Went to capt meeting at Dare Marina for Flounder Bowl Fishing Tournament, and from the wind that was present Friday night I just knew it was going to be one rough, wet ride across to the other side of the bay early in the morning. Stewed on that thought for a few and finally conceded to trailering to Kiptopeake (state park in Virginia).
Smart move, as it was calm on that side at first light. Just outside of the ramp are a bunch of ships from World War Two that are made of….. wait for it……. CONCRETE! Yes, you heard right. They are completely concrete ships. They now serve as a breakwater at Kiptopeake State Park.
Sorry, side stracked on history for a minute but the theory of concrete vessels is fascinating to me.So, we jigged around the concrete ships with squid strips and Gulp grubs. This produced a few fish…. three flounder, with one keeper at 18 inches, and a couple oyster toads. After feeling like we covered the area thoroughly, we ran to high rise and joined the 80 other boats out there for the Flounder Bowl.
Couple oyster toads in four-to-five foot seas later, we said ‘to hell with it’ and tried some drifts in more sheltered water. No more flat fish despite trying until about 11:30….
Decided it was time to pull a rabbit out the hat, and reached in the cooler and pulled out a bag of eels I snuck in there when no one was looking. Crew’s eyes lit up and were instantly on board with some sight fishing.
Did eliptical circles all the way from the high rise to the BMORE channel. Despite being rough and trying to sling eels into the wind, we managed to catch two keepers, one dink, and pulled a hook on a nailer.
Had a few more attempts but we were having to flank around the fish to avoid pitching an eel into the wind and back in the boat from the tower. All in all we saw 15 and turned a disappointing Flounder Day into a fun Cobia Day.