Thursday, January 29, 2009

Offshore Deep Droppin For Sea Bass With Captain Jim!

RIP Captain Jim Brincefield

Original post from 2009

Don't put away those fishing rods just yet!!! We had a GREAT Rockfish season, and I am glad it is over for us. Because now we can concentrate on one of the best fish in the world, MONSTER SEA BASS!! The guru of this sport is Captain Jim Brincefield and is known for his Deep Droppin success for Sea Bass.

For those few that may not know what deep droppin is, well, it is what it says. Dropping your baits in deep, very deep water offshore. We were fishing in water depths of 300 to 800 feet. The main species that we caught were Sea Bass, Blue Line Tile, and even the Black Bellied Rose Fish.

Our trip took us out to the Norfolk Canyon area. We left in the dark, and rode back in the dark. This is a BIG day of fishing. Some anglers brought some electric reels, however we used what was on the boat. Captain Jim's reels were really in pretty good shape which is a bit rare for head boats. We had no problems at all with the gear.

The first mate was very attentive to everyone and made sure everyone was rigged right. The days catch consisted of a lot of huge Sea Bass. We had one fish that I did not know, really any idea what it was. So when I got back I called my friend Micheal Schwarz to see if he could pinpoint what kind of fish it was. He did get it, it was a Yellowfin bass. Anthias nicholsi. (Pic Below)Thanks Mike, having a marine biologist for a buddy sure can come in handy! Owe you some Sea Bass filets for that one.

The time is now!! If you want to get on a trip of a lifetime, don't miss the hot bite on the hot boat. With fishing, like most things you need to be at the right place at the right time. That time is now!

Tight Lines
Jim Baugh

Monday, January 26, 2009

Batter Up!!!

. One thing that goes great with Rockfish is Trigger fish! I had caught a lot of Triggers out of Hatteras this past fall and froze them in the Foodsaver Bags. Vacuum sealing fish is the best way to freeze your filet's. No doubt. If you have not tried using a vacuum sealer, do it soon. I use it for all sorts of food storage, and can really help you save on the grocery bill.

For the breader mix I use one bag of House Autry breader mix, and add two teaspoons of Old Bay, teaspoon of Gumbo File, some Jerk seasoning, and a teaspoon of blackening seasoning. Mix it all up and simply coat your fish with water and bread your filet's. Sometimes I will use a little egg mix for dipping the filet's in. However with fish this good, I usually skip the egg part.
Get your grandmothers cast iron skillet and fry away! I have had my skillet for about 15 years now. Could not live without it. A good tip for keeping your skillet in shape is to be sure you dry the pan very well after each use. Then use a little oil and wipe down the inside of the pan. 

Jim Baugh

Monday, January 19, 2009

Worlds best fishing is now. Dont miss it!!

WOW! What a day yesterday. We left out of Hampton VA in search of the Monster Rocks. These pictures say it all. We fished with our friend Captain Steve Wray for the first time on his new awesome Evans for Rockfish on one snowy cold day. This was the last day of the Frostbite Challenge Rockfish tourney and the weather was better today than the previous two days. JBO Angler Mike Wilburn and crew fished both Friday and Sat. and had to literally take mallets to knock enough ice off the boat to head out and be safe. Everything froze on the boats once out to sea, the rods and all equipment had to be cleared of frozen salt water.
Today was not as bad, and captain Steve had the cabin so warm with heat you would of thought you were in Key West. It actually was quite comfortable, and the curtains off the back of the boat helped as well. We did get snowed on while fishing and it was fantastic. Hauling out Rockfish in the ocean while it is snowing is just an awesome experience.
We had a great crew on board, and a bunch of fun folks from SC joined us. They came up and duck hunted on Sat. then fished with us on Sunday. They were a hoot, and just could not get over our awesome fishery up here. Everybody was here this weekend. Even Bill Dance was here getting in on the action. It is about the best in the world, and some of my favorite fishing is yet to come-Deep Droppin for MONSTER Sea Bass. Coming up in the next couple weeks.

Today's fish hit on everything we put out. Of course everything we put out was Chartreuse-just about. Big Mo Joes, parachutes, tandom rigs, etc. All fish were caught around the Cape Henry area. Reports were that a lot of Rockfish had moved back into the Bay, and were coming back into the Cape Henry area later during the day. Our bite was mostly in the afternoon.

I have always thought that the fans of Jim Baugh Outdoors TV were the best in the world, and they are. A fellow who had followed our show since our beginning 20 years ago was on the charter, his name was Ted Jensen. I had never met Ted before, but I sure am glad I did. Now Ted is quite a character and a great fisherman. Every time Ted would tell a "Story"-a fish would bite. They were some stories too I'll tell ya! Big Ted was so kind, he brought me a full rack of ribs for lunch, I was floored. The guy was so nice, and these ribs were about the best I have ever had. He had brought me these ribs all the way from Chef Hog BBQ, and it is about the best real southern BBQ you will ever have. (540-786-1354) Before I left that day old Ted gave me a bag of Rockfish as well. I left with a rack of ribs and fresh Rockfish. One of my better days for sure! Thanks guys, it was phenomenal!!

I get ask almost everyday about taking people out for Rockfishing, and JBO TV is not a charter business. We highly suggest that you contact our fleet of captains here in Hampton VA, just log on to our charter page at

Or contact some of our many friends nearby like Captain Steve. Here is his contact info. This time of year, we will start to see a lot more 50 pound+ being caught. If your going to bring your family and kids, you want a protected boat, captain Steve's is one of the best. Give him a shout at -
Captain Steve Wray, Ocean Pearl Charters

Lodging Info. Hampton VA

Yall come get on these fish!!! Time is NOW!!

Jim Baugh

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Cold Snap

Here at JBO Central on the Hampton River in Hampton VA, we have icy waters off our balcony. The cove is half way frozen over but the docks and boats are fine. They are all deep water and close to the channel and a good "sunny" area. Temps have been in the teens the last few days and we are expecting mid forties for Sunday. This is good, especially since we will be shooting Rockfishing off of Cape Henry tomorrow!
The Frostbite Challenge fishing Tournament is in full swing. This is a three day tourney and JBO Angler Mike Wilburn is fishing it. Reports today is a slow morning, with a couple of 40 inch plus fish caught around 11am. This is a popular tourney that follows after the Rockfish Shootout. For sure, with the temps right now, it IS a frostbite challenge!

We will be out tomorrow fishing with captain Steve Wray and looking forward to filling the boat up with huge Rockfish. The time is now to be fishing here. The weather has not been that bad at all until the last few days of very chilly weather. We will report on tomorrows big catch and tourney results on Monday.
For those of you that are in boats with cabins or enclosures and want to stay warm while trolling, try the heater buddy. We have used these propane heaters for years now and have never had a problem. They are very safe and put out GREAT heat. While fishing in the Pursuit, we can keep it an easy 60 degrees inside the enclosure, while it is 30 degrees outside.
They are really great and not expensive, most major hardware and sporting goods stores sell them. We will provide a link below.
Tight Lines, stay warm, and be sure to buddy up out there for safety. Nothing better than a neighbor while your fishing when the water is 40 degrees!
Jim Baugh
Heater buddy
Frostbite Challenge (Picture from day one of Frostbite Challenge Fishing Tourney 2009- Anyone want to grap the rod holder????)

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

A word of caution to anglers \ boaters

Remember this one??? It happens, and too often.
As of 1pm today, two persons were confirmed dead, two in critical condition, and two suffering from mild hypothermia. . (click the link at bottom of post "Diving Reflex"-USSRTF, cold water survival) Reports indicate it was a small 18 foot -aluminum type boat (6 people?) and was near the small boat channel. The boat was registered in Arizona. Prayers to the families.
This time of year, we have thousands of boats out fishing for Rockfish during the ocean season . At times, the entrance to the Chesapeake Bay can be some of the most dangerous waters most captains will ever encounter. Heading out in a small craft advisory is not worth the risk, especially during the cold water months. Today's water temps at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel was approx. 45 degrees. This means that if you go in the drink, one may have about 30 to 45 min. before becoming unconscious. Body weight, alcohol intake, and clothing can effect hypothermia as well.

United States Search and Rescue Task Force -USSRTF
Lee Tolliver's Blog, Virginia Pilot
*Photo credit \Virginia Pilot
Ned Rokey
Allen Dedrick
Phoenix AZ
Prayers to the families

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Mid Atlantic Rockfish Shootout!! Mega Fish-Mega Bucks

What is hailed as the largest Rockfish Tournament on the East Coast, or maybe even the world, shot off with a bang this week. Three days of rather fantastic fishing. With over $200,000 in prize money, anglers were eager to land the three biggest fish of the day.

There are two classes. artificial and an open division. Our buddy Max King held the lead in the open division, however on the last day got beat out and he took second place. Congrads to all the winners and congrads to Mike Standing and everyone involved with the Shootout. A fantastic event that just gets bigger every year.

Jim Baugh Outdoors was there and interviewed captains in both artificial and open class. The segments will air along with our new programming during second quarter 09, they will also be available to stream on
The placement winners are:

Artificial Class
1) Linda Kaye
148.25 pd

2) Gannett II
138.25 LB

3) Stray Cat III

4) E&H Steel

5) Harris Welding I

6) Harris Welding II

7) Hometown Realty I

Open Class

1) Just Luck III
121.40 LB

2) VB Contender I-Max King

3) Mod Squad I

4) Matador Charter I

5) Hapi Daze II

6) Bay Custom

7) Marlin Maniac

Total Tournament Payout: $209,240 Here is the breakdown:Articificial: 137 TeamsTotal Articifial Calcuttas: $90,315.00 Winner Take All: $9225.00 Level 1: $19,800.00 Level 2: $24,300.00 Level 3: $36,990.00 Open: 83 TeamsTotal Open Calcuttas: $43,425 Winner Take All: $5,310.00 Level 1: $11,925.00 Level 2: $12,600.00 Level 3: $13,590.00

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Tornado This Morning

This morning we had a pretty bad front move threw, that spurred a Tornado that destroyed nearby Deep Creek Landing Pier.

Daily Press / January 7, 2009)
NEWPORT NEWS - A sudden blast of wind tore down the Deep Creek Landing pier during this morning's storm.Marina employees said the wind seemed to blow across the water and toss the pier over on top of the boats moored there."The whole thing only took about 15 seconds," said marina employee Jessica Godfrey. "We saw what looked like a hazy fog cloud come right by us, and then just picked up the whole damn pier and flipped it."
No injuries were reported.