July 2011

Let There Be Pirates!  » Grab your eye patches, swords and a few good friends, and join Jane Meneely as she navigates her way around last year's rollicking Pirates and Wenches Fantasy Weekend in Rock Hall, Md. It's a blast (from a cannon, of course) for scurvy mates of all ages! Read this article

Sounding for the Scorpion » David Taylor joins a team of underwater archaeologists on the upper Patuxent River as they probe the remains of what some believe is the U.S.S. Scorpion, flagship of the Chesapeake Flotilla that tried in vain to fight off the British invasion in the War of 1812. Archaeologists hope to have the wreck, currently under more than five feet of muck, cordoned off and viewable from the surface by next year.

The Bonding Thing, Examined » Though they may not call it "male bonding" by name, Dick Rossé and friends have a ball recreating a 1990s Solomons-to-Crisfield sail. And this time they do it right in good weather, and with homemade gourmet pizza, a la Whitey Schmidt, awaiting them in Crisfield.

Bypoints : Crabs, Incognito
He enjoys his first steamed crabs of the season at Cantler's. It'll be our little secret that he did so under an assumed name. Gasp! Read this article

Marina Hopping : Great View: Guaranteed
Fort Washington Marina, surrounded by pristine Piscataway Creek, is nothing but lovely. But the view, of course, is the real star of the show. By Jody Argo Schroath.
Cruise of the Month : Rudee Toot Toot
After making what turned out to be a not-so-scary-after-all jog into the big bad Atlantic, Jody Argo Schroath relaxes and soaks up all that Rudee Inlet has to offer.
Angler's Almanac : Find the Churn, Find the Fish
Current, tides and underwater obstructions can be our friends this time of year, says John Page Williams. They mix oxygen back into the stratified water, which is a good thing for fish . . . and fishermen.

Bay Journal : Fat Cat Blues
Until 1974 there were no blue catfish in the Chesapeake or its tributaries. Today, however, their numbers are staggering, as are the sizes of some of the fish being caught. Karl Blankenship tells us why fishery managers worry about the impact of this Mississippi River import. Read this article
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