November 2003 Fishing Reports

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

We got blown out yesterday, Saturday, 11/29/03, so we did not fish. So today, Sunday 11/30/03, for our (fill in number later when I catch up) trip of the 2003 season, we welcomed Gene Zinkhan and the Ironworkers Union Local 16 from Baltimore, Maryland for a total of 8 anglers. This union has been serving the Baltimore, Washington, D.C., DE, & PA area for over 100 years! This party is usually led by Terry “Santa” Hitzelberger, but he had a recent bypass surgery and he couldn’t make it – so we wish him a speedy recovery! It was another chilly, foggy, windy (20 ­ 25 knots SSE), blustery Fall day with heavy sea conditions. “Ralph” and friends were along for the ride again today, as well! We started trolling at Buoy 72 and along the drop off there to the Target Ship and we tried moving 4 times to various other locations trying for Fall Trophy Striped Bass (“Rockfish”). We used bucktails and parachutes for lures. TJ Reiber served as 1st Mate. It was a very slow day again today as we managed only 4 Rockfish ­ 3 Beasts and one undersized Rockfish (17 ¾” undersized released ­ go figure). This Fall has been very disappointing so far with only a handful of good days. What’s the deal – we should be whackin’ and stackin’ now?

NOVEMBER 28, 2003
Lower Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

For our (fill in number later when I catch up) trip of the 2003 season, we welcomed Bill Boone, Dave Martin, friends, and coworkers for a total of 9 anglers. It was a chilly, foggy, windy (20 ­ 25 knots SSE), blustery Fall day with heavy sea conditions which slowed the bite considerably. We trolled at Buoy 72 and along the drop off there to the Target Ship for Fall Trophy Striped Bass (“Rockfish”). We used bucktails and parachutes for lures. It was our 1st day of fishing after a much needed day off with the family for the Thanksgiving holiday. But the big story today (much to Capt. Croakerhead’s delight and urging) was that there was lots of extra holiday turkey and stuffing decorating the “Jil Carrie” deck courtesy of “Ralph”, “Earl”, and “The Car Salesman”. We struggled to catch 4 humungous “Beasts From The East” on the whole day. This on again/off again bite is quite frustrating! TJ Reiber served as 1st Mate. William M. Boone of Baltimore, Maryland this 42″ length/24″ girth “Beast From The East” today and earned a MDDNR Citation and Patch!

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

For our (fill in number later when I catch up) trip of the 2003 season, we welcomed Tim Kearney, family, & friends for a total of 8 anglers. These fish we caught headed straight out to the Kearney Thanksgiving table! It was a chilly, damp day. We did another jigging/tolling combo trip. We jigged at Buoy 65 and we trolled at Buoy 72. For jigging we used Li’l Bunkers and Stingsilvers and for trolling we used bucktails and parachutes. We caught 16 rotund Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) (our limit) from 19” ­ 31”. We also caught our boat fish plus another big surprise of 5 Snapper and Chopper Bluefish! We also released quite a few undersized Rockfish while jigging. We also released one legal Rockfish trolling after we had our limit and were getting our lines back in (lucky fish!). We also lost a big Rockfish right at the back of the boat, as well (drat!). I did not have a 1st Mate today so a big “Jil Carrie” Thank You to the party for all of their help with the rigs and fish. We will be taking the day off tomorrow for the Thanksgiving holiday to be with our families. Fishing will resume on Friday, 11/28/03. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!

 

NOVEMBER 25, 2003
Lower Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

For our (fill in number later when I catch up) trip of the 2003 season, we welcomed Teamsters Local Union #355 U.S. Foods Truck Drivers from Baltimore, MD led by Shop Steward Ron Wolf for a total of 10 anglers. It was a cold, windy, rough day, but we were determined to change our luck. The Rockfish have been in lockjaw mode so far this Fall and The Beasts have been mocking me. We fixed that little putrid scenario today in a big way and put a good ol’ fashioned “Jil Carrie” nuclear floggin’ on their arses! We caught 20 rotund Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) (our limit) from 19″ – 36″. We also caught our boat fish plus a huge surprise of 18 Chopper Bluefish! Where the heck did they come from??? This weird fishing year just gets weirder and weirder! Bluefish run at the end of November???? Reminds me of 1998 when we had a run of Chopper Bluefish in November. In the immortal words of Flounder in the movie Animal House – “oh boy is this great”! Hey, man – [ loud disco music playing ] “that’s the way I like it ” uh huh, uh huh”. I did not have a 1st Mate today so a big “Jil Carrie” Thank You to the Union Truck drivers for all of their able assistance on a great day!

"Oh, no you don't"!
“Oh, no you don’t”!

NOVEMBER 24, 2003
Lower Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

For our (fill in number later when I catch up) trip of the 2003 season, we welcomed John Hupp, Rick Amaro, and friends for a total of 6 anglers. It was another beautiful Fall day on The Bay, but the fish are still in their lockjaw mode. The fishing so far this Fall season continues to be very slow and sporadic. We managed to squeeze out only 4 keeper Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) on the day. We trolled south of Buoy 65 with bucktails and parachutes. The keeper Rockfish were 19.5″, 23.75″, 32″, and 36.5″ respectively. Man, what a tough Fall! TJ Reiber served as 1st Mate today.

Jim Schultz of Owings, MD caught this 36.5" Rockfish today
Jim Schultz of Owings, MD caught this 36.5″ Rockfish today

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

We welcomed Eddie Earles and friends for a total of 3 anglers. It was another beautiful Fall day on the water, but the fish did not want to cooperate at all. There was practically no wind and the seas were slick cam amidst balmy 65 degree air temperatures. The fishing so far this Fall season continues to be very sporadic. We managed to squeeze out only 3 keeper Striped Bass (Rockfish) and 5 undersized Rockfish (released) on the day. We trolled south of Buoy 65 with bucktails and parachutes. The keeper Rockfish were 23.25, 33.5, and 31.5 respectively.

NOVEMBER 22, 2003
Lower Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

We welcomed the gang from MWR at the U.S. Navy Hospital – Bethesda, MD. It was a beautiful Fall day on the water, but once again, the fish did not want to cooperate at all. The fishing so far this Fall season has been very poor and sporadic. We decided to try some jigging with light spinning tackle. We rigged up with Stingsilvers and Li’l Bunkers. We tried the edge at Buoy 72 and caught a handful of small Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) which we released. Then we rode around all morning to several other places with the same miserable results. After a Banana surfaced from a lunch pail and was being consumed leisurely on the deck, I imploded. I told the party to wind their lines up, rack their poles, and took them back to the wharf at Drury’s early. I refunded their money and advised the customers (once again) of our policy. If anyone doubts the curse of the Banana, let today be your harbinger. The stinky, furry creature mocks me. %^&$#@!#%&**!!!!! (Hey, no cussing -this is a family site!)

  • No Bananas
  • No Banana byproducts
  • No Banana anything.

Capt. Karl Beiberich (pictured with a rare Hickory Shad which we caught and released today) served as 1st Mate.

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

We welcomed Brian Steinwand, friends, and coworkers from the EPA for their annual Ridge, MD outing for a total of 6 anglers. We had two days off without fishing as high winds and heavy seas whipped up The Bay on 11/19 and 11/20. We canceled our parties for those two days. We started by trolling again today to try to catch an early Fall Trophy Season “Beast From The East”. After yesterday’s debacle, things looked grim. We set up south of Buoy 65 and rigged up with an impressive array of parachutes and bucktails. We laid our lines out and trolled for 6 hours from 7:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. with 4 Fall Trophy Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) from 35” ­ 38” to show for it. Trolling so far this Fall Trophy Season has been slow or next to nothing. But, on the bright side, we did manage to catch 4 Beasts which is our best showing with the Fall Trophies so far (as pitiful as that feat is for 11/21). On the ride home we jigged on some birds and caught 1 more keeper Rockfish (21.5”) for a total for keepers on the day of 5 which, (sadly) I suppose I was moderately pleased under the currently slow conditions. But the big story today was Andrew A. Good of Silver Spring, MD caught his biggest Rockfish ever ­ a 37” Beast (see below picture) and Driss Benmhend of McLean, VA caught his 1st Rockfish ever ­ a 35” Beast (see below picture). I did not have a 1st Mate today (I’m getting way too old for this)!

NOVEMBER 18, 2003
Lower Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

For our (fill in number later when I catch up) trip of the 2003 season, we welcomed The Tennant Company for their annual company Ridge, MD outing for a total of 12 anglers. This years’ host and organizer was Tom Menegus. We started by trolling again today to try to catch an early Fall Trophy Season “Beast From The East”. After yesterday’s limited success of our first two Fall Trophy Season Beasts with the Boland clan, we were hoping for lightning to strike twice! So, we set up south of Buoy 65 and rigged up with an impressive array of parachutes and bucktails. We laid our lines out and trolled for 3 hours from 8: 00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. with only one keeper Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) of 22” and 1 undersized Rockfish of 17” (released) to show for it. Man, trolling so far this Fall Trophy Season has been awful. It’s like “watching paint dry”… What is going on? This is prime time now??? Frankly, I’m very disappointed with the Trophy Rockfish run so far this Fall. I have not formulated a theory on why we aren’t catching them with more regularity, but I’m working on one. Hey, it can’t be that I’ve forgotten how to catch Trophies since the Spring, can it??? Nahhh….. It seems that when things don’t go well with “Plan A” this year, it has always been a good thing to have a “Plan B” in your hip pocket. So, in an attempt to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, we tried some jigging with light spinning tackle under diving gulls and terns feeding over breaking fish. We rigged up with Stingsilvers and Li’l Bunker jigs. That sure was the ticket today!!! We had some outstanding light tackle action. We caught 16 more obese keeper Rockfish from 18” ­ 27” and 20 keeper Gray Trout (“Weakfish”) from 13” ­ 19”. We also released one bazillion undersized Rockfish. We also released 2 undersized Black Sea Bass (very rare in The Bay). We also caught a Chopper Bluefish and 1 Atlantic Croaker which earned Gregg Richter of Annapolis, MD a MDDNR Citation! That’s right, I said “Croaker”, as in “Croakersaurus”! Now, I know what you’re thinking ­ Capt. Croakerhead has “bit the big one” with the Trophies not cooperating, but seeing is believing (see below picture)! I would suppose nothing would surprise me too much this year! Gregg Richter of Annapolis, MD earned the Citation for a 15″ Croakersaurus! I did not have a 1st Mate today, so a big “Jil Carrie Thank You” to all of the guys for their help with the fast paced jigging action. “Anybody got the net”??? I’m getting way too old and slow to keep up with that pace of action… We have a bad storm front coming through the next two days (11/19 and 11/20) with predicted gale force winds and dangerous seas, so we will stay at the wharf. We will resume fishing on 11/21/03. Maybe this blow will stir up The Beasts!

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

For our (fill in number later when I catch up) trip of the 2003 season, we welcomed Jim “Lead Rod” (pronounced Leeeed) Boland Sr., Jim “Lead Rod” Boland Jr. & 2 friends for a total of 4 anglers. We decided to troll again today to try to catch an early Fall Trophy Season “Beast From The East”. After the past 2 days of miserable failures, we were hoping for a miracle! We set up at Buoy 65 and rigged up with an impressive array of parachutes and bucktails. We laid our lines out and caught our 1st fish right off the bat at 8:00 a.m. ­ an enormous 40.5”/23” girth/22 lb. Striped Bass (“Rockfish”). This pig took a white Bay Bay Bucktail trimmed with a white Sassy Shad. Halleluiah! Finally, our 1st Beast From The East for the Fall Trophy Season! There was something even more spectacular for this lucky angler (Mr. Michael Brunelle of Keedysville, MD – see below picture).

You see, this Rockfish was the first Rockfish that Mr. Brunelle has ever caught! Not only was this pig worth a MDDNR My 1st Rockfish Award, it also scored a MDDNR Citation, a MDDNR Embroidered Patch, and a MD Charter Boat Association Citation! Needless to say, we were still celebrating our 1st Beast when our 2nd strike came at 8:45 a.m. Just like yesterday ­ screaming drag, doubled over rod, three cranks by the angler and poof – bye bye Beast! What the F? Has someone stowed a Banana aboard the “Jil Carrie”? What’s up with these fish this Fall Trophy Season??? Our 3rd strike came at 9:30 a.m. and a 22.5” portly specimen was landed ­ not bad, but would have rather had the 2nd one boated. Our 4th and 5th strikes came back to back at 12:30 p.m., but were 16” & 17” releases. Not exactly what I had in mind… “Is that trail mix??? Are there banana pieces in that trail mix”???? Our 6th strike came at 12: 45 p.m. which yielded a nice 21” corpulent Striper, followed by our 7th strike which produced a 19.25” keeper – still not what we are targeting…followed by a long, long wait… and then it happened ­ WHAM! As the rod doubled over and the drag screamed off about 120’ of line, I thought the pole would break in half. The fish struck so hard! We put the Banana curse to rest in large fashion! After the victorious, ferocious battle with our 2nd Beast From The East for the Fall Season, we measured a 44”/24.5” girth/32.5 lb. pig amongst quite a celebration! This lucky angler (Mr. Ben Hynes of Brunswick, MD) earned a MDDNR Citation, a MDDNR Embroidered Patch, and a MD Charter Boat Association Citation for his great efforts. We topped it off with our 8th strike which yielded an 18.25” keeper and we called it a day. Hey, it’s a step in the right direction ­ things can only get better, right??? TJ Reiber (on far right, in rear, in group shot) served as 1st Mate today.

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

For our (fill in number later when I catch up) trip of the 2003 season, we welcomed Teamsters Local Union #355 U.S. Foods Truck Drivers from Baltimore, MD led by Shop Steward Ron Wolf for a total of 8 anglers. We decided to troll to try to catch an early Fall Trophy Season “Beast From The East”. We set up at Buoy 65 and rigged up with an impressive array of parachutes and bucktails. We laid our lines out and caught our 1st fish right off the bat at 9:00 a.m. – a fat 19” Striped Bass (“Rockfish”). Certainly not a Beast, but a start! At 9:15 a.m. we boated our 2nd Rockfish ­ a nice, portly 21.5” Striper. Then, at 10:10 a.m. our 3rd Rockfish – a 21” pig. Three keeper fish in 70 minutes, but no big ones… then at 10: 35 a.m. bubba struck…screaming drag peeling about 100’ of line in a hurry before we could get him under control and start winding him in and a doubled over roof rod sang the sweet tune of “Beast On The Hook”! But alas, the elusive, dastardly Beast shook the bucktail on the way in and we never saw him. At 11:15 a.m. ­ another small Rockfish ­ a 17” release and then a long stretch of waiting… at 12:30 p.m. our 6th strike of the day and the tune “Beast On The Hook” was playing again with the melody of screaming drag and howling anglers scurrying to move rods and get the pig under control and coming to the boat! Rat Bastard got off again! OK, who has the Banana? Our 7th Strike came at 12:50 p.m. ­ another 17” release. Our 8th strike came at 1:00 p.m. ­ a 21.5” Striper which was a bit fatter than the previous, but still not The Beast. Our 9th Strike produced a 17.75” release and by the time our 10th strike at 1:20 p.m. yielded yet another 17.75” release. Somebody must have a Banana! 10 strikes and no Beasts??? Yesterday, we trolled for 2 hours with no Beasts and today we trolled 4:20 with No Beasts. Helloooo, McFly…it’s the middle of November…..where are you????? So, we bailed to go jigging to get some better action for a while before we went in. We rigged up with light spinning tackle and used Li’l Bunker jigs and Stingsilvers. We found several schools of breaking Rockfish between the Target Ship and Buoy 72 along the drop off and jigged on them. We caught a bazillion undersized Rockfish (all released) and managed to keep 3 more legal Rockfish from 18” ­ 21” for a disappointing total of 7 keepers on the day. The Beasts, they mock me. They will pay with their lives for their recent indiscretions. TJ Reiber (on far right in group shot) served as 1st Mate today.

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

We welcomed Johnny Crudup, family, and friends for a total of 8 anglers. We went chumming with light spinning tackle rigged with standard chumming rigs. We used cut Bunker and Razor Clams for hook bait. We caught our limit of 16 portly Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) from 18″ – 22″ and saved our boat fish to go trolling and try to catch an early Winter Season “Beast From The East”. We trolled for 2 hours without a bite. So, we decided to try some light tackle jigging on a few breaking schools of fish under birds at the Buoy 72 drop off. We rigged up with Stingsilvers and Li’l Bunkers. We caught a bazillion small Rockfish and kept the largest for our boat fish. We also caught and released 1 Hickory Shad. TJ Reiber served as 1st Mate.

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

For our (fill in number later when I catch up) trip of the 2003 season, we welcomed Jim Bergin, family, and friends for a total of 9 anglers. It was wet, rainy, and generally miserable weather. We went chumming with light spinning tackle rigged with standard chumming rigs. We used cut Bunker and Razor Clams for hook bait. We caught our limit of 18 portly Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) from 18” ­ 22” plus our boat fish. Then we decided to try some light spinning tackle jigging on a few breaking schools of fish under birds at the Buoy 72 drop off. We rigged up with Stingsilvers and Li’l Bunkers. We caught a bazillion small Rockfish and released them all. Jigging action on light tackle is outstanding right now. We also caught a Black Sea Bass while jigging (undersized ­ released). We also caught some Gray Trout (“Weakfish”) which have been very rare this year. We managed to keep 5 legal Weakfish and released several others which were undersized. I did not have a 1st Mate today.

We will not be fishing on Thursday, 11/13/03 and Friday, 11/14/03 because of a storm front coming through with gale force winds. These NW winds, coupled with extremely low tides, have blown all of the water out of the creek and my boat is sitting in the mud. We will resume fishing on Saturday, 11/15/03.

“Hey, there’s not supposed to be any Weakfish in The Bay, Capt. Croakerhead….what’s dis?”
“Hey, there’s not supposed to be any Weakfish in The Bay, Capt. Croakerhead….what’s dis?”

NOVEMBER 6, 2006
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

For our (fill in number later when I catch up) trip of the 2003 season and the 6th day of November we welcomed Nate Bush, Tom “The Sandbagger” Brown, and friends for a total of 6 anglers. It was a stormy, rainy, raw Fall day. I think I’m still trying to dry off! We slithered on down to “The Gooses” to try some chumming for Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) with light spinning tackle. We rigged up with standard chumming rigs. We used cut Bunker and Razor Clams for hook bait. We caught 12 stout Rockfish (our limit) from 18” – 25” plus our boat fish at this location. We also released 1 Bazillion undersized Rockfish. Capt. Cindy Sheridan served as 1st Mate (not pictured).

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

For our (fill in number later when I catch up) trip of the 2003 season and the 5th day of November we welcomed 19 intrepid anglers from Tidalfish.com for the 4th Annual Rocktoberjigfest to benefit The Ele Fund charity (COTA for Mary Ann K). It was supposed to be 20 anglers, but, unfortunately, Hammer II got sick – we missed him. Thank you very much, one and all for your support for this worthy cause. It was very foggy in the morning which made it very difficult to locate schools of fish to jig on. We started at Brownies Hill and made 3 drifts and caught a few legal Gray Trout up to 15″ (“Weakfish”) and released a few undersized Weakfish. Then we went to “The Hook” where we found a school of undersized Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) and released all caught there. Then we went in the mouth of the Choptank River and to “The Diamonds” where we found a few more schools of undersized Rockfish (all released) and a few more legal Weakfish. We also released a few more undersized Weakfish. We finished the day back at “The Hook” where we caught 3 legal Rockfish and released more undersized Rockfish. Approximately 200 fish total were3 caught and most were released. There was a 1st Prize for largest fish donated by lasags (Lou Sagatov) of Specialized Baits which was won by Rattletrap for a 19″ Rockfish. 2nd Prize – a Stormy Petrel T-Shirt donated by Capt. George Prenant went to Barefoot for an 18.25″ Rockfish. 3rd Prize went to Graybeard (that’s right, Graybeard) for an 18″ Rockfish which won him a case of Synthetic oil. The big prize (and hotly contested) was the prize for the most fish caught and was a $40.00 gift certificate for Today’s Image donated by Jim Fisher (Marster37 on TF). Here were the final standings:

  • Charlie Trophy 28
  • Graybeard 24
  • Rattletrap 23
  • Ski 22
  • Fritzer 19
  • Old Gray Fisherman 15
  • Dennis1 18
  • Scott 14
  • Ken 9
  • Al Stevens 8
  • Chumbucket 1

Other 8 anglers did not submit statistics. At this point, I would like to thank all who donated their money and prizes to this worthy cause. Well done, gang!

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

For our (fill in number later when I catch up) trip of the 2003 season and the 4th day of November we welcomed Steve Schad (“Old Hat” on TidalFish.com) for a total of 5 anglers. The weather was absolutely perfect again today. Warm temperatures, fair seas, and light winds made for another spectacular “Indian Summer” Fall day on The Bay. We sashayed on down to “The Gooses” to try some chumming for Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) with light spinning tackle. We rigged up with standard chumming rigs and used cut Bunker and Razor Clams for hook bait. We caught 10 corpulent Rockfish from 18” ­ 22” (our limit) plus our boat fish at this location. We also released quite a few undersized Rockfish. Then we went to Brownie’s Hill and rigged our light spinning tackle with Stingsilver and Li’l Bunker jigs to try to capture some of the elusive (this year) Gray Trout (“Weakfish”). We had some limited success, catching 5 keeper Weakfish and releasing 2 undersized Weakfish, so we called it a day. Catching Weakfish in our part of The Bay has been very difficult so far this year. When you are lucky enough to catch some, it’s a bonus! Capt. Cindy Sheridan (not pictured) served as 1st Mate today.

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

For our (fill in number later when I catch up) trip of the 2003 season and the 3rd day of November we welcomed Stephen Rice, family, and friends for a total of 10 anglers. The weather was absolutely perfect again today. Warm temperatures, fair seas, and light winds made for another spectacular “Indian Summer” Fall day on The Bay. We sashayed on down to “The Gooses” to try some chumming for Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) with light spinning tackle. We rigged up with standard chumming rigs and used cut Bunker and Razor Clams for hook bait. We caught 20 obese Rockfish from 18″ – 22″ (our limit) plus our boat fish at this location. We also released a few undersized Rockfish. Then we went to Castlehaven in the Choptank River and to Brownie’s Hill and rigged our light spinning tackle with Stingsilver and Li’l Bunker jigs to try to capture some of the elusive (this year) Gray Trout (“Weakfish”). We had zero success, so we called it a day. But the big story today was 11 year old angler Ethan Rice who caught the biggest fish of the day – a 22″ Rockfish. Master Rice attends Mountain View Middle School in Ellicott City, MD. TJ Reiber (in rear in group shot) served as 1st Mate today.

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

For our (fill in number later when I catch up) trip of the 2003 season and the 2nd day of November we welcomed Pat Argentiere from the Government Printing Office and coworkers Jim Shea (biggest fish pool winner), Ron Caldwell, Carl Krause, Brian Cunningham, Bob “Re-Bob” Hale and (coincidentally) one of my cousins – Jay Landen for a total of 7 anglers. The weather was absolutely perfect again today. Warm temperatures, fair seas, and light winds made for another spectacular “Indian Summer” Fall day on The Bay. We got another early start this morning which made all of the positive difference in the world. We sashayed on down to “The Gooses” to try some chumming for Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) with light spinning tackle. We rigged up with standard chumming rigs and used cut Bunker and Razor Clams for hook bait. We caught 14 obese Rockfish from 18″ – 21″ (our limit) plus our boat fish at this location. We also released a few undersized Rockfish. Then we went to Brownie’s Hill and rigged our light spinning tackle with Stingsilver and Li’l Bunker jigs to try to capture some of the elusive (this year) Gray Trout (“Weakfish”). We had 3 decent drifts out of 6 total drifts before they quit biting and we caught 11 Weakfish (7 keepers and 4 undersized releases). Then we rode over into Eastern Bay to look for more but did not find any. Then we tried the Deale Fishing Reef and Buoy 83A with no success, so we called it a day. Capt. Karl Bieberich (on far right in group shot) served as 1st Mate today.

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

For our (fill in number later when I catch up) trip of the 2003 season and the first day of November we welcomed Jim Klipp from Frederick, MD and friends for a total of 12 anglers. The weather was absolutely perfect again today. It was hard to believe, but today is the 1st of November! Warm temperatures, fair seas, and light winds made for another spectacular “Indian Summer” Fall day on The Bay. We got an early start this morning which made all of the positive difference in the world. We were the first boat on the grounds and it really paid off again today! We sashayed on down to “The Gooses” to try some chumming for Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) with light spinning tackle. We rigged up with standard chumming rigs and used cut Bunker and Razor Clams for hook bait. We caught 24 obese Rockfish from 18″ – 20″ (our limit) at this location. We did not hang around for the boat fish as it was getting late in the afternoon. We also released 1 Bazillion undersized Rockfish. TJ Reiber (pictured in rear in group shot) served as 1st Mate today.