My boat has been on the rack for over two months undergoing a major engine repair and some overdue maintenance. But now that I’m back on the water, all I wanted to do was get out to my favorite fishing spot for this time of year, the Triangle wrecks about 30 miles off Virginia Beach.
The wind was still dropping out in the morning, so we took it easy getting out. Captain Skip Feller and I enjoyed a quick, comfortable ride out to the Triangles in the late morning. There were several boats already on the scene. I couldn’t believe how warm it was for November. We searched for big bluefish for a very short time, until I just couldn’t wait any longer. I was ready to feel that tug of a fish again. So, we stowed the bluefish gear while we investigated a little flounder action. There were schools of micro-sized false albacore and bait everywhere. The water temperature was 64 degrees.
We drifted our first piece, with a good mixture of keeper flatties and big seabass. It was a shame to toss the seabass back. The flounder action was good everywhere we tried. I lost a few big ones, until I finally got a hook to stick. This flounder was both fat and wide! One citation wreck doormat in the box! Skip also caught a big photogenic sea robin. I heard on the radio that folks were struggling to find the bluefish. One or two, to only 33-inches were caught. I would address the bluefish issue tomorrow. The engines purred, as we rode in on slick seas at about 32 knts.