‘Body-boot­ing’ the sub­ject of DU’s lat­est on­line film

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Ducks Un­lim­ited’s lat­est on­line film “Carv­ing the Ch­e­sa­peake” (ducks.org/du­films) vis­its three gen­er­a­tions of the Jobes fam­ily in Havre de Grace. The Jobe­ses, who are pro­fes­sional de­coy carvers and long­time sup­port­ers of Ducks Un­lim­ited, prac­tice what’s called “body-boot­ing.” They don sur­vival suits and stand chest deep amid large spreads of hand­made de­coys on the Susque­hanna Flats.

“We have such a unique way of hunt­ing that peo­ple don’t even know about,” An­drew Jobes said. “Peo­ple are just blown away by the way and the style and all the work we put into body-boot­ing. If I’m not body­boot­ing it’s kind of hard to get me to go hunt­ing. Any­body can shoot geese in a field, but body­boot­ing, stand­ing in the wa­ter do­ing what we do, it’s unique.”

Fam­ily pa­tri­arch Capt. Harry Jobes has been carv­ing work­ing de­coys since he was nine years old. He passed the tra­di­tion on to his sons, Bob, Charles, and Joey, who are all de­coy carvers and painters. They, in turn, are pass­ing the tra­di­tion on to younger gen­er­a­tions.

“To make a gun­ning de­coy, peo­ple don’t re­al­ize how long it takes,” Charles Jobes said. “They think you can make a de­coy like you make a dough­nut, and it doesn’t hap­pen that way. It takes so much time.”

*** DU ladies fish­ing The Bay Hun­dred chap­ter of Ducks Un­lim­ited has sched­uled its 14th an­nual Clay­ton Katski Me­mo­rial Ladies Fish­ing Tour­na­ment for Sun­day, June 11, at Har­ri­son’s Ch­e­sa­peake House on Til­gh­man Is­land. The cost of the tour­na­ment is $80 per lady and in­cludes a half day of fish­ing, lunch, a com­mem­o­ra­tive T-shirt, door prizes, and tro­phies for the five heav­i­est fish. To reg­is­ter or for more in­for­ma­tion, please con­tact Bill Kennedy at 410-886-1072.

* * * Free fish­ing Maryland Di­vi­sion of Nat­u­ral Re­sources has sched­uled three free fish­ing days this year: June 3, June 10 and July 4. On those days, you can fish in state waters without a fish­ing li­cense, stamp or reg­is­tra­tion. An­glers must fol­low size and catch lim­its. Con­ve­nient fish­ing spots can be lo­cated on the de­part­ment’s free mo­bile app and the An­gler’s Ac­cess map. There are also nearly two dozen li­cense-free fish­ing ar­eas lo­cated through­out the state, where you can ac­cess prime fish­ing ar­eas with a free an­gler reg­is­tra­tion. As a re­minder, any­one un­der the age of 16 is not re­quired to have a fish­ing li­cense.

* * * Fish­ing re­port The Ch­e­sa­peake Bay striped bass reg­u­la­tions changed on May 16 to al­low bay an­glers to keep two striped bass be­tween 20-28 inches, or one fish above 28 inches and one be­low. The up­per boundar y line has moved a bit far­ther up the bay from the Brew­er­ton Chan­nel to a line drawn across the bay from the south­ern tip of Hart-Miller Is­land to the end of Route 21 in Tolch­ester. This is a re­lief to those wish­ing to jig or troll for smaller fish that they can take home. Chum­ming and chunk­ing is also be a good op­tion with suc­cess­ful re­ports com­ing from the Swan Point area as well as the Triple Buoys, Love Point, Pod­ick­ory Point, and the Bay Bridge piers.

Other lo­ca­tions that are hold­ing a lot of fish are the chan­nel edge off Kent Is­land and the 35-foot chan­nel edge near Park­ers Creek to the power plant on the western side of the ship­ping chan­nel.

The lower shore fish­ing scene has seen some speck­led trout catches along the marshes and the guts and tidal creeks where they empty out into the bay on an ebbing tide.

Fish­ing for white perch con­tin­ues to be pro­duc­tive in most tidal rivers and creeks. The perch have ar­rived at their sum­mer haunts and you can catch them with ul­tra­light tackle with small spinners, spin­ner­baits, or plas­tic jigs.

Large­mouth bass in many ar­eas of the state are be­gin­ning to shift to­wards a sum­mer mode of be­hav­ior, but with wa­ter tem­per­a­tures rel­a­tively cool, they can be found most of the day near grass and sim­i­lar struc­ture. Whack­yrigged stick worms have been work­ing well in the grass and top­wa­ter lures in the shal­lows.

* * * Duck blind know-it-all Arthro­pods ac­count for 80 per­cent of all an­i­mal species. Fol­low me on Twit­ter @csknauss / email me at ck­nauss@star­dem.com

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