AI4WD

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About AI4WD

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  • Birthday 11/12/1957

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  • About Me:
    Crazy about AI!
  • Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):
    FISHING!
  • What I do for a living:
    IT Lead Specialist

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  1. Mac was the Keeper of the Beach Really miss going down to click 27 and 28 fishing there were my favorite spots. I am sure everything has changed since I was last over on AI MD
  2. Miss seeing you all, are you still landlocked brother? Hope and pray you are doing well!
  3. we all are blessed Stryper Snyper.... God is good to old fishermen!
  4. I surely miss those days, I am relegated to walkover fishing these days , but will forever cherish the solitude and friendships I made on AI
  5. ONSHORE YOU FREEZE....OFFSHORE WARM....JUST SAYING
  6. LOVE THE ILLUSTRATION....LOL
  7. In 04' we were catching them in June on MD AI.....Just saying you cannot predict them for sure, all water temp and the call of mating in DE Bay https://www.facebook.com/ForestPorch/posts/161910892914706?notif_id=1650119006330082&notif_t=feedback_reaction_generic&ref=notif
  8. Early Sunday morning(June 6th, 4AM): The house is quiet and the coffee is brewing. As I try to get out of the house without waking the kids, a set of sleepy eyes catch me sitting at the table, sipping that first cup of Joe. Trudy(9 yrs old) asks in her quiet voice "Daddy, are you going fishing?". I smiled at her and said "Shhhh". Her eyes twinkled that special twinkle that all of us have when we think of catching a big fish. She asks " Can I go with you? You promised me you would show me a Sunrise on Assateague?" I try to change the subject but she is unrelenting. I looked at her and said" Go wake your sisters up and we will go fishing". She nearly jumped out of her nightgown, running all the way to her room. "Wake up, Wake up! Dads taking us to Assateague to see the Sunrise." So, I gather up snacks to take and Trudy makes everyone cereal. I think to myself "This won't be so bad with a smile on my face from ear to ear." Early Sunday morning(June 6th, 5:30AM): All my kids, Trudy(9), Jenny(10), Michaela(5) and Charlie(15) and myself are sitting on the beach at AI enjoying a beautiful Sunrise. I say to myself "This is what life is all about, still smiling from ear to ear". I said a little prayer, thanking God for such a beautiful day and for allowing me to experience such a day with my kids! Well, our first stop around the flats, produced nothing but grass and a couple skates so we moved North. Early Sunday morning(June 6th, 8:30AM): We are riding North and I look at Charlie and say "Dont ask me why I am stopping here, but I just got a feeling about this spot." He looks at me and says " We can't do much worse than earlier." So, we set the first rod with a Hi/Lo and some peeler backs for the younger girls on a 9' rod. Before I could get the rest of the rods baited, Trudy is reeling her heart out screaming she has a big fish! The fish is pulling so hard that Charlie has to hug her around the waist to keep her from being pulled down to water. After 10 minutes of her fighting the fish, I am thinking to myself its a big Striper. Next, I am up to my waist grabbing the Shock leader and dragging a 32" Black drum on the beach. The kids are screaming and I am whooping it up with them, when a second rod goes off. Charlie yells at me "Its peeling off line, Dad!" I go over and check his drag and tell him " Take your time, you got all day to land that fish!" He calms down a little, but he is about to catch his biggest fish of the year and is fighting him hard. I grab the shock leader and up on the beach is a 34" Black Drum. This kept up for 2 hours and every kid caught fish, big fish, especially for them. In the middle of the fish catching, a white pickup with a white topper pulls up just north of us and sets up his rods. Watching intently as Trudy is reeling in her 2nd drum with me hugging her around the waist. This time Charlie drags the fish up the beach and we are all whooping and hollaring, applauding Trudy for her efforts. The older gent wanders over and begins to talk with us. He pats Trudy on the shoulder and tells her what a great job she had done. He had a warm smile and she was looking at him smiling. With an affectionate smile and a twinkle in his eye, He said "Reminds me of my daughter." As we talked, he mentions his last name while talking about his son. "Simpson". It came to me finally, This must be Mac! I explained to him that I heard so much about him thru SOL and AllenSklar. He says with a smile" I dont know much about that Computer stuff, but Allen sure does." We talked for a few more minutes and back to fishing he went. He never took his eyes off those kids while they were catching a fish. All the time smiling and giving a thumbs up to them when they landed another fish. The kids really liked Mr. Mac, as they called him. I told them the stories about him and his wife Betty and their dream home on Cedar Island. They were amazed and said how much they wanted a Island they could call their own. I explained to them that they did, that Assateague belonged to all of us. I also, explained to them that the Barrier Islands were much like the horse, Phantom, in the Misty Movie. You really can't own them, they are to wild and Mother Nature was the only one who could tame them. We shared some more time with Mr. Mac and talked for a while after the bite had quit. What a unique individual he is.. At the end of the day, we had landed 20 Drum, lost 3 and kept 4. Trudys total was 5 landed, Jenny 3 landed, 1 lost, Michaela 1 landed, Charlie 5 landed, 1 lost, and I landed 6, lost 1. What a way to get the skunk off our backs. Still no striper, but I feel better now... I reflected on the day as we drove off the beach and thought to myself " What a great day!" I looked over my shoulder at the girls and they were all asleep. They had the cute smiles that sweet dreams of AI and fishing could only bring on their little red faces. As, I drove I put my hand on Charlies red face, and lightly squeezed. Saying nothing, we both looked at each other and smiled. As if we could read each others thoughts we just smiled and drove up the beach savoring the memories of a wonderful day together. I thought to myself about what Mac had said while I was helping Trudy with her last fish of the day. He said "You all make a pretty good team!" I could remember the smile he had on his weathered face and suddenly realized that it was the same smile I had on my face. Yep! We are a pretty good team. I think about that day over and over again. I am sure my kids will remember that day forever and I will truly never forget it. I still smile everytime I relive that day, in my mind. I have shared this story with alot of folks, but have been so busy that I had not shared it here, until today. Hope, you all enjoyed it as much as I did sharing it. Over, the next couple of days, we caught more Drum and I got to fish with Mac and Mrs. Betty. I even got to fish with Mr. Sklar. Mac and his grandson Phillip fished next to us one day and I got to witness Phillip land his First big Fish in the Surf. Over the past week, we have caught a total of 42 Black Drum, ranging from 25" to 38", all on Peelers. Still no sign of Mr. Red, but all in all a great week of Fishing on AI Hooks up, Forrest
  9. Dancing to our own Drum, a repost from '04 and a tribute to the memory of the Keeper of the Beach, MAC SIMPSON Posted June 15, 2004 · Early Sunday morning(June 6th, 4AM): The house is quiet and the coffee is brewing. As I try to get out of the house without waking the kids, a set of sleepy eyes catch me sitting at the table, sipping that first cup of Joe. Trudy(9 yrs old) asks in her quiet voice "Daddy, are you going fishing?". I smiled at her and said "Shhhh". Her eyes twinkled that special twinkle that all of us have when we think of catching a big fish. She asks " Can I go with you? You promised me you would show me a Sunrise on Assateague?" I try to change the subject but she is unrelenting. I looked at her and said," Go wake your sisters up and we will go fishing". She nearly jumped out of her nightgown, running all the way to her room. "Wake up, Wake up! Dad taking us to Assateague to see the Sunrise." So, I gather up snacks to take and Trudy makes everyone cereal. I think to myself "This won't be so bad with a smile on my face from ear to ear." Early Sunday morning(June 6th, 5:30AM): All my kids, Trudy(9), Jenny(10), Michaela(5) and Charlie(15) and myself are sitting on the beach at AI enjoying a beautiful Sunrise. I say to myself "This is what life is all about, still smiling from ear to ear". I said a little prayer, thanking God for such a beautiful day and for allowing me to experience such a day with my kids! Well, our first stop around the flats, produced nothing but grass and a couple skates so we moved North. Early Sunday morning(June 6th, 8:30AM): We are riding North and I look at Charlie and say "Don't ask me why I am stopping here, but I just got a feeling about this spot." He looks at me and says " We can't do much worse than earlier." So, we set the first rod with a Hi/Lo and some peeler backs for the younger girls on a 9' rod. Before I could get the rest of the rods baited, Trudy is reeling her heart out screaming she has a big fish! The fish is pulling so hard that Charlie has to hug her around the waist to keep her from being pulled down to the water. After 10 minutes of her fighting the fish, I am thinking to myself its a big Striper. Next, I am up to my waist grabbing the Shock leader and dragging a 32" Black drum on the beach. The kids are screaming and I am whooping it up with them when a second rod goes off. Charlie yells at me "It's peeling off line, Dad!" I go over and check his drag and tell him " Take your time, you got all day to land that fish!" He calms down a little, but he is about to catch his biggest fish of the year and is fighting him hard. I grab the shock leader and up on the beach is a 34" Black Drum. This kept up for 2 hours and every kid caught fish, big fish, especially for them. In the middle of the fish catch, a white pickup with a white topper pulls up just north of us and sets up his rods. Watching intently as Trudy is reeling in her 2nd drum with me hugging her around the waist. This time Charlie drags the fish up the beach and we are all whooping and hollaring, applauding Trudy for her efforts. The older gent wanders over and begins to talk with us. He pats Trudy on the shoulder and tells her what a great job she had done. He had a warm smile and she was looking at him smiling. With an affectionate smile and a twinkle in his eye, He said "Reminds me of my daughter." As we talked, he mentions his last name while talking about his son. "Simpson". It came to me finally, This must be Mac! I explained to him that I heard so much about him thru SOL and AllenSklar. He says with a smile" I don't know much about that Computer stuff, but Allen sure does." We talked for a few more minutes, and back to fishing he went. He never took his eyes off those kids while they were catching a fish. All the time smiling and giving a thumbs up to them when they landed another fish. The kids really liked Mr. Mac, as they called him. I told them the stories about him and his wife Betty and their dream home on Cedar Island. They were amazed and said how much they wanted an Island they could call their own. I explained to them that they did, that Assateague belonged to all of us. I also, explained to them that the Barrier Islands were much like the horse, Phantom, in the Misty Movie. You really can't own them, they are too wild and Mother Nature was the only one who could tame them. We shared some more time with Mr. Mac and talked for a while after the bite had quit. What a unique individual he is.. At the end of the day, we had landed 20 Drum, lost 3, and kept 4. Trudy's total was 5 landed, Jenny 3 landed, 1 lost, Michaela 1 landed, Charlie 5 landed, 1 lost, and I landed 6, lost 1. What a way to get the skunk off our backs. Still no striper, but I feel better now... I reflected on the day as we drove off the beach and thought to myself " What a great day!" I looked over my shoulder at the girls and they were all asleep. They had the cute smiles that sweet dreams of AI and fishing could only bring on their little red faces. As, I drove I put my hand on Charlie's red face, and lightly squeezed. Saying nothing, we both looked at each other and smiled. As if we could read each other's thoughts we just smiled and drove up the beach savoring the memories of a wonderful day together. I thought to myself about what Mac had said while I was helping Trudy with her last fish of the day. He said, "You all make a pretty good team!" I could remember the smile he had on his weathered face and suddenly realized that it was the same smile I had on my face. Yep! We are a pretty good team. I think about that day over and over again. I am sure my kids will remember that day forever and I will truly never forget it. I still smile every time I relive that day, in my mind. I have shared this story with alot of folks, but have been so busy that I had not shared it here, until today. I hope, you all enjoyed it as much as I did share it. Over, the next couple of days, we caught more Drum and I got to fish with Mac and Mrs. Betty. I even got to fish with Mr. Sklar. Mac and his grandson Phillip fished next to us one day and I got to witness Phillip land his First big Fish in the Surf. Over the past week, we have caught a total of 42 Black Drum, ranging from 25" to 38", all on Peelers. Still no sign of Mr. Red, but all in all a great week of Fishing on AI Hooks up, Forrest
  10. I surely miss seeing his White truck on the Beach and his warm smile when I would stop to talk with him. He surely was a great man. I will never forget him coming over when my kids were bailing black drum in the suds and just smiling and watching as the kids caught one after another. I will always have a special place in my heart for Mac I know you must truly miss him Allen because you had some most excellent adventures with him.
  11. Also, for MD folk wanting to fish in DE, there is no reciprocity between DE and MD. But DE is not unreasonable amount for out-of-state license for salt-water...about 20 bucks. But seems stupid to not have it on the Ocean side we share the dang Atlantic Ocean and on Bayside some Tidal rivers. I pay maryland this year 42. dollars for licensing. Its a bit much to have to shell out 20 more to DE and then off road passes. No wonder I stopped fishing DE tournaments, sheesh. Hope everyone is well and hopefully see some of ya on the beach this year. the old '90 Jeep is overheating a bit on long beach runs, so I am limited to Bullpen and back up. I dont trust the old gal down to 25 and 27...she starts running warmer than I like. Tried a transmission cooler and fan kluge and did not help heating issue. Any suggestions are welcome...LOL hooks up, Forrest
  12. Dang....tonight April 30? Dolt!!!! Oh well there is another meeting on MARCH 31st...I will be there!
  13. I had to pick my daughter up from driving school...I guess I was behind the eight ball on the GMP post ...sorry for the post but I honestly have been out of the loop too long. This is all part of the grand plan of the Nature Conservancy that has bought or acquired all the Virginia barrier islands and have plans to discontinue all public access to the islands. They have nearly succeeded on Wallops Island, and Va side of AI. Assawoman Island , Metompkin, Cedar, etc etc have all been put under the review and governance of Fish and Wildlife , so the writing is on the wall. People had been taking their families and pets to Metompkin and Cedar Island for years and now Fish and Wildlife enforcement officers patrol by 4 wheelers on Wallops and Assawoman Islands and run everyone off the beach. God forbid you take your Lab with you , because you are subject to a very hefty fine. The federal government, in particular Fish and Wildlife (DOI Bureaucrats) are not our friends in this battle!
  14. If you care about the Public Access to AINS then you better attend the "Fate of Public Access to Assateague Island" Meeting at Public Library Ocean Pines. A key proposal is to make Assateague off limits to ALL PUBLIC ACCESS!!!! Short notice I know but it is URGENT!!!!!! I would have never known except for a small notice posted on Bulletin Board at Visitor Center....Sneaky little buggers ...eh??