Sunday, August 05, 2007

Aug 4th 2007 - Fish 1, Capt Chris Negative 300

The weather report looked good all week, and we were planning to leave the dock at 4:00 AM on Saturday morning, hoping to go trolling and see if we could catch the elusive Blue Fin Tuna. Well they are still elusive. I got down the Bree Zee Lee marina a little after 8:00 PM on Friday and the winds had kicked up and were blowing between 15-20 knots and the Offshore Forecast was for 3-5 footers. So I cancelled the trolling trip, which meant we didn’t have to get up too early.

Saturday morning the winds had dropped down, and Jim and I decided to hit the bay for flounder. Capt Dave and Chuck headed back to the Old Grounds trying to capture more of the glory from last week. We took Offshore Bites just off the point and trolled from the point past the F4 Buoy. Jim caught a little shark and that was it. I decided to move out to the 10 Buoy. We drifted from the 10 buoy all the way up to Brandy Wine light and didn’t catch a thing. Next I decided to move over to the Anchorage. There were a lot of party boats over there. On our first drift we didn’t get anything. On the second drift I hooked into what I believe was a Great White Shark, or a large croaker. Anyhow I wasn’t paying all that much attention and the tug pulled the rod right out of my hand, and it was the good rod. The rod hits the drink and I was a little in shock, but it floated for a few seconds. I jumped down on the swim platform and went to grab it, only to see another tug and the rod submerge. I should have jumped in after it immediately, and was kicking myself all day for not doing so. We ended up catching a bunch of croakers after that but none of them had a $300 lip ring hanging out of its mouth (the cost of my replacement rod & reel).

Chuck and Dave ended up with 5 keepers out at the Old Grounds. The water temperature in the bay was around 74-75 degrees. Maybe we’ll get to troll next week, if not I can break in my new rod and reel.


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