Scraps From the Fish Table
In the Chesapeake Bay and her watershed, the water has chilled enough that most fish are much tougher to find and catch. The trophy Striped Bass season won’t be open till mid-April. The Yellow Perch run generally happens around the first week of March. If you can find fresh bait and are willing to brave the cold out on the Potomac River, big Blue Catfish are ready to pounce on your offering as long as you are offering a big slice of fresh shad, alewife, or mullet.
This is super fun fishing with many meals for many days. In addition to feeding our families, I cooked pan fried fillets and fish chowder for 25 people in a morning exercise class in downtown Key Largo. Losing a hundred calories during an exercise session and consuming a thousand afterward may not make much sense but fresh fish and new friends in a Caribbean climate makes for a fine winter despite the warm water out in the deep.
The bowfishing rig has been mostly used to shoot and retrieve trash floating in the canal. Though I have yet to shoot any invasive species of trash fish, I have become the top killer of trash in the Upper Keys.