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  1. A man walks into his son's bedroom to call him down for dinner. The room is empty but is cleaned and the bed is well made. On the pillow is an envelope. With trepidation he opened the envelope and read the letter inside. 

    "Dear Dad. I didn't  know how to tell you in person but I have eloped with my girlfriend Stacy. We knew that you wouldn't  have approved of our marriage due to her piercings and tattoos, but thought it was the best that we could do with the baby on the way. Though she is 45 we feel that the baby shouldn't  be an issue. We have moved in together in her trailer in the woods. She won't  be able to drive after the birth but I have my learner's permit. So we should be able to get around. She has a garden and you know that I have always had a green thumb. Looks like we will have a bumper crop in her marijuana grove. We should have enough to barter for any food and other drugs we may need. She does have a bit of a problem when she has her withdrawls, but I'll  be there to help her shoot up as needed. Gets me practice for med school.

    Ok none of this is true! I am at Jason's. I just wanted you to see that there are much worse things than the report card I left on the kitchen table. Let me know when I can come home." 😉

  2. About a month after they started lifting the lock down in Maryland, I wanted to try to get on a new darter species to achieve another of my 2020 goals. Most darters were going to be on the other side of the bay. We hadn't been over the Bay bridge since the first week in Mar. Now it is the middle of June. I picked out a couple of spots on the Patapsco and Patuxent/Little Patuxent rivers to try for the tessellated darter that would also have some interesting things for all of us to do as a family. We got the first park and it was closed. I was confused since they had opened up the parks and fishing areas. Well it turned out that they were full and not letting in new folks. We went and found another park that was full. I then headed to a section of the Patuxent river and it was running higher and faster than I felt would be good wading for us to actually be able to fish darters effectively.

    Finally got to a spot at Savage Park that we would have access to the Little Patuxent river. We got the microfishing gear ready and went down to the river. We had a large family downstream of us. The kids wanted to see what we were doing and they waded through a hole where Livie wanted to fish. That didn't go over well. The dad told the kids to stay away from us. We had another family or two upstream from us. So we were pinned in on a 50 yard section of river only.

    Fortunately I did see a darter in the first hole. It spooked and swam a bit upstream, but still within my reach. I put the bait in front of the fish and it just was not interested :mellow:. It finally had enough and swam to a spot that I could no longer see it. I did notice something moving between two rocks. I put my bait in the gap and it turned and pulled the line into the gap. I set the hook on my first Maryland madtom! It was also a new lifer species for me as well, a margined madtom.

    Margined Madtom - Ltl Patuxent - 14Jun20.jpg

    Margined Madtom (adipose and tail) - Ltl Patuxent - 14Jun20.jpg

    We tried several more pools to try to get Livie on one, but didn't see another. My wife was getting interest in her baits, but no fish landed. We put on a smaller sized hook. I caught the first fish in the pool that she fished, the first river chub of the day.

    River Chub (2) - Ltl Patuxent - 14Jun20.jpg

    Then Livie landed one and then Sue got revenge on that fish that was going after her bait earlier. No new darters, a little tired of the people, but we had a great day finally getting out of the house and work.

    Livie River chub - Little Patuxent - 14Jun20.jpg

    Sue River Chub - Ltl Patuxent - 14Jun20.jpg

    We'll have to get back out again after those darters and madtoms!

  3. On our way out to Missouri to see our kids and granddaughter I wanted to hit one of the spillways in Illinois to try to catch a yellow bass. The yellow bass, Morone mississipiensis, is the last temperate bass species that I still have to catch. I had been reading some fishing blogs from Shelbyville and they were catching yellow bass as well as smallmouth buffalo. Armed with nightcrawlers and canned corn (also some of my daughter's rabbit food), I set out to see what I could catch. I dumped out most of the corn and the rabbit food in a spot along the concrete wall and fished a fish finder rig (1/2oz egg sinker and #10 hook) with two corn kernels. I loosened the drag to allow any fish to run with the bait and not feel tension. Then I fished a 1/16 oz jig with a piece of nightcrawler.

    The first fish was a green sunfish. Excited to land that first fish, but not a yellow bass :mellow:.

    Green Sunfish - Shelbyville Spillway - 27Jun20.jpg 

    As I caught and released my second bluegill, my corn rod was screaming off line. I tightened the drag and felt the fish. I thought that I set the hook, but also felt that the fish had wrapped me up on some structure that I could not see. I could feel the weight of the fish as well as the line rubbing the structure, then it broke off. I retied another rig and got it out to the same location. I did not like fishing where there was a big piece of structure, but that was where I had put my chum :unsure:. I had several small bites with the fish picking up the and spitting the bait. I got one more decent bite and the fish got me back in that same structure and broke me off again.

    Meanwhile, I was having no love from the yellow bass on the jig. I did catch a few more bluegill and this really colorful central longear sunfish.

    Central Longear Sunfish - Shelbyville Spillway - 27Jun20.jpg

    I was done trying for carp and buffalo and switched that rod over to a bottom rig with a hook right on the bottom. I got bit as soon as the bait hit the bottom, but was just a small channel catfish. I tried close to the bank and near the center of the river and just got more bluegill and catfish. I added a second hook to make a high/low rig. More of the same. I did get one different bite and the fish came in with a yellowish coloration, just a black crappie.

    Black Crappie - Shelbyville Spillway - 27Jun20.jpg

    We also moved close to the dam, more bluegill. I made one super long cast up near the dam and had a strong fish hit. I landed my largest fish of the day, another channel catfish.

    Channel Catfish - Shelbyville Spillway - 27Jun20.jpg

    About that time a storm was coming in. We got back to the car just as it started to rain heavily. I'm wondering that without much flow that the yellow bass may be more scattered along the river and not bunched up by the dam. May not have caught my targeted species but all in all a good time fishing. I'll see if I can get another shot on our return trip to MD.

  4. Brushpiles and artificial reefs in a marine environment do concentrate fish, which means that they would be a spot where overharvest could take place. However, it does seem that with sufficient efforts to add to the number of piles and reefs, that there is a net positive on the number of juvenile fish that utilize those areas as well and increase adult recruitment.

    There is a guy in Ocean City that over the years has dumped tens of thousands of cinder and large concrete blocks to create new reef structure. Now he claims to not fish those spots. He also has diver footage of establishment of soft corals and grasses on those piles.

    I would think that the brushpiles in LOZ does the same thing and ultimately is a net positive to recruitment for species like crappie, bluegill, and bass.  

  5. 7 hours ago, ness said:

    Been trying to reverse engineer a recipe from our favorite local Chinese place they simply call Chicken and Snow Peas. I've had it at other places, so I know it's not a one off. Web searches were all over the board and none seemed very close. So I struck out on my own and got it very close.

    First step was to 'velvet' the chicken. Sliced chicken thinly and marinated them in a mixture of cornstarch and sherry. Lotsa velvet recipes I saw included vinegar, egg white and other stuff. I figured the cornstarch was the key so I kept it simple. Mixed that in with the chicken and marinated for about 15 minutes. Then I dropped the chicken pieces into boiling water for a couple minutes to get the cooking started then removed. It was very soft, juicy, slightly underdone chicken at this point.

    Then it was a pretty basic stir fry -- chicken, thinly sliced onion, snap peas (I had a bunch from the garden so I used them instead of snow peas) and garlic. Done quickly -- no browning. 

    Then the sauce. I couldn't find anything that sounded right so I winged it. The ones we've had are pale, almost white, savory, thin sauces. I remember savory, wine, garlic, chick broth flavors. So I went with sherry, a touch of soy sauce, a little chicken bouillon, water and a little corn starch. Threw all that in the hot skillet and let it go a a minute or two to pick up flavors and thicken slightly. Turned out very good -- it's a keeper.



    Looks great Ness. I used to velvet chicken all the time, then just stopped doing it. Not sure now why, maybe due to the extra pot to clean or time. I would make something similar to this dish, but have straw mushrooms in the mix. Was one of my daughter's favorites.

  6. As much as I complain about work or not being able to fish for over a month back when we were locked down in MD, my wife still is by ny side.

    My daughter still fishes with me on a regular basis.

    Finally have been able to see our granddaughter here in KS. Though she isn't  sure about grandpa yet.

    Slowly completing a few of my fishing goals this year. More will be posted about those endeavors.

  7. 1 hour ago, oneshot 1 said:

    Shed is coming. My wife just told me she bought 10 Laying Hens $2 apiece.


    If it's the two of you 10 layers should keep you in eggs all the time. We have four layers and get over a dozen eggs a week. We eat only about 4 to 6 eggs a week for the three of us. If they weren't  more like pets, a couple would be stock 🤔.

  8. 35 minutes ago, ness said:

    The bacteria won’t know the difference 😄 Salt water-filled baggie on top to keep out the air works dandy.

    I’ve got one of the ceramic crocks with the water lock on the top. I see it every time I go in the basement. Did kraut a couple times and fermented pickles. Liked the pickles best. 

    That's the style fermenter we use.  Sue wants to stop at Zanesville pottery on way back to MD for a bigger size. Still just making kraut. Looked into kimchi but didn't  have the cabbage we wanted at that time.

  9. 7 hours ago, ness said:

    A whole lotta cookin’ goin’ on. 

    Birfday party yesterday for daughter and her boyfriend. Started with a ‘Sharkeatery’ platter. Plus bruschetta with diced tomato, parm, garlic, garden basil, olive oil and Balsamic vinegar. Then a pan of lasagna, grilled chicken Alfredo, salad, vino. Lotsa cheese and garlic and food and fun. 


    Finished with tiramisu. Dang.  


    Great looking Tiramisu. It's  how I rate Italian restaurants. Dumplings used to be my rating system for Chinese restaurants but most no longer make their own.

  10. 21 hours ago, trythisonemv said:

    Late July or the first part of October are good for me . July 26 or october 1 and 2nd . ...

    Sounds great. Unfortunately we are in MO the next two weeks. Won''t  be able to be back at end of July. Oct might be tough as we'll. Would love to fish with some of the Taney regulars. Fished a couple times with @JestersHK which is always fun. Also fishing with @duckydoty is a great time ss well.

  11. 9 hours ago, Jerkbait1 said:

    Two of us just got back from couple days fishing.   River was a little high/fast but we did pretty good on rainbows.  Not many wading opportunities drifted mainly from boat.  Fished between turner and riverton caught a few below Halls Bay which was a first for me.  Went down below hwy 160 bridge several miles smallmouth scattered in big water it seems.   If water drops more fishing should be real good.   Lots of people canoeing and enjoying river 

    Sounds like good times! See any skipjack herring chasing your baits in the higher water?

  12. 7 hours ago, Gavin said:

    Blue crab might be in, might order some and have em shipped.

    We have been doing better the last two weeks on numbers, but we only keep a dozen of do when we go out. Size hasn't  been great with most just meeting or over limit. Lots of pots out in the bay lately. Processing houses are having issues getting crabs processed due to deep cuts in worker visas. 

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