Fisherman's Island

Discussion in 'Mid Atlantic' started by Kenny Powers, Jan 8, 2011.

  1. Kenny Powers

    Kenny Powers Well-Known Member

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    Aug 30, 2010
    Has anyone seen any vid of this being surfed? Ive looked all over and haven't seen anything.
     
  2. Retzlaff44

    Retzlaff44 Well-Known Member

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    Oct 18, 2009
    Here's a photo from the Danielle swell in August. It looks better than it was. The wave wasn't connecting all the way down the line, and was very weak.

    There were three boats and 5-6 guys in the water.
     

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  3. Kenny Powers

    Kenny Powers Well-Known Member

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    Aug 30, 2010
    That looks different than I expected. But I did just come across another picture of the islands waves and they were long a hollow barrels. So i might have to check this place out when the conditions are perfect.
     
  4. JERSEYboarder

    JERSEYboarder Well-Known Member

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    Jun 30, 2009
    looks sweet can u tell me where this is? pm if you want. or not
     
  5. zach619

    zach619 Well-Known Member

    Jan 21, 2009
  6. zach619

    zach619 Well-Known Member

    Jan 21, 2009
    dont worry, its no secret. Everyone knows where it is, but few actually go out there. Fickle. Strange place. Go after it.
     
  7. matt757surf

    matt757surf Active Member

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    Sep 10, 2010
    Good luck hitting it when its good. Might as well just stay at your home break when it firing.
     
  8. JERSEYboarder

    JERSEYboarder Well-Known Member

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    Jun 30, 2009
    why dont people go there? dangerous?
     
  9. zach619

    zach619 Well-Known Member

    Jan 21, 2009
    no. Just very difficult access. If you follow the link to the article I posted is goes into great detail about why its often never surfed...

    Its pointless unless you have a boat and perfect conditions... and from what surfline says, when it is working it is a "300 yard freight train that breaks right into/through the VB Tunnel... The mention of bull sharks etc is always out there as well when fishermans island is talked about...

    So do the math, and if any of those things sound exciting to you, go for it.

    Only way to know the truth is to go check it out.

    Not to mention the fact that when F.I. is working, that means VB is overhead and firing, and OBX is probably multiple feet overhead and hollow. So why waste your time...
     
  10. Stranded in Smithfield

    Stranded in Smithfield Well-Known Member

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    Jan 15, 2010
    Access has been discussed on previous threads... handy info... seek it out. Why surf it? Because VB blows. Because Hatteras is a 2hr drive. Because adventure is a part of surfing. I always enjoyed hitting up some of the lesser surfed spots on the eastern shore or in the Bay on storm swells... even if Hatteras was firing of first street was the call. Just to be catching waves somewhere different is good for the soul. Besides if it was easy then everyone would do it and it would cease to be as cool.....
     
  11. Retzlaff44

    Retzlaff44 Well-Known Member

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    Oct 18, 2009
    It's just really cool to have a "mysto" spot in the mid-Atlantic, especially one that sits right out on broad daylight.

    I've been driving over the bridge since the late 70's, and this was the first time I'd ever seen anybody out. The best looking days - at least while trying to watch the road and the waves - seem to be Northeaster type of days. The waves are large enough to really wrap around the point, and the Northeast wind is actually "offshore." The only thing on a day like that is that it would be a really long and bumpy boat ride if you were coming from the VA Beach side.

    One more shot from Danielle. It was Sunday 8/29/10.
     

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  12. leethestud

    leethestud Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2010
    SUPER fickle. like super duper uper fickle. Me and 2 friends tracked a storm last year and everything was perfect, wind was right, tide was right, swell direction was right... so we chartered a small fishing boat ($200) and headed out. WEAK SOUP! barely surfable. I too have heard tales of spitting tubes at this place, but iv pretty much given up on it. There are other spots that are more predictable in north winds on the eastern shore.
     
  13. Retzlaff44

    Retzlaff44 Well-Known Member

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    Oct 18, 2009
    Exactly what it looked like the day we got the photos....

    But kudos for the effort and passing on the experience.

    Very cool to hear firsthand. Thanks!
     
  14. rodndtube

    rodndtube Well-Known Member

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    May 21, 2006
    Sequence from Isabel while driving north after being evacuated from Hatteras Island. Perfect curls just kept rolling and rolling through. Waves estimated at around 8 foot.
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  15. cobtaco223

    cobtaco223 Well-Known Member

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  16. chipley

    chipley New Member

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    Jan 8, 2011
    I have surfed there a handful of times and only got a good twice. But when its on and connecting all the way to the inside its as good as pavones. The thing is it prob breaks several times a year, but as far as it breaking like an actual pointbreak, that happens maybe once every few years. Last time I saw it like that was during Bill and it was only really good for about 5 hours. The thing alot of people dont realize is its super tide dependent. The morning i checked it during bill it was flat and then 6 hours later at high tide it was head high perfection.
     
  17. Hoopla Productions

    Hoopla Productions Active Member

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    Jul 14, 2010
    I was doing some digging and trying to find some lesser known spots in the Delmarva area and inevitably stumbled upon Fisherman's Island and the point near Tom's Cove. I did my best to research through the old Swellinfo posts and tried to find out as much as about these two spots as I could. With all the information I could find, it looks like the Tom's cove point is the more likely bet....Based on the position of the south west facing beach, it looks like a direct south swell would peel off really nicely. Does the shadow of OBX affect south swells hitting it head on, or is it far enough away that it doesn't affect it?
     
  18. McLovin

    McLovin Well-Known Member

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    Jun 27, 2010
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bo6kRGv5Kg

    I've done a lot more reading about mysto spots than surfing them. Anyways, I saw the clip above a while back, then I saw this thread. The place really isn't a secret, it's in plain view from the bridge like what was mentioned earlier. The secret is more like in what conditions will the place start to work.
     
  19. SouthjettyBill

    SouthjettyBill Well-Known Member

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    Nov 16, 2011
    Ok I was coming back from VA Beach back in 1989......do they still have that 17th ST Summer surf series contests? oh well never mind. Was heading back to Jersey and saw that place going mental. Hurricane Gabriele I think. Easily head high......top to bottom and peeling damn close to that bridge thingy. Best wave I've ever seen in person. Was like a crazy dog in that car.....going nuts. Yeah, I used to get excieted about things back then.

    Yeah I told y'all we just don't get swells like we used to, but nature does run in cycles.
     
  20. Hoopla Productions

    Hoopla Productions Active Member

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    Jul 14, 2010
    Fisherman's sounds/ looks like an epic spot if you catch it right. has anyone surfed the point by Tom's cove? that spot looks like it could peel forever on a proper south swell with northeast winds...all the conditions that would make ocean city junk