Sunday, October 07, 2007
On September 16th Will and I joined a great father/son group from STA on the Chesapeake and came back with our limit of Rockfish (Striped Bass for fellow Northerners) as well as a bunch of Bluefish. Our two boats and great crews were provided by Capt Eddy Davis out of Ridge, Maryland. Will had never been out on a proper fishing boat, and he was thrilled to catch one of the first rockfish. We are now looking forward to the 12th annual outing next year, which for some reason I have volunteered to organize.
Jeff will not be too happy about this photo, but it really captures the ride from Capt Eddy’s dock out to the fishing area. We pulled out at 6:00am after waking up in Lexington Park around 5:00am and making a quick stop there for coffee and donuts. What we really needed was a big thermos of coffee for the boat ride.
Actually Will and Ross are much more than fishing buddies. They are starting their fifth year of school together, and were together this summer for their first ‘sleep away’ camp experience. Just by chance on the fishing trip, they both had on their Beauvoir Alumni hats, and their Interlochen sweatshirts.
A rockfish hitting the bait could be a little subtle and you needed to give them some slack to take the bait fish in their mouth. There was nothing subtle about a bluefish hitting the bait. Either they ended up hooked, or they ended up eating half a bait fish.
In the early morning we anchored and fished with live bait for a while and caught our limit of rockfish, then we trolled with lures and pulled in a number of blues. When a fish took the artificial bait, someone, in this case Ross, needed to quickly grab the rod and reel in the fish.
Captain Eddy's family had two Labrador Retrievers and both had a strong taste for fish carcass. This one has recently given birth and obviously needed the extra protein. I have seen dogs eat left over cooked fish, but these were the first dogs I have seen go for raw fish. As the mates cleaned the fish, most of the remains went in the water to feed the crabs, but each dog got its share as well.