Fishing With The Gulls

Tom and I went fishing early this morning, launching out of Smith’s Marina in Crownsville, Maryland, and then out onto the Severn River and the Chesapeake Bay, south of Annapolis.


The morning was in the 40’s but quickly warmed to the mid 70’s.


Motoring past the U.S. Naval Academy, it was Sunday morning sailing class 101.


Once we found the birds, we found the fish, with the hot spot of the day being Round Bay in the Severn River.


Tom and I caught over 30 striped bass using white plastic jigs, and casting through the boils of fish and with the gulls overhead.


As soon as a boil of fish would surface, it would go away, with patches of attacking gulls, here, there and everywhere within Round Bay.


Our primary size class was just over 12-inchs long, but we caught a few 16-inch fish, and usually deeper and along the margins of the raucous boils.


I had one cast where I caught a gull, and as I reeled him in, I could see that I had him tangled by the foot and wing.


After a few hard pecks, he settled down and was compliant as I was able to get the line from his feet.  The tip of his wing was also caught in a knot, and Tom helped to slid the knot from the bird as I held him firmly.  I launched him into the air and the bird quickly flew back to a flock of other gulls, to again search for a fish breakfast.


Cormorants would sneak into the mosh pit of gulls, dive under the boil of fish, and occasionally come to the surface with one.  In this case, the cormorant in the foreground was able to spear a small striped bass with his beak.


The cormorant flipped the fish head-first to his mouth . . .


. . . and then wolfed it down like a teenager at the diner table.


It was a beautiful morning on the water, and the fishing was plentiful in the “Land of Pleasant Living (Natty Bo Logo)”  Thank you Tom for joining in!