6/6/09 HPVFC Striper Shootout — First Place!

Had the pleasure of fishing the High Point Striper Shootout on Saturday and now understand what all that hype is about.

Everything from the captain’s meeting to the awards party was well organized and a lot of fun. There wasn’t much standing around wondering what was going to happen and when. Everyone there was really on the ball and the show seemed to have gone on without a hitch.

With the format we were able to start fishing at 3am so we left the dock at 2:30am.

Made the run to the bathing beach off IBSP and dropped in the lines about 3:30am. It wasn’t pretty but it was trollable for us.

Luckily the wind dropped out as the sun came up and it was ultimately a pretty incredible day on the water. I just wish the stripers had cooperated as well as the weather.

We put an extremely long day in on the water, the longest i’ve ever fished for stripers on one trip actually, and ended up with 3 bites on bunker spoons.

The first fish pulled off a couple minutes into the fight around 6:30am. That was a real heartbreaker because it felt like a good one.

Around 8am we picked a small fish off the sewer pipe a mile or so south of the ferris wheel in seaside. This one ultimately weighed in at 16# 9oz.

Hours and hours of nothing, until 2:15pm, and we finally had a bite on a green bunker spoon. I knew it was a good one. Every time i bumped the boat i felt like we were going to pull the hook. Doug and Andrew worked to net the fish and once in the boat we knew we had a contender since the fishing was so bad. You really could have heard a pin drop during the fight until the fish hit the deck… somehow it seemed the engines weren’t even making any noise…

Made the drive to the firehouse for the weigh-in and our big fish ended up at 37.5 lbs, good enough for heaviest fish. Our first fish gave us an aggregate weight of 54 pounds, good enough for first place in the calcutta as well.

Hopefully someone involved can post a picture, i didn’t get a chance to take one with my camera.

Thanks to everyone who helped with the tournament… all your organization and planning made for a great time all around!!