Spent just about all day yesterday fishing with my long time friend Steve on the Rappahannock River. Please note right here I said "fishing" and not "catching." No luck. We marked a ton of fish on the bottom, but the baits we trolled could not entice them at all. Didn't matter. It was, as Steve said several times, a glorious day. Blue skies, a light southwest wind and temperatures in the sixties. A beautiful fall day for the Mid-Atlantic.
I enjoyed the day on the water with a good friend. I also enjoyed visiting the old port town of Urbanna. This tiny town on Urbanna Creek just off the Rappahannock reminded me of both St. Michaels and Oxford on the eastern shore. It's an old fishing/farming village than has gone upscale with weekend homes and lots of nice boats, both power and sail. In the photo above you can see some of the newer homes and a classic old buy boat that has been restored and is most likely used as a pleasure boat.
There is Steve reeling in a trolling line on his Donzi center console fishing boat. A very nice boat with lots of power, fuel efficient engines and plenty of room for comfort. I've fished with Steve on and off since the late 80's, starting in his old family 21 foot boat and then moved on up to 24 foot, 28 foot , 30 foot and now this 35 foot boat.
The trip got me thinking about a trip on the western shore of Chesapeake Bay. I've always been attracted to the eastern shore, also known as the Delmarva Peninisula, but for some reason I've ignored the other side of the bay. From yesterday's trip I can tell you it is a beautiful place with lots of creeks and rivers plus a handful of small towns like Urbanna, Reedville, Kilmarnock. Both Fleets Island and Gwynns Island look like they are worth exploring. I can easily see a long weekend trip anywhere from Mobjack Bay in the south to the Wicomico River in the north. Tangier Island and all the other islands of Tangier Sound are not that far away from Reedville and Ingram Bay. Maybe a sail up the western shore and then crossing over to the eastern shore. Wouldn't that be fun?
Here are a couple more views of Urbanna from the bridge over the creek, boats houses above and some of the marinas below.
And below is the view coming in after a nice day on the water. A full moon and a handful of sailboats moored along the farmland of Bailey Point.
Yes, it was a glorious day on the water. And it gave me something to think about for the future.