The Flounder Pounder Open 2017 yesterday was wild at the scales. It has been a pleasure being a part of this event, and it ain’t over yet. We have one more day to go, hope everyone is rested up for today. Yesterday Al put me to work helping keep the line moving, I felt like a bouncer in a club. I am very grateful to all you anglers for your patience. I know some of you waited in line a while. “I had a two gin and tonic wait” as one angler put it. Probably the best line all day. The boats were lined up out of Paradise Marina a good quarter-mile. Also as a reminder once you weigh in please get the boat out of the slip so another can park there. They have about forty slips at the scales and another ninety they are using nearby. The dock hands will direct you to a slip. Please have some patience, I know everyone wants to get in, weigh their fish, and continue with the festivities of the day. We all do, believe that. Seriously, none of us went to the bathroom for five hours.
The scales were alive yesterday. I haven’t seen that many fish, boats, and anglers in one spot in a long time. We could have made fish tacos for days with all the flounder in line. We went into the second day of the Flounder Pounder Open with two, four pound six-ounce fish holding first place. Day one only forty boats went fishing, yesterday just about all of them went fishing. Today everyone who didn’t fish their two days already will be out there trying to land a doormat, because that is what it will take to get the hundred grand. Today is the last day and there are three hundred boats out with an average of four anglers per boat. Good luck to all the anglers and we will see you at the scales. Everyone will be trying to beat the current leader and she is a big fish! When the first big fish hit the scales we had a new leader and the fish kept getting bigger as the day progressed. We were live on Delaware Surf Fishing’s Facebook page and the Paradise Marina’s webcam which we have on the DSF website.. Brandon White from 48half web services had a drone in the air. I can’t wait to see the videos from this tournament.
One thing all of the anglers told me yesterday, this was some of the best flounder fishing they have seen in a while. Some guys caught the most fish they have ever caught in their life. One thing was for sure, there were big fish coming to the scales all day. The leaders were just bigger fish, and even though the fish that came to the scales were not eligible for the leader board, they were still some respectable sized fish. On any given day all of the anglers would be happy to bring home a couple of those fish. Large flounder were averaging five pounds all day long. I am not surprised at some of the names on this leader board these are all very good seasoned anglers.
We are now standing with Team Maker’s Mark captained by Bob Rindfuss at first place with an eleven pound four ounce, thirty inch flounder caught by Brent Wiest from Lewes, DE. A true doormat. Second place is held by team Gotcha captained by Dave Walker and the angler that caught this beast was Robert Karpovich at nine pounds eight ounces at twenty-eight inches. Third place is held by Adventurous’s captain and angler are Randy Swain at nine pounds five ounces at twenty-eight inches. Fourth place is held by Pig Boy (boat) captained by Rick Ritter with angler Kevin Garber’s flounder eight pounds five ounces at twenty-eight and a quarter inches. Fifth place is held by Horizon (boat) captained by Kraig Leiby and angler Rick Pflauger’s flounder at eight pounds even and twenty-six inches. These are all great fish, but could still be knocked out today, the last day of the Flounder Pounder Open of 2017. We will see you at the scales and see what happens. Good luck to all the anglers.