Angling Right: Saltwater Fishing in Solomons Island

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Beautiful view of Solomons Island

Happy Fishing Friday, everyone! It’s been a while since I last posted anything “Angling Right” related,  so I’ll remedy that today.

Last Sunday, my dad and I ventured out to the Chesapeake Bay to fish at Solomons Island, MD. Solomons is marked by the confluence of the Patuxent River and Chesapeake Bay–making it a unique fishing spot. To put it simply, it’s a hybrid of saltwater fishing and freshwater fishing without the turbulence you normally find in deep sea fishing. (Both saltwater and freshwater fishing are enjoyable!)

My dad and I decided on Bunky’s Charter Boats for our first Chesapeake Bay fishing experience. Affordability, high return on investment, and proximity  to our home were factored into our decision. And we were pleased with the results!

Bunky’s has decent options for their Head Boat bottom fishing trips. From Thursday to Monday, anglers can choose to fish from either 7am-2pm or 3pm-8pm half-day trips. The cost is $45/per person. Bait and rod are excluded from the price. ($5.00 rod rental is available.)

Below is a view where the Patuxent River and Chesapeake Bay converge:

Where the Patuxent River meets the Chesapeake Bay

Where the Patuxent River meets the Chesapeake Bay

I’m pictured below with our final catch:

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I caught 11 spot fish, while my dad caught 14 fish.

Here’s a closer look at our final catch. Each spot fish averages 7″-9″ a piece, which wasn’t too shabby.

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Our final catch: 25 fish. Not too shabby for our first Chesapeake fishing experience!

If you plan to fish with Bunky’s Charter Boats, take the following into consideration:

1) Get a good night’s rest and arrive early: My dad and I woke up at the ungodly hour of 4am to make the 7am trip. While this was inconvenient, in retrospect, sacrificing sleep proved fruitful for us. Whether you prefer early morning fishing or afternoon fishing, make sure to arrive early as this place operates on a first-come, first-serve basis.

2) Take Dramamine if you’re prone to sea-sickness: As I’ve written before, take any precautions prior to fishing to ensure the best fishing experience. Though the Chesapeake is fairly tame, the boat will occasionally rock back and forth–adversely affecting buoyancy by triggering motion sickness. Always come prepared!

3) Pack light food and drinks: It’s essential to eat before and during any fishing excursion. Pack light food and refreshments. I prefer to eat fruits (apples), vegetables (cucumbers), beef jerky, and sandwiches, while coupling it with plenty of water, sip by sip. Normally alcohol is forbidden aboard most charters, but some people brought their own. Use discretion if you wish to consume alcohol.

4) Use blood worms as bait to maximize catch rate: This bait produced the most results for us. Spot fish ate them up like crazy! They are available for purchase from the tackle shop. I recommend cutting them into quarter pieces to better utilize them and not waste money on bait.

5) Wear sunscreen: Summer is in full swing, so the sun is quite powerful. Wear sunscreen to prevent any unnecessary sunburns or to get a nice farmer’s tan. It’s up to you!

6) Don’t go fishing by yourself: I prefer to not fish alone, and neither should you! I always go with my dad because he taught me everything I know about fishing. Bring a friend, companion, family member, or significant other!

To learn more about Bunky’s Charter Boats, follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Stay tuned for another “Angling Right” post soon!

New Counter Cultured Article: Celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week

I’ve penned a new column about National Fishing and Boating Week. Below is an excerpt:

Who here loves to go fishing and boating? It’s time to gear up for National Fishing and Boating Week!

From June 6-14, 2015, anglers and boating enthusiasts  – new or seasoned, young or old – can show their support by getting out on the water. What are some benefits to fishing? It’s an excellent way to destress, connect with nature, and tout true conservation.

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.

Support Free-Market Environmentalism On This #EarthDay

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Today is Earth Day and V.I. Lenin’s birthday. Coincidence? I think not.

Unbeknownst to many, Earth Day founder Ira Einhorn—who hosted the first Earth Day event in Philadelphia on this day in 1970—killed and later composted his girlfriend. Talk about being environmentally-friendly…

The question beckons: can one be pro-environment without having the same radical fervor as those on the Left do? Answer: hell yes. Conservatism and stewardship go hand-in-hand. We seek to improve our environment without the duress of big government and nanny statism which seek to control every facet of our lives.

You can only be pro-environment if you support abortion or population control since kids are a burden and overpopulation is a real threat, respectively, they say. (Ridiculous.) You can only be pro-environment if you chastise and undermine anglers, hunters, and other outdoor enthusiasts, they say. (Fun fact: our taxpayer dollars and fees we pay to bolster the outdoor industry do more for conservation than these “greenies” have.) You can only be pro-environment if you are vehemently opposed to free markets, gas/drilling/oil, or lead, they say. You can only be pro-environment if you tow the line and wholly accept that “climate change” exists and is anthropogenic (man-made), they say. (Hello? Have you met Mother Nature?)

Too bad efforts to bolster our environment have been stymied by hypocrites who profit from fearmongering, statists who wish to control us, and crony capitalists who benefit from backroom deals. Our quality of life here on Earth, especially here in the U.S., has been bolstered by free markets, innovation, and human achievement. To rid of these would be detrimental to our way of life.

Environmentalism should be rooted in limited government, freedom, and the right-to-life, not rooted in pro-death policies. Happy ‪#‎EarthDay‬!

Angling Right: Getting Jiggy With Lures

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These past two weekends, my father and I had the chance to go out to some local fishing holes here in Northern Virginia. While we weren’t fruitful in our catches – bites were minimal, temperatures were chilly, and wind conditions were less than satisfactory- we were able to test out some lures.

Now that I’ve been actively fishing for half my life – I turned 24 a few weeks ago – I have learned how to modify my technique and adapt in order to become more adept at angling.

What is a lure? It’s artificial bait and comes in the form of poppers, spinners, jigs, blades, plugs and spoons. (Learn more about freshwater and saltwater lures here.)

Normally, my fishing rod is retrofitted with a weight and live bait (preferably night crawler worms in freshwater or shrimp/squid for saltwater) but I haven’t really used lures before. To most people, lures are used for added effect and to entice game fish such as the elusive largemouth bass. Using lures is a matter of preference, but can go a long way in maximizing one’s reach and catch rate. Here’s more about the use of lures from Learning How to Fish:

When building a tackle selection one must consider the species of fish you’re targeting along with the season you’re fishing in. Expert fishermen understand seasonal locations of fish and the proper presentation, meaning the choice of lure and how to retrieve it. This builds confidence knowing how to fish the proper lure at the proper depth to maximize your catch rate, and catching fish is the quickest way to gain confidence.

I plan to incorporate lures into my fishing repertoire to improve my chances of catching larger fish. As weather conditions begin to warm up, look out for some fishing posts from yours truly!

Have you used lures? What types of lures do you recommend? Let me know below!

 

Angling Right: Gear Up for Fishing Season!

Who else is excited for fishing season to start up again? I know I am!

I’ll be returning to the water this Sunday. (Post to follow!)

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Last spring, I launched a series of blog posts called “Angling Right” to help generate interest in fishing among members of my generation. I’m happy it’s been well-received by my fellow Millennial anglers and those curious about becoming anglers!

Starting March 15th, this Sunday, fishing weather in Virginia is slated to be off-the-hook (pun-intended)!

Need more reasons to go fishing? Take Me Fishing’s Debbie Henson explains below:

  1. Fishing is a physical activity that can be a great addition to a healthy lifestyle. The sports of fishing and boating encourage you to use your arms to cast and your legs to walk from one spot to another or to steady yourself on the boat deck.
  1. Fishing uses brain power. When you start getting into fishing, you use brain power to research things like tides, weather, water conditions and areas of structure. Every time you go fishing, you can learn something new.
  1. Fishing can give you a rush of happiness that is much more sustainable than a sugar rush. When you catch a big fish, you are on “cloud nine” for days, and smile from ear to ear every time you think about the good fishing memories you have made.
  1. The feelings of accomplishment that come from learning new fishing skills are sweeter. Think about how good it feels when you master a new skill. When you learn how to throw a cast net or tie a new fishing knot, you get those sweet feelings of accomplishment and success.

I couldn’t agree more!

Here in the Commonwealth of Virginia, there are a lot of untapped fishing spots to explore.  This may sound sacrilegious to write, but I’ve found more fishing opportunities here in Virginia than in Southern California. (Sorry, home state!)  I’ve been doing extensive research on local fishing spots to see which ones are good and have optimal returns on investment. Luckily for my family and I, there are plenty of rivers, streams, lakes, and oceans spots to choose from within a 50 mile radius–even as close as two miles!

Here are some places I’ll be visiting and/or blogging about this fishing season:

  • Riverbend Park – Great Falls, VA (Loudon County): This fishing spot is located just north of Great Falls Park in McLean/Great Falls, VA. This area is known for its hiking spots plus decent fishing. Crappie, perch, and small bass are common
  • Pohick Bay – Lorton, VA (Prince William County): Pohick Bay is located in Prince William County, which neighbors Fairfax County to the southwest.
  • Little Hunting Creek – Alexandria, VA (Fairfax County): This is my new favorite fishing spot. It’s easily accessible and is a unique body of water since it’s the intersection of the Potomac River and Little Hunting Creek. My dad and I have caught catfish, eel, and perch/small bass here. People reportedly catch largemouth bass and shad (herring) here.
  • Occoquan Reservoir – Occoquan, VA (Prince William County): I also discovered and fell in love with this fishing spot last year. It’s huge and surrounded by beautiful nature. Plus, the fish there actively bite.
  • Naples, FL – I look forward to deep-sea or backwater fishing here later this year.

I hope you join in on some fishy fun this year! If you haven’t gone fishing before, it’s never too late to start.

Check out Take Me Fishing, Field and Stream, North American Fishing, Keep America Fishing, Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, and Gander Mountain to get started.

Do you plan to fish this year or introduce someone to fishing? Comment below!

New Counter Cultured: Take Your Valentine Fishing

I’ve penned a new blog post up at Counter Cultured today called, “Take Your Valentine Fishing This Year.” Below is an excerpt:

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. Though love can be celebrated any day of the year, why not make this February 14th especially memorable?

As many couples scramble to plan innovative dates, they shouldn’t feel obligated to watch films like Fifty Shades of Grey. A film that promotes sadism, narcissism, and sexism doesn’t bring couples together. Other activities do.

On that token, I recommend all those celebrating Valentine’s Day go fishing if weather permitted.

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.

Happy 2015!

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Welcome to 2015, everyone! Hope you had a great and restful holiday season.

In the spirit of making (and fulfilling) New Year’s Resolutions, I’ll continue to use this platform-my personal blog-on a more regular basis. Without getting too personal here -I’m proud to say I’ve successfully maintained some semblance of privacy in the digital age- I’ll blog about my travels, conservative things, fishing/guns/hunting, D.C. happenings, and culture.

What are my 2015 resolutions?

  • Travel more in the U.S. and aboard
  • Go on more fishing trips and take friends with me
  • Spend more time outdoors
  • Shoot more guns
  • (Finally) learn how to hunt
  • Cook/bake more
  • Read more books
  • Spend quality time with good friends
  • Get involved with the local American-Lithuanian community more
  • Do my part to better the conservative movement.

(Who knows – maybe I’ll be in for some wonderful surprises this year!)

Additionally, I hope to meet more of my fellow young conservatives this year! There are two upcoming opportunities to meet and chat: First, I’ll be speaking at Maryland Citizen Action Network’s Turning the Tides conference in Annapolis, MD on January 10, 2015. Second, I’ll be blogging LIVE at SHOTShow in Las Vegas, NV from January 19-22, 2015. Hope to connect with many of you at these two functions! For those of you attending college in the Northeast: I’d love to meet with you on campus and help you start conservative/libertarian groups! (Contact me here.)

As I enter my 24th year in life, I will continue to do my part to help make a difference locally (NoVA), statewide (VA), and nationally. You will find my musings here, at Counter Cultured, at A Taste of Patriarchy, at Townhall.com, and hopefully at Richmond Times-Dispatch again in 2015! Looking to make a difference this year? Take a Leadership Institute training in D.C. or in your town to get started!

Want to be connected more? Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and LinkedIn. (Just don’t be a creeper.)

Happy New Year!

Best,

Gabriella

All-American Girl for the Restoration of Values