August 25, 2019

Parasites Summer in St. George Marshes

Plant parasites, dodders, are increasingly invading the High Tide and Water bushes along the shoreline of St. George Island. Like the Cap’n, they send messages, too.

Message From the Cap’n/What You Need to Know About Water Snakes

watter snake

A water snake might make you hurt yourself when surprised by them but they are not harmful or poisonous. They may bite as a defensive tactic.

Purple Martins Leaving Their Nests

Purple Martins

Purple Martins usually arrive between April 10-13, rest a bit, scout the area, and then begin nestbuilding. Now they’re leaving. Take heart, and look toward their return next year.

Snapping Turtles Abound in the Chesapeake

Snapping Turtles

Message From the Captain: More snapping turtles are coming to the Chesapeake Bay — Stay away from them!

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

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

Visit Smith, Tangier Islands Aboard North Star

North Star Trips to Smith Island

The North Star, based out of St. George Island, will now offer trips across the Chesapeake Bay to Smith and Tangier islands.