Jul 23 2014

Outer Banks Fishing Update


By TH Spangler

The Oregon Inlet offshore fleet continues to find good dolphin and yellowfin tuna action trolling ballyhoo. Some days have produced excellent wahoo numbers, with some hoo’s topping the 40 pound mark. Boats are encountering plenty of billfish, releasing blue and white marlin and a few sailfish. Amberjacks are hovering around nearshore structure and taking an interest in live baits and artificial jigs.

Boats fishing from Hatteras Inlet are enjoying some excellent bill fishing right now. They are also bringing home limits of dolphin, a few wahoo and some blackfin tuna. Those stopping to bottom fish are catching sea bass, tilefish and triggers.

Capt Reid Robinson on the "Devereux"fishing out of Silver Lake on Ocracoke Island caught this nice dolphin.

Capt Reid Robinson on the “Devereux”, fishing out of Silver Lake on Ocracoke caught this nice dolphin.

Nearshore action has included red drum, cobia and amberjack within 10 miles of the beach. Anglers have been sight-casting bucktail jigs and drifting live baits at the towers with success.

Trolling around the inlet is producing catches of bluefish and spanish mackerel when the water is clean. They are also catching some specks and puppy drum on plastics. Bottom bouncers are catching some sea mullet, spot, croaker, flounder, and other bottom feeders.

The pier action was a little slow over the weekend. Avalon reported a few spot, sea mullet, spanish, blues and puppy drum. Nags Head pier anglers caught some blues and spot. Anglers fishing Jennette’s pier caught a few spot, bluefish and spanish. The Outer Banks pier report included spot, sea mullet and blues.

Anglers casting artificial lures like Gulp baits from the Nags Head/Manteo causeway reported some good speckled trout action recently. Some croaker and spot are falling for bottom rigs baited with shrimp and bloodworms.

Soundside boaters are still catching good numbers of puppy drum. Speckled trout and bluefish are also in the mix, and all are falling for soft plastic lures and live baits.

Surf anglers are catching sea mullet and spot on bottom rigs in the surf along the northern beaches. The best baits are shrimp and bloodworms. The water temperature at the Duck research pier is 73.2 F. Some pompano, bluefish, and puppy drum are in the surf mix south of Oregon Inlet. Anglers fishing at ramp 44 and 43 on Hatteras Island are catching mostly sea mullet. Ramp 38 saw some croakers, spots and bluefish. In the Avon area anglers are catching sea mullet, pompano and bluefish. Ramp 44 saw some flounder landed. The water temperature on the south side at Frisco is 81.7 F.

Ocracoke anglers are catching puppy drum, black drum along with scattered catches of sea mullets, bluefish, pompano, and spanish mackerel. Offshore boats departing Silver lake are catching lots of spanish inshore and dolphin offshore.

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Jul 23 2014

Peninsula Salt Water Sport Fisherman Weekly


By Dr. Ken Neill III, Seaford VA

july-flonder2Flounder fishing was excellent this week, especially at the CBBT where catches of limits were the norm. Some boats reported catching over 50 flounder in an outing. Other than the CBBT, flounder are being caught in the York River, off of Cape Charles, the Cell/buoy 42, Hampton Bar, Deadman’s Hill, inside the seaside inlets and all of the other flounder spots but it is the CBBT where the best catches are being made. Sheepshead, spadefish and triggerfish are also being caught at the CBBT.

Spanish mackerel are being caught along the oceanfront and throughout the lower bay. While trolling for Spanish, keep a lookout for cruising cobia and schools of big red drum. Big red drum continue to be the occasional by-catch for anglers chumming for cobia. Puppy drum are available up in the shallows most everywhere with some great fishing on Poquoson Flats this week. Cobia fishing has been very good this year and remains so. Both chumming and sight-fishing (when conditions are good) are producing a lot of cobia.

Offshore catches are consisting mostly of billfish and dolphin. Yellowfin tuna will show for a few days and disappear again. Some wahoo are being caught and there is the possibility of a bigeye tuna but it is dolphin and white marlin that are being consistently good. If the tuna are not cooperating, dropping down to the bottom will produce good catches of tilefish in depths about 50 fathoms. Amberjack are available at the southern towers.

Club tournaments: The PSWSFA Triple Threat (Red Drum, Black Drum, Cobia) Tournament will end on July 31. The Don Forman Cobia Tournament will run the entire month of August. The free Youth and Ladies Croaker and Flounder Tournament will begin on July 12 and run through July 27 when there will be club picnic and awards ceremony at Dare Marina, 6 PM.

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Jul 20 2014

Weekly Virginia Sportfishing Rundown


By Dr. Julie Ball

The recent cold front brought some mild relief from the heat this week, but breezy conditions could hinder some fishing efforts over the weekend. When boats can get out, inshore species are providing good action, while the offshore bite is once again showing promise.

Paige II Charters

Paige II Charters

The flounder scene is at the top of the list right now, and with good reason. Anglers continue to experience very good results with solid catches of respectable flatfish. Live bait and jigs worked on lower Bay structures and along the CBBT are attracting strikes from flatties ranging to around 4-pounds, with several fish pushing to over 7-pounds lately. The 1st and 3rd islands, as well as the High Rise areas are the most productive spots along the CBBT this week. Within the basins in Lynnhaven and Rudee Inlets, flounder enthusiasts are finding takers ranging up to about 22-inches. Folks also continue to find consistent results near the Cell, Buoys 36 and 38, Back River Reef, as well as the backwaters on the Eastern Shore.

Cobia action is still noteworthy, with anglers reporting up to a dozen or more hook-ups on outings. Plenty of rats ranging up to around 30-pounds are responding well to offerings from sight casters in lower Bay waters, and along the ocean front lately. A few larger fish are also cruising about; with some fish pushing to over 50-pounds boated this week. Chummers are scoring with fish using bunker, live eels, and live croaker fished on the bottom. The best locations for chumming lately are the seaside areas of Fisherman’s Island, the Nine foot Shoal, and Latimer Shoals. Boats targeting sharks are having very good luck with a variety of toothy species ranging to around 4-feet or more, especially off the oceanfront area.

Red drum are still schooling around the mouth of the Bay and off the Virginia Beach oceanfront, especially off Sandbridge. Black drum are available around the islands of the CBBT, but the interest is low with other species to target right now.

Spanish mackerel continue to hit well along the Virginia Beach oceanfront, with nice fish taking trolled spoons in 15 to 30-feet of water. Most mackerel are ranging from 20 to 24-inches this season, taking small silver and gold spoons trolled on planers and in-line sinkers. Taylor bluefish and small false albacore are also mixed in with the Spanish.

Sheepshead are still active, with some days better than others. Fish ranging from around 10 to14-pounds are taking fiddler crabs and clam presented along the Bay Bridge Tunnel complex. Plenty of greedy triggerfish are also available in these same areas, as well as on most inshore wrecks and reefs. Nice-sized spadefish are still providing good catches on near-shore wrecks and along the entire span of the CBBT. Most spades are a nicer class of fish lately, ranging to around 6-pounds or more.

Puppy drum and spot are still providing solid action within most lower Bay inlets and shallows, along with speckled trout for release action. Speckled trout will become available to keep again at the end of this month, but check the regulations carefully. Croaker continue to bite squid and shrimp most everywhere in lower Bay waters, as well as the backwaters of Oyster, with most hardheads averaging up to around a pound.

Tarpon anglers targeting silver kings out of Oyster on the Eastern Shore are put off this week with easterly winds, but the hunt will resume as the winds calm. Plenty of big sharks and huge pesky rays are also taking offerings in the same area.

Amberjack are biting at the Southern Towers, where anglers are finding good numbers of pups, with a few bruisers in the mix. Deep droppers will focus more on the bottom if the offshore trolling does not continue to pick up. Nice blueline tilefish, scattered golden tilefish and big black-bellied rosefish are hitting near the Canyon edges.

The bluewater action has been slow, but things are starting to look up this week. Several boats are encountering big yellowfin tuna ranging to around 70-pounds, and a few big eye tuna pushing to over 150-pounds off Virginia this week. Decent numbers of mahi and mako sharks are also available, with frequent white marlin releases rounding out catches. Hopefully the bite will continue on this trend for boats fishing the Virginia Beach Invitational Marlin Tournament next weekend.

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Jul 15 2014

Peninsula Salt Water Sport Fisherman Weekly


By Dr. Ken Neill III, Seaford VA

Cobia fishing is very good. Sight-fishing catches seem to be only limited by the weather. Chumming is also producing cobia at a very strong pace but there is a limit here also. They are called sharks. For a fish that is supposed to have a depressed population, sharks seem to be doing very well in Virginia. The numerous sharks are a problem for cobia anglers but they are a boon to the charter fleet. Tourist and young people love to catch sharks and boats hardly have to burn any fuel to get to them.

Flounder action seems to get better each week. The Gloucester Boys and Girls Club’s flounder tournament was this past weekend. Derrick Hall’s team took first place with a 3-fish stringer weighing 22.30 pounds. Their largest fish weighed 9.8 pounds. The best flounder fishing has been at the CBBT but it action is picking up at all of the normal flounder spots. Fish are still being caught in the York River and on Hampton Bar. Off of Cape Charles and the Cell area are producing some nice flatfish catches.

Spanish mackerel and small bluefish can be caught along the oceanfront and throughout the lower bay. There have been some good Spanish catches off of Windmill Point this past week.


Spadefish are being caught at the Chesapeake Light Tower, at the CBBT, and over most wrecks in-between the two. Big sheepshead and triggerfish are being caught (and speared) at the CBBT. Puppy drum continue to be caught up on Poquoson Flats and in the shallows most anywhere where there are some grass beds. Anglers have to work for them a bit more than they have been and natural baits are out producing artificial.

Offshore, dolphin are providing action from out over the 100 fathom curve on into the Fingers. Some have even been caught by anglers trolling for Spanish mackerel along the beach. Some yellowfin tuna were caught around the Norfolk Canyon this week. White marlin and good numbers of blue marlin are being encountered by offshore boats and that fishery should just continue to get stronger. More wahoo are starting to show in the catches.

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Jul 15 2014

Second Annual Cobia Cup

The Second Annual Virginia Gentlemen Foundation Cobia Cup will be held Saturday August 2, 2014.

cobia cupWeight stations will be located at the Virginia Beach Fishing Center and at Marina Shores in Virginia Beach and Whitehouse Cove in Poquoson.

Winners will share $25,000 in cash and prizes (based on 50 entries at $500 per boat).

1ST PLACE $15,000, 2ND PLACE $7,000, 3RD PLACE $3,000.

Lines in will be 6:00 AM August 2nd and the weigh in deadline is 6:00pm that afternoon.

Entry Fees:
Registration Includes 2 Tickets to the BLOWOUT BANQUET PARTY

Virginia Gentlemen Foundation was founded in 2007 by a group of men who grew up together in Virginia Beach and wanted to give something back. They decided to pool their resources and talents to help area families affected with disabilities. The Virginia Gentlemen Foundation was born as a non-profit organization. The following month, the brother of one of the founding members was diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. In response, the Virginia Gentlemen Foundation narrowed its focus to support the local fight against ALS. With energy and resourcefulness, the Virginia Gentlemen Foundation has since rallied the community and the region in unprecedented ways, quickly becoming a leading fundraiser for the National ALS Society as well as, developing other projects and initiatives to support this community. To date, the Virginia Gentlemen Foundation has raised over $3 million to help fight and find a cure for ALS.


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