By Ken Schultz
After we’d landed the second or third large striper casting with light tackle, Joe Valentine asked, “Do you do this every time?”
“I think it’s you, Joe,” I answered. “You’re the good luck charm.”
Joe hadn’t fished on my boat in a while, but he joined me and George Phillips yesterday in Virginia waters of Chesapeake Bay.
The sun was just clearing the horizon when we reached our first destination near Tangier Island, after a frigid 30-minute run over calm water. The air temperature was 29 degrees when we left the dock, and we were bundled like moon-walking astronauts.
A few minutes later I was posing for photos with a 32-inch striper, noticing later that I still had my skull cap and ski goggles on top of my head in the photos. The fish took a big swimming plug about 15 minutes after we arrived. I revived the bass and put it back in the water, and a few moments later George hollered out. Off to the northeast some 25 miles, a large rocket was lifting off the launchpad at Wallops Island, Virginia, carrying a cargo mission to the Space Station. I should have held the fish a little longer and gotten the rocket in the background.
Over the next few hours we moved to several places, casting jigs and large plugs around
By Ken Schultz
The other day I was standing behind someone at a lunch counter who took out his wallet and extracted one of several credit cards inside. The wallet was pretty slim overall.
My wallet has gotten thicker in recent years, and not because there’s a lot of currency in it or a pile of credit/debit cards. In fact, it’s nearly 1 3/4 inches thick. So a bit of thin-wallet envy kicked in when I looked at the holder of the guy paying for his cheeseburger.
And then it occurred to me: he’s not a fisherman.
At least not someone who fishes in freshwater and saltwater in multiple
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