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  1. Haven't been out in the Chessie for almost three weeks! Water temp has dropped to 60, so there should be some Stripes in there by now. Just been slammed with too much work. Been a lot of wind lately and it isn't much fun in four footers with such short wavelength. Makes it hard to hold a beer, LOL! Last time I fished in those conditions I had to sit down on the deck and reel. Pulling the fish in was dangerous to say the least, almost went over. Looks like this week will be better, only 2-3 footers. For those of you that think 2-3 is small stuff, you would be correct if it were in the ocean with long wavelengths (8 - 10 seconds). The Chessie has short wavelength (1-3 seconds), which means that every 1-3 seconds the bow is up and the stern down, or port/starboard sides whatever the wave height is. Just imagine the starboard side being 3 feet higher (tilted) than the port side is, every 2-3 seconds. Makes for a rough ride no matter what you are doing and too easy to fall over. While the boat can handle it, it just doesn't make for a pleasurable day. I have fished in up to four footers and came back in five footers. Really rough ride, you need to be sitting and holding on to something, but not a beer. In a cup, it sloshes out; in a bottle, you hit your teeth. Hardest part is finding someone to go with me that won't get sick. I won't do it alone because someone has to hold the boat on course, the waves will quickly turn it into the wave ditch. Ah, but it is the start of the windy season, suck it up and get out there. If anyone of y'all are near Solomons Island and want to get out there, let me know. Hopefully you don't get seasick. PM is best way to contact.
  2. As for life in the Chessie, sorta' slow. Been terrible all summer for most folks. We didn't have the Spanish Mack run we used to have. Resident Stripers ball the bait up every morning and afternoon but they are all about 16 inches. There are some keeper size Blues underneath of them. Most of the activity has been in less than 30' of water. Tried a few times at night for Bull Charkie, no catches. Did have a few screamers that broke the 50# running line. So far no takers on the 100# rigs. I have been using about a 10 pound chunk of Cow-Nose and gut chumming. I know they are still out there. Gonna try it again tomorrow, at least the Blues are big enough to eat, just barely.. Chessie surface temps are still way up there, hanging around 77-78 degrees. With the lack of rain, clarity is good.
  3. Chessie yesterday, out of the Pax in about 60', water temp 62. Two Stripes, 25" & 34" between 0700 - 0730. Two knockdowns about 0745, then dead the rest of the day. Blues are biting the tails off the Sassy Shads.
  4. Replace the rubber vacuum hoses at the hub with the braided steel ones, much better and cure a lot of woes. But like Hulk said, just turn 'em. In fact, you should do that monthly and drive a bit to make sure the manual lock doesn't sieze up. Has anyone fished the Chessie since the big blow? I might get out tomorrow, if not, then not until Thu or Fri.
  5. An easy check is to see if the interlock plug has popped off the trans. I had that happen once in a Dodge (Ford lover now). So, is this counter thinhey going to be monitored and reported to the treehuggers, or?
  6. LOL, why, did you catch air going over?
  7. What about manual locking Dave? I despise the electronic stuff....
  8. The sun was nice but the breeze was cold. We set out on the Chessie to do some C&R but the cold wind chased us into a creek. Was still too chilly for "better" shots. Maybe next time... Painted lots of stuff on the screen but didn't have any takers. Some pretty big marks on the screen, plenty of them in the bay but we got out there mid-day and missed the morning bite. Look what I found buried in the ice! Stogie time Reflections...
  9. Also around the Cove Point area, you will find a lot of tug activity. They use the western side when pushing, pulling, or deadheading. There is a lot of activity around the gas dock, stay outside of the white markers!!!! If you go inside them, the CG will visit ya. You can go out of the cove to the first ridge, check the charts mentioned above. Bait is abundant in the shallows.
  10. Get out there with the family and friends! Head down to the lower end of Assateague for the best view and sound! After a four-day delay, NASA is planning to fire off five rockets in just over five minutes late Sunday (March 18) for a mission that, if all goes well, will create glowing clouds to probe mysterious, fast-moving winds at the edge of space. The five-rocket salvo is scheduled to launch Sunday night from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. See article at NASA Launching 5-Rocket Barrage in Sunday Night Sky Show | ATREX Mission | Space.com This will create some excitement – calls to 911 centers etc.
  11. Get out there with the family and friends! Head down to the lower end of Assateague for the best view and sound! After a four-day delay, NASA is planning to fire off five rockets in just over five minutes late Sunday (March 18) for a mission that, if all goes well, will create glowing clouds to probe mysterious, fast-moving winds at the edge of space. The five-rocket salvo is scheduled to launch Sunday night from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. See article at NASA Launching 5-Rocket Barrage in Sunday Night Sky Show | ATREX Mission | Space.com This will create some excitement – calls to 911 centers etc.
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</style> <![endif]--> Get out there with the family and friends! Head down to the lower end of Assateague for the best view and sound! After a four-day delay, NASA is planning to fire off five rockets in just over five minutes late Sunday (March 18) for a mission that, if all goes well, will create glowing clouds to probe mysterious, fast-moving winds at the edge of space. The five-rocket salvo is scheduled to launch Sunday night from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. See article at NASA Launching 5-Rocket Barrage in Sunday Night Sky Show | ATREX Mission | Space.com This will create some excitement – calls to 911 centers etc.
  13. The season in the Chessie should be full slam on. I have been painting a lot of large targets on sonar. Side scan prints them looking like about 30 inch Stripers. But the season in the Chessie got set back a week to 21 Apr.
  14. Where can Perch be found on the lower Pax? Looking for something tasty before Striper season starts.
  15. Went out in the Pax River Friday, lots and lots of large marks on the sonar. I went back through and keyed up the side scan, yep, definitely Stripers. These aren't the normal small critters that stay all winter either. There was lots of bait around, guess these guys just didn't leave. Unfortunately, can't keep them until 4/21 this year.... At least C&R is in effect now everywhere, but with barbless hooks. On 3/1, all the rivers are off limits but on the main Chessie you don't have to cut off the barbs. Won't be time to do any real scouting until the second week of April. Sux that DNR moved the season back a week this year. Here is the link to this years schedule: Maryland Fishing Regulations | Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Service