March 2004 Fishing Reports

MARCH 14, 2004
Lower Chesapeake Bay Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Back to back days of fishing for the first time in a while today, but the fishing was very slow. It was a beautiful day out on the Atlantic Ocean, very calm and not as cold as it has been. Today was our 19th Fishing Trip of the young 2004 season. As we set out, I thought to myself “This is the day we will slay the Tautog”, but it was not to be.

We fished several off shore wrecks trying for Tautog. We caught a grand total of only 9 Tautog – 5 keepers and 4 releases. As I said, it was VERY slow. We did have 1 Citation – a 23″ release Tautog which was caught by John Elmadani at the Brass Spike wreck.

MARCH 13, 2004
Lower Chesapeake Bay Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Another 12 days of heavy winds have kept us ashore, but we decided to give it a try today. It was windy and rough (surprise, surprise for 2004!). Today was our 18th Fishing Trip of the young 2004 season. We had a really tough day. In fact, 5 out of our 9 crew were calling for “Ralph”. We started off anchored on The Cape Henry Wreck trying for Tautog. The current was so strong and the wind and sea so powerful that we could not get down to the bottom and the wreck with 1 pound of weight! To add insult to injury, the anchor line snapped in the strong current and I lost my wreck anchor and chain! So, we decided to try some Sea Bass fishing offshore. That was very slow. We only managed 61 keeper Black Sea Bass and a handful of throwbacks (released). It was really tough fishing today!

MARCH 1, 2004
Chesapeake Bay Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Finally, a back to back set of fishing trips! Today was our 17th Fishing Trip of the young 2004 season. We had another great Black Sea Bass wreck fishing excursion out to a few wrecks about 60 miles off of Cape Henry. It was another beautiful day and we limited out on 200 plump Black Sea Bass from 14” ­ 24” and released numerous undersized ones. Squid seemed to be the preferred bait, although we caught some on cut Bonita, as well.