Or as they are often called, fisherman's tales.
|Before Sunrise in Buzz's Marina|
|Sunrise at the Mouth of St. Jerome's Creek|
|Pt. No Point Lighthouse|
|Backhoe in water near Holland Island|
A familiar landmark, the drowned backhoe (or is it it a front end loader?) in the waters off the remains of Holland Island. Holland Island once had a community of some 300 houses, but erosion has all but eaten it up. The backhoe wa left by the last permanent inhabitant of the Island, whose house was badly damaged in Hurricane Isabel, and recently demolished. The water has claimed the site.
Once, while fishing with Pete, I caught a Speckled Trout right out from under the backhoe. I tried again today, but missed, and left a popping plug on the backhoe... Karma, I guess.
Speckled Trout were the quarry du jour. Everyone caught a few. Tackle of the day was various rubber tailed jigs (look in corner of the second photo for an example). They ranged in size from sublegals (< 14 inches) to about 25 inches, mostly in very shallow water.
We also caught a few small Spot and Croakers, a single barely sublegal Red Drum, a few small Striped Bass, and a Bluefish. I was really impressed with the Speckled Trout fishing, as ordinarily it is a relatively rare fish in the Bay, but recent years have seen a resurgence of their numbers.
|Gulls, Cormorants and Pelicans on Holland Island|
|South Marsh Island (I think)|
The land here, such as it is, is right out of Michner's "Chesapeake" or rather, his book came out of the Eastern Shore, and it's small, constantly eroding islands, and communities centered on the water.
|A "straight on" look at Holland Island|
|Holland Island Bar Lighthouse|
|The American Mariner.|
The American Mariner, also known as the target ship. One of two old ships towed onto to shoals of the Middle Grounds, and used for target practice for years by the US Navy. The other ship lays nearby, completely underwater, still providing structure. The Mariner's name is still visible on it's bow.