St.Michaels Concours d’Elegance

•September 29, 2014 • 1 Comment

Taken from today’s  Talbot Spy - The 8th annual St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance was held at the Hyatt in Cambridge on Sunday. Classic and antique cars, boats, and even an airplane engine drew crowds on the green. The event included a fashion show and fundraising dinner for the Mid-Shore Community Foundation. Classic pre-war vehicles, antique wooden boats and 50s sports cars lined up beside the September bay grasses on the Choptank River on a beautiful Sunday afternoon

Local classic car fans will be glad to know that a new motor museum is in the works for St. Michaels. Bev Pratt and Cathy Stinchcomb of the Classic Motor Museum of St. Michaels shared plans for the new St. Michaels museum, which will feature classic vehicles and motorcycles. The museum will be on Marengo St. adjacent to the Old Mill, and will feature a restored Pinckett House, the historic home recently moved from Cherry St.

#Choptank #Riverkeeper

•September 28, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Boating out to Lowes Wharf last weekend, we spotted our local Riverkeepers, who pay constant attention to water quality issues in local tributaries. Thank you, #Riverkeepers!

choptank riverkeeper

breakfast at #RiseUpCoffee

•September 26, 2014 • Leave a Comment

world class white marlin fishing – Ocean City, MD

•September 24, 2014 • 8 Comments

When Bruce Boyd called Kevin to see if he wanted to go fishing with Anthony Matarese Jr. on Reel Chaos, a big beautiful ocean fishing yacht, it didn’t take more than a tenth of a second for him to start packing. This is Kevin’s story about his ocean trip last week.

Anthony is a world class instructor for clay target shooting, and is a captain, along with his father, on Reel Chaos.

They left here at 2:00 in the morning to board at 4:30am. The fish are found off the continental shelf – a 2 and a half hour ride out to the Norfolk and Washington canyons. Their intention was tuna fishing, but instead – they got white marlin.


heading out

the boats

For 2.5 hours, they didn’t see a thing – just water and dark skies. All of a sudden, as day was breaking, boats starting appearing on the horizon, one by one. Eventually, there was a fleet of some 15 boats out there. And these were just those that were remaining – the tuna fishing season is over. These are the boats that enter white marlin tournaments around the world, with huge purses of millions of dollars.

The bait preparation is elaborate with umbrella rigs and teasers – combinations of plastics and frozen prepared baitfish – ballyhoo and salted mullet. The crew prepped the bait by sewing wire through the fish’s heads, attaching weight and small rubber eyes through which hooks were inserted.

heading out, bait prep

bally hoo



umbrella rig


outrigger with teaser

The white marlin, a species of billfish, similar to sailfish and swordfish, were feeding, fattening up for their migration to Venezuela, and the crew on Reel Chaos that day last week happened to be in the right place at the right time. The fishing reports that day weren’t very favorable, and the crew set out with low expectations, but ended up having the fishing trip of a lifetime. They caught (and released) 27 white marlin – 3 to 5 feet in length.

Arriving at daybreak, the action started right away, and lasted till 3pm. As in any fishing, spotting birds was the key to finding the bait balls that the large fish were swimming through, slashing and eating. “We were hunting the hunters” said Tim. Here he is with fish on.


tim with fish on

Tim and Chuck…

tim and chuck

Here’s Bruce – the host who puts these trips together. A retired sports fishing captain, he now goes out as much as he can for fun.


…and a classic Eric Werner shot.

classic eric with fish on

Every single time Eric was up on the bridge with Anthony, they’d spot fish. Eric is a first mate who has put the crew on a lot of fish in the Chesapeake, and he did the same in the ocean. And the fish….wow!



A ballet on the surface of the water – with fish jumping out of the water so high, fighting. When they couldn’t get free, they’d dive deep – they’re one big muscle designed to move fast. From the bridge, Eric could see the marlin swim through the bait balls, super fast – slashing and killing as many bait fish as they could, then swimming around and eating. Lightning fast, they were there – and then they’d disappear, faster than the blink of an eye.

Real sports fishermen of the Chesapeake, like Eric, Bruce, Steve Fegan and the rest, all try to fit in a few big game ocean fishing trips each year. This one was Hemingway-style.

Interested? Click here. Hope you get to experience a trip like they did.

reel chaos




seasonal shift

•September 21, 2014 • 2 Comments

We woke to loud quacks – happy, satisfied sounding ducks circling. Two evenings ago, I watched a couple hundred geese spin down onto the cove. That familiar chatter – the arrival of old friends. Though I much prefer days of light to darkness, and sitting on the porch barefoot to huddling by the wood stove, the early shifts of any season change are welcome.

The zinnias still bloom brightly and the fall arugula crop creeps upward. Crabs are thick still (18 yesterday!) and the rockfish keep biting. Morning walks with jackets, yet mosquitos still snap on the marsh in the fading light of day.

September’s shifts satisfy the soul.

zinnias garden

random connectedness

•September 18, 2014 • 2 Comments

Image converted using ifftoany

OK, what do the US, Argentina, Brazil, the Philippines, Kyrgyzstan, Greece and Belgium have in common?

At least one of their citizens visited A Chesapeake Journal at some point today, and in the case of Brazil and Argentina, more than one.

How cool is that?

Another reason to make sure we’ve got good stuff here. Thanks, Terry, for suggesting today that I visit the visiting huge Spanish Galleon in Oxford with the female captain. Definitely A Chesapeake Journal material…

Earth image copied from



4th annual rockfish tournament at Lowes Wharf

•September 15, 2014 • 1 Comment

The Lowes Wharf 4th Annual Rockfish Tournament, Pig Roast and Crab Feast was held on Sunday September 14th. It was a benefit for the University of Maryland Shore Regional Health Cancer Center and was sponsored by Preston Automotive Group.

Thanks to our hosts, Bruce and Barbara Boyd, for making it happen. Our boat won 2nd place with an 8.67 lb 31 inch rockfish, brought in by Kevin just near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Turns out the winning rockfish was caught just minutes from Lowes Wharf.

A great group of people, and a super fun day. Thanks to all – the Boyds, Kevin, Captain JC Kinnamon, Tim and Mo McHugh and First Mate Eric Werner.


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