This has been a odd summer for me. In the years past I have been hammering the fish inshore getting on good numbers of quality fish, of many different species. This year, the inshore fishing in SE Virginia really hasn't materialized into much to talk about, so I have spent my time carp fishing instead. Besides a few outings which produced a few Sheepshead to 25", Carp fishing with the fly rod has been my main pursuit.
|Bowed up on the 6wt|
|A bit over 32" Common|
|My first Mirror (on the fly none the less)|
These trips all occurred on days off, with the schedule looking something like this...
0600 - wake up for work
1600-2300 - go over gear, pack the car, and relax
2300-0430 - drive south
0530-1700 - fish hard!
Repeat for the following days off
last day 1600-2200 - drive north
This leads to very little sleep which requires good decision making and patience when your body just isn't willing to do what your mind tells it to do. It also requires a good playlist to keep you going.
The music got me going, and it was time to get some fishes! Week one presented muddy waters, low tides, and lots of wind. With all of that being taken into account, there were still a good number of flounder being caught on the natural Ultra Shrimp. These bad boys were sight casted along marsh edges. Just look for sudden and violent explosion's, and there you have it!
|Flounder on the Fly|
|The Wicked Pissah of the world famous Wicked Pissah Guide Service with a quality inshore Redfish|
|This greedy lil' guy fell for a Chatterbait with a PTL JP Hammershad|
|A feisty fatty fell for a Tactical Anglers Crossover|
The third weekend was the weekend of the 2015 Hook, Line and Paddle TJM tournament out of Wilimington NC. This is an event that I fish every year, and has become one of my favorites. I would miss Christmas before I would miss this. So, I had a 4 day weekend to get out and really hit it. Friday morning was forecasted to be calm and clear. Everything was supposed to be perfect, except it wasn't. Winds were NE at 10-20, pushing the tides out, making things difficult. The Trout Trick ended up being the skunk buster, bringing a few flounder to 17" and some spike specks to hand.
|Flounder on the Trout Trick|
|At least the tournament day view was plesant.|
|1st fish of the day|
|Notice the "selfie" setup back in the marsh.|
The trip ended as uneventful as it started, with a long drive back home. As I write this, I cant help but wonder... When 1600 comes around on Friday afternoon, will I be Carolina Bound again?