Some of the areas best flounder anglers gathered together to determine who would be crowned this year’s Flounder Bowl Champion. They also came to have a good time. The event began on Friday, June 24th at Dare Marina and Yacht Sales with registration and a big barbeque. The event ended Saturday night with a seafood cookout and party. There was a little flounder fishing in-between.
111 boats competed in the event. The combined weight of each team’s top 3 fish determined the winners. Prize money was paid to the top six teams. There was an optional big-fish Calcutta in which the single heaviest fish won. 60 boats entered the Calcutta. In addition to the regular tournament, there was a Sponsors Challenge competition where sponsored boats competed to win a large trophy that their sponsor gets to keep for the following year, until the next Flounder Bowl. There were awards for the top fish weighed in by a lady, a youth, and a member of the host of the tournament: the Peninsula Salt Water Sport Fisherman’s Association. On top of all of these prizes, all boats that did not place in the top six were entered into a drawing for a Lucky Dog award.
The top boat this year was the Paige II captained by Craig Paige. Their 3-fish stringer weighed an impressive 25.23 pounds.
Second Place was the Healthy Grin captained by Ken Neill and sponsored by the office of Dr. K E. Neill. Their stringer weight was 21.28 pounds.
Third Place was the High Point captained by Chris Bently with a weight of 19.82 pounds.
Fourth Place was Relentless Charters with Capt. Kenny Jarvis. They weighed in18.67 pounds.
Fifth Place was the Mulch Man captained by Clifton Rowe and sponsored by Mercury Mulch. They weighed 18.06 pounds.
Fatty Flatty, captained by Barry Bradley, rounded out the top six. Their stringer weighed 17.61 pounds.
The big fish Calcutta was won with a monster, 12.24 pound flounder. Hunter Gray fishing as part of the Paige II team caught this fish.
The top lady angler was Tricia Neill. She caught a 5.25 pound flounder while fishing on the Healthy Grin. She won $100 plus a pair of Costa sunglasses.
The top youth angler was James Dearnley. He caught a 5.99 pound flounder while fishing on the Outnumbered, sponsored by Pankoke Marine Construction. He won $100 plus a pair of Costa sunglasses.
The top fish weighed in by a member of the PSWSFA was a 11.59 pound flounder caught by Ken Neill fishing on the Healthy Grin. He won $500.
The Healthy Grin, sponsored by the office of Dr. K. E. Neill, won the sponsors challenge trophy.
The Lucky Dog really was a lucky dog. The rule is that you must be present to win. The first boat drawn had already left the party so another team was selected. This year’s Lucky Dog is Tyler Blanks. He received a prize of $500.
The total payout for the tournament was $17,450 plus merchandise.
Cash payouts per team
Paige II: $11,000
Healthy Grin: $2,600
High Point: $1,500
Reelentless Charters: $1,000
Mulch Man: $500
Tyler Blanks: $500
Fatty Flatty: $250
Each team received door prize tickets as part of their registration. These tickets were used to give out the many prizes donated by the sponsors of the tournament. We had one raffle for a flounder artwork donated by Mountain Breeze Taxidermy.
The many volunteers that worked very hard to make this event happen are too numerous to mention but we do have to recognize Capt. Jorj Head, the tournament organizer. This tournament is his idea. Without him and his large circle of friends (that he somehow gets to help) there would not be a Flounder Bowl. This is all volunteer work and I have no idea how many hours he puts into this event each year. We are done with him for a little bit so if you would like to charter a fishing trip call him at (757) 262-9004.
The other folks that have to be mentioned are Mike and Christy Hanna and the entire staff at Dare Marina. They put an amazing amount of effort into this event. The comments that I kept hearing were about how great this place was and how friendly all of the staff were. They really are good people. If you are in the market for a boat, want to sell yours, need boat work done or a place to keep your boat, check out Dare Marina. They will treat you right. www.daremarina.com
The sponsors are everything. They are the reason this event has become such a large success. Besides all of the prize money and merchandize prizes that were given away, we went through: 150 pounds of barbecue, 200 pounds of fried fish, 80 pounds of scallops, 5 bushels of steamed crabs, a couple hundred hot dogs, 15 kegs of beer, and whole lot of other food and drink. We had an unexpected donation of a large amount of margaritas, Long Island iced tea, and rum punch. That all disappeared also. The anglers must have been thirsty. The sponsors provide all of this stuff from the team buckets to the $5,000 1st place prize money.