Nov 25 2011

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Virginia Inshore & Bay Report

By Dr. Julie Ball, VBSF.net fishing report contributor and IGFA Representative, Virginia Beach

Chesapeake Bay, Coastal Waters Out To The Towers.

Many anglers watched the wind blow for Thanksgiving, therefore opting for football on TV. But the decent forecast over the remaining week with temperatures pushing into the seventies will get anglers back out.

The arrival of Thanksgiving often hallmarks the transition to a larger class of rock fish. Although the water temperatures are still hovering on the mild side, the debut of 50-pound class fish can occur any day now. Meanwhile, rock fish hunters are content with fish ranging from 18 to 40-inches hitting all over the lower Bay. All four islands of the CBBT are giving up dozens of fish on a moving tide, with many ranging to over 15-pounds. Blue Wind Cheaters are the hot lure this week, especially when thrown at the rocks near the spine at dawn or dusk. Trolling with Stretch swimming lures is also enticing some decent fish along the span between the 2nd and 3rd islands of the CBBT. This method is also scoring fish to around 28-inches at the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel lately. The folks at Long Bay Pointe Bait and Tackle report that good results are happening for folks wire lining over the tubes and dunking eels at the High Rise this week. Many of the fish caught on eels are pushing to around 40-inches, with a few tipping the scale at 40-pounds recently. Plenty of 32-inchers are making a showing for casters using Storm lures and Calcutta shads around the Monitor-Merrimac Bridge-Tunnel this week. Skinny water anglers are loading up with 22 to 30-inch fish within the local inlets. Folks casting from the shore near the Lesner and Great Neck Bridge in Lynnhaven are still finding some fish ranging to near 30-inches.

The folks at Ocean’s East 2 report that the speckled trout bite is still on. Catches are still showing an upswing in the frequency of bigger fish this week. Limits of nice trout with many pushing to over five pounds are hitting the dock from Rudee Inlet, Lynnhaven River, and Little Creek Inlets. The Elizabeth River is hot with catches of big specks, where several citation sized fish were reported this week using Mirrolures, Bass Assassins, and Storm lures. The hot water discharge area of the Hot Ditch is still providing steady action with 4-pounders. Bobby Crutsinger of Virginia Beach had a good day when he released a fat 24.5-inch speck while casting in Lynnhaven Inlet this week.

The tautog bite is still excellent, with the size of the fish coming from inshore waters exceptional lately. Many fish pushing to over 9-pounds are taking bait over inshore wrecks and lower Bay structures. A limit of quality tog is almost a guarantee in these areas, but the trick is finding bait. Offshore tautog action is also heating up. Watch for new regulations for managing tautog cathces coming soon. One boat fishing for tautog on the Cape Henry wreck had a surprise when they hooked a straggling 51-inch black drum last week.

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