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#1 Nov-26-10 3:12PM

Ernie
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From: Ashburn VA
Registered: Feb-03-06
Posts: 13093

11-26-10, Chesapeake Bay report

OK, stay in your seat for a bit, this one might be a long one....

The original plans for today was for Curly and I to show Carl Brown (whaler) how to catch some DC stripers. Earlier in the week, I had received an email from Mike L. (purpleworm) as he wanted to get out and do some striper fishing at some point so I told him to stand by in case we went. But Wednesday's forecast called for rain, cool temps and wind for Friday morning so we scrubbed the mission. The weatherman was a little off his forecast by the way.

So....since Friday was now open, I needed a plan B and was going to make some phone calls on Wednesday but things got busy at work. In the meantime, I received an email from John Lipetz. He had booked a charter with a crew of 10 father/sons for Friday but some of the potential crew got sick and some got scared of the weather forecast and canceled. He said that he had several openings so I told him that I could get 1-2 guys. I emailed Mike back and it did not take long....we were going fishing on the Loosen' Up, a 48 Carman owned by Frank Carver.

I really like fishing the day after Thanksgiving.....

By 0545, Mike and I were at the Happy Harbor dock in Deale MD. I went over to say hi to Frank but the Captain today was Brian Scmidtt. His mate was Ashley Carver (Frank's daughter). This was a VERY young crew (29 & 27) but they did not lack in enthusiasm and experience. As a matter of fact, some of you who bass fish in tournaments might recognize Brian's name. He is one of the DC areas top tourney guys!

Since this was a dad/kid trip, the plan was to go after pullage rather that trophies so Brian had the smaller umbrellas rigged with two 5" Storm swimbaits. The gear was custom built.

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The weather was excellent, mid fifties, light breeze and a few sprinkles here and there. And the best part? A calm bay!

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About 2 hours in to the trip, we got our 1st hit and Sam was up 1st....he was a happy camper!

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Quinn was 2nd up.....

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http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/IMGP1724.jpg

....and Mike came in 3rd with a nice one.

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Jeffrey batted clean up and brought in this football!

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We caught 1-2 more but things really slowed down....for several hours. The weather really turned on us too, it got cooler and the wind started blowing!

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We made a few short runs in search of birds but the fish went on strike. Finally, Capt. Brian said it was time for his plan B and we picked up all the lines and ran back across the bay. It didn't take long when we 1st spotted a gannet. That got us exited because these birds are BIG eaters and they don't hang around unless there is some nice bait. To make a long story short.......

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....it all broke loose. We had double hook ups, 3-4 rods going down at the same time...it was pandemonium.

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Fish slime and blood flying everywhere. We actually lost count of what was in the fish box and had to take inventory.

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Will with a nice double header!

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And John followed his lead......

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Once we had the limit, we fished for a bit more for some C & R before calling it quits around 1 PM. Back to the dock we went for the customary group shot....

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/IMGP1737.jpg

And then we met this guy.....

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/IMGP1740.jpg

He belongs to Capt. George Prennant (quiet a character himself). This dog knew what was being thrown in the trash and he wanted a snack.....

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/IMGP1741.jpg

....which he got.

We had a great time out there in a very comfortable boat with an excellent Captain and Mate. Thumbs up to this crew!

Gotta love those stripers!

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/IMGP1739.jpg


Time to go fishin' again!

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#2 Nov-27-10 5:48AM

ComeOnFish
Northern Snakehead
Registered: Sep-30-10
Posts: 199

Re: 11-26-10, Chesapeake Bay report

Man,
You are making me crazy. I can't wait I come back to home for fishing.

Joe

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#3 Nov-27-10 6:18AM

bigjeffie
Patagonian Toothfish
Registered: Feb-24-09
Posts: 1422

Re: 11-26-10, Chesapeake Bay report

that was an impressive narrative

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#4 Nov-27-10 6:22AM

Curly
Patagonian Toothfish
Registered: Mar-15-10
Posts: 4963

Re: 11-26-10, Chesapeake Bay report

bigjeffie wrote:

that was an impressive narrative

Coming from the "king of narration".....that's a complement to hang on to big_smile .


Hell or High Water...........I'm Fishin!!   big_smile

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#5 Nov-27-10 6:30AM

Ernie
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From: Ashburn VA
Registered: Feb-03-06
Posts: 13093

Re: 11-26-10, Chesapeake Bay report

Curly wrote:

Coming from the "king of narration".....that's a complement to hang on to big_smile .

Agreed!

I am inspired by Jeffie's prose, Joe's visual stories and remembering Carl's recounts of old fishing stories. Man....he could tell a story!

Memories in the making!


Time to go fishin' again!

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#6 Nov-28-10 5:20PM

Bob B
Northern Snakehead
From: Vancouver, WA
Registered: Mar-21-08
Posts: 193

Re: 11-26-10, Chesapeake Bay report

Great report!


Go Fish!

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#7 Nov-29-10 8:02AM

purpleworm
Northern Snakehead
Registered: Mar-06-09
Posts: 411

Re: 11-26-10, Chesapeake Bay report

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Great fishing, great company. Thanks Ernie!

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#8 Nov-29-10 2:54PM

doberdog1
Member
Registered: Nov-22-08
Posts: 81

Re: 11-26-10, Chesapeake Bay report

nice report. never fails, i missed another good trip.  good pictures.

mo

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