Jim Baugh Otudoors hooked up with Captain Jack Norman to complete our two part flounder show. Leaving out of Wachapreague our crew also consisted of Bret and Jack's nephew Hayden who already is a master shark catcher.
Clear skies and fair sea conditions made for a beautiful trip out of the inlet and our first stop was the offshore reef called Parramore. This is one of the artificial reefs that is constructed by the Virginia Artificial Reef Program and has provided massive habitat for marine life and excellent places for the sporting angler to navigate to.
|Prince of Peace|
We were fishing with Jack's favorite flounder baits and it was not long before we hooked up. The bite was not as fast or as often as we were hoping for so Captain Jack headed another 10 miles offshore to the SS Monroe for some exciting wreck fishing.
|Sea Bass off the Parramore Reef|
Next Stop the SS Monroe
|SS Monroe launched 1902|
|SS Monroe Postcard early 1900's|
|Member of the crew SS Monroe during inquiry|
JBOTV Underwater Cameras Dive Into The SS Monroe
|Here you can see the hatch our camera descended through capturing the deck beneath holding fish|
This was a wreck that I for sure wanted to film so we got out one of our JBOTV underwater troll pro cameras and rigged it with a heavy weight and 100 feet of line. Once cameras running and overboard it soon came to rest on the top deck of the Monroe approximately 60 feet under our boat. The wreck sits in 80 feet of water.
Within a minute, luckily we repositioned the camera line and our underwater troll pro found it’s way through an open hatch and proceeded to sink down into the deck underneath. This gave us some incredible video and pictures of what has rarely been seen for over 100 years. We also found that fish just love living inside this wreck.
|Inside the SS Monroe|
|JBOTV Toll Pro Camera ascending from the SS Monroe|
Fishing The Monroe
After pulling off a flounder and also a sea bass off the Monroe it was time to try some spade fishing off a couple other wrecks closer to shore. Luck was not with us on the spadefish however a quick stop by buoy 10 did provide some interesting results.
On The Way In
We happen to come across lots of small fish and a stray dolphin that did not want to be caught. After quite a few cast it was pushing the end of the day and we headed back in.
Great day on the water and a good time was had by all. Look for our video feature with Captain Jack and Captain Meriwether Payne coming up in our 2016 season. We will also post segments online on our YouTube Channel.
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