Fishing

Glory to God … it was a great morning

We all remember those first sensations of fall – cooler air, a decision to wear a sweatshirt, the question of whether or not to winterize the boat or get it ready for chilly fishing trips. But these days, with all that’s going on in our country and the rest of the world, other thoughts join the mix. The future. What…

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White Marlin Open 50th anniversary

White Marlin Open 50th anniversary

They might want to change the name. The White Marlin Open out of Ocean City, Md., has never gone without a weighed-in billfish in its 50 years. But heading into today’s final day of fishing, that’s exactly where the event stands. No white marlin, no blue marlin, no swordfish. That leaves Street, Md., resident Chris Mentlik in the running for…

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Time for some fishing flea market

Time for some fishing flea market

On any given day, in rural countrysides or the suburbs, a slice of true Americana can be found just about anywhere. Arrows point the way, balloons mark the spot, rows of cars speak to the fact that you’re late. People old and young search through boxes – seeking to find the best of another person’s junk. The flea market. Spring…

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Menhaden regulations thrown a curveball

Menhaden regulations thrown a curveball

The Virginia Marine Resources Commission on Tuesday made changes to the menhaden reduction fishery for the Chesapeake Bay and along the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. But they weren’t what fisheries division staff recommended – a rarity. A battle waged by the recreational fishing industry for decades, the changes went from being a big step for the effort to one that holds…

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It might not be a whale of a good time

It might not be a whale of a good time

Ever been on one of the whale-watching trips out of Rudee Inlet? Seeing whales in the wild truly is a thing to behold, a marvel of Mother Nature that’s hard to fathom unless witnessed in person. Whales always have tugged at the hearts of humans for a variety of reasons. They’ve also helped feed people for centuries. Whale hunting along…

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A mariner’s worst nightmare

A mariner’s worst nightmare

Johnny Savage was just hours into another embarkment of fun and fishing out of Isla Mujeres, the famed Island of Women just off the Mexican coast of Cancun. He was mating for Capt. Eric Bingham on the private vessel Anhinga, a beautiful Jim Smith-built 56-footer. Seas were tailing and light, things looked as though it would be a smooth transition…

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