Fluke 7/18/21 While back forecast said today would be flat calm. Sure wasn’t. …


2021-07-18 21:41:17
Monty Hawkins

Fluke 7/18/21
While back forecast said today would be flat calm.
Sure wasn’t. But not too bad. Marina was full of cancelled offshore trips. Their forecast must have had some serious air in it.
Ours inshore? Some. Doable.
Cleared the inlet and found nice conditions for the first mile. After that it deteriorated steadily. Was wondering if I had a day or not for my first advertised flounder trip of ‘21. Seemed to steady-up 12 miles off. Wind gauge topped out briefly at 19.2 knots SSW – averaged 16.5 til 11am I think.
Then that southerly began falling out. By 12:30 it was 13.5 knots. Sea calmed rapidly. Though the breeze picked back up to 16 knots after a while, by then built-up wave height/energy was spent & couldn’t rebuild without starting over. Nice day.
Brian & Tyler Messick from Hockessin DE were today’s guest reef builders.
Bernie O’Brien boxed the day’s first limit of flounder. Jigmaster Tom was next. Despite great effort on George Stieger’s part with three in the box, there would be no other limits.
Brian Hunter of Kingsley PA boated the second fluke of the day. It held on all day to win the pool.
Lay in tomorrow.
Will pull three OCRF Benelli Reef Raffle winners this evening. First prize is two tickets on my rig. Other two will get OCRF t-shirts.
Have our eye on three barges. Two are strong enough to carry a bit of cement one last time. Would sure like to get precast concrete on both of them – cable it on tight and sink em.
Takes funding to do all that. Especially the tow from Chesapeake to our reefs..
Ain’t Cheap!
Raffle works. Winners every week. Those tix go right back into the basket for more weekly & new year’s day grand prize drawings..
Have LOTS of great prizes.

Capt Monty Hawkins


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