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Old 04-11-2004, 02:09 PM
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It was two long, tiring days of flounder fishing at Wachapreague for myself, my Dad and our buddy Emory from Virginia Beach. Friday morning, Dad and I pulled away from my house in Pasadena at 5 am and had the boat in the water at Wachaprague around 9. As predicted, the sun was shining (and would all day), but the winds were blowing what seemed to be 15 to 20 mph, about twice what was predicted.

After a short run to Drawing Channel, we dropped our lines for the second half of the incoming tide. The tide tried to pull us S-W through the channel but the wind out of the W kept us drifting pretty much straight S. As such, each drift started shallow, went deep and ended up shallow on the opposite side of the channel. I was pretty quick to land two nice flatties, both keepers at 20" and 18" respectively. This happened on back to back drifts I believe. Both fish went after a pink/white rig made by our very own Ketch69 (from the VA board) topped with a minnow and strip of squid in approx. 18' of water. The day was starting out great, but it didn't last. For the remainder of the day, Dad and I only landed one or two more fish, both undersized. My pee-wee took a chart. rig.

Emory, on the other hand, was red hot. Throughout the course of the day, he managed to land countless shells, a spider crab, a horshoe crab, some other type of crab I didn't recognize and....A FAN BELT!!!! So, that turned into our entertainment for the remainder of the day. THE FAN BELTS ARE BITING AT WACHAPREGUE!!!! We called it a day once the tide had gone back out and headed for the ramp. Man, I get nervous running in that shallow water. Pucker factor.....

We were up again at 5:30 on Saturday and in the water by 6:30 or 7. The tide was low and had just started coming in by the time we dropped our lines in Drawing Channel. The sun was behind the clouds but the winds were calm. Our drifts went directly down the channel. Again, I was first to put a fish in the box. This one went 19" and took the same green rig I was using the day before, but in about 15' of water. Then Dad turned on the heat and landed three or four. I don't recall what colors he was using as I was trying to focus on running the boat. I believe it was a combination of yellow, green and pink rigs though. When the tide slowed, so did the fishing. We were expecting a big afternoon bite with the outgoing tide, but it never happened. We continued to joke about the FAN BELT and managed keep our spirits up, even after I performed an oyster shell test on my prop. A few small nicks, nothing to get upset about. We pulled a few fish here and there but never really got in the zone.

Earlier that morning as we repositioned for a drift, some crazy guy in a Carolina Skiff started shouting at us. Turned out to be fellow THT'er Ben Had. Seems he recognized my boat. We kept in tough via elevated voice levels until he and his buddy ran off to try a new spot. He was snatching the flatties on right after the other. I believe he said his biggest was 25"! We agreed to maintain contact for when the tuna bite turns on. He seemed like a right nice guy....for a Scout owner!

At 4 pm, we headed for the ramp as it started to sprinkle....still joking about the FAN BELT! We had put four fish in the box and released probably 8 to 10, most in the morning. Still, a great day.

On the road by 5:30 for a long drive home. Three quick stops for gas, Mickey D' and a break before we crossed the Bay Bridge. We pulled into my court at 9:22 and the HEMI was ready for a break. It ain't easy pulling that big Grady around....

All, in all a very successful trip. Water temps were anywhere between 47 and almost 53 depending on the depth. The fish didn't seem to prefer one particular color over any other. We caught 'em on pink, yellow, green, white, black/red, etc.

For those heading to Wachapreague soon, beware of those FAN BELTS. They're damn good fighters!!!
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Old 04-11-2004, 02:57 PM
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Was nice seein ya. I was fishing with my next door neigbhor on his Skiff. He was amazed that I reconized you We caught 3 but only 2 were keepers. Mine was 25 3/4" a tad over 6 lbs the other was 19". Pink is the color fish early around here. I hope you take me up on my offer later this year to venture off shore on a nice weekend. I'm not a big off shore guy and don't like to venture out alone. Most of my fishing is done in the bay for Rock and Trout. I love to fish the wrecks on your side of Tanger Island. Anywho....your boat looks great and I'm glad ya caught some fish. I'll post some reports as the summer draws closer.

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Old 04-12-2004, 09:41 AM
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Ben,

I would love to buddy up with you later this summer. Right now I'm looking at either of the last two weekends in June, and maybe a weekend in July. I have the family vacation thing the from 7/3 to 7/10 and them I'm fishing the White Marlin Open out of Ocean City 8/1 to 8/7, so I don't know if I'll be able to squeeze in a July trip or not. There's always Sept. as well....

I hear ya' about the going out alone thing. We made two trips to the 26 mile hilll last June and on the first day it was a bit hazy. We could hear other boats on the radio, but the only boat we could see was the one we were standing in. That was a little freaky!

I'll keep you up to date as our plan comes together. Looking forward to some major pullage. Flounders are fun....but they ain't nothing like play tug-o-war with a bluefin!!!
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Good to hear there are a few Flatties around. I am taking this weekend off from fishing the Flats to chsase them down myself.
In addition to your Dad I also read somewhere your brother was on his boat. I hope that was an exception for him, otherwise he sounds a bit like Greymug
Glad everyone caught some fish. 25 3/4" now thats dinner....
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Good to hear there are a few Flatties around. I am taking this weekend off from fishing the Flats to chsase them down myself.
In addition to your Dad I also read somewhere your brother was on his boat. I hope that was an exception for him, otherwise he sounds a bit like Greymug
Glad everyone caught some fish. 25 3/4" now thats dinner....
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Great report Brian. Our Frederick MSSA group willbe invading Chincoteague next weekend 23-25 for a mini tournament so it's good to hear they are starting to show. Sounds like you did good given the weather and it's hard to have more than 1 good day.

Hopefully I will meet Ben Had when I'm down. I will be fishing on a buddy's 18' Winner and can't wait. We did the sahkedown crusie on the bay this weekend and Sat afternoon was picture perfect.

Stay in touch as we fish out of Chincoteague in the summer for Tuna all the time. I see you are fishing the big one - WMO. Now that's when you hit the big time.
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pellicot,
It's still a little early for a lot of flounder here. Last week there were a few nice fish caught a 4 mouths one was 22" but a least they are here this year! I'm hoping Queen Sound will be good around mid May, last year sucked! Let me know when ya come down and I'll drink a beer with ya.

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Ben had, sounds great we will be down on 4/22-25. Keeping boat (Winner 18ft center) at Capt Bob's, it will be a bunch of us. Staying on Ocean Blvd at a friends house, 2nd house on the left (small one). Drop me an email on where you live and will try to stop by.
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