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#1 Dec-08-17 5:36PM

Ernie
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12-8-17, Chesapeake Bay

Today's forecast called for chilly temps, 1-2 footers and some wind early-- they got that right.

Mike, Greg, Andrew and I met Capt. Dale at 9a at Buzz's Marina.

https://i.imgur.com/DhsHtS3.jpg

The goal was to find some fish through the day and then be there for the predicted afternoon bite.

It was a bit rough on the bay so we slipped into the river for some protection but we were not able to get any fish to bite.

Through the morning, we had noticed a bit of sheen behind us but we figured it was some residual gas or oil. However, when we took our polarized glasses off, that slick was way too much for normal so we started investigating. Fishing was on the back burner. After an hour or so of calls and checking things out, we decided to get to the nearest ramp facility and were met there by Capt. Brady Bounds. After some car and truck shuttling, Capt. Dale found the culprit. A cracked oil filter. He made the run to a store and with Brady's help, we were fixed.

I want to make sure that every reader of this story sees the great effort from Capt. Brady. He was at the ready and helped us out. Many thanks for that! If you fish with him in the future, tell him that you know about his helping hand today.

After several hours of being dry docked, we got back on the water for a final 90 minute hurrah!

On the way to the desired spot, we found birds and we quickly got a boat limit and then some. It was fast, furious and exciting. Especially after being stranded at the ramp for 3+ hours!

Mike had the big fish of the day at 32"!

https://i.imgur.com/UpH2orr.jpg

And all of us caught fish in the mid to upper 20's!

https://i.imgur.com/ovp2QFU.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/cuR6puI.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/RnQ1Z6z.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/V186SxA.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/QelMRMB.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/pYxMz3W.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/HW6R3oS.jpg

Kudos to Capt. Dale for his determination.

While the ride back was not that hairy, it was getting dark and it was snowing hard. Dale's face was getting pelted with snow/sleet.

https://i.imgur.com/HGvQzam.jpg

It's always an adventure...we were wet, cold but glad to get on fish after such a rough start....memories made for sure!

We were only imagining what it would have been had we not broken down.....and we left just in time as they are expecting 6" of snow down there.


Time to go fishin' again!

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#2 Dec-09-17 7:06AM

drxfish
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From: Sterling
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Re: 12-8-17, Chesapeake Bay

Wow!  Quite the adventure.  Glad things worked out in the end and you got the help you needed to get back out.  BTW, nice fish!


Always wishin' I was fishin'

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#3 Dec-09-17 7:36AM

Osprey
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From: Forestville, MD
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Re: 12-8-17, Chesapeake Bay

Always an adventure, glad you caught them in the end. It's way better than not fishing in Tennessee.


20' Key West..16' C-Hawk...Hobie Pro Angler...Hobie Outback

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#4 Dec-09-17 7:50AM

Curly
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Re: 12-8-17, Chesapeake Bay

Nice fishes! big_smile


Hell or High Water...........I'm Fishin!!   big_smile

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#5 Dec-09-17 8:52AM

GregF
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Re: 12-8-17, Chesapeake Bay

Adventures in life make great memories.  Yesterday was cold and wet and COLD, and a great adventure.  So much fun...as usual.  Dale did a great job of working through the problem, figuring out the solution and getting us back out as fast as possible, especially considering he is a young Captain.  Ernie's pictures don't quite capture the extremely limited visibility we had at times.  Not quite white out, but very disorienting.  GPS maps are a very handy tool.

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#6 Dec-09-17 9:03AM

Ernie
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Re: 12-8-17, Chesapeake Bay

Capt. Dennis has trained Capt. Dale well for sure!

On the  way back to the ramp, I kept thinking that I was  seeing land but we were miles away from it with less than a mile visibility. I asked Dale about it one time and he said, "yep, that's land. We are about 1 a 1/4 mile away."

I was cold even with the full heater going on the way home...of course, ordering a cold frappuccino (I thought I ordered hot) at the WaWa stop didn't help matters much!


Time to go fishin' again!

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#7 Dec-09-17 9:30AM

captmikestarrett
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Re: 12-8-17, Chesapeake Bay

Capt Brady called me last night and told me of the adventure. We talked for some time till I got called on the radio. Had to go out on the ice and fix the referees sq-auk box. Called him back and he told of a trip last Saturday where he used his bass fishing past to get his crew on good convict bass. Capt Brady is good man to have in your corner.

Capt Mike


Light Tackle Fishing Guide on the Potomac

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#8 Dec-09-17 1:02PM

dave
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Re: 12-8-17, Chesapeake Bay

He sure is.

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#9 Dec-09-17 1:28PM

Ernie
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Re: 12-8-17, Chesapeake Bay

dave wrote:

He sure is.

Did Capt. Brady tell you that he heard through the grapevine that his old boat and with 2 Captains aboard put a few miles running around the bay in the last week or 2?


Time to go fishin' again!

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#10 Dec-10-17 6:48AM

captmikestarrett
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Re: 12-8-17, Chesapeake Bay

Yes he ran past us twice in the herd of boats but did not see us.

Capt Mike


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#11 Dec-10-17 8:38AM

Ernie
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Re: 12-8-17, Chesapeake Bay

captmikestarrett wrote:

Yes he ran past us twice in the herd of boats but did not see us.

Capt Mike

I did tell him that you guys had gone out...then he said he was going to call you and give you a hard time. Said you should have stayed for the PM bite. Apparently, that PM bite has been very predictable.  One could go out at 2pm and stay until the sun starts to drop and have a blast fishing in a feeding frenzy.


Time to go fishin' again!

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#12 Dec-10-17 9:12AM

hookup
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Registered: Jan-31-12
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Re: 12-8-17, Chesapeake Bay

One of my favorite sayings from RS rings true for this trip:

Adversity turns into Adventure upon fond remembrance

Nice write up Ernie

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#13 Dec-11-17 5:21AM

Bryan
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From: Bealeton, VA
Registered: Mar-18-11
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Re: 12-8-17, Chesapeake Bay

Great report and results! Those are some quality fish.


tight lines

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#14 Dec-11-17 7:07AM

firemunkee
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From: Ashburn, VA
Registered: May-23-13
Posts: 1488

Re: 12-8-17, Chesapeake Bay

What a great report! Thanks for sharing and for the pictures!


Together we'll fight the long defeat.

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#15 Dec-11-17 5:50PM

Redfish12
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From: Arlington, VA
Registered: Jun-25-10
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Re: 12-8-17, Chesapeake Bay

Looks like you all had an adventure! Iím glad you found some fish in the end and that you made it back in safely!

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#16 Dec-13-17 4:39AM

AndrewDo124
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From: Alexandria
Registered: May-27-08
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Re: 12-8-17, Chesapeake Bay

Great trip! So glad our trip worked out and we didn't wimp out after the repairs! lol

Had a great time with you guys! Looking forward to the next trip!

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