The annual Chum Derby at Brown’s Bay brought many anglers out this year despite the rain, and Saturday was a great day for catching those fighting dogs.
It drizzled all day, and the fish seemed to like it, literally leaping out of the water all around us. We caught six, and it looked as if others were doing even better.
Just before we decided to head back, I had a real fighter on my line, that snapped the line and took the hook, hoochie, flasher and all… might have been a winner, if I had been able to hang on to it!
At weigh-in as of Saturday afternoon, the heaviest so far was 16¾ pounds. Paricipants were lined up at the weigh scales having to stand in knee deep water as the tide was so high, it had washed up over the dock, just where the three docks converge at the weigh scale. Right around weigh in time (3pm), the rain really came down but lots of hardy fishermen (and women) were braving it. (Could be that the three beer for $10 at the beer tent was helping some people to shrug off the weather.)
Luckily, Dick’s Fish and Chips were there again this year, temporarily set up in the floating restaurant, and somehow, having crispy hot fish and chips and hot chocolate seemed like the perfect way to end a long and soggy day.
Sunday looked even more promising with the sun coming out. Good luck to everyone, and look forward to hearing the results!!