Welcome to my Home Page. I am really happy to see you have come to visit. I want you to know more about me, the “Jil Carrie”, our crew, and our wonderful fishing excursions on the Chesapeake Bay and in the Atlantic Ocean. More information about me is just one click away in the "About Capt. Jim" section right next to this one.
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Don't be discouraged if you aren't having much luck fishing, especially if you are a beginner. Just enjoy the experience and soak up the pure joy which is our sport. No fisherman is any better than the sum of their experience, their equipment, and their luck - and we all have different levels of each!
While these pages are obviously an advertisement for my Charter Fishing Service - it is important to me for you to understand that I just flat out love to fish. I could care less if I ever got another Charter; I still would fish every day I could. That's the way I have been all of my life. I don’t want or need to be the greatest fisherman in the World. I am very happy with what I do to make a living and my goal is to make you happy with my web site Page and my Charter Fishing Service. Please let me know if I accomplish this goal or if I fail to do so with you.
Back in the late 1960's as I grew up, I started fishing in the area of Thomas Point at the mouth of the South River, about 15 miles south of Annapolis, Maryland on the Chesapeake Bay. We lived right on the Bay at Thomas Point in a small community named “Oakwood”. My first motor boat was a 7.5 h.p. Sears & Roebuck outboard motor - (I called it a "Sears Run out and Row Back" motor) which I fastened on the back of a MFG 12 foot tri-hull skiff. I also fished from a 14 foot AMF Sunfish sailboat when I couldn't get the Sears motor to work and my intended fishing spot was too far to row. In 1969, I got my first Charter Boat job as a 1st Mate with a Captain out of Selby Bay - just across the South River from my home. Ironically, and perhaps through some odd sort of Chesapeake Bay fishing destiny, that same year Odell Jones custom built what was to be my first Charter Boat - the "Charlotte K". She was a 43’ x 13’ custom wood Chesapeake Bay Built dead rise. At that time it was known as the “Scuttlebutt” and was built for Capt. Cecil Kenney. In 1969 I had pestered every Captain within rowing distance (my motor truly lived up to its nickname) for a job as a mate aboard a Charter Boat. Of course, no Captain would take me because I was a 9-year-old scrawny kid. However, I considered myself quite an accomplished fisherman at that point, having mastered the fine art of fishing from a Sailboat with 3 rodholders, between crabpots and rockpiles, and occasionally hooking a Rockfish, White Perch, Flounder, Bluefish or Gray Trout. The truth was, those fish must have been suicidal, because looking back to the way I started out fishing I didn't have a clue. Or, maybe, it's true what other fishermen say about me - "He must have a horseshoe up his ass, or something!"
When I finally got the 1st Mate job back in the summer of 1969 I started learning how to fish "The Charter Boat Way". During those years, the Rockfish were plentiful, but on the decline, and many Captains (including mine) took great pleasure in catching large amounts of fish of all types. Some things never change! The rest of my life I have spent continuing to learn about fishing. I have been a 1st Mate aboard several vessels and ended up getting my own Charter Boat - The "Charlotte K" in 1992. I moved to Deale, MD in 1995 where I still live with my beloved family: Jil, Little Jimmy and Baby Sarah. I suppose that my biggest dream in life is that Little Jimmy will follow in my footsteps, be a Maryland Waterman, and share in my love of the Chesapeake Bay. There is a picture of all of us on the front of this Home Page!
The “Charlotte K” was named after my sister, Charlotte Katherine. Next, I purchased the “Diana W”I in 1993 (which is still my only work boat). To this very day, I crab and oyster from the “Diana W” when I am not fishing. It is a 1965 40’ x 12’ Abbotts custom wood Chesapeake Bay built dead rise and is berthed here in my home town of Deale, MD. She was named after my mother. Back in 1997, I commissioned a 50’ x 16’ custom Chesapeake Bay dead rise wood hull covered by fiberglass from a shipwright in Crisfield, MD. I traded him the “Charlotte K” and cash for the hull. Then I assembled a group of Captains, Carpenters and Mechanics, and together, we all built what is now the “Jil Carrie”. Obviously, she was named after Jil (first and middle names). A lot of people ask about the name and I tell them that Jil decreed to me that if I didn’t name the new boat after her, she would extract an appendage! I still enjoy recreational fishing as I did when I was a kid, but I have had to balance my passion for fishing with my business. I'll tell you that working the front of the boat is sure a lot different than working the back of the boat.
The most important thing that you need to know about me is that I love to fish - more than an obsession, it is my life. It doesn't matter whether it is Charter or Recreational trip. I just love to fish. I hope that this passion comes out clearly in my Home Page and I hope you enjoy this page as much as I have enjoyed putting it together. I pray that I remain a better fisherman than I am a “Computer Geek”.
There's an old story I tell my parties about God standing on the Dock telling me - "You won't catch any fish today" - I would still go fishing. That’s probably how I got my nickname “Croakerhead”. I tell everyone I got that nickname because I like to catch Atlantic Croaker. However, it is far more likely that I got the nickname because I am a little bit hardheaded. The nickname for a croaker is a “Hardhead”. By the way, Jil tells me that it’s a whole lot more than a little bit!