Last log canoe races of the year

The last log canoe races of the year were held this weekend on the Miles River, and luckily, we got out to watch. We weren’t the only ones – dozens of boats were out on the perfect Sunday afternoon, from sailboats and powerboats to giant yachts. Every single boat had multiple cameras on board. I chuckled last evening, as I waded through the 244 photos on my camera, knowing that plenty of others are faced with the same task (this is in the “tough job, but somebody’s got to do it” category).

These are some of the oldest wooden sailing vessels around. Back in the day, the log canoes were used for oystering, and were sailed fast to take the day’s catch out to the buyboats. Speed mattered, because the first oysters to reach the buyboat would command the highest price. The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum has a terrific display about log canoes, and you can learn more  here and here.

Afterward, we did some yacht gawking in the St. Michaels harbor – here’s Marty, taking a picture:

and Kevin did some fishing, up near Tilghman Point. See the swirls of menhaden, below?

They indicate the presence of larger fish underneath. Masses of swirls and diving birds are the two best ways to find fish in the Bay. Kevin got a few nice fish in short order. Cleaned and fileted, they’re stored in the freezer for a winter supper. Here’s a nice sized bluefish.

~ by kbosin on September 17, 2012.

6 Responses to “Last log canoe races of the year”

  1. Your photos, as always, are spectacular. Great bluefish, too! Had two filleted last night, that were smoked 4 hours over applewood. Too yummy to save any for winter. Our Plan B: hibernate like chubby bears.

    • Thanks! Yes, I know, BIG yum – but I wonder if maybe we’re eating local fish too often. I need to look into this – the online recommendations for Maryland seafood are confusing, but between perch, crab, rock and now bluefish, we’ve been eating this stuff a LOT. 3-4 times a week for the past month. I’m thinking we should stretch it out…..and maybe just eat crabs while they’re around…..

  2. Love the post. I feel like I am back home for just a little bit!

    • So cool – come back! We’re here, and we’ll keep sharing tastes of the Bay. Home isn’t so far away. Where are you now?

      • Just saw earlier post. I am in North East Georgia by Lake Hartwell. The area here reminds me of how Bay Hundred looked when I was a kid. Very country here, lots of water everywhere and rural. Sad, but there is no seafood to speak of. Some fishing but not like home. The cost of housing is very inexpensive here compared to Talbot County.

      • Hi Donna! Thanks for commenting – right now – after a freezing month – NE Georgia sounds Really, Really GOOD. Kathy

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