Jun 26 2015

Peninsula Saltwater Sport Fisherman Report

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By Dr. Ken Neill III, Seaford VA

 


Charles Southall and JT Hale

Charles Southall and JT Hale

The Flounder Bowl is here. Weather permitting; we will have a new champion this weekend. The captains meeting is at Dare Marina on June 26 with June 27 the scheduled day of competition. www.flounderbowl.com .

Capt. Jorj Head fished the VBAC Cobia Classic this past weekend and won. His 63.5 pound fish was caught while chumming and was almost as heavy as the 2nd and 3rd place fish combined.

Limits of flounder are being caught at the CBBT with some being doormats. Flounder are also being caught in the Back River Reef area, 36A, Hampton Bar, in the York River, inside the seaside inlets of the Eastern Shore, and some have begun to show at the Cell area.

Some big red drum continue to be caught in the evenings on the shoals at the mouth of the bay and by sightcasters at the mouth of the bay and along the oceanfront. Cobia fishing is excellent. Sight fishing is very good when the conditions are conducive.

Spanish mackerel are being caught along the oceanfront and inside the lower bay on up to the Cell area. Spadefish can be found over many wrecks and at the Chesapeake Light Tower and the CBBT. Big sheepshead are at the CBBT and over some of the inshore wrecks. Tarpon have arrived at the Eastern Shore and some big king mackerel are being caught along the oceanfront.

Amberjack are thick at the southern towers. Bottom fishing for tilefish is good. Gaffer dolphin catches are good. Some very large wahoo have been caught. Yellowfin tuna and the occasional bigeye tuna continue to bite which is good for the VBTT that is going on this week. Good numbers of white marlin are being caught and it has been the best blue marlin fishing that we have seen in years.

Jimmy Kolb will be the speaker at the July 21 meeting. He will be talking to us about jigging for trophy flounder and the jigs that he makes for this fishery.


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Jun 20 2015

2015 Southside Boys & Girls Club Flounder Fishing Tourney


Sat., July 18, 2015 • Long Bay Pointe Marina • 2109 W Great Neck Rd, Va. Beach, VA 23451 • 757.619.8022

Sat., July 18, 2015 • Long Bay Pointe Marina • 2109 W Great Neck Rd, Va. Beach, VA 23451 • 757.619.8022

East Coast Repair and Fabrication presents the 2015 Southside Boys & Girls Club Flounder Fishing Tourney. This event, with a $225 entry fee per boat crew takes place at Long Bay Point Marina, 2109 W. Great Neck Rd, Virginia Beach on Saturday, July 18.  The July 17 captains’ meeting and July 18 awards reception, featuring Talk radio AM 850 WTAR Catchin’ with Capt. Reese’s Reese Bowles, will be held at 37 North Parallel, adjacent to Long Bay Pointe Marina.

On Friday, July 17, children from the Club will venture out on a head boat trip, many who will experience fishing and boating for the very first time. Building on that, when asked what the motivation was to continue to grow this tourney, president and CEO of East Coast Ship Repair; Fabrication and Tourney chair, Jorge’ Rivera said, “We, the committee and sponsors, recognize how crucial it is not only to give these kids at the Club opportunities to succeed, but show them how to attain success. The funds raised from the Tourney will help them achieve these victories through strengthening programs at the Club.”

MORE INFO:  Be a sponsor or register a crew and have a chance to win a boat from Norfolk Marine Company … if you’re lucky enough to break the state record for biggest flounder, 17.8 lbs.

Guaranteed prize money ranging from!

$5,000, 1st prize

$2,500, 2nd prize

$1,500, 3rd prize

$1,000, 4th prize

$500, 5th prize

$250, 6th prize

$100 for heaviest oyster toad

$100 heaviest flounder – women’s division and $50 prize for heaviest flounder – under 15 division

Please connect to ssbgcflounder@gmail.com

Find us on Facebook at the Southside Boys or call 757-618-3655.

Additionally, for rules, online registration and sponsorship information, please visit www.ssbgcflounder.net.


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Jun 20 2015

Virginia Sport Fishing Rundown

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By Dr. Julie Ball


Summer officially started this week, with the rising summer heat confirming this event. Although folks may complain about the heat, they are not complaining about the fishing, as the action continues to improve on most all fishing fronts.

Cobia are still the top target for most anglers. The bite is still good for both chummers and sight casters, with some really big fish hitting the scales. Cobia catches are coming from all over the lower Bay, with the best action occurring for chummers near Bluefish rock, the Inner Middle Grounds, and the Nine-foot shoals. Fresh cut bait such as bunker is out producing live bait lately for chummers. Site casters continue to chase fish near the Baltimore Channel, the 3rd and 4th islands of the CBBT, as well as off the ocean front, with eels the preferred bait for now.

Deep droppers are still going strong with catches of tilefish, wreckfish, grouper, and rosefish.

Deep droppers are still going strong with catches of tilefish, wreckfish, grouper, and rosefish.

Flounder action is mostly steady this week, although some days are better than others in Bay waters. Plenty of keepers are available in the usual flounder spots. Anglers dragging baits near the 1st and 3rd islands of the Bridge Tunnel are lucking into some decent fish this week. Flatfish are also coming from the Cell, Buoy 42, Back River Reef, and Oyster. The biggest fish are falling for live bait and jigs around the structure of the CBBT, where several trophy fish pushing to over and 10-pounds were boated over the last week.

The Spanish mackerel bite from Cape Henry to False Cape is still good lately, with boats filling their limits with nice fish ranging from 16 to 20-inches. Small gold and silver Clark spoons trolled at 6 to 8 knots with an inline sinker or small planer is enticing the best response. Taylor bluefish are also taking these lures in the same areas.

Spadefish action picked up some at the Chesapeake Light Tower and around the islands and the high rise area of the CBBT this week. Folks are still fishing hard for limits, with a few nice fish scattered in the mix. The sheepshead action continues to escalate as anglers pick big fish off the pilings of the CBBT this week. Grey triggerfish are lurking about in these same areas, creating a nuisance for anglers targeting other species.

Plenty of big red drum are still taking baits along the Eastern Shore shoals, especially on the Nine Foot Shoals, and off Fisherman’s Island. Many reds are taking the fresh bait intended for cobia. Schooling reds near the CBBT can also provide great top water action right now.

Small and medium-sized croaker are hitting in the Thimble Shoals Channel, near the 1st island of the CBBT. Larger croaker pushing to around a pound are lurking around the James River Bridge, and the Monitor-Merrimac Bridge Tunnel. Medium-sized spot have also shown within Lynnhaven and Rudee Inlets.

Amberjack are enticing a few anglers to make the long run to the Southern Towers, where a few big fish will test your strength and skills.

Deep droppers are still going strong with catches of tilefish, wreckfish, grouper, and rosefish. Several citation blueline tilefish pushing up to 15-pounds and snowy grouper pushing to 50-pounds came from private boats trying their luck offshore this past week. Jumbo seabass are still a common bycatch in these areas.

The Virginia offshore season is off to a good start, but the good early yellowfin tuna run has scattered, with big gaffer dolphin taking up the slack. Boats are finding great catches of gaffer dolphin, with some weighing in at over 30-pounds. Billfish are arriving on the scene lately, with several reports of blue marlin hook-ups over the past weeks. Wahoo and mako sharks still a good bet, with some big wahoo pushing to over 75-pounds weighed in this week.


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Jun 18 2015

Peninsula Saltwater Sport Fisherman Report

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By Dr. Ken Neill III, Seaford VA

 


Flounder fishing has taken off just in time for next week’s Flounder Bowl. The largest flounder are right where they are supposed to be, at the CBBT. Flounder weighing over 10 pounds were caught both by live-baiters and wire-liners this week. Flounder are also being caught in the Back River Reef area, 36A, Hampton Bar, in the York River, inside the seaside inlets of the Eastern Shore, and some have begun to show at the Cell area.

Big red drum continue to be caught at on the shoals at the mouth of the bay with night fishing being best. During the day, schools of big red drum are being encountered by anglers looking for cobia. Cobia fishing is very good with both sight fishing and chumming producing fish. The nicer days favor sight fishing while rough and cloudy days favor the chummers.

Spanish mackerel are being caught along the oceanfront and inside the lower bay on up to the Cell area. Spadefish can be found over many wrecks and at the Chesapeake Light Tower and the CBBT. Big sheepshead are at the CBBT.

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Amberjack are at the South Tower. Big jack crevelle have been sighted off of the oceanfront and inside the lower bay. Bottom fishing for tilefish is good.

Offshore fishing is rather excellent. Gaffer dolphin catches are very good. Some very large wahoo have been caught. Yellowfin tuna and the occasional bigeye tuna continue to bite. White marlin are around and it has been the best blue marlin fishing that we have seen in years.

It is time for the Flounder Bowl! The captains meeting is at Dare Marina on June 26 with the June 27 the day of competition. On-line registration will end June 24 at 9 pm. Registration will continue at the captains meeting. Entries are capped at 120 boats. 78 boats had entered as of June 9: www.flounderbowl.com .


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Jun 14 2015

HAMPTON VA ANGLER ON TEAM VIKING 62 WINS 57TH BIG ROCK


Even though the Viking 62 team enjoyed an enormous lead throughout the 57th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament, the final hours proved a bit agonizing until the contest was finally over.

viking62teampic_0Viking 62, captain Brian Komer, Riviera Beach, Fla., and angler Earle Hall, Hampton, Va., took the tournament’s inaugural lead early Monday when they showed up at the scales with a 680-pound blue marlin. Their catch was big enough to win 26 of the past 30 Big Rock competitions, but that didn’t make the final hours of the tournament go by any faster.

“It’s by far the longest week of my life,” Komer admitted after Viking 62 was finally declared the winner. “Hooking the fish 15 minutes into the first day, I knew we had a long week ahead us. We still went out there, stuck with our game plan and we didn’t let up. It worked out just great.”

But not without a late tournament scare.

Suzie Q captain Timmy Rhodes, Newport, reported a hookup 18 minutes before the tournament was slated to end. Several minutes went by before the hooked fish was identified as a large dolphin … not a large blue marlin.

“Suzi Q…that was pretty stressful,” Hall admitted. “I thought that would really be a story-book ending for a tournament. You (media) guys would love that kind of stuff to write about. Me … not so much. I thought it would just be my luck to sit here in the lead all week and then lose it in the last 10 minutes. But (Viking 62) winning was meant to be.”

When the victory was finally in hand, Hall was stunned by what he and the Viking 62 fishing team had accomplished.

“I’ve done this my whole life,” he said. “It’s the biggest fishing accomplishment we’ve ever had, that’s for sure. It just feels good. It feels like you’re part of a pretty elite group now and (a part of something that) will be in the books forever.”

Viking 62 won $560,500 from the Big Rock’s $1,632,650 purse. Not too shabby for a boat that rolled off the production line just four days before the start of the tournament.

EZ Boy placed second overall and won the outboard division with a 556.3-pound blue marlin caught Thursday. EZ Boy captain Van Pierce, Trinity, N.C., and his angler, Eric Kimball almost released their catch but decided not to after getting a good length measurement. EZ Boy collects $202,525 for finishing second and an additional $8,925 for finishing first in the outboard division.

Carly A captain Will Ross, Wanchese, N.C., and angler Adam Shack, Raleigh, came in third with the 504.3 pound blue marlin reeled in Monday. Carly A team remained on the leaderboard all week and received $134,350 for finishing third.

Shenandoah, captained by Alan Willis, Morehead City, won the $365,500 Fabulous Fisherman prize for the first 500-pound blue marlin to the scales that was entered in Level VII. Shenandoah’s 503.6-pounder was reeled in by angler Robbie Stallings, New Bern.

The only major shakeup in the final two days of fishing occurred in the release division. Prime Time, captained by Gray Hall, Morehead City, took the Level V release division lead Friday with a second blue marlin release and held on for the win. Hall and his crew receive $73,312 for winning the Level V release division and $10,000 for finishing second in the Level I division with a total of 800 points for two blue marlin releases.

Accordingly IV, captained by Peter Dubose, Newport, placed second in the Level V release division and scored 800 points (after Prime Time) with two blue marlin releases. Dubose and crew captured $43,987 from the Level V release prize pool.

Dancin’ Outlaw, captained by Thomas Wood, Harkers Island, finished third in the Level V release division to win $29,325. Wood, who won the 41st Big Rock in 1999, finished first in the release division last year.

Speculator, a boat captained by Edward Murray, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., won the Level I billfish release category worth $15,000. Speculator has 925 points – more than any other competitor – but did not elect to participate in the Level V release competition. All ties in billfish release divisions are decided by time: whatever boat scores the most points first.

Freestyle, captained by Kenny Sexton, Manteo, tallied the 57th billfish release of the 57th Big Rock. The Freestyle team won $5,700 for chalking up a timely release.

Only 48-of-149 boats in the field were eligible to fish the final day of the competition. Anglers experienced a below average bite Saturday as competitors scored six billfish releases. This broke down as four blue marlins, one white marlins and one sailfish released.

Starling Marine, captained by David Starling, Morehead City, won the $110,500 “Winner Take All” dolphin division with a 48.7-pounder reeled in by angler Chad Shingleton, Clayton, N.C. Big Oil, captained by Tim Tanghare, West Cape May, N.J., came in first in the tuna division with a 134.3-pounder reeled in by angler Doug Allen, Vincentown, N.J. On The Hook, captained by Sammy Grayson, Georgetown, S.C., finished first in the wahoo division with a 52.5-pounder caught by Chad Zittrover, Guyton, Ga. All gamefish division winners receive $3000 plus applicable daily prizes.

The 57th Big Rock wrapped up Saturday evening when trophies and prize money were distributed to all winners at the Big Rock awards dinner staged at the Crystal Coast Civic Center. Big Rock president Roger Crowe thanked all participants for making the 57th Big Rock such a successful tournament. Proceeds from Big Rock competitions are designated to support tournament charities and other worth organizations. An announcement of financial support that stems from this Big Rock and the associated Keli Wagner Lady Angler tournament will be made at a later date.

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