Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale, a tale of a fishing trip. It started on an April morn’ aboard this tiny ship….On April 23, 2008 a group of individuals from The Arc of Southern Maryland set sail on a fishing excursion sponsored through the fundraising efforts of David Reed and hosted by Jennifer Ann Charters in Calvert County. The whole inspiration for this began a few months ago when David Reed asked Crystal Haislip, our Therapeutic Recreation Specialist about volunteer opportunities at The Arc of Southern Maryland. During this conversation it became apparent that Mr. Reed loves to fish and that he would love to share one of his favorite past times with some of the individuals that The Arc of Southern Maryland supports. He decided to approach his co-workers, family and friends in order to raise some money to sponsor the fishing trip. David Reed, who works for the Navy, raised over $400 among his co-workers and friends to finance the fishing excursion. Captain, Charlie Marenka and 1st Mate, Loch of Jennifer Ann Charters took the consumers along with some of The Arc staff out into the deep waters off of
Cove Point in their 50 foot fiberglass style charter boat, the “Jennifer Ann”. The “Jennifer Ann” was purchased in 2002 and is Coast Guard certified to carry 30 passengers. Equipped with a 800 horsepower Caterpillar diesel engine, the “Jennifer Ann” assured a safe and excellent recreational opportunity for the group. On deck to supervise the event were David Reed, the trip sponsor as well as Arc crew “Crystal Haislip and Norma Taylor. The individuals we support who were took part in the trip were Mike Bowen, Arthur Jones, Joe Rivell, and Gary McCready. The group set sail out of Calvert Marina dock at 6:30 a.m. and trolled the deep waters off of Cove Point. They trolled with mini umbrella rigs and tandem parachute rigs. Planer boards were utilized to keep the lines away from the boat. A total of 18 lines were trolled. The group targeted the large Rockfish that come into the Chesapeake Bay and Potomac River estuaries every spring to spawn. Captain Charlie and 1st Mate Loch took the time to make sure everyone had a great time and that everyone got a catch. Everyone from The Arc pulled in one large Rockfish each (the largest being about 47 inches). Due to natural resource regulations, this was the group’s fishing limit. They spent the rest of the time catching and releasing fish. Dave and his co-workers also provided lunch for everyone on the boat, which included deli sandwiches, chicken, chips, fruit, soda and water. Although the early morning weather was a little bit foggy, about 10 a.m. the sun came out and it turned into a beautiful day. First Mate Loch cleaned, filleted and bagged up all of the fish for everyone. All of our fishermen went home with a large gallon-size plastic bag full of fish. Crystal Haislip, described it as the perfect day. This also happened to be Crystal’s birthday and she said that “it couldn’t have been a better way to celebrate”. Additionally, this was one of Norma Taylor’s last days with The Arc, so it was very special to her as well. Dave Reed said that he had a great time and really enjoyed working with the individuals we support. Discussions are already in the works for planning another trip possibly in the fall.The Arc of Southern Maryland would like to thank David Reed for giving so freely of his time including all of his fundraising efforts. It was truly a fantastic day for everyone. Thank you to Jennifer Ann Charters for all of their special efforts as well.