0 for 27, but the party really hung in there trying to get one to measure! After going 5 for 9 on our last Flounder effort, I felt really good about today. The conditions were excellent for Floundering. We had a good, strong, outgoing current, favorable sea conditions, and an abundance of baitfish in the area. Well, it just goes to show you how little Ol’ Capt. Croakerhead knows about Flounder. Maybe I’ll have to check in with “Almost Capt.” Bob “Another Sandwich” Reed for more Floundering lessons. Capt. Karl Bieberich (squatting, on far right) served as 1st Mate today. The party declined Citations for their Hardhead and Spot.

 

JUNE 14, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report (P.M. Trip)

By Capt. Jim Brincefield
For our 57th Fishing Trip of the 2003 Fishing Season we welcomed our good friends from the U.S. Navy ­ MWR ­ Bethesda for a total of 11 anglers. On an absolutely gorgeous evening on The Bay, we slinked on over to “The Hill” to do some light spinning tackle chumming. We used standard chumming rigs with Razor Clams and cut Bunker for hook bait. We caught 22 portly Striped Bass from 18” ­ 25” (our limit) plus our boat fish at this location. We also released several undersized Rockfish. Then we went bottom fishing at “The Gooses”. We caught one bazillion humungous Atlantic Croaker (“Hardhead”) from 14” ­ 19.25” (including our largest of the year ­ 19.25” ­ see below picture). We used standard Bottom Rigs and baited up with cut Bunker, Razor Clams, Bloodworms, Squid, and Peeler Crab for hook bait. Zach Stauffer (seated on far right) served as 1st Mate this evening.

Here’s Jeff Canter of Huntington Beach, CA with a 19.25”/3.5 lb. “Croakersaurus” ­ our largest of the year so far.

“Oh, what an evening ­ Fish On!”

 

JUNE 14, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report (A.M. Trip)

By Capt. Jim Brincefield
For our 56th Fishing Trip of the 2003 Fishing Season we welcomed Marlboro Auto Body Staff plus a “ride along/1st Mate trainee”-Scott Wessells for a total of 13 anglers. On an absolutely gorgeous day on The Bay, we slithered on over to “The Hill” to do some light spinning tackle chumming. We used standard chumming rigs with Razor Clams and cut Bunker for hook bait. We caught 26 portly Striped Bass from 18” ­ 25” (our limit) plus our boat fish at this location. We also released several undersized Rockfish. Then we went bottom fishing at Poplar Island. We caught 13 humungous Norfolk Spot, 6 monstrous Atlantic Croaker (“Hardhead”) from 14” ­ 16.5” and 3 nice White Perch (including our largest of the year ­ 11.5” ­ see below picture). We used standard Bottom Rigs and baited up with cut Bunker, Razor Clams, Bloodworms, Squid, and Peeler Crab for hook bait. Zach Stauffer (on far right, seated on rail ­ sans chemise/showing off manly physique) served as 1st Mate today.
Here’s Bill ­ the General Manager of Marlboro Auto Body ­ with our largest White Perch of the year so far ­ an 11.5” beauty!

“I doesn’t get any better than this…”

JUNE 13, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report

By Capt. Jim Brincefield
For our 55th Fishing Trip of the 2003 Fishing Season we welcomed Tony Tran, the Tran Brothers, and the “Vietnamese Croakers and Snappers” for a total of 12 anglers. We slithered on over to “The Hill” to do some light spinning tackle chumming. We used standard chumming rigs with Razor Clams and cut Bunker for hook bait. We caught 24 portly Striped Bass from 18” ­ 25” (our limit) plus our boat fish at this location. We also released several undersized Rockfish. Then we went bottom fishing at Poplar Island. We caught 12 humungous Norfolk Spot (including the 14.5” beauty pictured below) and 10 Atlantic Croaker (“Hardhead”) from 14” ­ 16.5”. We used standard Bottom Rigs and Flounder Pounders, and baited up with cut Bunker, Razor Clams, Bloodworms, Squid, and Peeler Crab for hook bait. Zach Stauffer (on far left) served as 1st Mate today. Check out Jil, Little Jimmy, and Sarah admiring the catch and “hamming it up” on far left.

Here’s a 14.5” Norfolk Spot ­ the largest ever caught on our boat by far!

The “Vietnamese Snappers and Croakers” ready for some R&R on The Bay

 

JUNE 12, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report

By Capt. Jim Brincefield

For our 54th Fishing Trip of the 2003 Fishing Season we welcomed Tim Covington and friends for a total of 8 anglers for an afternoon/evening combo trip. We slithered on over to “The Hill” to do some light spinning tackle chumming. We used standard chumming rigs with Razor Clams and cut Bunker for hook bait. We caught 16 portly Striped Bass from 18” ­ 25” (our limit) plus our boat fish at this location. We also released several undersized Rockfish. Then we went bottom fishing at “The Gooses”. We caught 125 humungous Atlantic Croaker (“Hardhead”) from 14” ­ 18”. We used standard Bottom Rigs and Flounder Pounders, and baited up with cut Bunker, Razor Clams, Bloodworms, Squid, and Peeler Crab for hook bait. Capt. Karl Bieberich (on far left) served as 1st Mate today.

 

JUNE 11, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report

By Capt. Jim Brincefield
For our 53rd Fishing Trip of the 2003 Fishing Season we welcomed Rob Yetter of Yetter Insurance Services, and his loyal clients (including world famous 4 time All American Lacrosse star from the University of North Carolina and proud life long resident of Severna Park, MD ­ Tom “It was only 3” Sears) for a total of 12 anglers. We slithered on over to “The Hill” to do some light spinning tackle chumming. We used standard chumming rigs with Razor Clams and cut Bunker for hook bait. We caught 24 portly Striped Bass from 18” 25” (our limit) plus our boat fish at this location. We also released several undersized Rockfish. It was a good thing that “Sam” came along, though, because he caught all of the big ones! “Hey Searsie” ­ quit standing on Sam’s oxygen tank hose”! Then we went bottom fishing at Buoy 10 ­ Cook’s Point in the Choptank River. It was slow. We caught 7 Atlantic Croaker (“Hardhead”) from 14” ­ 16.5”. We also caught our 1st Gray Trout (“Sea Trout” or “Weakfish”) of the year ­ a fine 14” specimen! We used standard Bottom Rigs and Flounder Pounders, and baited up with cut Bunker, Razor Clams, Bloodworms, Squid, and Peeler Crab for hook bait. We also saw two beautiful pods of Bottlenose Dolphin (approximately 8-10 Dolphin in each pod) surfacing and feeding in the Choptank River Channel between Buoys 9 and 10. Their presence and feeding may have had something to do with the slow bottom fishing in this area today. Chris (a.k.a. “Pigtail” ­ see below picture) 1st Mate of the “Canvasback” Charter Boat substituted for Zach as 1st Mate aboard the Jil Carrie today. Many thanks to Capt. Brian Keehn for loaning me “Pigtail” for the day ­ he’s an excellent 1st Mate! “Pigtail” has worked with us a few times before, so he easily stepped up to bail out Zach’s butt. Zach oh so desperately needed the day off to continue his 4 day soiree in Wilmington, N.C. with long time college girlfriend – Mary. “Hey Zach ­ it’s poop or get off the pot time, pal”!

Here’s “Pigtail” with his catch of our 1st Sea Trout of the 2003 season

“Hey Searsie” ­ could ya pick on somebody who’s NOT on an oxygen tank?
JUNE 9, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report

By Capt. Jim Brincefield
For our 52nd Fishing Trip of the 2003 Fishing Season we welcomed Lee & Brian Slagle, family, and friends for a total of 6 anglers. We slinked on over to “The Hill” to do some light spinning tackle chumming. We used standard chumming rigs with Razor Clams and cut Bunker for hook bait. We caught 12 corpulent Striped Bass from 18” ­ 24” (our limit) plus our boat fish at this location. We also released several undersized Rockfish. Then we went Flounder fishing at Buoy 84 and much to my surprise, we caught 9 Flounder (5 keepers from 17.5” ­ 18.5” and 4 undersized Flounder released). We also caught a 16” Atlantic Croaker (“Hardhead”). We used standard Bottom Rigs and Flounder Pounders, and baited up with cut Bunker and Peeler Crab for hook bait. Catching Flounder now, with this cool and rainy Spring we’ve had is a welcome surprise. We could sure use a run of these “flatties” this year. Capt. Al “The Livin’ Legend” Jones (standing, 3rd from right, with yellow slicks) served as 1st Mate today. We have our 1st day off of the season tomorrow…maybe I’ll have a chance to start on that honeydew” list then….naaaa…

 

JUNE 8, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report

By Capt. Jim Brincefield
For our 51st Fishing Trip of the 2003 Fishing Season we welcomed Anthony Rulli and friends for a total of 16 anglers. It was another cool, damp and breezy day (will this stuff ever stop?). We slithered on over to “The Hill” to do some light spinning tackle chumming. We used standard chumming rigs with Razor Clams and cut Bunker for hook bait. We caught 32 corpulent Striped Bass from 18” ­ 25” (our limit) plus our boat fish at this location. We also released several undersized Rockfish. Then we went to Tolly’s Point to do some White Perch fishing with light spinning tackle. It was an excellent bite. We caught 75 medium White Perch and 5 jumbo White Perch. We used standard bottom rigs baited with Bloodworms, Razor Clams and Peeler Crab for hook bait. Then we went to Holland Point Bar and made a drift with the same array. We caught 3 large Atlantic Croaker (“Hardhead”) and 2 more jumbo White Perch. Zach Stauffer served as 1st Mate (on far right).

Here’s Tony Toledo who took the day’s big fish pool with the largest fish ­ a 25” Rockfish – it was a tagged fish! Tony also had the 2nd place fish a 24” Rockfish!

Another damp and tired crew with a great catch

 

JUNE 7, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report (P.M. trip)

By Capt. Jim Brincefield
For our 50th Fishing Trip of the 2003 Fishing Season we welcomed Al Gaibrois and friends including Tom “The Sandbagger” and Nate “The Card Player” for a total of 11 anglers for an afternoon/evening combo trip. It was another rainy, cool, damp and breezy evening (what’s new?). We scurried on over to “The Hill” to do some light spinning tackle chumming. We used standard chumming rigs with Razor Clams and cut Bunker for hook bait. We caught 22 corpulent Striped Bass from 18” ­ 26” (our limit) plus our boat fish at this location. We also released several undersized Rockfish. Then we went on down to “The Gooses” to anchor up for some evening Atlantic Croaker (“Hardhead”) fishing with light spinning tackle. It was an excellent bite. Oh, what a lot of fun! We caught 175 gargantuan Hardhead from 14” ­ 18.5” in 4 hours of fishing. We used standard bottom rigs baited with Bloodworms. Razor Clams, Bait Shrimp, Peeler Crab and Squid for hook bait. Zach Stauffer served as 1st Mate (on far right).
Here’s 1st time fisherman Courtney Harris who took the day’s big fish pool with the largest fish ­ a 26” Rockfish! (Nate and Tom were too busy playing cards).

A wet and tired crew with our best Hardhead and Rock catch so far this year

 

JUNE 7, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report (A.M. trip)

By Capt. Jim Brincefield
For our 49th Fishing Trip of the 2003 Fishing Season we welcomed Billy Sturgell and the gang from Marlboro Auto Body for a total of 16 anglers for a half day trip (6:00 a.m. ­ 12:00 p.m. It was a horrible day weather wise with torrential rains and brisk, cool, damp winds (what’s new?). We slinked on over to “The Hill” to do some light spinning tackle chumming. We used standard chumming rigs with Razor Clams and cut Bunker for hook bait. We caught 32 portly Striped Bass from 18” ­ 25” (our limit) plus our boat fish at this location. We also released several undersized Rockfish. Zach Stauffer served as 1st Mate (On right)

A Father and Son enjoying a day on The Bay and showing off their Rockfish

“Hey, we’re wet, cold, and tired, but we got our limit”!

 

JUNE 6, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report

By Capt. Jim Brincefield
For our 48th Fishing Trip of the 2003 Fishing Season we welcomed our good friend and 4 time all American Lacrosse Star from the University of North Carolina – Tom “It was only 3” Sears and friends for a total of 5 anglers. Country Music legend Conway Twitty even joined us this time! It was such a beautiful Spring day on The Bay (for a change). Calm winds, fair seas, moderate temperatures, and a purple draw string bag filled with Crown Royal elixir highlighted a simply perfect day. We started off by slithering on over to “The Hill” to do some light spinning tackle chumming. We used standard chumming rigs with Razor Clams and cut Bunker for hook bait. We caught 10 portly Striped Bass from 18” ­ 25” (our limit) plus our boat fish at this location. We also released several undersized Rockfish. Then we went bottom fishing and jigging at Buoy 84. We had good success catching our 1st Flounder of the year (see below), a 3 lb. Bluefish, 3 huge Atlantic Croakers (“Hardhead”), and several more Rockfish (all released). We used standard bottom rigs fished from light spinning tackle for the bottom fishing. We used Peeler Crab, Bloodworms, cut Bunker, and Razor Clams for hook bait. We used Li’l Bunker and Stingsilver jigs fished from light spinning tackle for the jigging. Then we went bottom fishing for White Perch on Holland Point Bar to catch some for our good friend Charlie Meck and his daughter. You see, Charlie’s daughter loves White Perch ­ it’s the only fish she will eat! We were all thinking of Charlie as he couldn’t make it out with us today ­ so this was our “Missing Man” tribute. We used standard bottom rigs fished from light spinning tackle. We used Bloodworms for hook bait. We caught 13 nice White Perch in 3 drifts and came back to the wharf early. It was a good thing because the purple draw string bag was running dangerously low!

Mr. Robert Barry of Laurel, MD caught our 1st Flounder of the year while bottom fishing at Buoy 84 on Friday, June 6, 2003. This 21″/3.75 lb. “Doormat” took a peeler crab bait fished from a standard bottom rig on light spinning tackle. Capt. Al “The Livin’ Legend” Jones looks on in approval. Is that a smile, Capt. Al?

Here’s our good friend Tom “It was only 3” Sears in all his glory!

A perfect end to a perfect purple draw string bag day!
JUNE 5, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report

By Capt. Jim Brincefield
For our 47th Fishing Trip of the 2003 Fishing Season we welcomed James Perry and friends for a total of 14 anglers. We had our 1st bottom fishing party of the year today on an afternoon/evening (4:00 p.m. ­ 12:00 midnight) trip. It was slow fishing in general, but the party worked hard and “plinked and plunked” their way to a respectable catch. With water temperatures still hovering around 62 degrees, that is certainly understandable. However, it was a beautiful afternoon and evening (for a change). We started at the Holland Point Bar, worked our way down to “The Finger” at James Island Red #2 Choptank Approach Buoy, and finally to “The Gooses”. We fished with light spinning tackle. We used Bait Shrimp, Bloodworms, Razor Clams, Paper Shell and Peeler Crabs, and Squid for hook bait fished from standard bottom fishing rigs. We caught 12 nice White Perch from 9” ­ 11.5” and one 17” Atlantic Croaker (“Hardhead”) at Holland Point Bar. We caught 2 Hardheads (16” & 17”) at “The Finger” and 75 Hardheads at “The Gooses” (14” ­ 17.25”). Serving as 1st Mate was Zach Stauffer. Mr. Daniel Manuel of Alexandria, VA caught a 17.25”/2.75 lb. Hardhead and earned a MDDNR Embroidered Patch and Citation. This was our largest “Croakersaurus” of the trip and our largest of the year so far. Mrs. Sandra C. Bibb of Ft. Washington, MD caught this 17”/2.25” beastly “Croakersaurus” at the Holland Point Bar this afternoon. Mrs. Bibb earned a MDDNR Citation and Embroidered Patch for her catch.

 

JUNE 4, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report

By Capt. Jim Brincefield
For our 46th Fishing Trip of the 2003 Fishing Season we welcomed Joe Hettrick of Meridian Homes and staff for a total of 12 anglers. We slithered on over to “The Hill” and to do some chumming with light spinning tackle. We used cut Bunker and Razor Clams for hook bait fished from standard chumming rigs. We caught 24 portly Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) ranging from 18” ­ 24” (our limit) plus our boat fish at “The Hill”. We also released several undersized fish. Then we tried some bottom fishing at the West River Lumps and the Holland Point Bar. It was very slow bottom fishing. We caught 3 small and medium White Perch only. Serving as 1st Mate was Zach Stauffer (on far left).

 

JUNE 3, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report

By Capt. Jim Brincefield
This one’s for you Mr. “Secret Squirrel”…

For our 45th Fishing Trip of the 2003 Fishing Season we did “x”. Today, we welcomed “x” for a total of “x” anglers. We tried “x” using “x” and “x” for hook bait fished from standard “x”rigs. We caught “x”. Then we caught “x”. The we caught “x” which was our first “loading up” on these “x” great fish.

 

JUNE 2, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report

By Capt. Jim Brincefield
Finally, a beautiful, perfect Spring Day! Under crisp, azure skies we spent our 44th Fishing Trip of the 2003 Fishing Season doing some light spinning tackle chumming. Today, we welcomed “Ol’ Duke” Wachter and the staff from WHITNEY BAILEY COX MAGNANI, LLC for a total of 10 anglers. This company is made up of Engineers and Architects that work for both government and private concerns mainly in the area of building highways and office buildings. We tried “The Diamonds” first thing. It was very slow there. We chummed there using Razor Clams and cut Bunker for hook bait fished from standard chumming rigs. We caught 1 keeper and 1 throwback in 2 hours, so we decided we had better slither on up to “The Hill”. It was much better there as we caught 20 corpulent Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) ranging from 18” ­ 24” (our limit) plus our boat fish at this location. We also released several undersized Rockfish. Zach Stauffer served as 1st Mate (standing, in rear).

On the way home we saw this beautiful Tall Ship
“Look what they done to Ol’ Duke”

 

JUNE 1, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report

By Capt. Jim Brincefield
Today was our 43rd Fishing Trip of the 2003 Fishing Season and the 1st day of the 2003 Summer/Fall Season. We are now light spinning tackle chumming, bottom fishing, and jigging. Today, we welcomed Steve Exelbert and the staff from SALCO Mechanical Contractors for a total of 8 anglers. It was a windy, choppy day (what’s new this Spring?), but we made the best of it. Unbelievably, “Ralph” did not show up today, although he was “thinking” about it! Water temperatures are still very cold for this time of the year ­ 61 degrees at the surface. We slithered on over to “Suicide Hill” and there were no other boats ­ wow ­ and on a Sunday! One other Charter Boat did show up at the end as we were leaving. We anchored up and chummed with light spinning tackle. We used Razor Clams and cut Bunker for hook bait fished from standard chumming rigs. We caught 16 corpulent Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) ranging from 18” ­ 25” (our limit) plus our boat fish at this location. We also released several undersized Rockfish. Then, we went into the Choptank River to have our first try at bottom fishing of the 2003 season. We stopped at 7 different places, but all we had to show for our efforts and travels was a 6” White Perch (released). Hopefully, when the Bay waters warm up a bit, the bottom fishing will come on some. Capt. Karl Bieberich (on far left) served as 1st Mate today.