TWA President Bunky Chance Honored

Senator Addie Eckardt, Delegate Johnny Mautz honor Retiring President Bunky Chance
Senator Addie Eckardt, Delegate Johnny Mautz honor Retiring President Bunky Chance

During the January 8th meeting of the Talbot Watermen Association, President Bunky Chance, who is retiring from office, was honored by Senator Addie Eckardt and Delegate Johnny Mautz for his service and dedication to the Watermen, community and to our organization. We want to thank Bunky for his years of tirelessly working for all of us, and our industry! We know he will still be very involved, and we want him to know how much we appreciate all he has done for Talbot Watermen!

Below, is an article that was published by the Baltimore Magazine in 2015 that we thought we would share.

The Crabber

By Jane Marion
Published Baltimore Magazine, July 1, 2015

bunky-from-baltimore-magazine-articleAs a young boy on his parent’s Easton grain farm, Floyd “Bunky” Chance Jr. dreamed of one day trading his tractor for a trotline. “I could see these guys out crabbing, and by 12 in the morning, their boats were gone from the river,” says the 54-year-old Chance, above. “And there I was sitting on my tractor at noon with more work ahead, thinking, ‘Those guys have it made.’ I didn’t realize they’d started crabbing at three in the morning while I was still sleeping. I’d sit there and think, ‘Well that’s the life for me.’”

Chance—now the president of the Talbot County Watermen’s Association—stayed true to his boyhood vow, though the hours he puts in haven’t turned out exactly as planned. For the past 35 years, he has worked on the water as a commercial crabber and oysterman. Despite the surge in oyster farming, during the season—roughly October through March—he is still committed to catching wild oysters, which makes the job even more of a challenge due to recent regulations protecting where oysters can be fished. Now, instead of oystering on the quiet shores of his own Bozman backyard, Chance leaves his house before 4 a.m., drives two hours to his skipjack docked in Deal Island, and dredges with his crew for 10 hours before heading home.

bunky-and-amazing-graceHis crabbing schedule is equally grueling. The waterman, who keeps his Chesapeake deadrise, Amazing Grace, behind his home on Grace Creek, boards the vessel at 3:30 a.m., and finishes his day roughly 15 hours later. “It’s a grind—and I don’t advise it to anyone,” says Chance in a rare moment of respite on land due to the February freeze of the bay. “It’s a very hard way to make a living—you work a lot of days, and there are days when you might not make anything. The bay might be frozen, but the bills keep coming. I always say that it’s easy to catch a crab—but it’s hard to make a living at it.”

Last May, when he fell on his boat and broke his wrist, he continued to crab. “If I go to work and I’m half speed, at the end of the day, I’m half pay,” says Chance, who sells about half of his catch at his roadside market, Captain Bunk’s Crab Shack in Ellicott City. “I can’t do that—I have a family to feed. If I have a broken wrist that hurts, I have to work twice as hard with my good wrist.”

Even so, there’s pleasure with the pain. “I love being on the water,” says Chance. “I’m not much of a people person. I love the solitude. I can see God’s face and hear his voice out there on the bay. I’m sailing out and the stars are in the sky and it’s a good time.”

2017 Board Members Elected

In addition to honoring Bunky Chance for his years of dedication to the Talbot Watermen Association, elections were held for 2017 Board Members. Members were elected during the January 8th meeting and will serve during 2017.

The next meeting will be held Sunday February 12th at 7am at Chesapeake Landing Restaurant and breakfast will be available.

January Monthly Meeting

The next meeting for the Talbot Watermen Association will be Sunday January 8th at7am at Chesapeake Landing Restaurant. All are invited to attend and breakfast will be available.

Bunky Chance will be retiring as president and new officers will be nominated. We want to thank Bunky for his years of service and his tireless efforts throughout the community and for the families and watermen of Talbot County.

In other news, Talbot Watermen want to congratulate Mark Hall from Rock Hall, Md who won our 2016 gun raffle. Mark owns Rock Hall Fishing Charters and likes to hunt. He will be picking out a gun with a value of $1,500.00 at Albright’s Gun Shop in Easton, Md. Thanks to all who bought tickets to our gun raffle.

December Monthly Meeting

tilghman-crab-pot-christmas-treeThe next meeting for the Talbot Watermen’s Association will be on Sunday December 11th at 7am, at Chesapeake Landing Restaurant. Breakfast will be available and all are invited to attend.

Be sure to check out the annual Crab Pot and Bushel Basket Tree Lighting events, and the Tilghman Boat Parade this weekend (12/3 starting at 5:30) For more info, visit Phillip’s Wharf

September TWA Monthly Meeting

The September meeting for the Talbot Watermen’s Association will be held this coming Sunday, September 11th at 7am. It will be at Chesapeake Landing Restaurant on St. Michaels Road. All are invited to attend, and breakfast will be available. This month’s meeting agenda will include:

  • Sanctuary issues
  • Watermen’s Appreciation Day wrap up
  • Update on Delmarva Fisheries
  • Update on DNR

 

Thank you everyone for making WAD2016 a HUGE Success!

 

Thank you to each and every person that attended our 7th Annual Watermen’s Appreciation Day! To all of the volunteers, the sponsors, the donations, the musicians, celebrities and everyone in between!

There were so many fun things during this year’s event – the boat docking contest brought Governor Hogan, Del. Johnny Mautz and Sen. Addie Eckhardt, we also had Josh and Casey from television’s Deadliest Catch bring one of their Alaskan King Crabs, there were kids activities, the Anchor toss, and of course all of the exhibits at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, and the Buy Boats reunion! It was a great, but hot day, and a fun time was had by all!

In case you didn’t know, proceeds from events like this one, go towards a variety of watermen’s related causes and concerns. We always strive to support our own, especially in times of need, and we do all that we can to help continue to preserve and protect our way of life, and working for a living on the Chesapeake. Thank you again for supporting our organization, and supporting Talbot Watermen.

 

This year’s Watermen’s Appreciation Day t-shirts, and only a partial list of events!

WAD T-Shirt Boat Docking Contest WAD 2016 T-Shirt White Boots and Bushel of CrabsCheck out this year’s t-shirt design from CrabiGras!! These are hot! And they’ll be on sale ONLY at Watermen’s Appreciation Day! Get yours before they sell out! Awesome stuff!

A partial list of all of the things that will be happening this year at Watermen’s Appreciation Day:

10a – Gates & CBMM Exhibits, Kids activites, food, crafts open
Anchor Toss Competition
10a-12p –  Mark Potter of 94.3 WINX-fm Broadcasting LIVE
Pre-ordering for Crabs
11a-3p – Boat Docking Contest
12p-5p – Crabs!! (or until they’re gone)
12p-? Bird Dog & The Road Kings (Live Music from the Bandstand)
3p – Awards
4:30 – Silent Auction ends

Much, much more happening all day! Also our friends Josh & Casey will be joining us, and a couple of their big old Pacific Crabs, steaming them up, and showing us how to pick and eat their crabs!

Also, don’t forget, you can beat waiting in line by getting your tickets online through the CBMM website – follow this link: http://bit.ly/WAD2016

Admission to the 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. event includes the boat docking contest, celebrity appearances, Buyboat reunion, and live music at $18 for adults, and $8 for children 6-17, with all children five years of age and under admitted free. CBMM members along with licensed watermen and their immediate families get discounted admission at $10 per adult, and $6 per children ages 6-17. Admission can be purchased online in advance on this page, with tickets also sold at the door the day of the event. Steamed crabs, beer, and additional food and beverages will be available for purchase. Please NO PETS or alcohol to brought to this event.