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The Best of Times on the Chesapeake Bay: An Account of a Rock Hall Waterman

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Today, the Chesapeake Bay watermen's way of life is under pressure to survive. Captain Larry Simns has worked as a commercial fisherman in the waters of Maryland for nearly sixty years, serving as President of the Maryland Watermen's Association since the 1970s. Through good and hard times, Simns has labored to keep working watermen profitable and relevant in spite of declining water quality and severe encroachment of prime fishing grounds. Here, find a funny, pointed, and candid portrait of one man's journey to ...

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Overview

Today, the Chesapeake Bay watermen's way of life is under pressure to survive. Captain Larry Simns has worked as a commercial fisherman in the waters of Maryland for nearly sixty years, serving as President of the Maryland Watermen's Association since the 1970s. Through good and hard times, Simns has labored to keep working watermen profitable and relevant in spite of declining water quality and severe encroachment of prime fishing grounds. Here, find a funny, pointed, and candid portrait of one man's journey to lead independent, hard-charging commercial fishermen. In chronological order, Larry shares 65 stories reflecting memories of his "best of times," peppered with views on everything from fishing to politics. Enjoy his practical wisdom and dry humor; see part of his past through pen and ink drawings created by Anne Crane Harlan of Centreville, Maryland.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764342776
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2013
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 800,052
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert L. Rich, Jr. was raised on a small farm near Annapolis. "Bob" graduated from The University of Delaware with a degree in agriculture and now lives in St. Michaels where he works with farmers in Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Foreword Jerry Fraser 7

Preface 10

Introduction 13

Part 1 Learning the Seasons (1937-1951) 16

Chapter 1 Captain Willie 17

Chapter 2 Fishing with a Purse Seine 20

Chapter 3 Trotlining for Hard Crabs 24

Chapter 4 Aunt Claris 31

Chapter 5 Dad 36

Chapter 6 My Father's Friends 41

Chapter 7 My First Love 44

Chapter 8 Hunter Safety 48

Chapter 9 A Penny's Worth of Wind 51

Chapter 10 Running with the Big Dogs 54

Chapter 11 Walking with Ame 59

Chapter 12 Captain Lon's Pound Net 65

Chapter 13 Family Ties 69

Chapter 14 Pretty Fishing 72

Part 2 Finding My Spot in Rock Hall (1952-1958) 74

Chapter 15 Teeming With Ducks 75

Chapter 16 Guiding Others 77

Chapter 17 Captain Cope 80

Chapter 18 Rite of Passage 84

Chapter 19 Breakfast on The Sassafras 87

Chapter 20 The Farmers Market 89

Chapter 21 Listing to Starboard 91

Chapter 22 Captain Splint Downey 95

Chapter 23 Fog At Solomons 99

Chapter 24 Thump, Thump, Thump 102

Chapter 25 Three Fathoms 104

Chapter 26 The Shangri La 105

Chapter 27 Growing Pains 107

Chapter 28 Blisters on Ice 110

Chapter 29 A Wrapped Wheel 114

Chapter 30 Green Water 119

Part 3 Premiere Fishing (1959-1971) 128

Chapter 31 My First Violation 129

Chapter 32 Oyster Smash 131

Chapter 33 Wounded, But Not Mortally So 136

Chapter 34 Forward Thinking 139

Chapter 35 Bring the Big Truck 142

Chapter 36 Too Much Pluck! 147

Chapter 37 S. Glyn Edwards 153

Chapter 38 The Unsettled Sixties 156

Chapter 39 The Oyster Collapse 158

Chapter 40 Desperate Measures 161

Chapter 41 One Voice 164

Chapter 42 Wise Counsel 168

Chapter 43 Annapolis, At Her Best 172

Part 4 Below the Waterline (1972-1978) 176

Chapter 44 A Winter Tragedy 177

Chapter 45 Hurricane Agnes 180

Chapter 46 The Aftermath 182

Chapter 47 A Rock and a Hard Place 187

Chapter 48 The Maryland Watermen's Association 192

Chapter 49 The Water's Edge 198

Chapter 50 The Last Oyster 202

Chapter 51 Below The Waterline 205

Chapter 52 Equal Partners 208

Chapter 53 Danny 211

Chapter 54 The Highliner Award 217

Part 5 Full Throttle (1979-1998) 220

Chapter 55 The Shad Moratorium 221

Chapter 56 Headwaters 224

Chapter 57 Crystal Blue 229

Chapter 58 Divisive Ice 232

Chapter 59 Lunch in Tilghman 235

Chapter 60 The Rockfish Moratorium 237

Chapter 61 A Night To Remember 241

Chapter 62 Dawn II 245

Chapter 63 Icing the Clams 248

Chapter 64 Rockfish Rebound 253

Chapter 65 The Podium 256

Epilogue 260

A Message for Future Commercial Fishermen 262

About Your Boat 263

About Your Work 264

About Your Career 265

About Your Soul 267

A Message for Seekers 268

Author Thanks 272

Bibliography 274

Reading References 276

Larry's Glossary 278

Chesapeake Bay Charts 282

Index 286

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