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chex
05-26-2012, 09:29 PM
I launched from the Queen Sound public boat ramp around 7am. It's a decent ramp with parking for maybe 20 cars/trucks with trailers. There were only 2 other trucks when I arrived. There is also a grassy beach, perfect for launching yaks.

http://soudee.us/michel/images/photos/chinco/ramp.jpg

The ramp is just before this bridge. I started fishing the end of the outgoing tide.

http://soudee.us/michel/images/photos/chinco/bridge.jpg

Not a bite... until the tide changed, and I hooked this 21" flounder on a Gulp jerk shad (pink/chartreuse). My first flounder ever.

http://soudee.us/michel/images/photos/chinco/floumder.jpg

http://soudee.us/michel/images/photos/chinco/flounder21.jpg

Not another bite until about an hour later, something powerful started taking line out. I thought it was the biggest fish I'd ever caught and was surprised to find that it was a ray... A hard fighting doormat.

http://soudee.us/michel/images/photos/chinco/ray.jpg

http://soudee.us/michel/images/photos/chinco/ray2.jpg

chex
05-26-2012, 09:32 PM
The rest of the day, I caught only a few crabs.

http://soudee.us/michel/images/photos/chinco/crab.jpg

There were a lot of people fishing this area, but I only saw 2 other fish caught. A throwback and another 21". Lots of kids out with their parents enjoying the nice weather.

I headed back around 2pm and landed on the grassy beach, since by now the boat ramp was seeing non-stop action.

http://soudee.us/michel/images/photos/chinco/shore.jpg

Sun
05-26-2012, 09:47 PM
Congrats on the flounder. The one you have there is probably better than any you would have gotten from an asian market. Haha.

J.A. Veil
05-26-2012, 09:58 PM
Nice going on your flounder. That was a pretty good fish to count as your first ever.

You are brave to bring a decent sized ray into your kayak. They are strong and can thrash around. Some of them have poisonous spines near the base of their tails.

tufnik
05-26-2012, 10:47 PM
Congrats! Nice looking fish. I guess you didn't have to go to Lotte.

You realize you just gave credibility to that area. Now I want to go there. :D

Grady-Black
05-27-2012, 06:24 AM
Nice Flounder Chexone!
Thanks for the report..
GB

MetroMan
05-27-2012, 07:44 AM
As mentioned above...thats a nice flounder for your first one ever! Way to go. Enjoy

AnimalPA
05-27-2012, 08:31 AM
I launched from the Queen Sound public boat ramp around 7am. It's a decent ramp with parking for maybe 20 cars/trucks with trailers. There were only 2 other trucks when I arrived. There is also a grassy beach, perfect for launching yaks.

http://soudee.us/michel/images/photos/chinco/ramp.jpg

The ramp is just before this bridge. I started fishing the end of the outgoing tide.

http://soudee.us/michel/images/photos/chinco/bridge.jpg

Not a bite... until the tide changed, and I hooked this 21" flounder on a Gulp jerk shad (pink/chartreuse). My first flounder ever.

http://soudee.us/michel/images/photos/chinco/floumder.jpg
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http://soudee.us/michel/images/photos/chinco/flounder21.jpg

Not another bite until about an hour later, something powerful started taking line out. I thought it was the biggest fish I'd ever caught and was surprised to find that it was a ray... A hard fighting doormat.

http://soudee.us/michel/images/photos/chinco/ray.jpg

http://soudee.us/michel/images/photos/chinco/ray2.jpg


Very nice! I went out for 2 hours but only caught the ray :( good job.

Southerly
05-27-2012, 09:30 AM
congrats! on some good work there :)

if i can get a hook back from a ray/skate? is more than good enough for me. overall, i generally prefer a little distance between them and me, but they do have some serious pull.

not sure if i'll ever learn, but i always think the ray is a giant one of whatever fish it is that i'm targeting for at least a little while. and that is fun. :)

AnimalPA
05-27-2012, 11:04 AM
Ok for someone learning the east saltwater this is off Rt 175 Shelly Bay? Just try to get orientated. Thx

Shield
05-27-2012, 11:06 AM
Nice first keeper Chex.

ComeOnFish
05-27-2012, 09:25 PM
Efrin,
Thanks for the post.
I will be there in June after the vacation

joe

camelbird
05-27-2012, 09:25 PM
NIIICE MAN! Congrats on researching, putting the time into it and the pay off! Well done...

Justin

chex
05-28-2012, 03:34 AM
Thanks guys. Definitely rewarding when you get to take something home. Got major brownie points too.


You are brave to bring a decent sized ray into your kayak.

It's that fine line between brave and stupid that I walk. By the time I got it onboard, it was exhausted, and luckily did not flop around too much. I may leave the next one in the water.


not sure if i'll ever learn, but i always think the ray is a giant one of whatever fish it is that i'm targeting for at least a little while. and that is fun. :)

Yeah totally fun. I knew it wasn't a huge flounder, but in my mind, I was taking a 50 inch striper home...


Ok for someone learning the east saltwater this is off Rt 175 Shelly Bay? Just try to get orientated. Thx

Yep, that's the secret spot. Don't tell anybody ;)


Efrin,
Thanks for the post.
I will be there in June after the vacation

joe

You're welcome! But I'm not Efrin... :p

ComeOnFish
05-28-2012, 07:03 AM
Sorry Mike!
I don't know why I typed Efrin.

Joe

ictalurus
05-28-2012, 02:01 PM
Nice work on the flatties, Mike. Those are some awesome first fish.

surfdog
05-28-2012, 02:24 PM
very nice, 21 for your first 1, now you'll be pissed at all the 16 and 17s that have to go back;)

dont do that with a clear nose ray they have spines that have a toxin on thier skin that is very iritating if they break your skin with them

tufnik
05-28-2012, 02:45 PM
+1 Come to think of it, I too thought you were rather brave holding that ray up for the pic. Even though it was "exhausted," you never know when that tail will swing around.

Yeah, surfdog. I was a bit pissed when I caught a 17" flounder in Delaware the other day. I was initially thinking Virginia (limit is 16.5"), but then it came to me that DE limit is 18". :(

Anyway, enjoy the fillets, Chex. Are you going back soon?

chex
05-28-2012, 02:58 PM
+1 Come to think of it, I too thought you were rather brave holding that ray up for the pic. Even though it was "exhausted," you never know when that tail will swing around.

Yeah, surfdog. I was a bit pissed when I caught a 17" flounder in Delaware the other day. I was initially thinking Virginia (limit is 16.5"), but then it came to me that DE limit is 18". :(

Anyway, enjoy the fillets, Chex. Are you going back soon?

It's not really bravery when you're not fully aware of the risks. :o I was thinking of steve erwin as I handled the ray, but figured that must have been a different kind of ray that killed him. In any case, thanks for the education and I will be more careful.

No plans on going back soon. It's exhausting... but fun :)

tufnik
06-02-2012, 08:18 AM
I'm trying to learn more about those things. Actually, I'm not sure if you have a skate or a ray. I think it's a skate. If so, they're relatively safe since they don't have stingers. Skates have spines, but they're not poisonous and don't whip around. Rays are the really harmful ones, and some have poisonous stingers.