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Got up Friday morning and checked NWS to see that 2-3 and turned into 3-4, but left Odenton at 4:00 AM anyway and met the second half of my crew at Kipto Inn. John, my brother's friend from high school, informed me that the vasectomy he had gotten a few days before was not looking forward to the small craft advisory.

Despite sings of MAJOR rainfall (most cornfields were under water) the boat cover was in tact and not holding any water... thanks to my pathetic mcgyver PVC pipe running from the transom to the windshield under the cover (more about that later).

Shot over to Kipto ramp to find the docks under water and a strong W-NW wind and seas that I definitely was not going out in. Went to Chris' to see if they had crabs and we could tog around the inside of the ships, but no go.

Went to stingrays and wanted to vomit by the amount of country bacon I saw scarfed down when a tour bus from Hampton Roads stopped by en route to Atlantic City.

Shortly before noon, we launched from wise ramp so we could have a shorter run to the bridge in the mess. It had laid down some, but it was still snotty out. Plus, the outgoing tide and the W-NW wind had pushed a lot of water out of the bay, and we actually touched bottom right after we went under the first bridge... I was running over the previous track I had used from that ramp and I had never been in less than 5 feet of water.

We looked at some pilings on the way out, but there was no way I could have handled the boat around the pilings in those conditions. Eventually, we made it to the 4th island and ducked into the lee on the ocean side, and parked it there for the rest of the day. We had a steady pic of footballs, and Jon actually managed one 43.5" fish on a 6" chartruese BKD and 1oz jighead late in the afternoon. I'm quite sure pulling against a trophy rockfish on light tackle for 5 minutes was not in John's post-op recovery plan, so I was pretty proud him for releasing that fish to swim another day after all that straining. It was caught casting right against the rocks and swimming back to the boat, not jigging on the bottom... the fish took the jig RIGHT against the rocks. We did not see another boat the entire day, until Walley Pete showed up around 3:00.

Pete made a smart move and headed for the barn before the sun went down, and made the classy move of stopping by and asking if I was okay getting home, if I wanted to run back with him through the snot (I think he knew where it would lay down the most based on bottom countour, etc), and even told me that if we had trouble with low water again, I should run all the way up to Kipto and give him a call and he would drive me to wise ramp so I could get my truck/trailer :thumbup::thumbup:

Stupidly, we declined because we were planning on setting up for a little evening eeling at the high rise. We were one of only 4 boats out there, and with the strong wind and now incoming tide (against each other), I couldn't hold bottom or get a decent spread out. Plus it was pretty snotty and I have to say I'm never eeling again unless I have the rods pre-rigged (we were trying to tie in that mess and it sucked). We struck out there and after about 90 minutes just called it a night.

We ran back to the Wise Ramp and thankfully with the VERY full moon I had enough light to see the breakers coming at me the entire way back. I got a lesson in throttle control and it was a good experience... giving it a little gas up the wave and then pulling back while we came down the other side and wave after wave after wave just barely avoided stuffing the bow. I've taken a few waves over the bow in less snotty conditions, but am starting to figure out the piloting/captaining thing and we made it home soaked only by wind-blown boat spray. My speed on the way back was always between 3 and 7 knots, so it was a long trip.


The next day we did it all over again, but were able to run all over the bridge (although it was still pretty snotty). We caught fish steadily all day, but only footballs. Fish jigged up in 6 feet of water at the shoals all the way to 60 feet of water near the 3rd island - all 27 and under. We checked all my favorite pilings and hundreds of other random ones all the way to the 2nd island, but found more of the same.

On the way back to the ramp, just to keep me humble from what I considered to be excellent boat handling in the rough stuff for the past two days, I made a naviagation error and was very confused as I was running at 4,000 rpms to see the water depth on my meter go from 8 feet to 3 feet to 1 foot in about 5 seconds. Then I felt the bump and throttled back all the way while trimming the motor up as fast as it would go, only to find myself THOROUGHLY stuck on a sandbar with an outgoing tide. Turns out I had missed the cut back to the wise ramp (I have no idea how - have launched there plenty of times) and run up onto the flats.

Two of my HOs had waders on and hopped out, but the boat wasn't going anywhere. I bit the bullet and decided that since I had gotten us into this mess, and since I'm fat and wasn't helping the boat float off the bar by being in it, I hopped out too. Let's just say that 48 degree water was refreshing. It was only shin deep, but it began creeping up my long underwear like a sponge.

30 minutes later, we had the boat into thigh deep water and we were able to get back in the boat and head back to the ramp without further incident. No damage done, other than a shot to my pride. Fortunately, no boats came through the cut while we were pushing her off... they wouldn't have been able to help, so I didn't need anyone laughing :)

Got her tied up at the ramp and noticed as I was walking to get the car that the water in my boots was actually starting to feel warm like in a wetsuit. I didn't want to change into dry clothes until after we had her all washed up (where I always manage to get wet), because I only had one extra set of clothes and wanted to be totally dry when driving home. As I got into the Pathfinder, I saw the icing on the cake. The PVC boat cover support I had mcgyver rigged gets put into the truck when we use the boat. It barely fits in the truck... and when the hatch had been closed earlier in the day, the PVC had been kicked forward and actually put about a 30 inch diameter spider web in my front windshield!!!!! :eek::eek:

The rest of the day was uneventful, so I crawled into bed about 5 hours later licking my wounds and dreaming of calm seas, a steady pick of bigger fish, deep channels, unswollen balls, greater freeboard, deeper Vs, bigger anchors, and new windshields.

Thanks for reading if you made it this far. I'll post pics tonight, but was too tired (or too scared of breaking it somehow) to unload pics off my camera when we got home.
 

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Great report. Sounds like an adventure for sure!

I kept reading thinking you somehow busted out the windows of your boat from a wave over the bow. Getting stuck on a sand bar may have been just as bad.

At least you caught some fish.
 

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Thanks for a very entertaining read . Sorry about the problems you encountered but at least you have a great sense of humor .:thumbup: You'll do better next time .:yes:
 

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Some days you are the windshield and some days you are the bug. What does one always say...............could have been worse..........that never helps. Thanks for the read!.....Gary
 

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Welcome top the Club!

Josh,

Great story. I have trailered all over the east coast and have encountered the same issues. It is one of the things that makes this lifestyle interesting and fun. As long as you got back safely, everything else is either a good lesson or a good story, and most time is both!

By the way, I forwarded your post to some of the friends that I have fished with. I know that it will elicite many of the same memories for them that it did for me.

Saltrodder
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Damn Josh what a trip you guys had, sorry for all your troubles but you know if you had a skiff you could had just ran over that foot of water but then again you would not be fishing in that sloop. :eek2: Did you get a chance to use that new rod and if so how did it do??? Thanks for the report and your adventure that was a good read other then your troubles. Give me a call one evening and we can work something out to get this other rod to you.
 

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Great report and good read. Not sure if I would have had the balls to go out in it. Pulled the plug a run to fish down there today. Might of been hell at the time but good or bad those are the kind of trips you remember best. :yes:
 

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Been There Done That

One morning this past summer up at Cape Cod (out of Wellfleet), I got stuck up on Billingsgate Shoal. Luckily the winds were not too bad, and I just closed my eyes for about an hour and the tide came in and I was off. It delayed me just enough so my brother could finish his raod trip up, so I picked him up at Pamet River.

Thetiming ended up sucking for the catching part, but it was a humbling yet goo learning experience.

Glad you all made it back safeley though.

Heading to CBBT this weekend, to see what we can get into.

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Thanks for the report! That sure makes launching the yak, and catching some toothies here on the magothy somehow seem like less of a burden! Glad you got out there, and found some pullage!
 

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Josh -

Thats what you get for not taking your number one HO!!! Cant wait for next week!! Im hoping i can beat the 43.5, although thats a high mark to beat.
 

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Damn Josh what a trip you guys had, sorry for all your troubles but you know if you had a skiff you could had just ran over that foot of water but then again you would not be fishing in that sloop. :eek2: Did you get a chance to use that new rod and if so how did it do??? Thanks for the report and your adventure that was a good read other then your troubles. Give me a call one evening and we can work something out to get this other rod to you.
Thanks all for your comments - I know I'm among likeminded guys who just love fishing when I don't get any lectures for being a dumbazz... just a laugh (mostly with me, not at me) knowing that we've all been there or will be there.

Steve - you gotta adjust your parameters when reading. I said "shin deep" water, but that's on me. You might have needed a snorkel to help push her off the bar.
 

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Shows what what some fellas will do for some pullage, glad you guys made it back ok.
 

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Josh,
I am exhausted just from reading your adventure. I am glad you ll made it back safe.

BTW - I live in Odenton too, just off Waugh Chapel.

Thanks for sharing.
 

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Dude, That's a trip you tell stories about for year to come. Glad you alright and no one was hurt. Better luck next time and thanks for the report.
 

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Hey phishphighter - sorry it got long. In the future, you're more than welcome to stop reading at any point and I won't be offended.

Ray - you've probably seen me running/biking around your neighborhood. I'm out there almost every day after work doing the ironman training... especially if we've still got daylight. Toss me a gatorade if you see a dude that's too tall and fat to be out there or to float a boat off a sandabar and I'd appreciate it.

ReelExcuse - the first time we bottomed out in the morning I'm convinced it was due to a shifting sandbar and a low tide. In the afternoon, it was caused by me running a quarter mile off course like an idiot during the beginning of the outgoing tide. Nothing but operator error to blame on that one. I'm just glad we didn't come to too sudden of a stop... no one went flying.
 
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