Flounder Pounder Open 2019 Day 1 Results
Day one of the Flounder Pounder Open Scales Was Exciting
Today the scales opened at 4 PM, just as the skies opened on all the anglers,Paradise, and Long Neck. Fast moving storms would roll through every twenty to thirty minutes for a couple of hours. I literally soaped my jeep with a mop and let the last storm wash it off, I mean why not, it’s free water right. Lemonade Baby!
The last storm hit just as the scales opened for the Flounder Pounder Open 2019. No one cared about the weather, they wanted to see fish, and they were not disappointed. It was an exciting day at the scales.
The first fish to be weighed in the Flounder Pounder Open 2019 was brought in by Captain Chuck Cook of First Light Charters. I highly recommend Chuck’s charter service, he is a top notch angler, and can catch fish. The first fish weighed in didn’t last long. The first fish never does, but no one expected what was coming to the scales next.
A cooler is brought to the scales, the angler is excited. He gives Chuck and Al a quick look at the fish. From my vantage point I can see the flounder, it’s big. It is bay tournament winner big, like take the entire bay tourney big. It is definitely large enough to stay on the board for the entire day and possibly the entire Flounder Pounder Open. Where on the board will be decided by Saturday.
Chuck takes the flounder out of the cooler and holds her up for the crowd, they get loud. The fish is measured, twenty-seven and a half inches. The crowd goes nuts, they know that is easily a seven plus pound flounder.
Guessing weights has become a little past time we have in the booth, and everyone who works the scales. We need to do blocks and sell them for each fish. Buy a tenth of a pound for “x”. Anyway, The fish is put on the scale, Chuck lets her go and the numbers scroll. The crowd explodes, and so does Dylan Montgomery.
The scales land on 8.6 pounds, the crowd goes nuts, Al screams yeah Babbbbby! (His FPO trademark yell.) Watching the scales is like watching a slot machine, what lucky number will it hit.
We have a new leader in the second fish brought to the scales, but a solid one. We know it will hold for a while, but you never know in a tournament do you? What else will come to the scales on day one? Will this flounder be beaten today, tomorrow?
Every flounder is almost a new place, a new weight, a new daily calcutta. We watch places change on the board constantly, the crowd is glued to the scales and the TV’s around Paradise. A few fish don’t make the cut, but for the most part they all do, if just for a hot minute. It was an exiting day watching places change. Four and five pound flounder gave way to five and a half pounds, and then six. A few seven pound flounder make the board. For an offshore flounder tournament it has been a good day.
Every fishing tournament that lasts a few days will have some serious excitement at the scales on day one. Usually the people on the leader board won’t be anywhere near it by the end. Except maybe Dylan Montgomery and his 8.6 pound flounder on day one. it will exciting to see how he does as the tournament progresses, you never know.
In the past few days some double digit flounder have been caught in Delaware waters offshore. We will see how things pan out by Saturday for our day one leader. I’m waiting for a true doormat, that is something over ten pounds. Big bait, big fish. Someone needs to drag those big Jersey flounder rigs with squid or a whole side of bacon.
The anglers today had fun getting their names on the board, and that is what it is all about. The thrill of the scales, and you just never know. The fishing could tank tomorrow into Saturday, and everyone up today would win. You never give up in a tournament, you never stop fishing, you fish to the last minute, and you never stop trying.
Tomorrow is day two at the Flounder Pounder Open scales at Paradise Grill at 4 PM. Should be some excitement, and there is a daily calcutta that gets the crowd and anglers fired up. Good luck to everyone. I am rooting for several friends.
“How did it go” … (I heard this more than once)
“We fished it was tough today, I mean really tough, we have two more to fish. We need a game plan.”