New Years Resolutions
Contributed by KDove - This blog has been viewed 1611 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: December 26, 2013
Once again the calendar turns to January and we enter a New Year… 2014 is now upon us.
As I was enjoying the Holiday season I realized I need to make a change for 2014… Yep, that’s right a resolution for the New Year. I am hoping it will make for some improved performance in 2014 and ultimately make my year even more fun and rewarding. It’s a pretty simple resolution but generally very hard to keep… well, I guess most resolutions are.

My 2014 resolution is “Do my own thing”. I need to fight my own battles in 2014. Dock Talk is very addicting ...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale December 20, 2013
Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 734 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: December 20, 2013
Attention Snowbirds
Old Gilmerton Bridge Demolition:
Mariners are advised that the demolition/reconstruction of the Gilmerton Bridge (36.775082° -76.294999°) fender system will be ongoing from 6:00 p.m. until 5: a.m. daily until 03 August, 2014. Barges with cranes will be in the navigational channel. Vessels transiting the waterway and requiring the barges to move for safe transit must provide a two hour advance notice by calling the bridge tender at (757) 485-5488 on via VHF-FM channel 13. (5th District LNM Week 50/2013)*
*Italicized text above and below indicates our comment...... Read More

It’s Tool Time!
Contributed by SChaconas - This blog has been viewed 1460 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: December 18, 2013
It was another week where the water was cold, the wind was blowing and ice formed on the boat ramps. Not a good week to get out, so it was time to continue work on my gear for next season. I took all of the bearings out of my bait casting reels and soaked them in lighter fluid and after drying out, oiled them with a slight drop of Quantum's Hot Sauce.
For some of the reels, I took them down to the frame and cleaned every part in the reel. This takes some time, but will put any reel back into perfect condition. I learned how to work on my reels out of necessity, but perfected my confidence in t...... Read More

Still Fishing and Working
Contributed by SChaconas - This blog has been viewed 1350 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: December 12, 2013
This time of the year, weather plays a big role in fishing on the Potomac. Windy conditions can either dictate fishing locations or keep you off the water altogether. Last week we were able to hit the water a couple of days. Fish are moving around transitioning from shallow grass flats as the hydrilla continues to die off. Most of the plants are dead, but stalks and stems still offer some cover for fish as the water is in the upper 40s. Fish were in areas that had grass with hard edges near deeper water. Slowly crawled crankbaits produced along with small soft plastics. Expect next week to be s...... Read More

East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale December 5, 2013
Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 765 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: December 05, 2013
Attention Snowbirds
Old Diamond Causeway Bridge (Skidaway Narrows) Detonation:
On December 10th and 11th, 2013, Contract Drilling and Blasting will conduct a controlled detonation of the old Diamond Causeway Bridge (31.947052° -81.066073°), across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, mile 592.9 ("Skidaway Narrows). There will be a 1,500 foot safety zone surrounding the blast site that extends from the Diamond Causeway Bridge, on either side of the bridge at 2:00 P.M. until 4:00 P.M. on Tuesday, December 10th, and then again at 3:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M. on Wednesday, Decembe...... Read More

Waiting For A Hurricane On A Boat
Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 1332 times and there are 0 comments
Posted In Cruising Log
Posted: December 04, 2013
I've collected a lot of hurricane stories. I'm sure you have some of your own. It's fun to share them — when the storm is long gone. Here's one of the experiences I remember, and a lesson that these storms can be flavored with good and bad from the people involved.
I remember Hurricane Edouard; at least, I think that's the one. There have been so many the names sometimes run together. It came during one of the summers during which we lived on the hook in Newport Harbor. This was a beautiful place, exciting, and always with the smell of the sea. But it was no place to be in a hurricane. W...... Read More

Tom’s Tips About Storm Anchorages and Other Boats
Contributed by Tom Neale - This blog has been viewed 1353 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: December 04, 2013
1. Factoring the other boats into your considerations as you prepare for the storm anchorage can mean a huge difference, not just for them, but for you.
2. When a boat's anchor breaks loose, that boat usually sails madly downwind, beam to wind, yawing fore and aft on the anchor line that's still trailing with the anchor skipping along the bottom behind. Thus its path of destruction can be quite large.
3. When setting your anchor, try to provide for more than the scope of your swing and that of nearby boats. Boats seldom swing in unison in bad storms and usually drag some, if only a little...... Read More

Fishing For A Holiday Gift?
Contributed by SChaconas - This blog has been viewed 1314 times and there are 0 comments
Posted: December 03, 2013
OH NO! It’s that time again! Finding a gift for the angler on your list is not only frustrating; but for the person receiving it there’s a guaranteed stint in the return line!
Woolrich shirt... Read More

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