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  1. Hey Peoples! I wanted to share some of my fishing outings that I film and produce for the internet. If you like please subscribe and give me a "thumbs up". If you have comments, questions, suggestions, anything, let me know. I put a link below that will get you to a video shot on the bay trolling with a tube and worm (watch in HD). From there you can find my other videos. [video=youtube;i_GN2ZJv6J0] Regards, Joel
  2. I like the set-up. I thought I had it good with the hobie! Jealous....
  3. Cool pictures! It's hard to see and think of how many of those menhaden they're harvesting and what it's doing to the ecosystem. To have seen this place 400 years ago when people like John Smith were setting they're eyes on this beautiful land. I probably wouldn't be here writing this, and we'll never voluntarily go back, but what if we all just used only what we needed to survive? “Rockfish were hunted on the Eastern Shore on horseback with spears. The large fish coming to feed on the creek shores, overflowed by the tide, showed themselves in the shallow water by a ripple before them. They were ridden on behind and forced into water too shallow for them to swim well, and were speared …” Col. T. J. Randolph of Edgehill, VA, 1875 … When they spawn, all streams and waters are completely filled with them, and one might believe, when he sees such terrible amounts of them, that there was as great a supply of herring as there is water. In a word, it is unbelievable, indeed, indescribable, as also incomprehensible, what quantity is found there.” William Byrd II (Virginia), early 1700’s SOURCE: http://www.johnsmith400.org/The_Chesapeake_Bay_in_1608.pdf
  4. Since the start of the spring trophy season I've gone out a few times on the potomac in my yak at the 301 bridge, fishing just below it around the plant with negative results. I'm thinking about heading out to the bay. Anyone got a place a kayaker can set out relatively close to a fishing ground?
  5. Sorry, not the rain, the hurricane. I understand ya'll haven't been getting much rain. It's been raining non-stop here in the DC area.
  6. Nice catch. Read you couldn't hold with a 12. Is the surf pretty much screwed from all this rain? I was thinking about making a trip over to OC.
  7. Dre, My brother and I went out the 30th to PLO. We've always had success this time of year fishin' for blues with fresh caught cut spot from the shore. This time the plan was to hit the breaking blues from the yaks with lures. And wouldn't you know it, no blues! I'm not complaining though we caught a few wee-rocks, one delicious keeper rock, croaker, some huge spot, and even what I think is some kind of trout all on a spoon/jig (basically a lead weight in the shape of a fish modified with a feather treble hook from an X-Rap). They were all caught near that first set of rocks where the people fish from the comfort of their cars, just beyond the reach of the people casting from the shore and all at and slightly after sun-up on the outgoing tide. If you never caught a rock on a medium action rod, it is FUN! Good fishin, Joel
  8. I'll be staying the upcoming weekend in North Beach. My buddies and I will be fishing the bay from yaks. I read a book that says the floor of the bay around north beach is featureless and therefore not that great of a fishing spot. I can't seem to find anything more online. Anyone have any good stories fishing from the North Beach/Cheasapeake Beach area? Blues, Rock, Croaker, anything? Thanks, Joel
  9. Got me too! Wasn't quite the size of a car hood, but it snapped a fifty lb leader when trying to flip the thing over. I thought I had the one! Boy was I disappointed. What is cool is even on a baron beach at 9 o'clock pm, you turn around once that thing hits the shore and there's ten people standing around; superstar! My report: I fished most morning and evening high tides from Sunday to Tuesday around 120th St. I landed a few blues, whiting, and that foolish ray that tried to drag my pole into the water while I was casting my other line. Good time, but didn't get my rock. I need to go back, and soon. Take care all.
  10. Great job everyone. Jsmoothie, sounds like an awesome outing. I especially like that picture with the sun in the left hand corner. Look like a superhero or something. I spent the weekend in Williamsport, PA. Hit the susquehanna and caught some smallies. As fun as it was, I'm now jealous of all of you. I WILL be in OC May 15th. Save some of those striped ones for me........ please!!
  11. Great catch, Sam. Even though I've never met you I know you're a good man and deserve any catch like that you get. My prayers go out to you, your sister, and your family for good health.
  12. No skates are better than two! All jokes aside, it's nice you got to get out there and get some attention from the aquatic creatures. Skate get a bad rap; but, I think I'd rather catch a few of those than nothing at all. I hate getting skunked!
  13. oh, and nice fish! I went out to a local pond today and caught a bass off a yamasenko. It ain't worth posting a picture of it though; he just a wee guy.
  14. Dre, have you ever caught a snakehead? If so, what's the lure of choice? My house is near Piscataway creek and apparently that's, per a NatGeo special I saw, within their triangle of habitation. I've never went out specifically for them, but it has definitely crossed my mind.
  15. As I heard someone refer to them the other day, striped catfish. That's the targeted species these days.
  16. Jsmoothie, nice rock! I can't top that report :icon_salut: Sam, carp are fun on any rod! You ever go out solely for them? Corn on a hook (no weight) works like a champ. As for me, I finally got out. My brother and I held somewhat of a Charles County fishing revival. We caught a limit of trout at myrtle grove, a few pike, and bass in about four hours. We were using rooster tail and blue fox spinners. After that we packed up the canoe and headed down the road to the Mattawoman where we went for some shad. The pictures from the troutin' is on my brothers camera. Here's one of a nice shad caught and released. Good fight on ultra-light.
  17. Here's a link to the droids you're looking for (the 2010 MD fishing guide): http://dnr.maryland.gov/fisheries/fishing_guide/2010_md_fishing_guide_final_lowres.pdf
  18. Faw da love of Gawd do not twy dis at a cwowded beach. Awesome accent and even better video.
  19. I had to write a paper on a pelagic species for my Marine Biology class a semester ago. I usually enjoy writing papers, this one was special though because of the knowledge I stood to gain about a fish so many of us fisherman use. Thought I'd share for anyone interested. The Biggest Little Fish Joel Busbee University of Maryland University College A young man walks into the Oyster Bay Tackle Shop along Coastal Highway in Ocean City, Maryland. Just as he has done on similar summer days in the years past he asks the cashier if they have any fresh Menhaden. She affirms that they do and he makes his purchase of three whole menhaden; which he will soon be cutting into chunks, attaching to a hook on the end of his surf rod and throwing it as far as possible into the pelagic zone of the Atlantic Ocean in an attempt to catch something big, that fights well, and hopefully tastes good too. The previous is my story, I am that young man; and as countless the number of times are that I have cut up a Menhaden I never knew what its habitat is, what its reproductive and feeding behavior is, the fish’s role in the food chain, other uses we humans have for the menhaden, and finally how its species is susceptible to man’s uses for it. For me and the many other men and women who have a similar story of a trip to the bait shop, the following information on the Menhaden is a little over due. The Menhaden, pogy, or bunker as I call it, is considered a pelagic species. The word pelagic, from the Greek pelagikos is defined by Merriam-Webster (2009) as “of, relating to, or living or occurring in the open sea”. The ocean plays host to the Menhaden’s beginnings as it is the spawning ground of the species. The major spawning areas exist between New Jersey and the Carolinas. Spawning occurs primarily twenty to thirty miles offshore in the winter (Chesapeake Bay Ecological Foundation Inc. (CBEF), 2009). The eggs hatch at sea, and the larvae are carried into estuaries by the current where they reside for about a year. After reaching the average size of six inches long for a one year old Menhaden, the fish returns to the ocean where it forms large, near surface schools along the shore numbering in the thousands, from early spring through early winter (CBEF, 2009). During the winter months adults and juveniles alike migrate south, as far as Florida, where they continue to feed by way of a refined system that attributes to the species’ success. Menhaden feed primarily on microscopic plants and on the smallest crustacea (Bigelow, H. B. & Schroeder, W. C. 2002). To do this the fish uses its mouth and pharyngeal sieve as a tow net capturing, says Bigelow et al (2002) “small annelid worms, various minute crustacea, schizopod and decapods larvae, rotifers … diatoms and peridinians”. By swimming with their mouth open, Menhaden are not only able to capture their food supply but also sift an estimated six to seven gallons of water a minute (Bigelow et al 2002). As I mentioned prior, quite an effective operation of feeding has produced a species that is unmatched in its utilization of the food supply around it. This isn’t to say that the species is untouchable. If the onslaught from predators like the bluefish, striped bass, loons and herons – just to name a few – are not enough, us humans harvest the fish for many different uses of our own, and as with everything, we have the capability to take too much. Since 1860 the Menhaden has been the United State’s largest fishery. The amount of Menhaden we harvest annually was put best by H. Bruce Franklin (2008), he wrote: “the annual haul of menhaden weighed more than the combined commercial catch of all other finned fish put together, including Atlantic and Pacific cod, tuna, salmon, halibut, pollock, herring, swordfish, had-dock, ocean perch, flounder, scup, striped bass, whiting, croaker, snapper, sardines, anchovies, dogfish, and mackerel.” Uses for the fish go beyond bait for surf fishermen like me. They are harvested for their oil which is used in cosmetics, linoleum, health food supplements, lubricants, margarine, soap, insecticide, and paints. The dried out carcasses are then mashed, and containerized for use as feed for domestic cats and dogs, farmed fish, and, most of all, pigs and poultry (Franklin 2008). The Menhaden’s role in our world is much bigger than makeup and chicken feed. As important as Menhaden are economically, they play an even bigger role in the natural world. You’ll notice that of all the uses for Menhaden, table fare was not on the list. Though we may never see them on our plates, they are the prey of the fish that we do commonly eat from the Atlantic. Without Menhaden, fisheries that we depend on for food would take a huge hit. The collapse would come from two separate factors. The most obvious would be that without Menhaden, the fish that we depend on for food would have less food themselves. The second would be deadly algal blooms. The Menhaden keep the growth of algae from the phytoplankton they eat in check. At the same time, they filter the water so more sunlight penetrates, which in turn promotes the growth of aquatic plants, which creates dissolved oxygen (Franklin 2008). Knowing what an important role Menhaden play in the operation of their ecosystem, it is easy to see why we must be stingy about how much of the species we harvest annually. I use to praise the Menhaden for merely providing countless fishing memories in the surf, including an appearance for my girlfriend in the Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources fishing report. Now I know it to be so much more than simply cut-bait. Menhaden is a source of food, economic gain, and plays such an enormous role in the balance of its ecosystem that little would survive in its absence. The Menhaden is truly the biggest little fish, bigger than you and me. It has been an absolute pleasure to learn and help spread the knowledge of what an amazing species it is. __________________________________________________________________ Works Cited pelagic. (2009). In Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. Retrieved October 4, 2009, from Pelagic - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary Atlantic Menhaden (Brevoortia tyrannus). (2009). Chesapeake Bay Ecological Foundation, Inc. Retrieved October 4, 2009, from Chesapeake Bay Ecological Foundation, Inc. Bigelow, H. B. & Scroeder, W. C. (2002). Menhaden. Fishes of the Gulf of Maine. Retrieved on October 7, 2009, from Menhaden H. Bruce Franklin. (2008). The Most Important Fish You’ve Never Heard of. Alternet. Retrieved October 8, 2009, from The Most Important Fish You've Never Heard of | Water | AlterNet
  20. From the author, Robert Montgomery: "Consequently, unless anglers speak up and convince their Congressional representatives to stop this bureaucratic freight train, it appears that the task force will issue a final report for "marine spatial planning" by late March, with President Barack Obama then issuing an Executive Order to implement its recommendations — whatever they may be." Here's the website to find your local elected officials and information on how to contact them. Just enter in your address.