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I dropped my ski at Lynhaven Inlet in Virginia Beach Virginia this morning and fished for some Tau Tog at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. No luck on the Tog but I did see the most Harbor Seals I have seen yet. I counted over thirty just around the Third Island. They were very playfull and a few of the came within a couple feet of my jet ski. I would not want to mess with one, some of them were a couple hundred pounds. Later I went off of Cape Henry and trolled for Stripers, I marked plenty of bait but saw no fish.
I was gorgeous day even though I did not catch anything. Here are some pictures from today.































 

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Brian,

Great pix, as usual... (Don't you work on the side for National Geographic?????)

This opens this thread up for my personal seal story....

Many years ago (around 1970 or so.) I was in a friends borrowed boat (21 foot Stamas CC) with Gary Frye who used to own Gary's Ark, a pet store in Portsmouth.....

We were trolling for something (don't remember what) near the "V" Bouy.. Off in the distance looms the bouy and it looks like there is a man on it. So we troll closer and discover that it's not a man but a huge seal. (Not a Harbour Seal).. As we approach the bouy the seal slips into the water.....when we pull away from the bouy the seal comes back up on the bouy.....He does this several times......I happened to notice that he has a fairly long (18-24") fresh looking wound on his side. (Hit by a prop???)

Anyway being the conservationists that we were we decided that the seal needs medical attention.....So we decide he has to go to the Norfolk Zoo.....(This is the part where Gary and I disagree) Gary decides that I (me, Doug, Mr. Whalen) should get on the bouy with a rope and Gary will back the boat away and we assume the seal will come back up on the bouy and I will lasso him, we put him in the boat and take him to the Zoo......now....keep in mind this seal looks like he weighs maybe 3-400 pounds (at least) This is where Gary and I totally disagree on "the plan"......Soooooo we go to plan "B" .......this is where we decide to care for the seal....on site.....The first thing is nourishment.....I had my lunch with me that consisted of a PBJ and a Cheese with mustard sandwhich.....After a great deal of discussion we decide the seal would probably like the PBJ better that the Cheeze with mustard sandwhich.....Sooooooo I break the PBJ in half and pull up to the bouy that the seal has just abandoned....I throw the half sandwhich on the bouy and we back away.......The seal comes back get's up on the bouy looks around (to see where we were) looks down, leans over, takes a whiff of the sandwhich, stands straight up (like an arrow) and falls over backward into the water........I couldn't believe that the damn seal was so ungrateful for that 1/2 sandwhich that had been made that morning with fresh bread I might add........

If those that read this don't believe it......come by and I will show you the pix!!!!!!! (Not as nice as Brian's)
 

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Sorry you didn't catch any togs. Great pictures of the seals and the surf scoters, We caught several togs last sunday at the cape henry wreck. We tried the cbbt around the 2nd island. Had some bites but couldn't produce a fish. I guess in a few more weeks the tog will be hitting in the bay
 

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Nice shots

As always, nice pics from JSB.

I think we should be careful what we wish for, however, in terms of harbor seals in the area. I believe there are plenty of folks in California who'd love to see fewer of them. I dunno if the harbor seals we're seeing more and more of here are substantially the same animals, but the presence of hundreds of thousands of the Pacific harbor seals on beaches and at marinas in California creates loads of controversy between animal rights people and the Rest Of The World.

Foy
 
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