Until recently, I was keeping the Carolina Skiff in the dry-storage facility at Smallwood on the Mattawoman. Sadly, theres been a crime wave of sorts down there. While stored in the locked dry-storage area, my boat was broken into twice over the last month. The first time I figured it was a one time shot, but the second time was the final straw. Im not the only victim, as theyve had numerous other break ins recently at both the dry storage area and at the wet slips. Im now keeping my big boat on the Magothy in a much more populated area. The Magothy presents tremendous opportunities at stripers, croakers, blues, and everything else the bay has to offer. Well continue to use the canoe during weeknights on the Potomac. The good thing is, for weekends or days off, I can pick up my skiff in the pre dawn hours and still be putting out of Fort Washington by sunrise. The good thing is, my new marina is 25 miles from the house as opposed to 50 miles to Smallwood, which translates to an hour extra fishing time. There are also numerous good boat mechanics close by. It really broke my heart to leave Smallwood. The morning I left with my boat for the Magothy, the area was teeming with life. There were lots of wood thrushes singing at the top of the hill, Carolina wrens and song sparrows were singing at the boat yard, and I saw a pileated woodpecker and a bald eagle. It was a bittersweet day. My problem with Smallwood is the vultures, the ones that walk upright on two legs. The park has so much to offer between the wildlife and the big game catfishing, but its not worth it if Im losing $500 worth of gear a month.