Fishin' with Rick
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Rick, Jr.

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Rick (Rich), Sr.
June 25, 1925 - January 2, 2002
We miss ya', Dad.

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Rick (Ricky), III

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I stopped keeping my logs on the website but started adding them occasionally on my Facebook Page.

Here are my older fishing logs:
2005 Fishing Log
2004 Fishing Log
2003 Fishing Log
2002 Fishing Log
2001 Fishing Log(
2000 Fishing Log (58 trips)
1999 Fishing Log(83 trips!)_
1998 Fishing Log (109 trips!)
1975 Fishing Log
1973 Fishing Log coming soon
1972 Fishing Log
1971 Fishing Log
1970 Fishing Log
1969 Fishing Log (slim pickin's)
1968 Fishing Log (46 trips!)
1967 Fishing Log( 111 trips!)
1966 Fishing Log(67 trips!)


In the good 'ol days it was just dad and me. We have the same name but everyone called dad 'Rich' and they called me Ricky. That worked well although I preferred Rick to Ricky. Dad seemed to be Rich all along and that was ok with him. Now things got a little complicated about 18 years ago when another Rick came along. My son is 'Rick' also although we tried calling him 'Ricky' but he didn't like that any more than I do. So the point of all this is that Rick could be just about anyone, but when it comes to fishin' Rick means me and the other two Ricks. Confused?

Rick is a genuine fish'n nut. One of the many benefits of being part of a Ricksom is that our collection of Fishing in Maryland Awards are all in the name -- Richard Holt. "Hmm! I wonder which Rick caught that 5 lb. 2 oz pickerel?"  My dad and I actually have a few of those award citations for which we haven't a clue who actually caught the fish! Must have been me. 8-) My son, Rick, started his collection of Award Citations this summer with a big White Perch he caught. Had it made out to Rick Holt III, sneaky little guy!

My favorite fishing is for Chain Pickerel in the tidewater of the upper Chesapeake. Click here for some pickerel fishing tips.

Fishing Log 1971

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At some point in my childhood my dad and I began fishing together. I don't recall exactly how long ago it was when we got serious about our fishing, but by 1966 when I was 16 years old I began keeping a fishing log. What follows here is my sixth  year of record keeping -- the 1971 fishing log. This was an abbreviated fishing year since on January 20, 1971 I left for Vietnam and didn't return till after Christmas that year.

January 10, 1971
Broad Creek, ice fishing

Rick and Barry. Bought fishing license yesterday at Gail's. Got here about 11 am. Quite a crowd on the ice. Opened a couple old holes and started fishing. Then made a move to 2 new holes. I took a break for lunch and when I got back Barry had 13 fish on the ice. In the next hour I caught two crappies and Barry also caught a few. All together we had about 17 fish. Quit about 3 pm. Drove through susky park. River up. Some floating ice. Then stopped at Joppatown. Completely ice up. People skating on it. Saw guy with a stringer. Crappies and maybe a bass. Then stopped at Dundee. High tide and ramp clear. No ice near marina shore. Walked through woods to check out cove. Completely iced up.

Total Catch: 17 crappies


January 11,1971
Dundee Creek

Dad and Rick. Noon to 2 pm. Sunny when we started but fog moved in and it got pretty chilly. Fished first cove to right. The one between the sandbar and Saltpeter Creek. Not too windy. Tide falling. Caught one small yellow. Bobber, dart and minnow. Hit sandbar coming back in. Fog real thick. Had to run shoreline.

Total Catch: 1 yellow perch

January 17, 1971
Broad Creek, ice fishing

Rick and Barry. 9 am - Noon. Wasn't as cold as I anticipated. Wind chill this morning was supposed to have been 9*F. Was supposed to leave at 4:30 but Barry overslept. Woke up about 7 am. Used station wagon. Had sled all fixed up last night. Made an ice fishing rod from the top section of that old Bell City rod which I had fixed up as a fly rod. Lots of people on the ice. Fished in just about the same spot we had our best luck last week. We caught 120 crappies. About half and half between us for a change. Barry made some hot chocolate. Milk boiled over twice because he was too busy catching fish.

Total Catch: 120 crappies


Conowingo ramp cove

Rick and Barry. First trip since I returned from Vietnam 3 days ago. Tried out new fish locator. Found fish under bridge in second tunnel on  right, but they were all small. Average 15-16' down in 25 ft. water. Windy and cold.

Total Catch: 6 crappies