After judging the 2018 Maryland Duck Stamp competition yesterday at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, I took a ride down the Bishops Head peninsula. 90 year-old, Donald Mills, was in his yard working on a pound net and other watermen were working on their boats in preparation for the 2018 crabbing season. The recent wind and cold weather has made it difficult to work outdoors. In the forecast for this coming week is another nor'easter and cold weather. March 2018 came in like a lion - we are certainly paying for warm February now.
John Holitik of Crocheron, Maryland preparing to finish painting the 'boot-stripe' on his workboat Ticky - Poo.
Robert Holitik removes paint from his workboat, Annalise - Lillian, in preparation for fiberglassing.
Donald Mills of Bishops Head is a retired waterman. At 90 years old, he is making pound nets for other watermen in Dorchester County. This pound net is being made for Hoopers Island waterman, Justin Aaron.
Tools used by Donald Mills while working on pound nets.