Above is Team Right Hook on Day 2
Sam Fisher (Right Hook) – $10,854
Tommy Baldwin (Lady Luck V) – $5,213
Tony Tolbard – $675
Dale Dirks – $648
1st Place – $4,050.00 – Sam Fisher (Right Hook) – 111.4 lb BFT
2nd Place – $2,025.00 – Tommy Baldwin (Lady Luck V) – 108.3 lb BFT
3rd Place – $675.00 – Tony Tolbard – 89.9 lb BFT
$50 and $100 TWT’s (2 heaviest tuna)
1st Place (70%) – $1,652.00 – Tommy Baldwin (Lady Luck V) 213.6 lbs – (108.3 BFT + 105.3 BFT)
2nd Place (30%) – $708.00 – Sam Fisher (Right Hook) – 199.5 lbs – (111.4 BFT + 88.1 BFT)
$200 TWT (3 heaviest tuna)
1st Place (70%) – $1,344.00 – Sam Fisher (Right Hook) – 247.7 lbs – (48.2 YFT + 88.1 BFT + 111.4 BFT)
2nd Place (30%) – $576.00 – Tommy Baldwin – 213.6 lbs – (108.3 BFT + 105.3 BFT)
$300 TWT (6 heaviest tuna)
1st Place (70%) – $1,512.00 – Sam Fisher – 332.1 lbs – (48.2 YFT + 88.1 BFT + 111.4 BFT + 45.6 YFT + 38.8 YFT)
2nd Place (30%) – $648.00 – Dale Dirks – 273.3 lbs – (53.2 BFT + 41.6 BFT + 50.7 YFT + 47.7 YFT + 41 YFT + 39.1 YFT)
$500 TWT (single heaviest tuna)
1st Place (one winner) – $3,240.00 – Sam Fisher (Right Hook) – 111.4 lbs BFT
Dolphin (3 heaviest)
1st Place (one winner) – $960.00 – Tommy Baldwin (Lady Luck V) – 72.8 lbs – (32.5 lb + 22.3 lb + 18 lb)
Bluefish (3 heaviest)
1st Place (one winner) – $320.00 – Wayne Willett – No Bluefish Checked In – Lottery Pick (6-27-2011)
Some of the areas best flounder anglers gathered together to determine who would be crowned this year’s Flounder Bowl Champion. They also came to have a good time. The event began on Friday, June 24th at Dare Marina and Yacht Sales with registration and a big barbeque. The event ended Saturday night with a seafood cookout and party. There was a little flounder fishing in-between.
111 boats competed in the event. The combined weight of each team’s top 3 fish determined the winners. Prize money was paid to the top six teams. There was an optional big-fish Calcutta in which the single heaviest fish won. 60 boats entered the Calcutta. In addition to the regular tournament, there was a Sponsors Challenge competition where sponsored boats competed to win a large trophy that their sponsor gets to keep for the following year, until the next Flounder Bowl. There were awards for the top fish weighed in by a lady, a youth, and a member of the host of the tournament: the Peninsula Salt Water Sport Fisherman’s Association. On top of all of these prizes, all boats that did not place in the top six were entered into a drawing for a Lucky Dog award.
The top boat this year was the Paige II captained by Craig Paige. Their 3-fish stringer weighed an impressive 25.23 pounds.
Second Place was the Healthy Grin captained by Ken Neill and sponsored by the office of Dr. K E. Neill. Their stringer weight was 21.28 pounds.
Third Place was the High Point captained by Chris Bently with a weight of 19.82 pounds.
Fourth Place was Relentless Charters with Capt. Kenny Jarvis. They weighed in18.67 pounds.
Fifth Place was the Mulch Man captained by Clifton Rowe and sponsored by Mercury Mulch. They weighed 18.06 pounds.
Fatty Flatty, captained by Barry Bradley, rounded out the top six. Their stringer weighed 17.61 pounds.
The big fish Calcutta was won with a monster, 12.24 pound flounder. Hunter Gray fishing as part of the Paige II team caught this fish.
The top lady angler was Tricia Neill. She caught a 5.25 pound flounder while fishing on the Healthy Grin. She won $100 plus a pair of Costa sunglasses.
The top youth angler was James Dearnley. He caught a 5.99 pound flounder while fishing on the Outnumbered, sponsored by Pankoke Marine Construction. He won $100 plus a pair of Costa sunglasses.
The top fish weighed in by a member of the PSWSFA was a 11.59 pound flounder caught by Ken Neill fishing on the Healthy Grin. He won $500.
The Healthy Grin, sponsored by the office of Dr. K. E. Neill, won the sponsors challenge trophy.
The Lucky Dog really was a lucky dog. The rule is that you must be present to win. The first boat drawn had already left the party so another team was selected. This year’s Lucky Dog is Tyler Blanks. He received a prize of $500.
The total payout for the tournament was $17,450 plus merchandise.
Cash payouts per team
Paige II: $11,000
Healthy Grin: $2,600
High Point: $1,500
Reelentless Charters: $1,000
Mulch Man: $500
Tyler Blanks: $500
Fatty Flatty: $250
Each team received door prize tickets as part of their registration. These tickets were used to give out the many prizes donated by the sponsors of the tournament. We had one raffle for a flounder artwork donated by Mountain Breeze Taxidermy.
The many volunteers that worked very hard to make this event happen are too numerous to mention but we do have to recognize Capt. Jorj Head, the tournament organizer. This tournament is his idea. Without him and his large circle of friends (that he somehow gets to help) there would not be a Flounder Bowl. This is all volunteer work and I have no idea how many hours he puts into this event each year. We are done with him for a little bit so if you would like to charter a fishing trip call him at (757) 262-9004.
The other folks that have to be mentioned are Mike and Christy Hanna and the entire staff at Dare Marina. They put an amazing amount of effort into this event. The comments that I kept hearing were about how great this place was and how friendly all of the staff were. They really are good people. If you are in the market for a boat, want to sell yours, need boat work done or a place to keep your boat, check out Dare Marina. They will treat you right. www.daremarina.com
The sponsors are everything. They are the reason this event has become such a large success. Besides all of the prize money and merchandize prizes that were given away, we went through: 150 pounds of barbecue, 200 pounds of fried fish, 80 pounds of scallops, 5 bushels of steamed crabs, a couple hundred hot dogs, 15 kegs of beer, and whole lot of other food and drink. We had an unexpected donation of a large amount of margaritas, Long Island iced tea, and rum punch. That all disappeared also. The anglers must have been thirsty. The sponsors provide all of this stuff from the team buckets to the $5,000 1st place prize money.
Virginia authorities will be cracking down on drunken boaters this weekend.
Conservation police officers with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries will be patrolling the state’s waterways, setting up checkpoints and performing breath tests over the weekend. It is part of Operation Dry Water, a national effort coordinated by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators.
It is illegal to operate a boat with a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or higher.
Last year, 15 people died in 105 reported boat accidents in Virginia.
Nationwide, almost 20 percent of boating-related fatalities are a result of alcohol, drugs or medications.
Blue Marlin Division
|DOUBLE B||652.8||Kenny Sexton||Travis Stephenson|
|BLUE WATER||580.6||Gray Hall||Jeffrey Gregg|
|SUSHI||467.4||Tim Day||Kevin Travis|
|Boat||Fish||Total Points||Prize Money|
|JESUS FREAK||2 BM, 2 WM||1080|
|GALOT 3||2 BM, 1 WM||925|
|CAROLINA LADY||2 BM, 1 WM||925|
|Daily Release Division 1st Place|
|Day||Boat||Fish||Total Points||Prize Money|
|Monday||FIRST LIGHT||1 BM, 1 SAIL||525|
|Tuesday||GALOT 3||2 BM||800|
|Daily Release Division 2nd Place|
|Day||Boat||Fish||Total Points||Prize Money|
Daily 1st Billfish Released
|Monday||PIRACY||Chris Russell||Doug Paulus||$2,000|
|Tuesday||TROPHY||John Horton||Michael Hudson||$2,000|
53rd Billfish Released
Fabulous Fisherman’s Level
|BLUE WATER||Gray Hall||Jeffrey Gregg|
Gamefish Dolphin Winner Take All
Game Fish Division Weekly
|1st Place TUNA|
|2nd Place TUNA|
|1st Place WAHOO|
|2nd Place WAHOO|
|1st Place DOLPHIN|
|2nd Place DOLPHIN|
Game Fish Daily – 1st Place Gamefish
Game Fish Daily – 2nd Place Gamefish
Jr. Angler Gamefish Division
|SEA HAG||Alan Willis||Lillian Freeman||Wahoo||21|
|SEA HAG||Alan Willis||Luke Ledford||Dolphin||22|
|Jr. Angler Release Division|
Should be at the dock around 3:00 pm.
After both releasing a blue marlin and experiencing motor troubles on the tournament’s first day, Capt. Mike Taylor, owner John Roberts, and the crew of the “Weldor’s Ark” hopped into a different boat and came out swinging on day two, releasing another blue marlin for a total of 600 points to top the leader board in the Swansboro Rotary Blue Water Tournament, held Memorial Day weekend out of the Swansboro Rotary Civic Center.
“We had a motor cut out and 2’ of water in the bilge while we were trying to cut across the slot,” Capt. Mike Taylor said. “A 3-inch hose had come off and was pouring water in like a fire hose.”
After resolving that issue, the crew headed offshore to a spot north of Cape Lookout where they’d had success before.
“It had some fish in last year’s tournament,” Taylor continued. “It’s just a good area I like to fish.”
Trolling between 140-200 fathoms of water over the course of the day, Taylor, Roberts, and Dustan Tilley, Jon Wood, and Bob Townsend—the rest of the crew aboard the 55’ Jarrett Bay—found slow fishing for much of the day.
With around 20 minutes left before they headed in, a blue marlin attacked a blue/white Black Bart lure in the long rigger and found the hook.
Wood took the rod and began fighting the fish. Despite some problems with the boat’s running gear, the angler was able to battle a 350 lb. class blue marlin to wireman Dustan Tilley to secure the boat’s first release.
After heading home, the crew elected not to chance more mechanical issues with the boat on day two.
“We stayed up that night getting John’s 36’ Yellowfin ready to fish,” Taylor explained.
The crew took off on the Yellowfin the next morning, returning to the same area where they’d released their marlin the day before.
Early in the day, a larger blue marlin attacked a blue/black Black Bart lure in their spread, and Roberts went to work on the crew’s second fish.
“That fish put on a show,” Taylor recounted. “It pulled off 400 yards of line jumping the whole time. It just went ballistic.”
Without the big boat’s fighting chair, the crew couldn’t put as much pressure on the larger marlin, and Roberts fought it to leader a number of times while the crew deliberated on whether it was over the tournament’s minimum size for a “kill fish”—110 inches.
Ultimately, the marlin pulled the hook on the leader and was tallied as a release, but the 300 points the “Weldor’s Ark” earned for their second blue were plenty to keep them atop the event’s leader board.
Putting one blue and one white marlin release on the board to earn 375 points and second place in the event were Capt. Randy Bryant and the “Maggie” team. Fishing with his son Butch, grandsons, and Chris Hendricks, Paul McCarthy, and Zach Adams aboard the 55’ custom Carolina boat, the crew headed south of much of the fleet during the tournament.
“Everybody went north,” Randy Bryant explained, “but we headed south and I think we had some stable water down there. Everybody up north was in some fast water, and I think that stable water really helped us out.”
Trolling all day Saturday with little to show for it, the “Maggie” anglers had a white marlin attack a Jr. Wide Range trolling lure shortly before 3:00 that afternoon near the 415 Line in 110 fathoms of water.
McCarthy took care of the angling duties on the white and battled it to a swift release with Hendricks on the leader.
The crew returned to the same area Sunday, and they connected with their blue marlin around 9:30 that morning.
“He came in on the rigger,” Bryant continued, “and tried to rip the teaser off the boat. He turned on everything close to the boat, and then knocked the left short out of the rigger.”
Butch Bryant grabbed the trolling outfit, dropped back, and managed to get a hook in the marlin. Then he battled it to wireman Hendricks for another fast release.
“He stayed up top, and we got to him quick,” Bryant reported.
Their blue release was the “Maggie” crew’s final addition to their points total for the event, but the additional 75 points they earned for the previous day’s white was plenty to secure second place in the tournament.
The event’s first blue marlin release earned 300 points and third place overall for Harris Huddle and the “Builder’s Choice.”
Like most of the other boats in the event, the “Builder’s Choice” crew went north, finding their blue marlin at around 2:00 Saturday afternoon. The fish fell for a brightly-colored Marlin Candy lure near the 640 line in 250 fathoms.
“We planned to fish a little inshore of there,” Huddle explained, “but there were a bunch of storms and lightning in there so we stayed out offshore.”
George Beuler handled the angling duties, and he had the 350 lb. class blue marlin boatside for the release in around 25 minutes.
The 300 points the “Builder’s Choice” earned for their marlin placed them in a tie with five other boats in the event, but releasing their fish first gave them the nudge into third.
More information about the event and the full leader board are available at www.kingbluewater.com