Sunday, April 20, 2008

Chesapeake Morning


This morning found me on the Chesapeake Bay. My friend Paul & I had chartered a spring trophy striper trip with Captain Hank Devito aboard the Afternoon Delight. The weather forecast called for 100% chance of rain and we had driven through some showers during our 150mile drive to the Chesapeake. I was pleasantly surprised with this opportunity to capture a stunning sunrise.

This charter was a bitter/sweet experience. Paul & I have been fishing the bay for the last 10 years. Each year we book a charter with Captain Hank and follow it up with numerous trips on my 21ft Four Winns. This year is different. Due to the outrageous price of fuel I have made plans to not trailer my boat to the bay. This is bad enough but the worst part is that due to failing health our Captain and Friend, Hank is in the process of selling the Afternoon Delight.

Even if the day comes that I again trailer to the Chesapeake it will not seem right without Captain Hank on the water.

If you are wondering about the fishing, it was a slow bite but we did boat some quality stripers. Check back tomorrow for a catch shot.

7 comments:

Old Wom Tigley said...

Beautiful Sunrise...
What a shame to be losing such a good captain and his skill and knowledge of the fishing grounds.. I know these boats have 'fish finders' but it is still the captains skill that gets you to them.. and of course back safely.

Tom

Abraham Lincoln said...

The scene is a bit sad after reading the story.

fishing guy said...

Salty: Well Salty fishing in salt water. That seems appropriate for certain. I can't wait to see the stripers.

Stacey Huston said...

Salty, I am happy for you that you DID get the chance to spend this day on the water with your old friend. Knowing what you do, I know you didn't take it for granted. Have a great week...

Kerri said...

Wow Salty, a Fabulous shot! Sorry to hear your friend's health is failing but it's great that you have such wonderful memories!

imac said...

Love that sky Salty.
Have missed your great posts.

Playing catchup,
Back from Ireland and sorting photos,but the jars are now revealed.

DeeMom said...

Fabulous sunrise…the Bigger fish are waiting for you, never fear…sorry to hear your friends are having to go through this upheaval in their lives..