Welcome to The Bonefish Flat

There's a stiff wind in your face as you squint in the sun trying to see what the guide sees. "Bonefish at 12 o'clock about 90 feet, do you see it, mon?" You don't and keep squinting, your hat pulled low to keep the sun out of your eyes. "Bonefish at 11 o'clock 70 feet out. Come on man, do you see it?" As the guide is calmly shifting the skiff into position, this time you spot the fish, "I got, it," you reply.

"OK, Mon, Bonefish 50 feet at 10 o'clock. Cast when you're ready."

Cast when you're ready. And with that you drop your fly, roll out a cast, false cast once, and then...

Welcome to the bonefish flat.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Save the Chesapeake Bay

Below is a picture from yesterday's Washington Post of the dead zones of the Chesapeake Bay.  According to new reports, there are over 200 dead zones in the Bay now.  To put this in perspective, in the 1950's there were 16.  Why is this happening?  

Almost a quarter of the dead zones are a result of chicken poo, cow poo, and other livestock and poultry fertilizer.  There is a great article from the Washington Poshere that really details what is going on along with legislation pending in the U.S. Senate to help clean this up.  It seems like the problem is that farming now consists largely of mega farms and fewer mom and pop operations.  Perdue has built a plant to take care of some this problem, but more needs to be done.  

Be sure to read the article and learn a bit more about how what we eat from the store affects how we fish.  Remember, most of the Rockfish/Striped Bass on the East Coast spawn in the bay.  

One of the first things we can do is begin to notice where our food comes from and start thinking about how many people there are and how many mouths to feed.  

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