Fish News: Tournaments Set for 2006

Fish News
Tournaments Set for 2006

Our club's tournament line-up has been set for 2006.
The Open Flounder Tournament will be very different this year. It will be earlier in the year, July 22, and at a new location, Dare Marina. Also, it will be a boat/team tournament this year instead of an individual tournament as in years past. Instead of a single big fish, teams will weigh in a 4 fish stringer. There will be an optional, big fish calcutta. There also will be a special sponsors division for our club sponsors to compete in for bragging rights for the year. On top of all that, a kayak division has been added.
We will have 5 club tournaments this year. The free Youth and Ladies Tournament will be June 24- July 2 with a cookout/awards ceremony at Dare Marina on the 2nd. The other 4 club tournaments each has a $10 entry fee or you can enter all 4 up front for $35. The Bishop Fishing Supply Triple Threat Tournament (gray trout, spadefish, flounder) is May 20-29. The Don Forman Cobia Tournament will be Aug. 12-20. The Spot Tournament/Fish Fry will be out of Dare Marina on Oct. 7. The Bishop Fishing Supply Rockfish Tournament will run the entire month of December. Contact John Schnautz about any of the club tournaments. Gene Hunsecker is our tournament director for the Dare Marina/PSWSFA Open Flounder Tournament.
May 7, Dr. John Graves just got back from a week in Ghana where he was fishing for blue marlin while filming for the Guy Harvey TV series. John said the fishing was not red hot but he did catch a 700-pound blue marlin that put on a great show for the camera. They caught a couple of other smaller blues. Now he is back in Virginia and is ready to catch a drum before he is off to Mexico for some sailfishing. When I grow up, I want to be John Graves.
May 7, Dave and Chris Boyce fished out of Hatteras on the Free Agent. In less than perfect weather, they managed to catch a variety of fish. They had a nice red grouper and Chris caught a monster red snapper.
May 6, our club took a trip on the Miss Hatteras. Forty of us had a great time together and we even managed to catch some fish. The most common catch was vermilion snapper. We caught some nice triggerfish. Our youngest angler, Deven Simmerman, caught our only snowy grouper. David Brabrand caught the fish of the day, a big red snapper. David did not enter the big fish pool. Another nice red snapper was caught and then Gary Donaldson and Steve Williams each caught amberjacks. It looked close for the big fish. Matt Rinck then took the lead with a red grouper. It looked like he had won when an amberjack decided to eat the snapper I had hooked up with. After he gaffed my fish, the captain said that it was time to go. With the last fish of the day, I managed to win the big fish pot by a couple of ounces.
May 6, Jack Lawson and Dr. Bob Allen fished the HRBT. They caught about 30 flounder but only 11 were large enough to keep.
May 4 and 5, Jack Lawson fished the HRBT and brought home limits of flounder each day.

Dr. Ken Neill, III writes a weekly column for The Peninsula Salt Water Sport Fisherman's Association (