This was the 4th Flounder Bowl and there are now four different Flounder Bowl Champions. The event began on Friday evening with a Captain's Meeting and a Barbecue. It finished Saturday evening with the awards presentations and a Seafood Party.
In between these two, there was a lot of action and it was not all flounder fishing. It takes a lot of work by a lot of volunteers to set up for this event each year. A line of storms came through Friday night and wiped out everything. All of the tents were not just knocked over, they were destroyed. All of the tables and chairs were blown all over the place. It looked like a disaster area. The word "Heartbreaking" was used many times. The volunteers fishing wished those staying behind, the best of luck and just hoped something could be done in time for the party. When we got back in, we were amazed at what those people were able to do. I do not know all that helped out but some are: Charles Southall, John Hunt, Mike and Christy Hanna, and some very fast, emergency deliveries and set up by ABZ Rentals. It looked like nothing had happened at all. 117 boats fished this year's event. Boats were greeted by rough seas left over from the storm front. It calmed down as the day progressed and it turned out to be a very nice day on the water. Large flounder proved to be hard to come by for most of the fleet. Boats using wire-line to work hard structure had the most success.
This year's Flounder Bowl Champion is the "Wired Out" captained by Jim Davis. Their 3-fish stringer weighed 18.43 pounds. They received the Flounder Bowl trophy and $5,000.00
Second Place is the "Fatty Flatty" captained by Barry Bradly. They weighed in 16.97 pounds. They won $2,000.00
Bryan Cockrell and the "T-Mo Express" came in third place with a weight of 16.05 pounds. They won $1,500.00
Fourth Place is the "Tip Top" captained by Glen West. They weighed in 16.03 pounds. They won $1,000.00.
The "Albemarle 24", captained by Alan Hall, came in Fifth Place with a weight of 15.34 pounds. They won $500.00
Sixth Place is the "Miss Janet II" captained by Neil Taylor with a weight of 14.79 pounds. They won $250.00
59 boats entered into the Big Fish Calcutta. The winner is the "Tip Top" with an 8.5 pound flounder. The Calcutta win was $5,900.00 bringing the "Tip Top's" winnings to $6,900.00
The Top Lady Angler is Jennifer Hall, fishing on the "Albemare 24", with a 5.23 pound fish. She won $100.00 and a pair of Costa Sunglasses
The Top Youth Angler is James Dearnley, fishing on the "Out Numbered", with a 3.66 pound flounder.
The Sponsors Challenge was won by Capt. Craig Paige of "Paige II Charters" with a stringer weight of 13.35 pounds.
Teams not placing in the top six were placed into a drawing for a "Lucky Dog" award. This year's winner is "Reel Teese II" captained by Randy Richardson. They won $500.00
The Flounder Bowl is made possible through the hard work of many volunteers and it is only possible with the support of the amazing sponsors. In addition to the Gold Sponsors listed at the top of the page are the Tournament's other Sponsors:
Drucker & Falk Real Estate, Tidal Fish, Lateral Line, Richmond Scale, Holland Corp., Ace Peninsula Hardware, Rudees Inlet Station Marina, Grafton Fishing Spply, Sinkerman's Wholesale Sinkers & Lures, VooDoo Tackle, Pig Out BBQ, Beachcomber Restaurant, Sea Tow Lower Chesapeake, Aero Colours Auto Bady & Paint, Just Plumbing, Charlie's Auto Repair, Amory Funeral Home, Hunt Smile Design, Costa Sunglasses, The Pizza Shop, Mountain Breeze Taxidermy, Bishop Fishing Supply, Chesapeake Angler, Wayne Harbin Builder, Inc., Dr. K.E.Neill, Yorktown