After a call on the 19th, my only night off of class during the week, I met Rob Choi and Justin Mayer down at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. The goal was to be off the water by 10 pm, as work beckoned. I was able to get a few blow ups on topwater, but no hookup. It was a tough night, and the fish I thought i had patterned did not get the memo that I was coming out. The night ended with all of us picking up a few small specks, and leaving at 1:30 am.
On the 22nd, I met up with Rob again for a weekend of fishing. This is one of Rob's last planned fishing trips this year so I saw it as my duty to help send him off right. We met at 7 pm to fish the light line of the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel. On the water we were greeted by a nice topwater blitz. Unfortunately they were small Taylor Blues. I had a plastic bit off, and thus started an interesting turn of events. I put on a Mirrorlure, and immediately picked up some blues. Rob switched to the long rod, and picked up fish after fish on a small clouser. Rob is getting on 'em and I bring a green fish boat side. As I tried to unhook the eager little buddy, I had one of the trebles impaled in my finger past the barb. I had a great time trying to pull the hook out, and in the end, I had to thread it through my finger and cut the hook. Not the funnest thing to happen! I was determined to continue, and it payed off. Rob was able to hook up with a Striper on the fly, and after a few pictures it was my turn. I was Flailing the long rod, and I got my chance. Rob was gracious enough to offer to take video, and I accepted. As I was playing the fish, Rob was prepping his camera. Thats when the fish decided he didn't want to be a star, and stopped playing the game. Rob ended up picking up a few more Rockfish, and I ended the night with a lot of small specks and blues.
After loading the yaks, the plan was to meet a few others that morning for a trip to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. We made it to Oceans East at 3 ish, got a few hours of sleep for our meeting at 6 am. After buying all the live crabs they had to offer, and meeting up with Rob, Justin, Tripp Seed, Kyle Sawyer and a few others we were off. We made it to the first Island after a 45 minute paddle and the fish were on! I caught too many togs to count, with two at 18" and 15" going home for the dinner table. Kyle got the large fish of the day at 21 1/2"!
On the 24th, I met Mark Lozier, Kris Lally, Cory Routh, his buddy Alan and Chuck Wrenn at one of our local favorites. It was a great relaxing morning, with a lot of smaller specks, with a few going over 14". We saw a few pods of reds on the flats but they didn't hook up. It is always great fishing with great friends!
Dad, if you ever come back out here, we will charter Ruthless Fishing of a great day on the water! Cory and Mark, you know we will have to paddle MALIBU KAYAKS though!
Until next time, tight lines!