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