The 2014 Annual Pony Swim: July 30, 2014
On Wednesday, the Saltwater Cowboys will swim the ponies from Assateague Island to Chincoteague Island. The swim takes place at “slack tide”. Slack tide is a period of about 30 minutes between tides, when there is no current. This is the easiest time for the ponies to make the swim. The time of slack tide varies each year. However, the swim generally takes place some time between 7am and 1pm. The specific time will be announced at the carnival grounds the week of the swim. The Chincoteague Ponies will swim across the Assateague Channel, just south of Memorial Park (7427 Memorial Park Dr, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336) on the east side of Chincoteague Island. There is no charge to see the ponies swim. However, the ONLY parking at Memorial Park is designated for handicap use. All folks coming in just for the day are encouraged to go to Chincoteague Combined School (4586 Main St. Chincoteague Island, VA 23336) and catch the free shuttle. Those lodging on Chincoteague Island may catch a shuttle bus near their lodging. We recommend getting started early on this day and to anticipate a heavy crowd. Click here to view the shuttle bus map. Click here for helpful information about riding the shuttle to Pony Swim events. The best way to see the pony swim up close is on a Charter Boat. However, spots on these boats for the pony swim are in very high demand, so be sure to reserve your spot at least several months in advance.
The first foal to come ashore will be named King or Queen Neptune and will be given away in a raffle drawing at the carnival grounds later in the day (time to be announced). Tickets are sold each night at the carnival and amongst the crowd while waiting for the swim to occur. You must have a ticket and you must be present to win.
This information is from: (http://www.chincoteague.com/pony_swim_guide.html)
Fishing Report: July 28th, 2014
Doug and family limited out again fishing off the wrecks. #fishingfamily
Emily from Pennsville New Jersey, fishing in the Chincoteague Channel, using minnows and Flounder rigs were catching lots and lots of Croakers until… Emily landed this Shark! Her dad Greg was her Captain. #DadsMakeGreatCaptains
Rich Gonzoph with two nice Flounder that pulled him right out of his BAD SLUMP! Rich was using Captain Steve’s smelts. #SmeltsBringHomeTheFlounder
Jersey Rich’s flounder weighing in a just over 5.25lbs.
Tom Mable caught this shark weighing in over 50lbs off the Assateague Surf. #CutCroakers
Tom, Josh, and Own Mable from Reading Pennsylvania with another shark in the Assateague Surf. #CutCroakers
Rusty and Mason Bennet from Reading Pennsylvania with a nice shark off the Assateague Surf. #CutCroakers
Lazlo caught this shark off the Assateague Surf. #NightFishingForSharks
Brad Woodhouse fishing with Bluefish chunks and fishing off the Blackfish Banks ran into one of these guys. #BluefishChunks #ClassyHatSir
Luke with his first White Marlin at the 30 line trolling naked Bally with Captain Doug Bramble. #WhiteMarlin #YoungAngler #CongratsLuke