Tom Kessler is an angler and crabber who lives in southern Pennsylvania. A member of the Coastal Conservation Association, he has had a love for the outdoors all his life.
The Chesapeake Bay is one of the places where he enjoys spending time—and checking data from CBIBS buoys helps him plan his fishing and crabbing time on the water. Because he’s on the go to so many places, he primarily accesses data via a CBIBS mobile app.
“I use the Susquehanna CBIBS in the spring for striper fishing on the flats and the Gooses Reef when fishing out of Chesapeake Beach in the summer,” Tom detailed. “I also use the Annapolis CBIBS when crabbing on the west side.”
Tom tracks a handful of parameters via the CBIBS data: “Wind speed and wave height, which will determine my trip for that day. Dissolved oxygen due to dead spots in the Bay. The last one would be salinity.”
He uses additional content available from CBIBS as well, such as the description of chlorophyll, which explains algae growth.
While Tom makes sure he sees many different areas of the Chesapeake over the course of the year, he does have a few areas he prefers. “My two favorite fishing areas would be the Susquehanna Flats in the spring and Poplar Island and Eastern Bay during summer and fall,” he said.
With fall fishing under way, we look forward to seeing him on the water soon!