Thursday, May 29, 2014

NEW Coastal Tripping article by Donna Bozza.

Check out the latest on Coastal Tripping. This Talbot County MD feature will also be highlighted on Jim Baugh Outdoors TV Click the link below.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Sugar is Sweet, but an Old Salt is Sweeter

Jim Baugh
edited by
Donna Bozza

It is no secret I love the feel of the tug on a fishing line. 

Whether it’s freshwater or saltwater as long as I am on it, in it, or near it, I’m smiling. Filming so many adventures on the water over the last 25 years has been amazing. Yet, it’s not my favorite thing about producing Jim Baugh Outdoors TV.

It is certainly a blast to set the GPS on uncharted territory, but the real treat is the folks we meet. We have filmed with a vastly diverse group of people over the years but the one common denominator is their true enthusiasm for promoting outdoor recreation. It doubled the fun of filming as we hit the beach, fished, biked, canoed, got into whitewater rafting and even snow skiing with an inspiring assortment of sportsmen/women.

We are currently wrapping up the filming for our 25th Anniversary Specials. Just hit homeport after exploring a brand new area for Jim Baugh Outdoors –Talbot County, Maryland.

It was great fun, along with one heck of a surprise.

On our first day in Talbot County, we headed to Tilghman Island where we checked into Harrison’s Chesapeake House. We found comfortable accommodations and a whole lot more. Their stellar location right on the Choptank River provides a country-cooking restaurant that never seems to close, two bars including an outside crab picking bar, and charter fishing tours. Am I in heaven?
Captain Buddy
"He's our man"
Sitting down to the “Chesapeake House’s Surf and Turf,” that would be delicious crab cakes and killer fried chicken –we heard tell of the infamous “Captain Buddy.” Looked like we might even get to meet him the next morning when we hit the Chesapeake Bay to find those Rockfish.

Up before the rooster crowed, while enjoying fresh coffee and eggs, a seasoned gentleman came up to me.

“Good morning, I’m Captain Buddy,” he said shaking my hand. “You must be Jim.”

I took a long look at him, thinking he sure looked familiar. But this was my first trip to Tilghman Island and Talbot County. Then it hit me. I couldn't believe it!

“Captain Buddy!” I said. “Yes, I’m Jim Baugh and you may not remember but we featured you on our show almost 25 years ago when we were featuring fishing out of Baltimore, Maryland.”

He kept looking at me; obviously, he has met many fishing groupies in his day.

“Captain Buddy, we went out on your head boat and caught a boat load of Rockfish,” I continued. “My son Ben was with me and at that time he was only five years old. It is such an honor to have you on our show today and so fitting because we are filming our 25th Anniversary Series –and you’re here!”

Captain Buddy shook his head and said, “My, you have got a GOOD memory!”

We laughed and headed to his boat to go out fishing with three generations of Harrisons, his son Captain Chuck and his grandson Bo. Of course, in these waters we limited out on Rockfish pretty darn quick.

While I was on the boat with Captain Buddy, we talked about everything; the days that he fished out of Baltimore where he had a hotel and of course his extraordinary life on Tilghman Island. He gave me interesting insights about the successful Harrison’s restaurant, a family operation. I shared my Jim’s BBQ tales and how much I learned hauling pork butt and running my own smokehouse for two years.
Sara and Captain Buddy

We both agreed that the restaurant business is among the hardest work there is especially when you are also running a charter business and a hotel. Captain Buddy has done it all and done it well with his own Tilghman Island “je ne sais quoi”. You gotta respect that.

A true blessing that we got an encore with this legendary captain for our 25th Anniversary! What an unforgettable character.
Jim Baugh with a couple of Rocks

If you want to go fishing, Talbot County, MD is hard to beat. Give Harrison’s a try, it has everything you could need and offers very reasonable packages that include fishing, meals, and accommodations.

A big shout out to the Captain and everyone at Harrison’s for making our stay so memorable!


People, people who meet people… we’re the luckiest people in the world!

I always enjoy working with the tourism staff of the areas we feature. For the most part, we have the same goal, promoting the outdoor activities and attractions in their neck of the woods.

It’s the nature of the business that folks who work in this field are consummate “people persons.” Always entertaining, they have energy that makes a Jack Terrier look comatose, and a pick-up full of professionalism.

The results? Their successful Destination Marketing Organizations and happily by default, great JBO TV.  

After a quarter of a century producing JBO I can say with no fingers crossed, its never been a bore or a bad time working with tourism industry folks including captains and guides.

Normally I would not single out any DMO folks since all have been gems. Yet, there was a special thrill for both Donna and me when it came to meeting the tourism director for Talbot County, Maryland, Cassandra Vanhooser.
Donna and Cassandra
You will recognize her name if you ever picked up a Southern Living Magazine. That’s because her byline graced its pages for 15 years.

As writers, we admired her past vocation as the consummate travel writer/editor of Southern byways in the ultimate glossy extolling the only side of the Mason-Dixon Line worth a hoot.

Cassandra waxed poetically about hollows and coastal havens including our own, VA’s Eastern Shore. With a twist of her wordsmith wit she paid homage to the seemingly ordinary places and people and spotlighted them for the life celebrating -hootenannies they were.

If I weren’t already a Southerner, I’d get my passport stamped right quick after reading this Tennessee gal’s yarns.

Cassandra puts that same creative fire into promoting Talbot County. If you want to keep up hold on tight –she is the Mario Andretti of mini-vans!

Upon arrival, though technically we weren’t scheduled to start shooting until the next morning, we filmed right up until the sun sunk below the Chesapeake Bay. I finally convinced Cassandra there wasn’t even enough sun light to cover an orange soda can.

But while we filmed out of two cars, (I rode with Ms. Andretti as Donna bravely attempted to follow in George our VW Bug) I loved asking Cassandra a million and one questions about her many travels and her work as tourism director.

She first discovered Talbot County on assignment. Since Tennessee gals see no reason to waste breath BS-ing, we believe that this is indeed her favorite place on the planet. Certainly, after several days of working with Cassandra it was evident where her heart is. These are lucky folks to have her at the helm.

Setting aside the Yankee thang, Donna felt a kinship with Cassandra. Both have been/are professional writers and interestingly both share being tourism directors of tiny staffed but awesome DMOs.

Donna was the first director of tourism for Virginia’s Eastern Shore back in 2005. She had a blast comparing notes with Cassandra. We both did. Working together there was a salty-fun synergy.

It inspired me to scribble this down today, a salute to all the incredibly talented, hardworking, and generous people who make the places we film on Jim Baugh Outdoors TV the places you list on your Coastal Bucket List. Though, most you never see in front of the camera, it’s their dedication that makes us look good.

Included in our thanks –our long time sponsors –Suzuki Marine and Carolina Skiff, along with the various tourism agencies that sponsored us over the years. Because of them, we have been able to take you, our viewer friends along for the ride. And what a ride it’s been highlighting the best in recreational fishing, and outdoor and indoor excitement.

Here’s to 25 more years of seeing the places and meeting the faces that inspires us on JBO TV.

Thank YOU for following us!

** Posting soon Donna Bozza’s travel log on Talbot County MD. Savor St. Michaels –Oxford –Tilghman Island –Easton. See it here, on our social media hotspots, and of course Coastin’ with Donna Bozza.


Jim Baugh
author of HOOKED

Sunday, May 18, 2014

On Location: Talbot County Maryland Chesapeake Bay

On Location: JBO TV will complete its 25th anniversary filming in Talbot County Maryland. This week we will film just about everything there is to see and do in this pristine beautiful area on the Chesapeake Bay. Look for Donnas’ feature on her Coastin blog about this awesome place. Our tourism host will be none other than the county’s tourism director and past Southern Living Magazine columnist Cassandra Vanhooser. We are very much looking forward to this trip!
Also check out Donna's article in this months issue!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

On Location: OBX!!

ON LOCATION: Jim Baugh Outdoors TV is close to wrapping up its 25th anniversary features with a BIG visit to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. This is the land of top shelf recreational outdoor activities! All the best in fishing, boating, biking, cooking, surfing, kiting, arts and crafts, museums, heck just anything beachy! JBO TV will be filming the entire length of the Outer Banks and will be highlighting many of the new attractions. The finished program will included our best offshore fishing segments filmed of the last 25 years. We are very much looking forward to highlighting OBX and hope that everyone will make plans now, if you have not already, to head to OBX for some R & R. As good as the summer is, a lot of time for me has been spent during the fall and winter. Both surf fishing and fishing for King Mac’s has always been among our favorite things to do in OBX. That and the brewery. We got to feed the crew ya know. See yall in OBX! NOTE: After the program broadcast we will post the edited show with no commercials on You Tube and it will stream all year.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

On Location Update: Smith Mountain Lake and Franklin County

Smith Mountain Lake

WOW!!! There are so many new things to see and do in the greater Smith Mountain Lake area. Most of my time at Smith Mountain was about 15 to 20 years ago when Jim Baugh Outdoors was producing a fair amount of inland striped bass features. My kids spent a lot of time at the lake and we found it was also one of the best lakes for crappie fishing anywhere.
Smith Mountain Lake
JBO TV was filming in the area as a part of our 25th anniversary series to air later this spring. First up there was a big Oakley Bass tourney being held out of Bridgewater and boy did these anglers catch some Bass! Great event and turn out. There was also a festival being held at the New Moneta that had some darn good BBQ, some of the best!
Oakley Bass Tourney SML
Things have certainly changed over the years. The old campers paradise which was sort of an old fisherman’s hangout where you could go for a breakfast platter, buy oil for your boat, and also get a bucket of minnows to your liking. Now the place has been totally overhauled, or almost rebuilt as the new “Jakes”. One fantastic restaurant and bar complete with scenic outside Caribbean patio dining. The place is truly gorgeous, very well done and we can't wait for a return visit.

"Jakes" SML
On the cooking front we had the pleasure of working with the Landing Restaurant and interviewed owner chef “Bruno”. This chef is both artist and craftsman when it comes to cuisine. All homemade recipes with a strong flair for the original and delightful. This has become a very popular restaurant and has a beautiful view of the lake.
The Landing Restaurant, Bernards Landing.
Other stops during our filming included the home of Booker T Washington which will be featured in Jim Baugh Outdoors “Lure of the Shore” with Donna Bozza. Moving southward we filmed some art stores in Rocky Mount as well as Ferrum College.
Booker T. Washington
The Grainery in Rocky Mount

We based our trip out of Bernards Landing where we enjoyed bucolic views of the Lake. This is also an amenity rich place complete with workout room, sauna, steam, indoor and outdoor swimming pool and hot tubs. The Landing Restaurant is also on the premises. Now is a good time to book your summer vacation at Bernards Landing, the place is awesome. We will be back!

Bernards Landing
Once the show is finished post production, we will broadcast the show and also stream it online 24/7. This feature will be broadcast along with our feature on Talbot County Maryland. We are filming there later this month.

Stay tuned!!!

Below results from last weekends Oakley Tourney.

Jim Baugh

 Overall Leaders- SML Oakley Tourney


Also....Just out and now available in Stores!
The latest article by Jim Baugh Outdoors very own host of the "Lure of the Shore" segment, Donna Bozza.

Check out Donna's Lifestyle Blog, "Coastin"