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Happy fishers! Thanks for the great fishing day.

Dawn A. Lednum, ABR
Mary Haddaway
Re/Max Blakeney, LLC
108 N. Talbot Street
P.O. Box 889
St. Michaels, MD 21663
410-745-6775 (direct)
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Scott J. Ritchie
Tampa, FL
June, 2004
Hey Jeff,
Thanks again for a wonderful day. The sunrise was the start of the excellent day. Over 20 Stripers were caught. Quite a few were in the 36 inch range. Diane claims to have caught the biggest Striper. I claim to have caught the heaviest Striper. One weighed out at 24 lbs. Not too shabby......

I showed the photos to quite a few people at the wedding on Saturday. There were quite a few impressed people. Here are a few photos for your collection. If we get up there again, we'll give you a jingle for another Chesapeake Bay fishing trip. We'd love a Striper flag if you happen to locate one.
Scott J. Ritchie
Florida Area Manager
Underwriters Laboratories Inc.
8192 Woodland Center Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33614
phone: 813-882-3118
From: Don Ivey
Re: Harleysvile, PA
Dated: 7 May 2004
Capt. Jeff:
I wanted to email a pic over of the striper from the Tilghman Island striper fishing trip and to give you a testimonial: "Our entire group of 9 guys that attended our fishing outing was very happy with the stripers that you put us onto on the May 7th! Not only we did we have a great time aboard the Agitator but were highly impressed with the new boat, fishing gear, tatics and your enthusiasm. I look forward to getting out with you over the summer and of course for the fall run of stripers! We will always remember "the one that got away" Don Ivey, Harleysville, PA
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From: Jerry Calabrese
Dated: 19 April 2004

Had a great time today. You have earned yourself 6 long time customers. You worked you bitt off and it paid off with 6 good fish. If we are still on for the second Chesapeake Bay striper trip just email me with dates. I understand if you spoke before the last 4 fish were in the boat. I will send you another email to post on your site. I just wanted to get you the picture ASAP. Jerry Calabrese

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From: Jerry Calabrese
Dated: 19 April 2004
You have earned six loyal customers after our trip on April 19th 2004. I have chartered boats on the eastern shore many times as well as off shore fishing trips at Hatteras, NC. You truly are one of the best and hardest working Captains I have had the pleasure to fish with. The six of us felt like family on the boat which made the trip memorable. We caught our limit of Rockfish all while having a great time. Your honesty about the fishing and hunting conditions proves your commitment to provide your clients with the best trip possible. I am now looking forward to the start of Sea Duck hunting season. Thanks again for a memorable experience. Jerry Calabrese

From: David R. Chmura
Re: Fishing Trip Elegant Builders Took
Dated: Tue, 23 April 2002

Captain Jeff and First Mate Buddy,
We took a Chesapeake Bay Rock Fishing trip with you on Sunday, 4-21-2002. It was a cold, rough day on the bay, raining a little. Your boat handled the rough bay great. I caught the first Rock fish, it was around 40" and it was very fun to reel it in. My group got all excited when I was reeling the Rock fish in. From there Brian caught the second Rock Fish, about 37", and then Tom lost one but we have it on video. Then Ty caught a 38" fish. Chris caught a 37" Rock fish and then Tom got a second Rock Fish, 36". Jeff, that was our first company fishing trip. When Tom caught his fish it was raining so hard but you would have never known by our enthusiasm and energy. Jeff, even though three of my men were under the weather we all had a great time and hope all of our next fishing trips are as enjoyable as this one. You and buddy are great charter boat captains. It was a lot of fun, thanks for the great fishing trip. We will send you some pics when I get them back. Have fun and good luck.
Thanks again for the great Rock Fishing trip.
Striped bass fishing in East has never been better
written by Capt. Charley Zaimes
published in the Patriot News on Friday, May 11, 2001

Striped bass have come back in a big way, proving once again that nature has a way of caring for its own. Fifteen years ago, the self-styled experts were bemoaning the demise of the striper population along the Atlantic coast. They blamed it on pollution, over-fishing, the greed of commercial netters, and just about anything else they could blame. But they were wrong.

From the Hudson River in New York State to Cape Charles in Virginia, striped bass fishing has never been better. I witnessed the difference myself last week when I accepted an invitation from Capt. Buddy Harrison to fish in his Annual Pro-Am Fishing Tournament at Tilghman Island on Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. I was paired with three anglers who soon demonstrated that they were old hands at saltwater fishing. They were Philip A. Wagner and his wife, Frieda, of Waldorf, Md., and Charles Johnson of Baltimore. We were assigned to the Big Rig, a 35-foot sport fisherman skippered by Capt. Jeff Shahan, whose capabilities were reflected in the immaculate condition of his well-rigged boat.

We reached the fishing grounds at 8 a.m., and Shahan set up 14 lines trolling at various depths behind the Big Rig. His lures were umbrella rigs, each sporting four oversized plastic Sassy Shads followed by a trailing Sassy Shad. The front lures were hookless. The trailer was rigged with a 9/0 hook. Some of the rigs were white; the rest, yellow.

Within a few minutes, one of the rods bent sharply and the cry of "Fish On!" rang through the cockpit. Frieda grabbed the rod out of the transom holder and began fighting the fish. Capt. Shahan slipped a belt rod holder around her waist so she could place the rod butt into the gimbal, thus easing the strain.

Frieda's fish weighed 15 pounds and measured 35 inches. It was immediately placed on ice in the boat's large cooler. It was soon joined by a 40-inch 23-pounder caught by Phil. I was next with a 13-pound, 33-inch bass, and Charles completed the sweep with another 15-pounder.

Maryland law limits the keepers to one fish per angler during May, so we had our limit. We continued to fish, however, and each of us caught and released four more fish. We didn't win any awards. The biggest fish was 41 pounds. But it was a memorable day. Bright sunshine, no wind, pleasant company, a skilled captain, and the fish cooperated. It was especially gratifying for me, a return to saltwater after a 10-year hiatus, a chance to renew my ties to Buddy Harrison and his son Little Buddy, and to visit with other outdoor writers I've known through the years. Including Kermit Henning of Mechanicsburg, and artist Gerald Putt of Boiling Springs.

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