May 2003 Fishing Reports

MAY 31, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Today was our 42nd Fishing Trip of the 2003 Fishing Season and the 16th (and last) day of the 2003 Summer Season. We switched over to light tackle chumming, bottom fishing, and jigging today. Tomorrow, the Summer/Fall Season starts and the rivers open up for Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) fishing. Look out Choptank ­ here we come! Today, we welcomed Bill Gutman and the staff from the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Baltimore, MD for a total of 25 anglers. My day started off very poorly when I arrived at the boat to find ­ you guessed it ­ no mate on board. Well, the mad scramble was on to get the bait on the boat and the boat ready to depart. I loaded 25 anglers aboard, all of the bait, all of the ice, all of the spinning tackle, and, covered in sweat first thing in the morning slithered over to “Suicide Hill”. Now, 25 anglers on “Suicide Hill” with no mate on a Saturday is the recipe for disaster, right? Believe it or not, it got worse.

The place was a parking lot. After riding around looking for some fish on the outskirts of this melee, we finally found a space on level 3, space 219 and anchored up. Couldn’t get worse, now right? Oh, yeah. The tide was rippin, the wind was howlin’, and the anchor broke and came apart. Off I dragged through the ruck with “Ralph” singin’ his chorus on the decks. I finally got the anchor up, scrambled onto the bow with my tools, repaired the anchor in a 20 knot S wind side to, and back we came around and anchored again. No problems, everything ok now, right? Oh no – you guessed it, the anchor broke again! So, off we drag through the ruck again with “Earl” bellowing his second chorus. Another repair rolling around on the bow with the tools and parts of the anchor flying all over the place and the entire fleet looking on in horror as I drag right through the ruck again and again. At this point, the party is looking for the liferafts and wondering if they can row ashore to Bloody Point. Meanwhile on the VHF radio ­ “hey’ Capt. Jim ­ are you ok”? “Oh yeah – hey pal, yeah, just fine ­ on a scale of 1-10 I’m a negative 50 right now ­ leave me alone”. So, anchor is finally fixed on the 2nd try ­ round and round to find a spot. Anchor down, good.

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Chumming recommenced good. Cow Nosed Ray invasion ­ no good. Arrrrgggghhhhhh!!!!! Couldn’t get any worse, right? Oh, no, no, no. Right about then I was making plans to axe murder both of my young “responsible” mates, grind them in the chum machine, and feed them to the Rockfish. “Car Salesmen” in full stride now.

“Uh, Captain, the head is clogged”. Arrrrggghhhhhh!!!! “Hey nice fish, Mister, another fine 17.5” specimen”. How ‘bout another 1000 or so of those? Somewhere along the line I smashed my phone, cut my hand, got a Rockfish spine in my leg, broke the nob off my starboard gear shifter, broke 3 rods, 1 reel, and lost what was left of my sanity. But, not to be outdone, Ol’ Capt. Croakerhead rallied the crew for a 4th Quarter comeback the likes of Joe Montana and we put a floggin’ on those Rockfish they’ll hardly forget. “Never Give Up” like it says on the T-Shirt, baby! 51 portly Rockfish from 18” ­ 25” later (our limit including our boat fish) we sailed back to Deale with our chests fully puffed, our thumbs under our arms and the testosterone boiling. Now, where did I put that grinder?

 

MAY 30, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Today was the 41st Fishing Trip of the 2003 Fishing Season and the 15th day of the 2003 Summer Season. Today was also our last day of trolling for the Spring Trophy Striped Bass (“Rockfish”). Tomorrow, we will switch over to light tackle chumming, bottom fishing, and jigging. We’ll pick up trolling again in the Fall when the bigun’s come back in force. Today, we welcomed new customers Pat Hurtz and Chad Fetter from Pennsylvania for a total of 8 anglers. Mr. Hurtz and Mr. Fetter surprised me by bringing along our good friend Dennis Hankey ­ Mr. Flounder Pounder – PA par excellence ­ in the flesh. It was a good last day for our trolling season as several things just felt so right, er…except one thing ­ we heard distressing news that Mr. Flounder Pounder ­ PA snapped his magic wand giving the “Jersey Heave” to a Slammer Bluefish. “Woopsie, shoulda waited for the gaff”. Makes the playing field a bit more even now… We had a fair day of trolling from the CP Buoy to the Goose’s Bell Buoy and west towards Parker’s Creek. We caught 10 portly Rockfish consisting of 5 Spring Trophies up to 38” plus 5 “slot fish”. But the real story was that our largest “Beast From The East” – a 38”/20. lb. pig was good for 1st Place in the Daily Deale Captains Association Tournament for an unprecedented 13th win of the season and an impressive 4th consecutive 1st Place finish. This is a new record for the “Jil Carrie” with 13 Tournament wins out of 40 Spring/Summer Season days fished out of a possible 42 days. But what made this aforementioned accomplishment pale in comparison was the gripping story of today’s winning angler ­ Mr. Greg Naylor of New Oxford, PA. You see, Mr. Naylor fished with his Dad ­ Harry A. Naylor, Sr. all of his life and enjoyed so much the camaraderie of fishing ­ a Father and Son bond can be no stronger. Harry A. Naylor, Sr. passed from this world on 5/28/03 and was scheduled to be buried on 5/31/03. The measure of a Son’s grief can not be fathomed at the sorrowful loss of his Father. Now I can tell you from my heart that many a man would have folded up his fishing pass and grieved, but after consultation with his family, it was unanimous that Mr. Greg Naylor should go Trophy Fishing in the Chesapeake Bay today. The Naylor family felt that Harry A. Naylor, Sr. would be with his Son today in Spirit, looking over his shoulder approvingly from Heaven. It was one of those defining moments as Mr. Greg Naylor reeled in the largest Rockfish of his entire life ­ a 38”/20.8 “Beast From The East” to win the Tournament. Mr. Greg Naylor stared right through me and said in a calm, but determined voice “this one is for my Father”. At that precise moment in time, all seemed right on this planet as Heaven met Earth here on The Chesapeake Bay. In the big picture, the Trophy he “caught” was so much more than the biggest Rockfish of his life ­ it was an appropriate and just farewell. Tears welled up in my eyes while watching this event unfold (as they are again now as I write this Report). I think of the Naylor family at this mournful time and pray that somehow we all are some small piece of God’s plan in each others’ lives. I hope and pray that my Son will be as brave at the time of my passing as the family of Harry A. Naylor, Sr. Farewell, Godspeed, sir ­ may fair winds and calm seas follow you into eternity.

 

MAY 29, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Today was the 40th Fishing Trip of the 2003 Fishing Season and the 14th day of the 2003 Summer Season. Today, we welcomed the Conoco Phillips Company led by Alex Sarhanis for a total of 9 anglers. We our best day trolling of the year at the Goose’s Bell Buoy and west towards Parker’s Creek. We caught 14 humungous Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) consisting of 10 Spring Trophies from 31” – 42” Our limit on Trophies plus our boat fish) plus 4 “slot fish” from 19” ­ 24”. What was amazing was that we had 4 ­ 40+ inch Rockfish, 2 – 39” inchers and a 38”! We also released 2 undersized Rockfish of 16” and 17”. Our largest “Beast From The East” – a 42”/25.7 lb. hawg was good for 1st Place in the Daily Deale Captains Association Tournament for our 12th win of the season and an impressive 3rd consecutive 1st Place finish. We used an array of white and chartreuse Holy Mackerel Tackle/Prime Time 1.5 oz., 3oz., and 6 oz. Bucktails, and a variety of JJ’s Tackle Custom Parachutes and Bucktails. Water temperatures rose to a frigid 60 degrees, which is just unbelievably cold for this time of year. Zach Stauffer served as 1st Mate today (standing, in rear).

 

MAY 28, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Today was the 39th Fishing Trip of the 2003 Fishing Season and the 13th day of the 2003 Summer Season. It was also my 42nd, er, ahem, 29th birthday! We did not fish yesterday due to our annual U.S. Coast Guard inspection which we passed with flying colors! Today, we welcomed Craig Timberg from The Washington Post, family, and friends for a total of 7 anglers. It was another rainy, stormy day with a cool, damp atmosphere. The winds were light, though, and the seas were favorable. Some brief periods of sunshine were like rays of hope that maybe, somehow, this dreary, cold, and damp weather pattern will change. We had a good day of trolling at the Goose’s Bell Buoy and west towards Parker’s Creek. We caught 10 corpulent Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) consisting of 5 Spring Trophies from 31.5” – 37” plus 3 “slot fish” from 19” ­ 22” We also released 2 undersized Rockfish of 16” and 17”. We also lost a big Trophy right at the back of the boat which was painful. Our largest “Beast From The East” – a 37”/18.2 lb. pig was good for 1st Place in the Daily Deale Captains Association Tournament for our 11th win of the season. We used an array of white and chartreuse Holy Mackerel Tackle/Prime Time 1.5 oz., 3oz., and 6 oz. Bucktails, and a variety of JJ’s Tackle Custom Parachutes and Bucktails. Water temperatures rose to a frigid 60 degrees, which is just unbelievably cold for this time of year. Capt. Al “The Livin’ Legend” Jones served as 1st Mate today.

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Ms. Carrie Sessions of Washington, D.C. carried the day with this 37”/18.2 lb. “Beast From The East”!

Paddle, Paddle, Paddle!
MAY 26, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Today was the 38th Fishing Trip of the 2003 Fishing Season and the 11th day of the 2003 Summer Season. It was also the Memorial Day Holiday! Today, we welcomed Capt. Al “The Livin’ Legend” Jones’s nephew ­ Steve Dwyer and friends for a total of 4 anglers. It was another rainy, stormy day with a cool, damp atmosphere. The winds were brisk, heavy, and shifting at times from the NW, N, NE, etc… Although, there were brief periods of sunshine which were greeted with cheers from the anglers and Captain! We had an excellent day of trolling at the Goose’s Bell Buoy and west towards Parker’s Creek. We caught 10 corpulent Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) (our limit) consisting of 4 Spring Trophies from 33” ­ 41.5” plus 5 “slot fish” from 19” ­ 23” (including our boat fish). We also released 1 undersized Rockfish of 16”. Our largest “Beast From The East” – a 41.5”/25.7 lb. pig was good for 1st Place in the Daily Deale Captains Association Tournament for our 10th win of the season. We used an array of white and chartreuse Holy Mackerel Tackle/Prime Time 1.5 oz., 3oz., and 6 oz. Bucktails, and a variety of JJ’s Tackle Custom Parachutes and Bucktails. Water temperatures remained at a frigid 59 degrees, which is just unbelievably cold for this time of year. I did not have a 1st Mate today ­ so thank you to the party for helping out.

3 anglers declined Citations.

Jim Catterton of Edgewater, MD posed with his wife on the wharf. Mr. Catterton earned a MDDNR Citation and Patch for his catch of this 41.5”/25.7 lb. “Beast From The East”

Here’s a fine late May catch!

 

MAY 25, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Today was the 37th Fishing Trip of the 2003 Fishing Season and the 10th day of the 2003 Summer Season. Today, we welcomed “Dr.” Jim Selnow, his son, and friends from Northern Virginia for a total of 7 anglers. It was another rainy and stormy day with a cool, damp atmosphere, but the winds were light from the South and the sea condition was favorable. With all of this rain, we’ll need an Ark soon! We had an excellent day of trolling at the Goose’s Bell Buoy (Buoy 78) and west towards Parkers Creek. We caught 25 corpulent Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) consisting of 6 Spring Trophies from 32″ – 38″ plus 9 “slot fish” from 18.5″ – 24″ (including our boat fish). We also released 10 undersized Rockfish of 16″ – 17.5″. It simply amazes me how a small Rockfish of 16″ or 17″ will attack these bucktails and parachutes we are trolling. These baits range from 8″ – 14″ long. It’s as if they say – “now there’s something to eat that’s almost as big as me, so – yeah, I’m gonna swallow it whole!” It just goes to show you what voracious and sporting fish the Rockfish are. Our largest “Beast From The East” – a 38.5″/22 lb. hawg was good for 2nd Place in the Daily Deale Captains Association Tournament. We used an array of white and chartreuse Holy Mackerel Tackle/Prime Time 1.5 oz., 3oz., and 6 oz. Bucktails, and a variety of JJ’s Tackle Custom Parachutes and Bucktails. Water temperatures remained at a frigid 59 degrees, which is just unbelievably cold for this time of year. Serving as 1st Mate today was Capt. Karl Bieberich (standing, on far left).

All anglers declined Citations. Will it ever stop raining?

 

MAY 24, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Today was the 36th Fishing Trip of the 2003 Fishing Season and the 9th day of the 2003 Summer Season. Today, we welcomed 80 years young Mr. Ira K. Burkholder (“Great Grandpa”) of York, PA and 4 generations of the Burkholder clan from York and Thomasville, PA for a total of 6 anglers. This is the Burholder’s 3rd Annual visit to Deale to fish with us and each year has been wonderful! It was another rainy and stormy morning with a cool, damp atmosphere, but the predicted brisk winds never materialized. It actually got right decent in the afternoon and the sun tried to poke through the clouds! Woo Hoo! We had an excellent day of trolling from the Clay Banks Buoy (Buoy 80) south to the Goose’s Bell Buoy (Buoy 78) and west towards Parker’s Creek. We caught 12 portly Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) consisting of 7 Spring Trophies from 31” – 41” (our limit on big fish including our boat fish) plus one 24” “slot fish”. We also released 3 undersized Rockfish of 16”, 17” and 17.9999”. We also released a 34” Trophy as we caught him after we already had our limit on the big Rockfish. There was a lot of sea grass out there and it kept Capt. Karl busy cleaning off the big clumps from our bucktails. Our largest “Beast From The East” – a 41.5”/24.3 lb. pig was good for 1st Place in the Daily Deale Captains Association Tournament for our 9th win of the 2003 season. We used an array of white and chartreuse Holy Mackerel Tackle/Prime Time 1.5 oz., 3oz., and 6 oz. Bucktails, and a variety of JJ’s Tackle Custom Parachutes and Bucktails. Water temperatures rose to a frigid 59 degrees, which is just unbelievably cold for this time of year. Serving as 1st Mate today was Capt. Karl Bieberich (standing, on far right).

All 6 anglers and the 4 Generations of Burkholders earned MDDNR Citations (and one also earned a MDDNR Embroidered Patch for the 41” Rockfish):

1st Generation – Great Grandpa:
Ira K. Burkholder of York, PA for a 34” Rockfish (he also caught our 33 boat fish)

2nd Generation – 2 of Great Grandpa’s sons:
Robert Burkholder of Thomasville, PA for a 41.5”/24.3 lb. Tournament winner (also a Patch Rockfish)
Ira Burkholder, Jr. of York, PA for a 32” Rockfish

3rd Generation – 1 of Great Grandpa’s Grandchildren:
Clint Burkholder of York, PA for a 32” Rockfish (he also caught our 24” slot fish)

4th Generation – 2 of Great Grandpa’s Great Grandchildren:
15 year old Jesse Burkholder of Thomasville, PA for a 31” Rockfish
12 year old Thomas Sechrist of York, PA for a 35” Rockfish (he also released a 34” Rockfish)

 

MAY 23, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Today was the 35th Fishing Trip of the 2003 Fishing Season and the 8th day of the 2003 Summer Season. Today, we welcomed Mr. Paul Rickett and the gang from E.S.I. for a total of 9 anglers. It was another rainy and stormy afternoon, with a steady ENE chop, cool, damp atmosphere, and biting, brisk winds. I must say, I was quite skeptical regarding the fish catching possibilities during a planned fishing party scheduled from 11:00 a.m. ­ 7:00 p.m. (not typically a great time frame to fish). However, Mr. Rickett told me he had “a feeling we would catch a lot of fish” and he was right. Well, I have been wrong once before. We had an excellent afternoon of trolling from the Clay Banks Buoy (Buoy 80) south to the Goose’s Bell Buoy (Buoy 78). We caught our 1st Bluefish of the season, and 17 portly Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) consisting of 9 Spring Trophies from 31” ­ 36.5” (our limit on big fish) plus 6 “slot fish” in the 19” ­ 23” range. We also released 2 undersized Rockfish of 16” & 17”. We used an array of white and chartreuse Holy Mackerel Tackle/Prime Time 1.5 oz., 3oz., and 6 oz. Bucktails, and a variety of JJ’s Tackle Custom Parachutes and Bucktails. Water temperatures incredibly dropped to a frigid 58 degrees, which is just unbelievably cold for this time of year. Serving as 1st Mate today was Capt. Karl Bieberich (standing, on far right).

Fekade Bezabih Mekonnen from Ethiopia (temporary residence in Leesburg, VA) caught our 1st Bluefish of the year ­ a 19.5”/2.6 lbs.

E.S.I. braves the rainy cold weather on The Bay!

 

MAY 22, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Today was the 34th Fishing Trip of the 2003 fishing season and the 7th day of the 2003 Summer Season. Today, we welcomed Mr. Ugo Pistacchio of Kensington, MD and friends for a total of 7 anglers. It was rainy and stormy, with a steady NNE chop which moderated by afternoon. We had a good day of trolling at the CR Buoy. We caught 11 corpulent Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) consisting of 8 Spring Trophies from 32.5″ – 35.25″ (our limit on big fish including our boat fish) plus 3 “slot fish” in the 23″ – 24″ range. We used an array of white and chartreuse Holy Mackerel Tackle/Prime Time 3oz., 6 oz., and Bay Bay Bucktails, a variety of JJ’s Tackle Custom Parachutes and Bucktails including the new hot lick Bucktail – Mabel’s own personal design – “Pinky”. Water temperatures remained at 59 degrees, which is just unbelievably cold for this time of year. Serving as 1st Mate today was Capt. Al “The Livin’ Legend” Jones (standing, on far right). One angler declined his Citation. Earning a MDDNR Citation and My 1st Fish Award were:

Pierre Dery of Olney, MD for a 31.5″/12 lb. Rockfish

Rebecca J. Hoover of Kensington, MD for a 33.75″/14 lb. Rockfish
Earning a MDDNR Citation were:

Holly Downing of Germantown, MD for a 32.5″/12 lb. Rockfish
David Nugent of Oakton, VA for a 33.75″/14 lb. Rockfish
Chris Constantine of Olney, MD for a 34.5″/17 lb. Rockfish
Ugo Pistacchio of Kensington, MD for a 35.25″/16 lb. Rockfish

Rebecca J. Hoover of Kensington, MD and her 1st ever Chesapeake Bay Rockfish – a 33 3/4″/14 lb. Spring Trophy.

From rock climbing to Chesapeake Bay Spring Trophy Fishing& the Ugo Team does it all!

MAY 21, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Today was the 33rd Fishing Trip of the 2003 fishing season and the 6th day of the 2003 Summer Season. Today, we welcomed Chris Gibson of Conico Phillips, his clients, and coworkers for a total of 8 anglers. It was rainy and stormy, with a steady N chop building in the afternoon. We had a good day of trolling at the CR Buoy. We caught 16 portly Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) from 18- – 38″ (our limit) plus our boat fish at this location. We also released 4 undersized Rockfish. Our largest “Beast From The East” was 38″/22 lbs. We used an array of white and chartreuse Holy Mackerel Tackle/Prime Time 3oz., 6 oz., and Bay Bay Bucktails, a variety of JJ’s Tackle Custom Parachutes and Bucktails including the new hot lick Bucktail – Mabel’s own personal design – “Pinky”. Water temperatures climbed to 59 degrees, which is just unbelievably cold for this time of year. Serving as 1st Mate today was Zach Stauffer (standing, in rear).

“We don’t need no steenkin’ good weather to catch Beasts”

“Has anyone seen our ark”?

 

MAY 20, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Today was the 32nd Fishing Trip of the 2003 fishing season and the 5th day of the 2003 Summer Season. Today, we welcomed Jim Bergen, family, and friends from Pennsylvania for a total of 8 anglers. Another bright, sunny, warm, beautiful day on The Bay featuring calm seas, light winds and a crisp Spring azure sky! This was a new party for us and they were a lot of fun. The weather man says the next 5 days will be rainy and stormy, but it was nice to have two beautiful Spring days in a row! We had a good day of trolling starting at “The Goose’s Bell” (Buoy 78), northward to “The Clay Banks Buoy” (Buoy 80). We caught 15 portly Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) consisting of 8 large Rockfish over 28” up to 39.5” (our limit on the big fish) and an additional bonus of 6 “slot” fish between 19” ­ 25”. We also released 1 undersized Rockfish. Our largest “Beast From The East” of 39”/22 lbs. was good for 1st place in the daily Deale Capt’s Association Tournament. This was our 8th win of the season. We used an array of white and chartreuse Holy Mackerel Tackle/Prime Time 3oz., 6 oz., and Bay Bay Bucktails, a variety of JJ’s Tackle Custom Parachutes and Bucktails including the new hot lick Bucktail – Mabel’s own personal design – “Pinky”. Water temperatures climbed to 59 degrees, which is just unbelievably cold for this time of year. Serving as 1st Mate today was Zach Stauffer (standing, in rear). Tommy Bradley of Brookhaven, PA earned a MDDNR Citation for this beautiful 39.5″/21.8 lb. Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) trolling at the Goose’s Bell (Buoy 78) today. This “Beast From The East was good for 1st Place in the daily Deale Captains Association Tournament today.

“It just doesn’t get any better than this…”

Spank, Spank, Spank!!

MAY 19, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Today was the 31st Fishing Trip of the 2003 fishing season and the 4th day of the 2003 Summer Season. Today, we welcomed Ronald Bocek and friends from Pennsylvania for a total of 6 anglers. Finally, a bright, sunny, warm, beautiful day on The Bay featuring calm seas, light winds and a crisp Spring azure sky! This was a new party for us and they were a lot of fun. Love those West Virginia jokes! We had a good day of trolling starting at “The Old Gas Buoy” (Buoy 83), southward to Buoy 82, and then, finally, southward to the CR Buoy. We caught 10 obese Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) consisting of 6 Rockfish over 28” up to 39” (our limit on the big fish) and an additional bonus of 4 “slot” fish between 20” ­ 24”. We also released 2 undersized Rockfish. We also lost a big Rockfish at the back of the boat that was in the net and then leaped out! We actually caught that wily escape on video! Our largest “Beast From The East” of 39”/22 lbs. was good for 2nd place in the daily Deale Capt’s Association Tournament. We used an array of white and chartreuse Holy Mackerel Tackle/Prime Time 3oz., 6 oz., and Bay Bay Bucktails, a variety of JJ’s Tackle Custom Parachutes and Bucktails including the new hot lick Bucktail – Mabel’s own personal design – “Pinky”. Water temperatures climbed to 58 degrees, which is just unbelievably cold for this time of year. Serving as 1st Mate today was Capt. Al “The Livin’ Legend” Jones (standing, on far right).

 

MAY 18, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Today was the 30th Fishing Trip of the 2003 fishing season and the 3rd day of the 2003 Summer Season. Today we welcomed Gary Kidwell and coworkers from Morgan Stanley for a total of 11 anglers. More torrential rains today as another weather front went through. This has truly been a cold, wet Spring. These conditions should translate into an excellent spawn. We had a good day of trolling at “The Old Gas Buoy” (Buoy 83) and in the shipping channel east. We caught 16 corpulent Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) consisting of 11 over 28” up to 35” and 4 “slot” fish between 19” ­ 23”. We also released 2 undersized Rockfish. We also lost a couple of fish. We used an array of white and chartreuse Holy Mackerel Tackle Prime Time 3 and 6 oz. Bucktails, a variety of JJ’s Tackle Custom Parachutes and Bucktails including the new hot lick Bucktail – Mabel’s own personal design – “Pinky”, and our newfangled “ET” Bucktails and Parachutes. Water temperatures actually fell today to 57 degrees, which is just unbelievably cold for this time of year. Serving as 1st Mate today was Capt. Karl Bieberich (standing, on far right).

MAY 17, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Today was the 29th Fishing Trip of the 2003 fishing season and the second day of the 2003 Summer Season. Today we had a late cancellation of our fishing party, so I agreed to take 1st Mate Capt. Karl Bieberich and 3 of his neighbors out on a “fun trip” as a “Thank You” to Capt. Karl. For those of you who are not familiar, this is Capt. Karl’s 8th year of service aboard the “Charlotte K” and now, the “Jil Carrie”. We thank him for his fine service. We trolled at “The Old Gas Buoy” (Buoy 83) and in the shipping channel east. We caught 9 corpulent Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) (our limit) consisting of 5 over 28” up to 39” (including our boat fish) and 4 “slot” fish between 20” ­ 24”. We also released 1 undersized Rockfish. The largest of them ­ the 39”/24 lb. fish was good for 2nd Place in the daily Deale Captains Association Tournament. We used an array of white and chartreuse Holy Mackerel Tackle Prime Time 3 and 6 oz. Bucktails, a variety of JJ’s Tackle Custom Parachutes and Bucktails including the new hot lick Bucktail – Mabel’s own personal design – “Pinky”, and our newfangled “ET” Bucktails and Parachutes. Water temperatures actually fell today to 58 degrees, which is still very cold for this time of year. I did not have a 1st Mate today as the guys were more than capable of helping.

 

MAY 16, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Today was the 28th Fishing Trip of the 2003 fishing season and the first day of the 2003 Summer Season. Today we welcomed Al Souder and the men from Sprinkler Fitters Local 669 Union from the Columbia, MD Union Hall for a total of 13 anglers. These guys have been together in this Union Hall in Columbia since their founding in 1972 and they really love to fish. It was a very tough day of fishing as the storm front came through with howling 30 – 35 knot ENE winds, torrential rains, and heavy seas. Needless to say, we had numerous visits from “Ralph”. We came in early due to poor weather and sea conditions and one of the “Car “Salesmen” was in really poor condition so we “threw in the towel”. We trolled at the CR Buoy, Buoy 82, and at “The Old Gas Buoy” (Buoy 83). We struggled in these horrifying conditions to catch 6 gargantuan Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) consisting of 6 keepers ranging from 33 – 39″. We also lost 2 big Rockfish in the heavy sea. The largest of them – the 39″ fish was good for 1st Place in the daily Deale Captains Association Tournament. I would count this as our 9th win of the season, but no other boats were in it today, so we just made it a boat pool only and will remain at 8 wins for the season. We used an array of white and chartreuse Holy Mackerel Tackle Prime Time 3 and 6 oz. Bucktails, a variety of JJ’s Tackle Custom Parachutes and Bucktails including the new hot lick Bucktail – Mabel’s own personal design – “Pinky”, and our newfangled “ET” Bucktails and Parachutes. Water temperatures actually fell today to 59 degrees, which is still very cold for this time of year. Serving as 1st Mate was Capt. Al “The Livin’ Legend” Jones (standing, on far right).

Take a gander at this 39″ Beast! Hey, is that “Earl” in the background?

Sprinkler Fitters Local 669 braving the worst The Bay can dish out

 

MAY 15, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay
Fishing Report By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Today was the 27th Fishing Trip of the 2003 season and the final day of Spring Trophy Season 2003. And oh what a great season it was! This was absolutely the best one since the moratorium. We can thank a “real” Winter and Spring for that. Water temperatures have been at record lows, which translates into great Trophy Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) fishing. We would also like to thank the folks at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources for their stewardship of the Rockfish and their tremendously effective fisheries managementtechniques. The MDDNR and their folks have set a new high standard with their efforts. Tomorrow will be the first day of the Summer Season. Today we welcomed Eric VanLill and friends for a total of 5 anglers. It was a good day of Spring Trophy fishing as the approaching storms, rains, and high winds held off until the evening. Tomorrow will be another story… We continued with our “exploring tactics” again today and starting out trolling at Buoy 82. We trolled south to the CR Buoy and then east to “The Stone Rock”. This “exploring” strategy is geared towards covering many different locations to investigate the availability of “slot fish” for the upcoming summer season (Friday, May 16). We caught 8 portly Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) consisting of 5 keepers ranging from 33 – 40” (our limit). We also released 3 undersized Rockfish. We also lost a couple of fish – 1 broke an 80 pound test leader! The 40”/26 lb. “Beast From The East” was good for 2nd Place in the daily Deale Captains Association Tournament. We used an array of white and chartreuse Holy Mackerel Tackle Prime Time 3 and 6 oz. Bucktails, a variety of JJ’s Tackle Custom Parachutes and Bucktails including the new hot lick Bucktail – Mabel’s own personal design – “Pinky”, and our newfangled “ET” Bucktails and Parachutes. Water temperatures actually fell today to 60 degrees, which is still very cold for this time of year. Serving as 1st Mate was Zach Stauffer (standing, in rear).

 

MAY 14, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Today, for our 26th Fishing Trip of the 2003 season we welcomed another new customer ­ The Buzz Dodson Construction Co. for a total of 19 anglers. This was a fun group and we look forward to fishing with them again soon. It was an excellent day of Spring Trophy fishing as the winds subsided measurably from yesterday’s blow and the sun poked out from behind patches of white puffy clouds. We continued with our “exploring tactics” again today and starting out trolling at “The Old Gas Buoy” (Buoy 83) and across the shipping channel to Buoy 84. As the morning progressed we worked our way southerly to Buoy 82. This “exploring” strategy is geared towards covering many different locations to investigate 21 flabby Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) consisting of an impressive 17 keepers ranging from 30 – 41”. We also released 4 undersized Rockfish. We also lost a couple of fish ­ 1 right at the transom. The 41”/24.6 lb. “Beast From The East” was good for 2nd Place in the daily Deale Captains Association Tournament. Appropriately, Buzz Dodson (3rd from right in picture) himself caught the biggest Rockfish today. Word has it that this 41” Rockfish has grown to 43” and may still be growing at The Pub. We used an array of white and chartreuse Holy Mackerel Tackle Prime Time 3 and 6 oz. Bucktails, a variety of JJ’s Tackle Custom Parachutes and Bucktails including the new hot lick Bucktail – Mabel’s own personal design – “Pinky”, and our newfangled “ET” Bucktails and Parachutes. Water temperatures maintained today at 61 degrees, which is still very cold for this time of year. Serving as 1st Mate was Zach Stauffer (in rear on rail).

MAY 13, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Today, for our 25th Fishing Trip of the 2003 season we welcomed a new customer ­ Mr. Michael Berkheimer, coworkers, clients, and friends for a total of 9 anglers. It was a decent day of Spring Trophy fishing considering the lousy conditions. As the morning progressed the WNW breeze started huffin’ up to 30 knots! Much to the delight of the Captain and Crew, “The Car Salesman” paid a visit today. Shortly thereafter, and as the wind and seas increased, Mr. Berkheimer “threw in the towel” and we went in to the wharf early at 12:00 noon. We continued with our “exploring tactics” again today starting out trolling at “The Notch” and as the morning progressed worked our way closer to the western shore into the 35’ line near Buoy 85A to get some protection from the high winds and heavy seas. This “exploring” strategy is geared towards covering many different locations to investigate the availability of “slot fish” for the upcoming summer season (May 16). We caught 10 corpulent Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) consisting of 8 keepers ranging from 33 – 38”. We also released 2 undersized Rockfish (22” & 25”). The 38”/20.6 lb. “Beast From The East” was good for 1st Place in the daily Deale Captains Association Tournament for our 8th win of the 2003 Spring Trophy Season. We used an array of white and chartreuse Holy Mackerel Tackle Prime Time 3 and 6 oz. Bucktails, a variety of JJ’s Tackle Custom Parachutes and Bucktails including the new hot lick Bucktail – Mabel’s own personal design – “Pinky”, and our newfangled “ET” Bucktails and Parachutes. Water temperatures maintained today at 61 degrees, which is still very cold for this time of year. Serving as 1st Mate was Zach Stauffer (on far right in rear).

“Ralph”!

The Berkheimer party happy to be ashore with their fleshy Beasts

 

MAY 12, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Today, for our 24th Fishing Trip of the 2003 season we welcomed our good friend Jon Taylor and friends for a total of 11 anglers. It was an excellent day of Spring Trophy fishing as the big Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) were a snappin’! We had excellent conditions under azure skies in the early morning. However, as the morning progressed the WSW breeze started huffin’ up to 25 knots! Fortunately, we were on our way home by then. But the big news was that Capt. Jeff Henderson reported to me that a 6.4 lb. Bluefish was caught by an angler aboard his charter boat – “Miss Grace” near Bloody Point today. We have heard reports of big Bluefish entering the lower Bay this year, but this is the first big Bluefish in our fleet to my knowledge. Man, wouldn’t that be a blast to have the big Bluefish back! We continued with our “exploring tactics” again today starting out trolling at “The Old Gas Buoy” (Buoy 83) and pretty much staying in that area most of the morning, although we did work a bit northward towards “The Notch” as the morning progressed. This “exploring” strategy is geared towards covering many different locations to investigate the availability of “slot fish” for the upcoming summer season (May 16). The Rockfish bit at a torrid pace today. We put the thermonuclear “Jil Carrie” flogging on 12 corpulent Rockfish consisting of 11 keepers ranging from 30 – 38″ (our limit) with alacrity. We also released 1 undersized Rockfish (27″). We used an array of white and chartreuse Holy Mackerel Tackle Prime Time 3 and 6 oz. Bucktails, a variety of JJ’s Tackle Custom Parachutes and Bucktails including the new hot lick Bucktail – Mabel’s own personal design – “Pinky”, and our newfangled “ET” Bucktails and Parachutes. We also caught a big Rockfish on one of Mabel’s new chartreuse parachute daisy chains. Water temperatures maintained today at 61 degrees, which is still very cold for this time of year. Due to a scheduling mix-up on my part, I had no 1st Mate today. A big “Jil Carrie” thank you to the crew for helping me with the mating duties! “Fish on”!

 

MAY 11, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Today, for our 23rd Fishing Trip of the 2003 season we welcomed Amy Johnson and her crew from the U.S. Navy MWR-Bethesda for a total of 11 anglers. It was a fair day of Spring Trophy fishing. We had breezy conditions with a clammy, dense, and damp fog all day. It was certainly a big surprise when we returned to the wharf in the afternoon and found that it was a warm, sunny day on shore! The severe storms that had been predicted in the afternoon failed to materialize in our location. We did a bit more exploring today starting out in the False Channel near Choptank Approach Buoys 3 and 4 and working our way down towards Choptank Approach Buoy 2 at James Island. Then we worked our way over to the Goose”s Bell Buoy (Buoy 78). We caught fish consistently in all locations and save for a stretch in the middle of the day, the fish bit at a fair pace. We caught 16 portly Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) consisting of 11 keepers ranging from 28.5″ – 37″ (our limit). We also released 5 undersized Rockfish. The undersized Rockfish in these areas are a good discovery as we will need them for “slot fish” 6 days from now. We used an array of white and chartreuse Holy Mackerel Tackle Prime Time Bucktails, JJ”s Tackle Custom Parachutes and Bucktails including the new hot lick Bucktail – Mabel’s own – “Pinky”, and our newfangled “ET” Bucktails and Parachutes. Water temperatures maintained today at 61 degrees, which is still very cold for this time of year. Capt. Karl Bieberich (seated on far right in slicks) served as 1st Mate today.

Young Master Luke (pictured with his Dad) proudly displays his first ever keeper Rockfish – a 35″ beauty. The smile on this young man’s face says it all.

“Hey, where did all of this sunshine come from”?

 

MAY 10, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Today, for our 22nd Fishing Trip of the 2003 season we welcomed Dave Beaston Jr., his father David O. Beaston, Sr. of Littlestown, PA and friends for a total of 5 anglers. It was a fair day of Spring Trophy fishing. We had showers and mild thunderstorms (occasionally with heavy downpours) on and off all day. We did a bit more exploring today starting out in the False Channel near Choptank Approach Buoys 3 and 4 and working our way down towards Choptank Approach Buoy 2 at James Island. We struggled in the morning losing 3 fish in a row. I suspected someone had smuggled aboard a contraband banana, but no anglers confessed. We kept our noses to the grindstone and struggled for an eventual catch of 12 obese Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) consisting of 5 keepers ranging from 34” ­ 40” (our limit). We also released 7 undersized Rockfish. The undersized Rockfish in this area are a good discovery as we will need them for “slot fish” 7 days from now. We used an array of white and chartreuse Holy Mackerel Tackle Prime Time Bucktails, JJ’s Tackle Custom Parachutes and Bucktails including the new hot lick Bucktail – Mabel’s own – “Pinky”, and our newfangled “ET” Bucktails and Parachutes. Water temperatures warmed today to 61 degrees, which is still very cold for this time of year. Capt. Karl Bieberich (squatting on far left) as 1st Mate today. Our largest Rockfish of the day was an impressive 40”/24.7 lb. pig which was good for 2nd Place in the daily Deale Captains Tournament.

Earning a MDDNR Citation and Embroidered Patch was:

David C. Beaston (Jr.) of Littlestown, PA for a 40”/24.7 “Beast From The East”
Earning a MDDNR Citation was:

Paul E. Hanlon of Hanover, PA for a 33” Rockfish
David O. Beaston (Sr.) of Littlestown, PA for a 36” Rockfish
James DeGroft Jr. of Littlestown, PA for a 36” Rockfish
Dustin Noble of Gettysburg, PA for a 39”/22 lb. “Beast From The East”

 

MAY 9, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

The middle of May is usually a transitional period. The waters warm as the month progresses and the vast majority of the large Spring Trophy Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) migrate south out of The Bay and then northward along the Atlantic Coastal states. The smaller Rockfish and other species of fish such as Croaker, Gray Trout, Bluefish, Flounder, Black Drum, Norfolk Spot, move in. Later in the summer, the Spanish Mackerel will arrive. Strategy for productive outings during the middle of May calls for some exploring and varying of tactics. So, in this vein, today we set out on an exploratory troll of “The Diamonds” with the hopes of intercepting some Trophies migrating out of the Choptank River. Also, “The Diamonds” can be a very productive area for late May and June trolling and chumming, so a bit of a probe was in order with an eye to the rest of the Spring and early Summer seasons. Today, for our 21st Fishing Trip of the 2003 season we again welcomed “Uncle” Ed “The Six Foot Pole” Mechlinski of Stewartstown, PA for day 2 of his 2 day 2003 Spring Trophy Bonanza for a total of 6 anglers. It was a decent day of Spring Trophy fishing. We had foggy, damp, drizzling conditions with a bit of a SE chop. Once again toady we had a brief shower and mild thunderstorm in the afternoon. We pounded out 10 corpulent Rockfish consisting of 4 undersized Rockfish (released) and 6 keepers ranging from 33” ­ 40” (our limit). We used an array of white and chartreuse Holy Mackerel Tackle Prime Time Bucktails, JJ’s Tackle Custom Parachutes and Bucktails including the new hot lick Bucktail – Mabel’s own – “Pinky”, and our newfangled “ET” Bucktails and Parachutes. Water temperatures warmed today to 60 degrees, which is still very cold for this time of year. Zach Stauffer (standing, in rear, and off this afternoon in a hurry to NC for a visit with Mary for 3 days) served as 1st Mate today. Our largest Rockfish of the day was an impressive 40”/24lb. hawg which was good for 3rd Place in the daily Deale Captains Tournament.

Earning a MDDNR Citation and Embroidered Patch was:

Mr. James DeYoung of Greencastle, PA for his 40”/24 lb. “Beast From The East”

 

MAY 8, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Today, for our 20th Fishing Trip of the 2003 season we welcomed “Uncle” Ed “The Six Foot Pole” Mechlinski of Stewartstown, PA for day 1 of his 2 day 2003 Spring Trophy Bonanza for a total of 8 anglers. It was a good day of Spring Trophy fishing featuring beautiful, warm Spring weather. We had a brief shower and mild thunderstorm in the afternoon, but it cleared up and got nice again. We trolled at Holland Point, The Old Gas Buoy, and at the Deale Fishing Reef a/k/a “Five Gallon Hill”. We flogged 8 obese Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) from 32” – 43.5” (our limit) with alacrity. We used an array of white and chartreuse Holy Mackerel Tackle Prime Time Bucktails, JJ’s Tackle Custom Parachutes and Bucktails including the new hot lick Bucktail – Mabel’s own – “Pinky”, and our newfangled “ET” Bucktails and Parachutes. Water temperatures warmed today to 59 degrees, which is still very cold for this time of year. Capt. Al “The Livin’ Legend” Jones (standing, 2nd from left) served as 1st Mate today. Our largest Rockfish of the day was an impressive 43.5”/32.5 lb. hawg which was good for 1st Place in the daily Deale Captains Tournament. This was the “Jil Carrie’s” 7th win of the young Trophy Season – 2003 and an incredible 4th win in a row.

Earning a MDDNR Citation and Embroidered Patch was:
Mr. Malcom L. Anderson of Jarrettsville, MD for his 43.5”/32.5 lb. lb. “Beast >From The East”

“What a HAWG!”

“Mechlinski’s Heroes”

 

MAY 7, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Today, for our 19th Fishing Trip of the 2003 season we welcomed the 6th Annual Baltimore City Police Officers Annual Spring Trophy outing for a total of 4 anglers. It was a good day of Spring Trophy fishing and beautiful, sunny, warm weather coupled with calm seas. We trolled at Holland Point and at the Deale Fishing Reef a/k/a “Five Gallon Hill”. We hammered 8 corpulent Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) from 33” – 49” (our limit) with alacrity. We also released several undersized Rockfish. We used an array of white and chartreuse Holy Mackerel Tackle Prime Time Bucktails, JJ’s Tackle Custom Parachutes and Bucktails including the new hot lick Bucktail – Mabel’s own – “Pinky”, and our newfangled “ET” Bucktails and Parachutes. Water temperatures rose today to 58 degrees, which is still very cold for this time of year. Zach Stauffer (standing, in rear) served as 1st Mate today. Our largest Rockfish of the day was an impressive 42”/30 lb. hawg which was good for 1st Place in the daily Deale Captains Tournament. This was the “Jil Carrie’s” 6th win of the young Trophy Season – 2003 and an incredible third win in a row.

Earning a MDDNR Citation and Embroidered Patch was:
Officer Brian Fockler of Frederick, MD for his 42”/ 30 lb. “Beast From The East”

 

MAY 6, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Today, for our 18th Fishing Trip of the 2003 season we welcomed Dr. Jerry Lin and friends for a total of 7 anglers. It was a good day fishing but not so great weather wise with choppy seas, rain, drizzle, and fog. We went 5 for 7 in the “Earl” department, much to the delight of the Captain. We trolled at Holland Point a/k/a “Five Gallon Hill”. We pounded 7 Beastly Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) from 33” ­ 49” (our limit) with alacrity. We used an array of white and chartreuse Holy Mackerel Tackle Prime Time Bucktails, JJ’s Tackle Custom Parachutes and Bucktails including the new hot lick Bucktail – Mabel’s own – “Pinky”, and our newfangled “ET” Bucktails and Parachutes. Water temperatures dropped again today to a chilly 57 degrees today, which is still very cold for this time of year. Zach Stauffer (holding the monster fish in below picture) served as 1st Mate today. Mr. George Wong of North Bethesda, MD caught our biggest Trophy fish so far this Spring Trophy ’03 today. This was the 2nd day in a row we broke our Spring Trophy 2003 weight record. This Rockfish measured a whopping 49 inches length, a 27″ girth, and weighed in at 44.6 pounds. This “Beast From The East” struck a white JJ’s Tackle – Mabel’s custom “E.T.” Bucktail trimmed with a white 9″ Sassy Shad. This catch was good for 1st Place in the daily Deale Captains Tournament for the Jil Carrie’s 5th win of the young Trophy Season – 2003 and the second win in a row. We also caught 3 big 39 inchers which were very impressive.

Earning a MDDNR Citation and Embroidered Patch was:

Mr. George Wong of North Bethesda, MD for his 49”/44.6 lb. “Beast From The East” (our largest of the season so far).

“Rockfish Gone Wild”

Simply our best catch so far this year and it seems to just get better each day!

MAY 5, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Today, for our 17th Fishing Trip of the 2003 season we welcomed our good friend Stephen “Sleeps With Fish” Martin of Elkton, MD and friends for a total of 6 anglers. It was a great day on the Bay with “slick cam” seas and the rains held off until the afternoon long after we returned. The flood tide was really a rippin’ and the fish – they were a snappin’! We trolled at Holland Point. We flogged 6 humungous Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) from 31″ – 45.25 (our limit) with alacrity. We also released 1 undersized Rockfish. We also released a 36″ Rockfish that we caught while we were trying to get our lines back in the boat to go home! We used an array of white and chartreuse Holy Mackerel Tackle Prime Time Bucktails, JJ’s Tackle Custom Parachutes and Bucktails including the new hot lick Bucktail – Mabel’s own – “Pinky”, and our newfangled “ET” Bucktails and Parachutes. Water temperatures remained steady at 58 degrees today, which is still very cold for this time of year. Capt. Al “The Livin’ Legend” served as 1st Mate today (standing on far right). Mr. Stephen “Sleeps With Fish” Martin caught our biggest Trophy fish so this Spring Trophy ’03 season today, just as the sun was coming up. This Rockfish measured a whopping 45.25 inches and weighed in at 35.4 pounds. This “Beast From The East” struck a white JJ’s Tackle – Mabel’s custom “ET” Bucktail trimmed with a white 9″ Sassy Shad. This catch was good for 1st Place in the daily Deale Captains Tournament for the Jil Carrie’s 4th win of the young Trophy Season – 2003.

5 Anglers declined citations.

Earning a MDDNR Citation and Embroidered Patch was:

Stephen “Sleeps With Fish” Martin of Elkton, MD for a 45.25″/35.4 pound “Beast From The East” (our largest of the season so far).

Here’s Sleeps With Fish in sunrise repose

Anybody know directions to Night Shift?

 

MAY 4, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Today, for our 16th Fishing Trip of the 2003 season we welcomed the truck drivers from U.S. Food Service Union Hall in Baltimore, MD put together by Ron Wolf for a total of 10 anglers. We had breezy conditions which produced a 2 foot chop from the East. We trolled at Holland Point around the SE Lumps and at the Deale Fishing Reef. We hammered out 10 stout Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) from 31″ – 40.5″ (our limit). We used an array of white and chartreuse Holy Mackerel Tackle Prime Time Bucktails, JJ’s Tackle Custom Parachutes and Bucktails including the new hot lick Bucktail – Mabel’s own – “Pinky”, and our newfangled “ET” Bucktails and Parachutes. Water temperatures remained steady at 58 degrees today, which is still very cold for this time of year. Zach Stauffer served as 1st Mate today (standing in rear). The 40.5″/27.2 lb. “Beast From The East” was good for 2nd place in the daily Deale Captains Association Tournament. “Eat a sandwich, sleep&eat a sandwich, drink a soda, sleep&eat a sandwich, catch a fish, sleep&”

5 Anglers declined citations.

Earning a MDDNR Citation and Embroidered Patch were:

Dale Santee of Sykesville, MD for a 40.5″ Rockfish
Joseph J. Schwabline of Glen Burnie, MD for a 40.5″/27.2 lb. “Beast From The East”
Earning a MDDNR Citation was:

Darlene Taylor of Baltimore, MD for a 38.5″/20 lb. Rockfish
Charles Freeman Smith of Halethorpe, MD for a 32.25″ Rockfish
David Lee Taylor of Baltimore, MD for a 32.25″ Rockfish

Joseph J. Schwabline of Glen Burnie, MD proudly displays his 40.5/27.2 lb. Beast From The East”

U.S. Foods Truckers spend a beautiful Sunday on The Bay

 

MAY 3, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Today, for our 15th Fishing Trip of the 2003 season we welcomed a new fishing party referred to us by George Bentz Jr. ­ Captain of the “Drizzle Bar” Charter Boat up The Bay and also famous for his Pasadena Sport Fishing Group along with his father Capt. George Bentz, Sr. Thank you Capt. Bentz! This party was put together by their customer – Mr. Roland Meade for his family. Mr. Meade, who is 90 years young, brought along 4 generations of his family for a total of 13 anglers. The bad news was that we had breezy conditions which led to a 3’ – 4’ sloppy sea in the morning which settled a bit by the afternoon. It made for some tough conditions to work in. The good news was we had 4 of 13 anglers selling cars (a respectable 30.7% rate). This is our best “Earl” percentage so far this season! We trolled at Holland Point around the SE Lumps. We flogged 13 gargantuan Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) from 31” – 37” (our limit). We also released 1 undersized Rockfish. We used an array of white and chartreuse Prime Time Bucktails, JJ’s Tackle Custom Parachutes and Bucktails including the new hot lick Bucktail – Mabel’s own – “Pinky”, and our newfangled “ET” Bucktails and Parachutes. Water temperatures fell to 58 degrees today, which is still very cold for this time of year. Zach Stauffer served as 1st Mate today (seated on rail in rear, left).

 

MAY 2, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Today, for our 14th Fishing Trip of the 2003 season we welcomed a fishing party put together by Scott Swidersky for his company – Quality Associates. It was a 3 boat party with a total of 11 anglers. This is their 3rd Annual Outing with us and what a great time was had by all! We even got T-Shirts commemorating the occasion. Scott had promised us a wet T-Shirt contest, but alas, that never “materialized”. We trolled at Holland Point around the SE Lumps. We flogged 11 portly Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) from 32″ – 39″ (our limit). We also released 2 undersized Rockfish. We also lost a beauty right behind the boat that looked to be about 30 pounds. He just rolled over and waved “good-bye” after a great fight. The 39″/24 lb. Beast was good for 2nd place in the daily Deale Captains Tournament. We used an array of white and chartreuse Prime Time Bucktails, JJ’s Tackle Custom Parachutes and Bucktails including the new hot lick Bucktail – Mabel’s own – “Pinky”, and our newfangled “ET” Bucktails and Parachutes. Water temperatures remained at 59 degrees today, which is still very cold for this time of year. Capt. Karl “Stud Boy” Bieberich served as 1st Mate today (standing on right).
All Anglers declined Citations.

Scott Swidersky of Annapolis, MD with an early morning 36″/17 lb. Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) that he caught just as the sun was coming up over Holland Point – Deale, MD.

“Does it get any better than this”?

 

MAY 1, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Today, for our 13th Fishing Trip of the 2003 season we welcomed a fishing party put together by our good friend Phil Cohen for a total of 8 anglers. It was another beautiful day on The Bay and the Beasts were a snappin’. Phil and his son are avid recreational fisherman and they own a beautiful boat – “Kenai King” which is kept here in Rockhold Creek. Phil has been keeping good fishing company with the likes of Dean “Brother Constantine” Londos of legendary “Emily D” fame and other assorted ne’r do wells from above the Rockhold Creek Bridge. We trolled in the vicinity of “The Diamonds”. We flogged 8 obese Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) from 34″ – 39″ (our limit). The 39″/25 lb. Beast was good for 2nd place in the daily Deale Captains Tournament. We used an array of white and chartreuse Prime Time Bucktails, JJ’s Tackle Custom Parachutes and Bucktails including the new hot lick Bucktail – Mabel’s own – “Pinky”, and our newfangled “ET” Bucktails and Parachutes. Water temperatures remained at 59 degrees today, which is still very cold for this time of year. Capt. Karl “Stud Boy” Bieberich served as 1st Mate today (seated on cooler, on right).

All Anglers declined Citations.