Latest Lee Tolliver Stories

2008-09-25 09:00:30

By LEE THERE LIKELY IS NO other fish for which secrets are more guarded than the speckled trout. Known in southerly coastal waters a spotted sea trout, the speck is one of the most cherished species in Virginia and North Carolina. It could be the fish's beautiful markings and orange-fanged mouth. Or maybe it's the speck's soft jaws that provide for a tension-filled fight as it splashes on the surface or digs toward the depths. There is no doubt that the shallow, marshy habitat the trout...

2008-07-28 03:00:38

By Lee Tolliver, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 28--Gone are the unsightly scabs. Left behind are small pink circles, bright and obvious against tanned skin -- signs of a new beginning. The scars are the result of weeks spent prodding my wife to have a couple of spots on her back looked at by a doctor. Ellen finally caved and scheduled an appointment. I'm glad she did. Were it not for the results of her test, the red, scaly circles that had lived on my skin for Lord knows how...

2008-07-28 03:00:38

By Lee Tolliver, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 28--Trick Standing is rummaging through the drawers on his Rudee Inlet charter boat, looking for pliers. He eventually finds a pair, but not before sifting through countless bottles, jars and tubes of sunscreen sprays and lotions. The sunscreen stuff is everywhere on the Git-R-Done. "Tools of the trade," Standing says. "If you're smart." Standing is a prime target for the sun's ultraviolet rays -- the ones that cause several...

2008-07-13 09:00:19

By LEE TOLLIVER By Lee Tolliver The Virginian-Pilot Bryan Whitehorne's first offshore fishing adventure provided a lot of experiences. Whitehorne, 18, of Virginia Beach , caught his first billfish on a recent trip out of Oregon Inlet. "It was awesome," the Tidewater Community College sophomore said of catching a white marlin. "A once-in-a-lifetime experience." But it wasn't all sunshine and happiness. Whitehorne's second time in the fighting chair provided a harsh lesson about...

2008-07-13 03:00:15

By Lee Tolliver, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 13--While many Mid-Atlantic residents are thankful Hurricane Bertha veered away from the U.S. coast, surfers are doubly so. Surfers have been swarming the Outer Banks, hoping to ride the hurricane season's first big swells. Bertha's passing east of Bermuda diminished the chances of huge surf, but it has and will for the next few days continue to push in a better-than-average ground swell. "For early July, we'll take it," said...

Word of the Day
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'