Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Years Rocks!!!!!

Happy Holidays everyone from JBO central here on the Downtown Hampton waterfront. Lots of "Fishy" news, and it is all about rockfish, and lots of them. Last Saturday JBO fished in the fog, so thick, I could not see the bow. At one point, I could not even see our Suzuki engines. I ran strictly by radar, and there was about 1000 boats out there all creeping towards me in a very eary way. After about five hours of that, we headed back into the Bay and found some break in the fog. That is where we also caught our first and last fish for the day.

Our friends who fished up around the third island, John Gilley and crew had a lot better success. There was not much fog and the bite was on big time. Congrads guys! Awesome catches.
JBO Angler Mike Wilburn went scouting out of Rudee heading south of of NC and limited out. It was a great day, all fish were caught trolling, and the bite at Cape Henry turned on in the afternoon. Mo-Joe's and stretches are dominating trolling for a lot of us, producing a lot of fish.

Today, new years eve, it is blowing a Gail here in Hampton, so no going out today. Instead, two Boston buts are to be slow smoked on the deck, as long as the wind does not blow our butts off!

So, here is our parting shot for 2008, taken yesterday at sunset, our last day of Rockfishing for 2008.

Happy New Years to everyone!

Jim Baugh


Sunday, December 21, 2008

A Christmas Gathering


With monster Rockfish in the cooler, it was time to through a little holiday gathering at JBO Central in Hampton and cook up some more Rockfish. Everyone wanted some more of the smoked Rockfish, and even the Daily Press is running our Recipe coming up on Christmas Eve! It is a good one.

We had quite a crew over for the holiday Rockfish celebration. My son Ben Baugh flew in from Washington State, my daughter Casey drove in from Roanoke, and JBO cameraman Wayne Baker and his lovely wife Susan flew in from West Palm Beach.
We of course had some of our good friends from Blackbeards Crew (Hampton Pirates) Pete and Debbie along with her sister and brother in law Wayne. Wayne was subject to some of my close up magic, he was a very good sport!! Thanks baby! For the recipe for our Smoked Rockfish just check the JBO BLOG below. It is one fantastic holiday treat.

Good friends, family, and of course Rockfish, is one great way to spend the holidays. For those of you that would like to try something a little different for your holiday breakfast, try this one. This is Casey's favorite that I make, it is a Philly cheese steak omelet. Here is what you do:
Just take some Philly streak meat and pre cook it in a fry pan then set aside. Then grill up some fresh onions and peppers, saute, then set aside with the meat. Next, just make a traditional omelet and place the steak and onion filling on one side of the omelet, and cover with extra sharp cheddar cheese. Fold the omelet over when done, and then you have got it!!! An excellent dish for company and something a little different for the holidays.

Cheers!! And happy holidays from all of us at JBO Central!

Jim Baugh

Friday, December 19, 2008

Holiday Troll Bite at Cape Henry

Yesterday I hooked up with JBO Angler Mike Wilburn and captain John for a quick Cape Henry troll. The bite did not take to long, we had a knock down within minutes of setting out our lines. The first hit was on a Mo Jo.
Minutes later, we boated a wonderful 41 inch 25 pound Rockfish. She was a beauty and we were really looking forward to limiting out quick. The next hour we had one through back and then not much else.
I have seen this before, you get on the bite fast, then the birds leave, the sounder has that "Blank" stare, and the action is gone. All the birds were flying east which tells me the bite has moved offshore, past the three mile limit.

There is not much else you can do, Rockfish can easily move 20 miles per day, so running up and down the beach sometimes is your only option to find fish that are closer to shore. The day was late and we mostly concentrated from the Ramada to the Cape Henry area. We did land one more keeper before the night was out.
All in all, not a bad afternoon of fishing, and we got some good film for the show as well as some fillets for the grill, cant ask for much more than that.

The ocean season is just going to keep getting better and better and the state record will probably be broken again in early 2009. Thanks captain John and crew for a great afternoon of fishing, look forward to fishing the Jan tourney with you folks!!

For those of you that live in the Hampton Roads area check out the Daily Press on Christmas Eve. They are doing a feature on Rockfishing and have included some of Jim Baugh Outdoors favorite holiday Rockfish recipes.
Tight Lines and Happy Holidays,
Jim Baugh

Monday, December 15, 2008

Smokin Rockfish For the Holidays

With all these massive Rockfish being caught, I thought it would be a good time for a quick Rockfish recipe. Smoked Rockfish is a dish that I fix every Christmas and it is always a favorite by everyone, and it is easy to do.
First up, get to Hampton and catch some FRESH Rockfish. Take the fillets and put them in an aluminum foil "Boat" this will just allow the marinade not to drip threw on to the grill. Inside the foil and on top of the fish place three cups of white wine, a bunch of parsley, worcestershire sauce, a dash of hot sesame oil, a teaspoon of smoked paprika, two teaspoons of liquid smoke (hickory) and two teaspoon of liquid smoke (Pecan) then add some fresh cracked pepper, teaspoon of soy, and three sliced lemons.
Then, close up the foil air tight and place on a grill at 450 degrees for 1-1\2 hour. Then, remove from the grill and let the fish cool, then place in the refidge for about 30 minutes.
This will be one of the best smoked fish you will ever have. Simply serve it up with your favorite cream cheese and sour cream dip, some crackers, and you have got it!!
Ruth and I went to a holiday party Sunday night after a day on the water, smoked up about a four pound chunk of Rockfish, everyone at the Christmas party went nuts over this fish.
Try it over the holidays, it is awesome!
I would like to thank everyone who has participated in our tournaments this year. Anglers have brought in some fantastic catches. Congrads to everyone who fished the Get Hooked On Hampton Tourney, Jim Baugh Rockfish Holiday, ASA, and of course Bluewaters Rock Party. The BIG one is still yet to come, the Rockfish shootout in January. Jim Baugh Outdoors will be filming that one for sure.

Special thanks again to Suzuki Marine and Hampton CVB for sponsoring our two tourney events. Each year these fish just keep getting bigger, and more people are fishing!
Once again, congrads to Max King for this weekends largest fish, that 61 pound hogg. Fish of a lifetime.

Tight Lines, and happy holidays

Jim Baugh

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Jim Baugh Rockfish Holiday Tourney Results-HOGGS!!

Rock and Roll!! Folks, as seen here, there is no better time to get yourself here and get on these MONSTER Rocks!! Just look at what these anglers caught. We had over 75 boats fishing the Jim Baugh Rockfish Holiday Tourney and the top three largest fish all won a brand new Suzuki Four Stroke Engine! There were multiple tournaments being held yesterday, and our number one placement winner also won the Bluewater Rock Tourney held also on the Hampton River.
And the winners are:
#1 Warren Hunnicut with a whopping 47.7 pound Rockfish

#2 The "Morgan Grace" with a 45.2 pounder

#3 The "Rebel Yell" with a nice 44 pound Rock.

We had a load of fish being weighed in, a lot of fish in the mid 40 pound range. I would like to thank everyone for participating in this year event and a special thanks to Suzuki Marine for such awesome prizes. They have supported this event every year and we truly appreciate it.

I would like to let everyone know that Max King would of placed first in our tournament with his massive 61 pound Rockfish!!!! (pics below)Max was fishing the ASA tourney and could not make our weigh in in time. Max did win the ASA event, congrads to our buddy Max King for the largest catch in the Bay this weekend, nice win to!!!!!
Special thanks also to Sunset Bloating Center and weigh master Bettie Kenyon. Thanks Bettie!!! Your the best! Also thanks to Hampton CVB for their coninued support!
Also congrads to Bluewater for putting on such a nice event "Rock Party" also held on the Hampton River, great turn out an some awesome fish!
If you want to fill your freezers this holiday season, crank up your Suzuki's and head to Hampton, looks like this season will be even better than last, and that is hard to believe!

Tight Lines
Jim Baugh
Congrads to Max King and team for an awesome ASA tourney win with an over 61 pound Rockfish. GO MAX!!!

Monday, December 8, 2008

The Chesapeake is Heating Up With Rockfish!!

Pictured here is a great catch by past Hampton Rock Fish Tournament angler John Gilly. Great catch John!!

Reports are flying in from all over the Bay, largely live bait around Plantation light and in front of Fishermans Island.
Mike Miller and crew from downtown Hampton limited out big time trolling around the third island. Large schools are working hard and the fish are moving in fast. The bite is on now!! Just in time for our Holiday tourney this weekend. Last years Rock Fish Holiday we had 50 pounders weighed in, and this year I think that will be broken. We will post all results here over the weekend.
Weather is looking better for the mid week run, and this cold weather has really turned on the fish. Go get um!!
Tight Lines
Jim B

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Jim Baugh Rockfish Holiday Tournament Dec. 13th

Rock Report: The Rockfishing has picked up since Thanksgiving and a lot of the action has been near and around Plantation light. Live Eels are once again the hot ticket. Pictured here is JBO angler Mike Wilburn with friends yesterday and they caught some sweet fish. Rock fish in the 30-40 inch class. The large ocean fish should be moving in hard within the next two weeks. Seems like each year the big bite gets moved back about a week or so, all depending on bait concentrations and water temps. If you are planning on coming to our area and do some Rockfishing, now threw Jan. is the time to be here.

Jim Baugh Rockfish Holiday Fishing Tournament is Saturday Dec. 13th. This is the same day as the Bluewater Rock Party fishing tournament. Anglers can weigh fish in both events. The JBO Rock Holiday is a FREE tourney, live or artificial bait, lines in the water by 6am. All fish MUST be weighed at Sunset Boating Center by 4pm on Saturday. A NEW SUZUKI FOUR STROKE ENGINE will be awarded to the top three fish. Only one fish can be entered per boat. This is the sixth year for this event and we are once again praying for good weather. For more info just call 804 240 7577
Tight Lines
Jim Baugh

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend!!

Thursday, 27th
Hello everybody, and hope your enjoying a great Thanksgiving holiday. We do love to cook up a storm on Jim Baugh Outdoors TV, and we certainly do not hold back at Thanksgiving. Sooooo- Here is a little bit about our cooking day yesterday. I am not much on deserts, so I will skip those, lets get straight to the meat of the matter. (Uncle Bill Pictured doing the Turkey Dunk)

Fried Turkey All total we fried two injected Turkeys and one marinated Chicken. We injected the birds with hot sauce, garlic, and herbs. One of the birds was 14 pounds, which was a little bigger than we like to fry, but it worked out ok. 50 minutes in the fryer and she was done!
Smoked Turkey, Smoked Brisket, and Pork stuffed Game Hens
All of the above we did on Uncle Bills smoker. The Turkey (almost 20 pounder) went on at 6am along with the Brisket. The smoker was chocked full of fresh water soaked Hickory wood and cooked at 225 untill 6pm Thanksgiving day. The Cornish Game Hens we stuffed with Captain Earls Hickory smoked BBQ and then smoked the Hens for about four hours. Everything turned out fantastic, and the different gravies included a red hot Carolina sauce, and a standard Turkey gravey.
We wanted to do Oyster stuffing, but could not find Oysters anywhere, was a bit bummed about that!

Saturday 29th
Kitty Hawk Pirate Art Show. 290 Years Since Blackbeards Capture
I left the Blue Ridge Mountains and drove to Kitty Hawk NC for the Pyratical Art Show put on by non other than Captain Pyrate Pete. This art show celebrated 290 years of Blackbeards capture. There really was some fantastic art there, I am including some pics here. The show\gallery will be up for a short while, so plan a trip down to Kitty Hawk and see this one in person, some great Pirate art! You can also see some of Captain Petes Pyratical art at the 2009 Hampton Blackbeard Festival in June.
More info just call 757 344 0685.
You can also see some of this awesome Pyratical art at his web site

Scouts are out!!! Fishing report on the Rocks will be out tomorrow, check back to see where the monster bite is!

Tight Lines

Jim B

Monday, November 24, 2008

Over the hills and threw the woods-

L A N D I N G!! in the Blue Ridge Mountains to see family and friends. Quick stop off to Smith Mountain Lake to see how the Striper population is doing, then head on to see one of our regular JBO TV Guest, Captain Earl Williams. Captain Earl has just opened up "Captains Choice BBQ" on 460 in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Earl has promised this to be the best BBQ in the state of Virginia, and I have no doubt it will be.

Then off to Roanoke to see my daughter Casey and of course Uncle Bill and his variety of grills! I think he now has about four, one of them is a trailer that can be towed anywhere. We will of course have the Turkey fryer filled to the brim, and will cook up about five fresh birds. I plan on smoking one bird with Oyster stuffing.

Ben Baugh and Tina Turner will be spending Thanksgiving in Washington Sate, and look forward to seeing them both during Christmas. "Have a good one son and send us some more white water pics!"

Thanksgiving Recipe-Turkey and Stuffing, JB Style: Stuffing-A great way to do stuffing is to stuff the bird with Oysters and stuffing, and once done, pat out the stuffing into patties and put them back on the grill to smoke for another half hour. Served up with some gravy, this is really hard to beat. I will usually smoke the bird and the stuffing for about eight hours.Turkey- Use an injector and make up a good hot sauce, Durkeys\Franks hot sauce -10 ounces, and five ounce of apple cider vinegar. Inject one side of the bird with this, and the other with a Soy and Honey glaze. A 12 pound bird will take about 45 min. in the Turkey fryer.
Beer But Chicken- This is my daughter Casey's fav, she has already called me today to make sure we were making some. Simple to do while the Turkey is smoking on the Grill. Just get a Beer Butt stand, Lowe's has them, they are only a couple of bucks. I use half a can of beer, the rest vinegar, garlic, and hot sauce. Stuff the chicken with the beer can and let it stand on the grill with the chicken stand. Your favorite dark beer is best for this dish.

I would like to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving Holiday, and this does truly mark the beginning of our Rockfish season. Most of December Jim Baugh Outdoors TV will be filming everyday trying for those monster ocean Rocks.
Yall come join us!! Dont forget the Hampton downtown lighted boat parade is Dec. 6th, and the Jim Baugh Rockfish Holiday fishing tourney is Dec. 13th, same day as Bluewaters Rock event.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone, and drive safe.
If you see a Mag Red 04- C5 Vette flying overhead while on the road this week, wave!!

Tight lines

Jim Baugh, JBO TV

Sunday, November 23, 2008

We Have A Winner!!

Yesterdays Get Hooked On Hampton Rockfish Tourney did not let us down, yes, it blew again this year. Gain warnings the previous night until 6am, and a small craft advisory all day. Five foot seas in the Bay, and the wind chill factor was 200 degrees below zero! Well, that is what it felt like.
To add to their excitement, the bite was off big time. The ocean fish just were not there yet. So the big win was a three pound fish caught by the third island by Andy Simmons on board the Clare Skys. I got to hand it to this team, they braved some mighty tuff conditions!

Their prize was one Suzuki four stroke 2.5 HP engine, brand new and in the box. Also they received the double DVD Jim Baugh Outdoors TV year end set, and the new Max King Reelin and Eelin DVD.

Congratulations guys, sorry for such bad weather. Next up, the Jim Baugh Rockfish Holiday Dec. 13. This is the same day as the Bluewater Tourney, fish them both! Ours has no entry fee. Just bring your fish to Sunset Boating Center by 4pm. We will have more prizes from Suzuki! We would like to thank Suzuki for continuing to support our tournaments and we sure will be hoping for better weather on the 13th.
Thanks April for showing up and keeping me and the Ducks company during weigh in. Hand feeding our Hampton Ducks is a lot of fun, but "not so much" when it's 20 degrees. LOL

Now after yesterdays chill off, I am going to make a pot of spaghetti.

Tight Lines