Sunday, May 19th, 2013
The “Fishing For Angels” tournament, held out of Ft. McAllister Marina yesterday to benefit Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), was a lot of fun and Dr. Jerry Case and I had a great time representing Coffee Bluff in this slam tournament where the south wind picked up and made fishing difficult for all.
The tournament had 30 teams participate, and only 4 of those teams were able to catch a slam of redfish, trout, and flounder. The fish doctor, Jerry Case, and I were one of those teams…we caught a redfish, trout, and a whopper of a flounder to secure 4th Place out of the field. The flounder was caught by Jerry, and weighed a whopping 3 pounds 3 ounces, which won the calcutta for the biggest flounder of the day – $150 just like that! Unfortunately, we couldn’t score big fish on the trout and redfish, so our total weight of our slam was over 6 pounds. The total weights for 1st through 3rd Place was all over 7 pounds, but under 8 pounds, so we missed out of the top three spots by a solid redfish! Here is our slam…
Jerry and I fished Friday, just to see if any flounder were around in anticipation of the tournament. Of course, using topwater baits, I popped a nice 18 inch trout early in the morning…
Jerry got in on the trout action, too…
Finding no flounder on Friday, we went off in search of a tripletail. Jerry saw one, but couldn’t get it to bite, then guess what I found? Jack crevalle in mid-May!!
We wrapped up our day of searching, and headed off to the captain’s meeting at FishTale’s, taking along our beautiful wives, Gail and Amy. We had a great dinner of fried seafood, and some good cold beverages, while hanging out with all of our fishing friends swapping lies about fishing. Did I mention the cold beverages?
Well, those cold beverages can make you scrap your game plan in a hurry, as we got a late start yesterday morning. We did pull up to a spot and tossed a topwater bait, and I did have a nice trout that would have gone over 2 pounds swirl on my bait, not once but twice, but I just couldn’t get any risers. Jerry nailed a nice trout that went 1 pound 14 ounces, so we tossed him in the livewell and focused on flounder.
We spent the next 3 hours hitting and running, tossing everything we had into every gut we could cross, getting no fish in the process. Then, we headed to a spot that usually produces a flounder, and there sat our good friend Jimmy Davis and his family. As we pulled up, he took a 2 pound 8 ounce flounder out of the cooler that his wife, Jennifer, had just caught on a mud minnow! Ouch! We hit several more spots, then Jerry’s line went tight and drag started screaming, and he finally boated the 3 pound 3 ounce flounder that won the tournament’s calcutta for biggest flounder of the day!
Alright, now we have a descent trout, a fat flounder, and all we need is a good red to pull the hat trick. Tide was mid-incoming, oyster beds were just getting covered up with water, and we knew right where to go to get our fat daddy red…BAM!! Jerry nails one…unfortunately, it went 26 inches…
Shortly after that, Jerry’s line went to buzzing again, so we figured another big red, but this time it was a little different…
Up to this point, I have only been tagging along for morale support and humerous anecdotes. I caught no trout, and Jerry got the only flounder. I did manage a sea robin on a gulp bait (first time that has ever happened), and I caught a nice ladyfish. Jerry reminded me this wasn’t a trash fish slam, and to get off my butt and produce something, so I put the only legal redfish of the day in the net to calm him down. It wasn’t big, but it gave us the slam! We spent the rest of the day trying to upgrade the red, but it just wasn’t in the cards!
We had 3rd Place all wrapped up, but right before 5 pm, another team showed up with a slam and bumped us back to 4th Place. Still pretty impressive giving the circumstances. We had a great day fishing for a great cause, and Jerry and I both were delighted we could give Coffee Bluff some street cred!
Thursday, May 16th, 2013
Marina update…I stopped by Coffee Bluff Marina project site yesterday, and snapped a couple shots. It looks as if the underground operations are now complete, and sidewalks have been laid out. The fabricated equipment for the bluff hit a little snag, but that fire is being put out as I write this. The old docks are still there, but the lift has been taken down. Everything is looking good…and on top of that, fish are biting!
Also, this Saturday is a great fishing tournament out of Ft. McAllister Marina, the “Fishing for Angels” event. Dr. Jerry Case and I are entering to see if we can find a slam of redfish, trout, and flounder. Anybody else game to fish? Here is a link to their website if you’re interested…entry fee is only $60 and supports a terrific cause!
Tuesday, May 14th, 2013
I got up this morning at 4 am, and just had to go looking…at first light, trout in the 14-15 inch range kept busting my topwater bait over and over…sometimes they would hit it 6 or 7 times on the retrieve. I caught one, and let a few others off the hook so as not to have to deal with treble hooks on small fish. Then, about 30 minutes went by with nothing, then BANG!!