Monday, September 28, 2009

Neptune Festival

One of the regional festivals that we like to attend is the popular Neptune Festival. and what a crowd it was! At times it was hard to navigate threw all the people. There were three stages of bands, lots of entertainment.
But the main reason I go to this festival is to see all the art, mostly from Florida. There were a lot of vendors there that also were at Bay Days in Hampton and enjoyed meeting many new friends.
The wind was howling most of the day, however all the sandcastles seemed to weather it ok. My friend Captain Pete Peterman was hired to charter a boat down to Georgia on Saturday. He said the offshore run was quite a trip, 6 to 10 foot seas. We were glad to hear that he made it there ok.

If you have not been to the Neptune Festival, it is for sure worth going to see. We walked all 33 blocks, down and back.

The offshore Marlin bite is still rockin, and we hop[e to film some of the action later in the week!

Tight Lines

Jim B

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Offshore bite HOT!! Flounder bite NOT!

The offshore bite here is as hot as it is ever been. Check out these stats:
326 Billfish caught between 16 boats on 9/23/09
164 Billfish caught between 11 boats in 24 hours on 9/18-9/19/09. (Numbers and photos courtesy Don Mallowski)
For sure, JBO TV will be heading out to film this awesome bite just off our Mid Atlantic shores. It has been a while since we have shot a good White Marlin show, and now is the time!

So, what did we do yesterday while everyone was burning them up offshore?? We scheduled an all day excursion for monster Flounder at the CBBT. We left at 4am in the morning and went out with JBO Angler Mike Wilburn and our friend Dave. Great crew, and we had great baits including Jerk Shads, and some live Eels for some Cobia. Also on board was the new Grill that Mike had bought, the last one ended up in the drink.

Well, it was a great day and we were blessed with great weather for most of the day. We fished out of Mikes 21 foot Center Console powered by a Suzuki 140hp four stroke. This rig really screams on the water. The weather did turn for the worse by the end of the day, we got hit with some strong rain storms heading back into Lynhaven but managed to get back fine.

Our total take for the day was one Rockfish, One Croaker, and one Oyster Toad, plus about 10 fresh grilled stuffed burgers cooked open water on the grill.
This equates to about two minutes of usable film for our tv show, that took all day to get.
That's it. No trophy Flounder, coolers were empty, but our stomachs aching from to many cheeseburgers.
Back in the Day, Frank White of the Southern Sportsman TV show would of called this a "Busted Trip". And in a way, it was, we did not get close to the trophy Flounder we were after. But, that is fishing. That is why we need to go another day!! Always!!
Hey, if you want to fill up your coolers now, get to Hampton and get on these Spot and large Croaker. Great fun and great eating.
The offshore bite now is better than ever, and Rockfish season is almost here, can count the days.
Yall come on and get on this bite while it last!!
Tight Lines
Jim Baugh

Thursday, September 17, 2009

That hit the SPOT!!!!

The Spot bite is on!!!! I cant think of a better way to bring in the approaching Rockfish season than coming to Hampton and filling your coolers up with Delicious Spot. They are everywhere! My long time best friend Joe "Crocodile" Dudley came down for a couple of days of Spot fishing. All I can say is the cast iron skillet is still hot! Right now all the usual places along the Hampton Bar and the M&M Tunnel are producing fish. This would be a great time to come to Hampton and get on board the Ocean Eagle. A great head boat that departs right in front of the Hampton Public Piers. If you go, don't forget that the coffee shop (Java Junkies) now is open and has great food. Easy way to pack lunch for the trip.

Joe and I jumped in the Go Green Fishing Machine (JVX 20 C. Skiff \90 Suzuki four stroke) and went to find our own little Spot hole, and we did find a great location that is holding a LOT of fish.

We only fished for a couple of hours and boated near 70 spot and only used 9 bloodworms. Bloodworm's were a bit hard to find yesterday, we shopped five stores. Finally, someone suggested Buckroe Bait and Tackle, they had great worms and also good tackle and fresh seafood!!!! What else could you ask for from a Bait shop. They are located right off Atlantic on the way to Buckroe Beach, just a great little bait shop!

Dinner Bell is Ringing! Ruthie joined Joe and I and friends back at JBO Central for a fresh fried Spot and Croaker dinner. It was, well course, fantastic. It is very hard to beat fresh Spot fried in a cast iron skillet. Joe made up his secret cole slaw. I had to leave the JBO kitchen while he made it, all I know is that there was some Red cabbage, Dukes Mayo, brown mustard, sugar, and several other things that I could not see. Oh-carrots. If I can snaggle the rest of the recipe, I will post here weather he likes it or not! Great cole slaw, perfect with fried Spot.

Swap that Prop!
We propt out the Go Green Fishing Machine and WOW did that make a difference. We picked up 1300rpm and about 11mph top end. Also had better fuel efficiency across the board. For all the info. and specs click the link below

As most of our viewer know, now is the time from Sept-Feb that Jim Baugh Outdoors does a LOT of it's primary filming for the show. This is the best time to fish, and it is going to be a good and I think early Rockfish season. You can come to Hampton and fish IN Hampton and limit out on Rockfish in minutes. Book now for your charters, rooms, etc., and don't forget the new Buckroe Fishing Pier is now open! Fish it while you are in Hampton for the Rockfish season. Loads of fun!!

JBO TV will be out again tomorrow for some more Spot and Flounder fishing.

We ventured out for our second day of Spot fishing and filmed some more for JBO TV. I took Ruth with me and my 17yr veteran cameraman Sean Finnegan with me.
Well, the Spot were still there, and also some new fans of JBO TV. The fact that there were other boats in our spot made no difference what so ever. There is PLENTY of Spot out there. The bite was just as fast and furious as it was the day prior.
Do try to catch the best of the last two hours of the outgoing tide. That is when it seems the bite is the best.

******* Total fuel expenditure for two days of Spot fishing on the Go Green Fishing Machine, $3.00
Bait, ----20 Bloodworms, $20 bucks.
Tight lines, and happy Spot fishing!!!

Jim "On the Spot" Baugh

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Hot Off the Press, Sept.-Oct issue of Travel Virginia \ Go Green Fishing Machine Feature

Hello everyone!
Look soon for the newly released Sept. - Oct issue of Travel Virginia Magazine. We have a great article featuring how the Go Green Fishing Machine came to be. This is a wonderful magazine and a great issue. You can see and read the complete column now on Jim Baugh Outdoors Facebook Wall, or log on to Travel Virginia Magazine website at

You can preview the entire mag on line! Our column is on page 63-65

(Once logged on to the new issue, just use you arrow keys to navigate the pages, works great)

Monday, September 14, 2009

Flounder Fishing and New Performance Test

For the next few days, JBO TV will be heading out to do a show on Flounder fishing on the Hampton Bar. The fish are moving back up on the bar before heading out for the season, the time is now!! We will post info and pics here later this week.

We also will be propping out the new Suzuki 90 four stroke on the Go Green Fishing Machine, performance test will be posted on the JBO website. JBO TV will also shoot a segment on these test for our 2010 series.

Stay tuned, and tight lines!

Jim B

Bay Days 2009- Fantastic Event!

This year was one of the best Bay Days ever. What a show. Around the clock entertainment, Bay education, Pirate history, arts and crafts, tons of food vendors, and some of the best music you will hear. The fireworks show really took our breath away, three locations on the water launched fireworks Sat. night for a full 20 min fireworks show. One location was the bridge going over the Hampton River, now that was a sight to see!! Quite amazing.

We had a blast and really enjoyed Phoebus Rio playing on the sailboat at the Hampton Public Piers on Friday night. All the boats were decorated to the tee.
The arts and crafts booths were really great as well. There was one booth that featured custom hats that was really awesome, coolest hats in the world.

Bruce Hornsby put on a great Show Saturday night and on Sunday, we went again to the city stage to see Slapwater. They really sounded great and had a good crowed!

Unfortunately this year there was one boat that went down. No one was hurt, thank goodness, and the boat was finally being towed out today. Sea Tow reported that there was some leaking from the manifolds, as well as one other possible area. Manifolds are something that always needs checking, and the captain had some issues with the manifolds prior to Bay Days. Sorry for the loss of a nice boat, and waking up on your boat at 5am, and it's sinking is not a good way to start the day for sure! Glad the captain got out ok.

We are VERY happy that our show boat runs with outboard power. And the best, Suzuki four stroke power. I will never own an inboard engine again, life is tuff enough!!

For tips on purchasing a used boat click below
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Tight Lines!
Jim Baugh

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

JBO TV -Rockfish Shootout 2009 program feature

We now have up on our streaming site our program highlighting this years Rockfish Shootout. This is probably the largest Rockfish tourney in the world, with a pay out in excess of $200,000! This show also featured some excellent Rockfish with Captain Steve Wray and Captain Max King!
The season is coming up!!!

Click the link below to stream the show

Jim B

Hampton Bay Days 2009 this weekend!!

If you have not yet booked it, do it today, for the best Bay Days ever!! JBO TV will be there filming for one incredible event. The concert line up this year is just fantastic and the fireworks show on Saturday is about the best you will ever see, and it is all on the water in Downtown Hampton!!

Check out all the info at:

Look for the Jim Baugh Outdoors Go Green Fishing Machine, we will be on the water for a lot of the event. Just look for the yellow Carolina Skiff with the new 90hp Suzuki!
See ya there!
Jim B

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Hampton-Wed. night sailing race on the Chesapeake Bay

Yesterday JBO TV filmed a segment on the Hampton Yacht Club Wednesday night sailboat races. This event has been going on weekly ever since I first remember coming to Hampton Virginia.
The races were in the Hampton Roads area, but shooting out to the Bay was just to tempting, so Captain Trav headed for the Chesapeake.
At one point captain Trav ask our guest how she liked the ride, she said, "It's like being on a roller coaster-but with Sharks" Then she leaned over to me and whispered, "I don't like roller coasters" It did not take long before she felt very comfortable with the boat leaning over the side, or the water down in the galley, or, just putting up with our crew. A great time was had by all.
If you are visiting Hampton, you can see a lot of the sailboats from most locations along the downtown waterfront. You can also check to see if the Ms. Hampton tour boat is heading out for a Wed. afternoon cruise. You can see the sailboat races on the way back to the harbor.
We have been invited back for next Wed. sailboat race, we should have our sailboat sea legs back on by then. Looking forward to it.

Hopefully we can finally get on these Flounder and fix up some filet's after the race. Make a great show!
Also we would like to congratulate Captain Pete for getting his 200 ton captains license. Way to go Captain Pete!!

Have Squid in hand, going fishing\filming, and looking for Cobia
Everyone have a great holiday weekend!
Jim B