Friday, September 26, 2008

Nasty Noreaster

Yesterday was quite the day. I had jumped in the truck and went to check the Trojan at Customs House Marina, and also our Suzuki\Hampton Show Boat to prepare for strong winds and one mean tide. The rain was something, pounding!! After securing everything, I headed to Buckroe Beach to try and get some shots of the storm. It did not take long before the streets were flooded, and felt it was high time to return to JBO Central. So, that is what I did, parked the truck, and started checking things out around our docks making sure everything was secure.

Then I decided to jump on my trusty JBO three speed beach cruiser with my waterproof Pelican case, and see just how flooded the waterfront area was. To my surprise, the old beach cruiser did rather well in the water, at one point, I may have been in three feet or so. I never stopped peddling, and got threw most of the water alright.
The storm and wind hit at high tide, so things did get a bit flooded. This morning all was returned to normal, just in time for the Neptune Festival at Virginia Beach!!

See ya there!


Included here are some pics of yesterdays experience.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Farewell to a friend, Dennis Nate

We lost a good man this past week. Dennis Nate passed away at 55 years of age on Thursday Sept 18th. He is survived by his daughter, Margaret "Maggie" Grace Nate of Yorktown; a sister, Catherine Driscoll and her husband, Daniel, of Newport News; two brothers, Daniel G. Nate and his wife, Barbara, of Woodberry Heights, N.J., and David F. Nate and his wife, Teresa, of Wenonah, N.J. Also survived by several nieces and nephews and friends.

I knew Dennis before he was the Dockmaster at the Riverwalk in Yorktown Virginia. Dennis did a lot of work in downtown Hampton working with events and help me put on the Get Hooked On Hampton Rockfish Tourney. Dennis also had a great voice, and I recorded his voice overs for several TV ads on our Trojan production vessel. Dennis was also a welcome sight for a long time as he worked the popular Sunday night crowed behind the bar at Maker 20 while David Carter entertained. Dennis could serve up a mean cocktail, but Dennis never touched a drop at any time during the years that I knew him.

Dennis was just a great guy who was liked by everyone, and he was doing a great job in Yorktown at the riverwalk. All those new docks under the bridge in Yorktown with all the shops, restaurants, and festivities- Dennis helped make it all happen. He was more than just a Dockmaster. He was great at putting on events, and had been doing it for a long while. Dennis was largely responsible for bringing to Yorktown such popular historical ships as the Kalmar Nyckel
So long Dennis, Hampton and Yorktown Virginia won't be the same without ya! You will be truly missed.

God Bless

Memorials may be made in memory of Dennis to Riverwalk Go Green C/O Treasure of York, P.O. Box 532, Yorktown, VA 23690.

Jim Baugh

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Washington State- Ben Baughs Trek Across the USA

Hello everyone!
My son Ben Baugh and Tina Turner Baugh gathered up their belongings and jam packed the Bambler (Ben's Jeep) to make their way across the USA.
Washington State is where Ben will be studying for his Masters Degree in Geology. Ben also took along his good friend Eric to help with the drive, leaving from Hampton, then Richmond, then West Virginia, the Bambler crew first headed to Chicago. When Ben called me from Chicago, the first thing I ask him was if he had yet to try the deep dish pizza. He said it was the first thing he tried when he arrived. FANTASTIC! Bens sister Casey, who is starting her sophmore year in college, and I are BIG Pizza fans!
The boys and Tina loved Chicago and stayed there several days. Continuing on their cross country journey took them to Denver Colorado, Utah, Portland, and of course, Washington State. (top two pictures) I was pretty floored when Ben sent me the pictures. The mountain ranges are just unreal.
I am very much looking forward to heading out there and fishing with Ben on the Puget Sound! We certainly will take the cameras and film our catch for sure.
Ben, Eric and Tina made it to the University safely, and they have been busy getting set up. Ben did all the planning for the cross country trip, and stayed with friends he knows pretty much the entire time. I don't think they stayed in a hotel even once.
These are just a few pics of their journey,
hope you enjoy.
Congratulations Son on starting your masters degree, and don't forget to give Tina a bath at least twice a week.
(Ben and Tina-Lunch Break Roadside)
Photo Credits: Ben, Eric and Friends

See ya soon!

Jim B \AKA "Pops"

Hatteras was never better-Bite is ON!!

Anyone who has been following Jim Baugh Outdoors TV over the years knows that one of our favorite stops is Hatteras Village. For years we have stayed at Hatteras Landing right where the ferries launch to go to Ocracoke NC. Only yesterday I got back from what may be one of our most productive, and interesting offshore trips we have ever filmed. Just look at this haul, around 600 pounds of fish!! Dolphin, Triggers, Grouper, and even nice Hoo!! We climbed abord the Petral 2 with captain Brian and also his first mate Brian. Two Brians on the boat, one captain and one mate, made it easy to keep the names straight. We had a great crew on board, captain Earl Williams came down from Roanoke Virginia to head out with us. We also had several folks from Dirty Dicks seafood restaurant who really put a hurtin on the fish. These guys were great fisherman and had some awesome electric reels. We were fishing in 170 + water, so those electrics really came in handy. One of Dirty Dicks Chiefs was on board, Chief Kevin, and we all decided it would be a great idea to do a cooking segment at Dirty Dicks after our offshore shoot. Chief Kevin had an awesome marinade for the Trigger and Hoo that really turned out fantastic. The cooking segment went great and we will not only feature the recipe on our show, but also in Travel Virginia magazine as well. This was just an unreal day, which sort of started out a bit slow. I certainly had no idea how this shoot would would end up. Basically the bottom bite did start off slow. We could get on them, but for only a short while before we drifted out of the target zone. After a lot of drifts, we did manage to put quite a few Triggers in the boat. We also were catching Dolphin off of the bow and stern. As the Dolphin bite picked up, the captain then started trolling for Dolphin, and the hook up was instant. Once a fish was one, we were bailing dolphin non stop for hours. After the massive bailing session, Captain Brian trolled on the way back to Hatteras for Hoo. First mate Brian did an awesome job all day working the lines, one of the best mate\captains I have seen. He kept our lines in the water, even about ten at a time- bailing Dolphin, this is not an easy trick. The first Hoo hook up was about a 25+ pounder, that unfortunately we lost at the stern. Big redemption with a second Hoo that we did get in the boat. Excellent gaffing, and that Hoo was put in the box pronto! I can not say enough good things about this charter. It is not expensive to go on, and the captain defiantly knows how to put you on a variety of offshore fish all in one day that makes for one action packed memorable event.
When you go to Hatteras Village, be sure to stop in Dirty Dicks for a bite of fresh seafood. It truly is a great resturant. We will be heading back there this Saturday for the Hatteras Chowder competition and day on the docks festival. See ya there!!

For more info and to take your friends and family on this trip, just log on to
or call
Captain Brian Patteson,
(252) 986-1363; cell phone is (252) 473-9163

Tight Lines!

Jim Baugh