October 2006

A Restful River » An impromptu trip up the Corrotoman River leads Wendy Mitman Clarke and her family to a place where beautiful anchorages, sandy beaches and quiet coves are plentiful, and a family-run marina puts out the welcome mat.  

The Captain’s Trail Part One »As the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Water Trail gets ready for prime time, John Page Williams leads us through two of Captain Smith’s early Bay expeditions in this two-part series.

The State of Our Bay »In this sixth annual report on the environmental issues the Bay is facing, editor Tim Sayles reports on menhaden harvest limits, Karl Blankenship looks at last year’s worrisome die off of eelgrass in the lower Bay, and Hal Smith covers the debate over concentrated animal farming operations in the Susquehanna watershed and their impact on the health of the Bay.

From the Editor 
ONE FISH, TWO FISH»How hard can it be to count fish? Well, as any fisheries scientist can tell you, it’s harder than you think. And harder still, as we see in the case of the lowly menhaden, to know what to do with the numbers once you have them.   by T. F. Sayles  Read this article

Nautical Know-How 
ROUGHING It » With rough winter weather on its way, Captain Kent Dresser offers some tips on staying safe in less than hospitable conditions.

Time Tested 
A LITTLE JEWEL IN THE CROWN»Though technically small, the Tiara 2700 Open remains a popular and reliable weekender among Bay boaters.     By John Page Williams.

Marina Hopping 
ASK AND YE SHALL RECEIVE » Situated just outside the hubbub in Baltimore, Inner Harbor East Marina caters to boating groups . . . and anyone else who wants to visit the big city.     By Ann Levelle.

Cruise of the Month 
CHOPTANK SPIRITS » Diana Prentice gets a glimpse into the spooky history of Cambridge, Md., during a fall ghost tour.

Reader Rendezvous 
CONFESSIONS OF A KLUTZ »  We’ve all done some silly things while boating, and George Carrigan isn’t afraid to reveal his most embarrassing boating blunders.

Angler's Almanac 
MORE GREAT IMPOSTERS » John Page Williams tells us more about lures that were born on the Gulf shores, but that adapt well to Chesapeake angling.

Off the Charts 
STAR LIGHT, STAR . . . OH WHATEVER » The Clarke family was all fired up for this year’s Perseid meteor showers. But, with the gentle rocking of the boat, the glowing moon . . . well, who wouldn’t want to nap instead?     By Wendy Mitman Clarke.  


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