New Save Menhaden in the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean Website

Menhaden Chesapeake Bay Altantic Ocean Menhaden Coalition Omega ProteinCheck out the new Save Menhaden website. It lists information about menhaden and the menhaden coalition.


Maryland Weekly Fishing Reports

Finally, welcome to the 2010 weekly Maryland fishing reports. Spring is here in Maryland, well almost other then this little cold snap we are having. Anglers are out and about catching perch in the upper tributaries, to striped bass catch and release fishing in the main stem of the Chesapeake. If you are a white perch angler this is probably going to be the height of the run, so get your rods and get out and do some fishing. Hot areas have been the Choptank around Red Bridges working south to Greensboro, the Upper Chester River up in and around Millington and on the western shore in the upper Patuxent River. (pictured is Mark light tackle fishing with some of his custom Shore Tackle light tackle rods in the middle Chesapeake Bay this past week) Striped bass are making their way up the Chesapeake. I was in the Virginia Beach area last week and saw diving birds and stripers breaking at the mouth. Reports from friends said the stripers have been coming in waves and reports from the commercial anglers further up the Virginia portion of the bay are reporting good catches of striped bass. Some have already full report here

Fishing Podcasts

I have been doing fishing podcasts for a few years now and forgot to post a list of them here for everyone that tunes into this blog. I have interviewed fishing guides about where and how to fish different areas, scientists about fisheries conservation, well known anglers who own fishing companies and many other anglers in the fishing world. Most recently I have been maintaining all the fishing podcasts on the Lateral Line’s blog (the technical year-round fishing clothing company that I run with my brother). You can find all the old and new podcasts here.

A quick list to give you an idea of some of the podcasts:

Check outthe above and the rest of my fishing podcasts here

Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System (CBIBS) Vandalized

The Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System (CBIBS)  is a relatively newly installed trail guide and observing system being developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) though out the Chesapeake Bay. It is a system of buoys placed along portions of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail and it merges cell phone access and internet-based information sharing. You can pull out your cell phone and dial up the interpretive buoy closest to your destination – it reports real-time weather and environmental information like wind speed, temperature, and wave height.

The cool thing I have found is that you can call the buoys from your cell phone while you’re fishing to get real time conditions. The number is toll free: 1-877-BUOYBAY (877-286-9229) When you call you will recognize the voice on the prompts when you call as John Page Williams from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, who does wade around these message boards on a regular basis.
If you have a internet enabled cell phone you can go to: CBIBS Mobile Page
This is the mobile site which I use on the boat. It’s a pretty fast site.

Currently there are four buoys in place: One at Sting Ray Point which is near Deltaville, Va, one off of Jamestown, Va, one off the mouth of the Potomac southwest of Point Lookout on the Maryland side, and one at the mouth of the Patapsco. The main site on the internet where you can learn more is here.

Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System (CBIBS) shotHelp Needed
A few days ago the Patapsco buoy was shot, damaged and put of of commision by vandals who shot it with a 22 rifle. These buoys are good information for all of us and cost a heck of a lot of money to put up. If you have any information about who might have done this please email John Page Williams who is involved and helped get this whole system in place at If you want to remain anonymous you can simply leave a message on his voice mail at: 301-261-2350 ext 2041 Thanks in advance for any help.