July 18, 2019

Worth Repeating: Soft Crab Season Opens Ever So Quietly

soft crab

It’s that time of year again, Message from the Cap’n has to address the great harbinger of the season, the soft crab. And, back in 2019, get your Smith Island Cruise information and reservations here.

Catfish Becoming Dominant Species in Lower Potomac

Message From the Cap’n is a compilation of history, fishing advice, waterman, and weather insights, Chesapeake lore, and ordinary malarkey. This season’s highlight: More catfish in the Potomac than we’ve ever seen!

An Old Cycle, Osprey Return, Spring Message From the Cap’n


Osprey observations from the nesting capital of the Chesapeake: St George Island with 60+ nesting pairs.

Who’s Who on St. George Island/William Gary Robrecht (1944-2018)

Gary Robrecht

“Some of my fondest memories of the island are of going to Letcher Lampkins’ store in the evening or at night , when the watermen were all there sitting around talking. I would listen with amazement to the stories of the boatloads of oysters and crabs caught in the years gone by.” Gary Robrecht

Message From the Cap’n: Cold Snaps a Comin’

Government has closed down the readings on the Interpretive Buoy System in the Chesapeake Bay, but nothing is going to stop winter from making its annual mark on the region. Check out Cap’n Jack’s take on it all starting with the fishing report through predictions for another cold snap over the full moon in January 2019.

Why Oysters Matter: An Ecologist’s View

SlackWater why oysters matter

Oysters are not the only filter feeders in the Chesapeake Bay. Fish, other mussels, plankton, and other invertebrates also filter food from the water. However, not all filter feeders are created equal.

SlackWater Explores Bay Oyster’s History

SlackWater Explores Bay Oyster's History

Once strictly utilitarian in value, these oyster cans — part of James Banagan’s collection — are now prized for their aesthetics and historic meaning.

Convenience Centers Recycle Oyster Shells

While not a traditional harvesting month, St. Mary’s County begins accepting used oyster sells at its trash transfer stations in June.

That Chill in the Air Means Oysters at Lenny’s

Break out your oyster knife and learn Chef Dan Rebarchick’s Oyster Rockefeller recipe, then check out what else is cooking at Lenny’s!

How to Open an Oyster, No Matter What

The Chesapeake Bay’s most famous bivalve doesn’t make it easy to eat.