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Sounds Fishy
     I hope you like catfish.      They’re the new fish du jour on the Chesapeke menu. Tasty is the rating they usually get — especially when the taste and words are on the lips of people responsible for making lemonade out of these piscatorial lemons. “Tastes good,” Gov. Larry Hogan pronounced blue catfish as served at his annual Buy Local Cookoff last month.        I can’t disagree. I like the taste of catfish....
Where Captaining Dreams Come True
      Ten students graduated in May from Charter Captain Courses. They earned their certificates in the 12-week course taught by Captains Ken Daniel and Bill Tyndall of Cambridge. Graduation was held on the Dorothy Megan paddle wheeler at Suicide Bridge Restaurant.       The course, originally started in 1951 by Capt. E. L. Thomas, was the first Coast Guard-approved captain school in the area. It still differs from other courses on the market because of its quality...
You have to get up early if you’re going to fill your basket
     “Nothing is better than being on the water in the morning,” I tell my skeptical family as we head out the door at 5:45am.       We are meeting Captain Trey Plumb and my colleague Audrey at Collins Marine Railway in Deale. Plumb, owner of FishMermaniac Charters, is a Maryland native and a lifelong waterman. He has been fishing the Bay, its tributaries and the Atlantic Ocean for more than 30 years. Five years ago, he expanded his business by offering...

Turning a crab feast into an eco-success

       Twenty-two hundred crab-lovers filled their bellies with crabs, barbecue, beer and watermelon at the 74th Annapolis Rotary Crab Feast earlier this month.             Trash cans were filled as well, with shells, claws, cups and plates. Instead of the landfill, all that waste is going to recycling.             Again this year, Annapolis Green worked behind the...

Research begins on who was who, when, on Parkers Creek

      “For more than 10,000 years, people have hunted, fished, worked and made their homes around what would come to be known as Parkers Creek in Calvert County,” according to the American Chestnut Land Trust.             To begin research on how the people in the Parkers Creek area and their culture “shaped local heritage,” the Trust has been awarded $20,000 from the Maryland Heritage Area Authority...

Kids On the Creek get to know the water

      Visit Truxton Park in Annapolis Saturday, August 24, with your kids and they’ll learn who’s swimming in Spa Creek. Biologists will identify the fish you pull up in seines. They’ll also hear about the 12 types of animals that make the park home and enjoy a scavenger hunt with prizes.             Experienced captains are standing by to take kids out on the water. Or you might try out paddleboards....

Michael Jordan’s ‘little’ boat stalked big fish in OC

      In Ocean City, there was excitement at Sunset Marina when Michael Jordan’s 80-foot Viking, Catch 23, turned up at the White Marlin Open, one of more than 400 vessels registered for the competition last week. No, his Airness didn’t soar in these finals: The Open championship and its $1 million-plus prize went to Tommy Hinkle, a high school math teacher at nearby Berlin.             But the buzz surrounded...
Cicadas turn up the volume 
      Cicadas are a group of insects that spend most of their life underground but emerge in the summer to sing and breed. They have been present since the Upper Permian Period, about 250 million years ago, with some giant specimens found with conifer fossils. Now they are present all around the world with more than 3,000 species.       In Maryland, 16 species can be divided into three basic types: the annual, the 13-year and the 17-year cicadas. The yearly variety...

You can eat the fruit and the flower

     My neighbors run away when they see me coming with armloads of zucchini. Yes, zucchini grows fast. But it is also a wonderful vegetable. Not only are the zucchini edible, so are the flowers.      In the Blue Zone of Ikaria, Greece, zucchini is used in a variety of ways. As much as I like to cook, in the summer I like to make easy uncomplicated dishes. I believe the hot weather in Ikaria also encourages people to do the same.        One of...

A boy is not likely to forget his first Chesapeake Bay rockfish

     Six-year-old Logan Doyle grimaced in concentration as he gripped his slender rod. Arranging his hold on the cork grip was a bit of a challenge for his small hands. As he pulled back against the fish he had just hooked, his eyes grew large. The fish was pulling way harder than he was.       Live-lining spot at the Bay Bridge, we had rigged a perch rod up for my grandson’s use. He had announced his preference for one of the larger bait fishing outfits, but...