You read that right. I have been given the opportunity to represent the Hobie Fishing Team as the Local Pro for Central Virginia. The folks at Appomattox River Company were very supportive in this endeavor and were it not for them, I am not sure that this could have ever been possible. My heartfelt thanks go out to Vic Sorenson and the whole ARC crew for backing me on this one. As a way to celebrate this recent opportunity, I met up with another fellow Hobie owner, Joe Underwood, and decided to go fishing at Rudee Inlet.
The original plan was to head to the Eastern Shore and scout out some new fishing spots and chase after that ever elusive bull red I have been longing for. When we crossed the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel complex, the waves were cresting at 7-8' with severe chop and whitecaps with winds were gusting out of the north at nearly 30 mph - not the conditions you want to see when planning an outing on the Eastern Shore. So I erred on the side of caution and opted to launch at Rudee Inlet which is somewhat more protected.
Marsh Works Killa Squilla in Pearl with a Chartreuse Tail on a 1/4oz Copper Bull Red Jig head and Joe was using a shad shaped soft plastic, which I believe was a Bass Assassin, in white as well.
Joe missed a couple hits in the heart of the inlet, but I decided to move down further into the front main cove. The winds weren't as bad in the front cove, so we were able to vertical jig our presentations while drifting along broadside to the wind very slowly. I struck first with a smallish flounder that measured in at 16 1/4".
Joe had a couple more strikes but no hook ups and decided to call it a day earlier than planned in hopes of getting out on Saturday. I bid him adieu and wished him safe travels. It was close to 3pm, but I decided to hang around for a tad longer. I watched the various signs of life that abounds in Rudee Inlet. All forms of aviary species inhabit the area, including White Egrets, Blue Herons, Canadian Geese, Ospreys, Cormorants, Seagulls and of course Mallards.
Bull Red Jig Head. I tried a couple other presenations with a MirroMullet but had not luck. As mentioned earlier, the flounder was landed on the Killa Squilla in Pearl with a Chartreuse Tail, while all of the Bluefish and the lone Speckled Trout were landed on the Bayou Thumper in Morning Glory and White.
Speckled Trout and Flounder both have teeth, but normally do not tear through too many of my Marsh Works lures, but Bluefish on the other hand are known as "Chompers" for good reason.
While the day itself was not a huge success in numbers for the 7 hours spent on the water, I did manage to catch some fish and had fun with a friend. All fish were released unharmed and swam away healthy. All in all, I think it was a great way to christen my first day on the water as a member of the Hobie Fishing Team. I look forward to sharing my experiences on the water and my involvement with Heroes On the Water with you all as time rolls on.
Thanks again to the folks from Hobie for making this dream a reality, and to Vic and the crew at Appomattox River Company for supporting me in this endeavor.
As always, be safe out there, leave the water cleaner than when you launched, and take a kid fishing.