Sunday, November 25, 2007

Captains Log 11/25/07

Hey Faron! Is that you?? We missed you guys this weekend!!!

Paul is looking for that perfect fishing spot. It was cloudy in the morning but the sun did not disappoint. It was a mere 50 but the sun really made it feel much warmer.

Paul catches another keeper today on a tandem trolling rig. While he was trolling, I was basking in the glory of the beautiful sunshine (taking a nap!)

Phew after our day of fishing, Paul worked again on the boat name step 2: trying the get the glue off the boat. Yesterday we tried goo gone. Normally that would work but this is some kind of kick ass industrial strength glue. Today we tried nail polish remover (with acetone). It came off but Paul continued to work on it to ensure that it will never be seen again. He applied wax to the back and then cleaned it up with some windex. Stay tuned next week for step 3.

The Loot!
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Gobble Gobble

Captains Log.... 11/23/07
Working on getting the old name off the boat.... what a process! Step one: Hot water to remove the existing lettering.

Captains Log... 11/24/07
It was the coldest night yet in Maryland.... Woke up at the marina to find ice outside. Are we really going fishing?
Paul's first striper bass keeper! It turned out to be a sunny and wonderful day.
We see many tankers go by. I just like to take pictures of them for no particular reason.
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Monday, November 19, 2007

Captains Log - November 17, 2007

Paul Royston

Nancy Royston

I caught my biggest fish EVER! Look at the size of this jammer! That's gonna make some good eats for sure.

Faron Smith

While Faron did have the biggest fish catch of the day, his "special" catch shown here was very exciting indeed. We're going to have to check the DNR to see if there is a limit on birds. That appears to be two weeks in a row for him. But who could certainly blame him when you are faced with the below challenge of fishing in between the "lines". The "deadliest catch".

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Veteran's Weekend!

We went fishing today with sunrise at 6:44am. Boy does that look wonderful over the bay bridge or what? It really is something to see when the slit of the sun is just cresting over the horizon and you get to see the entire red ball of flames come up into the sky. Faron Jr. and I were singing "Here comes the sun". It was priceless.

Paul got a chance to hold the pole a little today while I was at the boat wheel. I did okay but Paul did great! See below!

Our first rock keeper. It made waking up at 5:30 worth it!

We also caught some perch which I really love to eat. We got to break in our live well which was really cool. We caught a bunch of those and I can't wait to eat them up.
Here is Faron Jr. waiting for us to pull into the slip. We've got our dock line duties all lined up. We're a good team.
We had to break early for Grace's baptism so here we are cleaning up the boat before heading out. Since tomorrow is a holiday for Paul, maybe he will be heading out on Reel It In Panaroy tomorrow so stay tuned.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Our first fishing weekend!

Here we are on our perfect morning. Paul's getting ready to take us out!

Pulling out of the Marina...

The sun was just coming up over the Chesapeake.

Here is Nancy fishing from the bow. I think I'm going to have to work on my balance over the winter. Just like Mr. Miyagi says, "Musta have balance". I did catch one from up there!

We caught a ton of fish but nothing that we could keep. The size minimum is 18" on the rock fish so we just had fun catching and releasing. See my shiny new pole and reel!

We stopped for lunch at Kentmoor Restaurant. After Paul, Faron, Faron Jr. and I had a hearty bunch of crabs for lunch, we hopped back in the boat to leave and make our first trip the gas station. I won't ever complain about filling up our truck EVER again! Reel It In Panaroy has 2 gas tanks totaling 230 gallons! Gas on the water is more than gas on land so you can do the math. OUCH. But, it's a small price to pay for all the fun we're going to have on her.

The last bit of drama for the day was when Faron Sr. made the big catch of the day... and it wasn't the kind of catch you take home and fry up in a pan....

Paul sprung into quick action to save Mr. Bird. He got soaked on the swim platform but went to work to save him.
Thankfully, Mr. Bird did not get hooked. He only got a little tangled in the line. Paul got it taken care of and Mr. Bird started to get a little crazy. He jumped off the swim platform with the towel that Paul was using to protect his hands. Mr. Bird was in the water with the towel covering him! Mr. Bird was drowning! We had to save Mr. Bird. Faron Sr. put the boat in action.... Paul quickly got the boat hook and when we got close to him, he lifted the towel off of Mr. Bird and he flew away. Phew... disaster averted. That sure wouldn't have been good if we had killed a bird on our first fishing trip out now would it?