August 25, 2019

Who’s Who on St. George Island/Paul Haskell

St. George Island

“I glory in the beauty and solitude, and basking of St. George Island and Piney Point, in the warmth of the wonderfully friendly people.” … Paul Haskell

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.

From the Cap’n: Frozen Creeks; Foiled Hunters

frozen creeks

It’s cold outdoors with frozen creeks, but the Cap’n offers a tale of hot tempered hunters foiled by an errant discharge to warm up the day with a little bit of lore …

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