The night was as dark as a tomb and I was wet and cold. I felt lucky to be alive and I couldn’t believe my good fortune in finding a tattered blanket in this rusted ship’s hold. I pulled it higher over my shoulders and dozed.
We shouldn’t have tried to fish today. The weather forecast called for building winds, but we thought we could get out for a few hours to catch some of the big stripers that always migrate into the Chesapeake Bay in late October. The blow arrived soon after we launched from the Hoopersville ramp. By the time we rounded the Hoopers Island Straits at Nancy’s Point, we were well into the teeth of a full northwestern gale. We decided to call it off, but just as my friend Phil turned his center console back east, a rogue wave hit us broadside. The boat rolled hard and I went overboard. Read More!
Hey guys, it won’t be long before Santa soars over the Chesapeake Bay in his reindeer-powered center console. Let’s face it, most of us still have some shopping to do for that special lady on our list. While most Internet gift guides will suggest you buy her bracelets, earrings, or pretty clothes for Christmas, I’ve collected some fishing-related stocking stuffers that are guaranteed to please.* Included are useful links so you can buy them online right away!
9. I’d Rather Be F___ING t-shirt: Comes in men’s and ladies’ sizes, perfect for those early mornings when you wake up five minutes before the alarm goes off and need to signal your intentions before you head off to the lake. Comes with a dry erase marker for added versatility. Trust me, chicks dig shirts like this one.
The Pope doesn’t call me very often, so when he does, I usually pick up. “Whas’ up, Kimbro?” Thank God he wasn’t speaking Latin this time. “You know I’m gonna be in DC next week, so we’re fishing, right?”
“Yeah, everything’s slow at work what with all the festivities.” I replied. “How about we meet Wednesday morning at Kent Narrows.”
I looked at the wind forecast, and things didn’t look good, but fortunately there wasn’t a breeze stirring when I woke up. I’ve had some problems with the lights on my boat trailer, but somehow they were working fine as I pulled out of my driveway and headed down Route 50. I’d overslept a little and I don’t like being late, so I decided not to stop for gas. When I got to the ramp, the gas gauge was pegged way past full. Read More!
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In January’s past, I’ve suggested a few New Year’s resolutions to my fishing buddies. I stand by the resolution I recommended in 2013 that we fishermen should include at least one picture of our wife and kids on our cell phones to balance out the one hundred thirty two other shots of our boat, truck, and every fish we’ve caught in the past three years. I also still recommend that we teach our kids how to tie their shoes before we show them how to make a Palomar knot. I thought of some good ones this year too. I mean, shouldn’t we all resolve to spend less time at the gym and more time watching fishing videos on YouTube? And, couldn’t most of us change our internet passwords since “rockfish” is getting a little over used? Nevertheless, this January I decided to worry less about the resolutions of others and focus more on my own self-improvement goals. Here are my fifteen personal resolutions for 2015:
1. I resolve to stop showing my fishing partners Victoria’s Secret videos on my cell phone while they’re driving the truck and pulling the boat. Oops, never mind. Already broke that one.
2. I resolve never to regret a tattoo, not even one on my lower back from 1982 of Aunt Bee holding a bent Ugly Stick while reeling up a Jack Daniels bottle. Read More!
1. When your wife or girlfriend asks, “You aren’t going to fish in the rain are you?”
Well, yes I am, and in the sleet, and in the snow, and in the fog, and any other time the other guys are at home sitting on the couch.
2. Or when she wonders, “Why do you need another fishing rod, you already have three?”
And that puts me in the lower five percent of all the other fishermen I know who each have at least sixty.
3. Or how about, “Will you be home by dark?”
No, I’ll fish until dark, and if the fish are biting I’ll keep fishing until they stop or at least until my muscles become so stiff they have to pry my rod out of my cold wet fingers.
4. And, I hope you haven’t heard, “My old boyfriend caught one bigger than that.”
I don’t care. Okay, I do care, but I don’t want to hear about it! And that reminds me, don’t say:
5. “Cute little guy.”
Not about a fish, not about anything, not ever! Read More!