This past week I fished the Flatheads & Flatties tournament which is the third out of seven tournaments in the Pirates of Lynnhaven Angler of the Year series. The format of the tournament is a Catch-Photo-Release (CPR) and the longest stringer consisting of two flounder and one catfish wins. I started out Saturday June 9th fishing the CBBT searching for my first sheepshead of the year and trying for flounder as well. I struck out with the sheepies, but the flounder fishing was real good. While paddling to the first island I stopped at the small boat channel and picked up a couple of shorts. This was my first trip out to the island this year and although I was unsuccessful at snagging a sheepshead I made up for it with a nice pair of flatties. I was using a 2oz. SPRO Bucktail in Blue Shad paired with a 6” Pearl White Gulp Jerk Shad combo. While jigging on the bottom a few yards off the pilings on the outgoing tide I caught two flatties going 18” and 21”. Seeing how the sun was setting, I called it a day and headed back to the beach.
|Very tasty flounder!|
|First fish of the day 29" Blue, and Dan lurking in the background.|
|small Smallmouth Bass|
Round two seemed to be very promising with the sun setting in the evening. We initially met slow conditions. I did manage a Smallmouth bass on a topwater popper on the first cast but none after that. The catfish action started right before sunset. Rob started things off by pulling in a few flatheads and Blues and a little bit later my rods start to see some action as well. I picked up four blue cats in the 22-28 inch range. With bait running out and the sky’s void of any light we decided to paddle it back in.
|this lad was bigger than the first, but not by much.|
After we packed up Rob says to me “for once I have a shorter drive…”. He was right, this doesn’t happen too often because there are so many fishing opportunities in the Tidewater Area. I always enjoy checking out new waters. I will probably not venture there again anytime soon, but I will definitely be back. As it turns out, The decision to head to Richmond was a smart one as I managed the best limit of the tournament taking first place. I would not been able to do that if I had not met up with Dan and Rob in Richmond and explored their backyard fishing waters. Thanks fellas for putting me on some fish! And congratulations to the other top finishers in the tournament. I love being infishincated…