If there’s one thing I enjoy more than testing a new Scarborough boat, it’s fishing one, so the drive to Virginia Beach, Virginia, to meet owner Mike Standing was filled with anticipation. Waterman is everything you expect from a Scarborough and more, and the next day was perfect for getting to know her.
Before we left the dock at the Virginia Beach Fishing Center, another guest, Ricky Scarborough Jr., showed up to spend the day with us. We had relatively calm seas at the start of our run to Norfolk Canyon, but the radar showed some nasty squalls ahead. We dodged the storm clouds until we finally broke through into the sun. We fished a single dredge, a pair of squid-chain teasers and four dink ballyhoo. The morning was slow as the seas built, but you never would have known it the way the boat handled with just a little help from the Seakeeper gyro. In the afternoon, Standing found some clean blue water and quickly ran over a pair of white marlin that showed on the Garmin chirp sonar. “I just marked two — get ready,” he yelled from the bridge. A minute later, we were fastened to a doubleheader. Standing is an experienced captain and former waterman turned restaurateur, if the name of the boat hadn’t given that away. He knew just how to use the boat to its best advantage as he followed the two acrobatic billfish.
On the way back, the winds picked up and the seas built around some massive storm clouds on the leading edge of Hurricane Hermine. The ride was fast and soft, though, even if we did have some moments of apprehension when lightning sparked around us during the run through nasty thunderheads.