I have just spent the last two weeks fishing with middle school kids through a VCU summer program called Discovery@VCU. The weeklong camp called Go Fish!, is full of exciting angling excursions in the Central Virginia area. We have been on the South Anna River, James River (above and below Boshers Dam), Nottoway River, Herring Creek, Harrison Lake Fish Hatchery, and the VCU Farm Pond. The photos are a collection of the past two weeks. Make sure you turn on your volume! You won't want to miss Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong singing Gone Fishing! Click here to go to the video.
Last week Sam Brock from News Channel 6 and cameraman Andy came out on an Eagle Tour. It was a pretty good trip and we saw plenty of bald eagles, osprey, great blue heron and even a few deer. It was a fine day. Click here to see the story!
Currently there are openings for Eagle Tours on Saturday, July 10 (9AM and 11:30AM departures) and on Sunday, July 11 (7AM and 9:30AM departures). All trips leave from Deep Bottom Boat Landing. Email mike@DiscoverTheJames.com if you would like to sign up. -- Capt. Mike
This site has been 10 years in the making. The James River Fishing School started in 2001 and today it has changed into something wonderful ... a full guide service for fishing, historical and wildlife outings. I hopy you enjoy the site ... DiscovertheJames.com. -- Capt. Mike
Photo Right: Here is an image of my favorite eagle on the James River, 'Bandit'. It's an artsy, photoshoped image. The picture wasn't sharp, so I took it into photoshop and gave it a 'colored pencil' filter and this is what happened. I hope I am able to post photos of 'Bandit' for the next 25 years. Bald eagles live to be 35 years, and I'm guessing this beautiful girl is less than 10 years old because of her inability to build a long standing nest. I love this bird. -- Photo by Capt. Mike
On Saturday, June 12, over a thousand volunteers participated in the 11th Annual James River Regional Cleanup. It was a great success! Our site, the Pony Pasture Park, had 181 volunteers including a dive team and boaters. All the volunteers walked the roads, woodlands, islands, river edges and the river itself to collect 23 bags of trash and over 20 bags of recyclable items.
What made the day a complete success was the coordination of special projects and groups. Coca-Cola showed up with 36 people who painted recycle bins, cleaned and painted curbs. The team also had a couple of kids who helped with painting which made for a cute photo opp.
Other teams included Capital Ale House, who moved gravel and cooked lunch for everyone. The Richmond Dive Club pulled trash from the river. Boy Scout troop 891 clipped vegetation around the entrance and exit to Pony Pasture and did a masterful job. Those boys and their leaders worked up a real sweat, but the difference they made was wonderful. See the images below.
I'd like to thank all the individuals, groups and organizations who made the day possible.
Thanks and see you all in 2011. -- Capt. Mike