Apr 24 2014

New Attempt To Open Oregon Inlet

Outer Banks, N.C. – DredgingToday.com reports the the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Wilmington District, will begin emergency dredging operations at Oregon Inlet April 24th, to remove the shoaling that has been obstructing the channel passage for fishing vessels.

Wilmington District Chief of Operations Bob Sattin said “We recognize this is a vital gateway for vessels traveling in and out of the Oregon Inlet and will continue to do everything possible to re-open the channel.”

merrittThe side cast dredge Merritt will try and open the navigation channel under the Bonner Bridge. Recent surveys show the channel depth at four feet, a gain of two feet in depth since last attempt to dredge. While the Merritt typically requires a depth of five feet District experts are hopeful it will succeed.

If the Merritt successfully dredges the channel to a controlling depth of 6 feet, the District will use the dredge Currituck to continue dredging of the channel.

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Apr 23 2014

New NC State Record Jack Crevalle

jackMOREHEAD CITY – The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries has certified a new state record jack crevalle, a fish commonly caught on ocean reefs.

Frank Dalli of Wake Forest reeled in the 49-pound, 1.6-ounce fish April 2 at the Gulf Stream ledge, 65 miles off Wrightsville Beach. It measured 43 inches fork length and had a 30-inch girth.

Dalli’s catch tops the former state record of 47 pounds, caught in 1989 off Cape Hatteras. The world record jack crevalle weighed 66 pounds, 2 ounces, and was caught in 2010 in Angola.

Dalli caught the fish on a 6-foot Shimano Trevala rod with a Penn 7500 Spinfisher reel using a gold butterfly jig and 6516 braid test line. He was fishing on a boat captained by Michael Jackson of Live Line Charters, Wilmington.

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Apr 22 2014

Peninsula Salt Water Sport Fisherman Weekly


By Dr. Ken Neill III, Seaford VA

apr222014-taugTautog fishing is as good as it gets at all of the structures in the bay like the CBBT, Back River Reef and the Cape Henry Wreck. Ocean structures like the Tower and Triangle Reefs are also producing tautog. Get out there and catch them up now as the season closes at the end of April.

The ocean wrecks are loaded with big sea bass. Hopefully, they will stay right where they are for a bit longer as that season will open on May 19. The minimum size will remain at 12.5 inches but the bag limit has been reduced to 15 fish per person for 2014.

Puppy drum action has been great inside Rudee Inlet. The Elizabeth River is also producing good catches of puppy drum. Pups are becoming more active inside Lynnhaven Inlet, and in the shallows of Back River, York River and in Mobjack Bay. Big red drum should be biting now along the seaside of the Eastern Shore. The weather just has not let us get after them yet.

There have been a few black drum caught by surf fishermen.

The flounder bite is trying to get going. There have been some good catches in Back River and some flatfish have been caught in Rudee Inlet and they are starting to be more cooperative inside the seaside inlets of the Eastern Shore. There have been a few caught around Back River Reef, at the CBBT, and near buoy 36A but nowhere can it be said to be hot bite yet.

Croaker have been caught from most of the area fishing piers.

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Apr 20 2014

The Oregon Inlet Story – Video

Local commercial fisherman, fish processing businesses, charter boat captains and entrepreneurs whose businesses depend on a reliable passage through Oregon Inlet for goods or services , have all experienced setbacks and delays due to the inability to safely navigate the inlet. Ask around and most of them will tell you they are reevaluating their stake in the area and possibly looking to relocate.

The situation Dare County currently faces regarding Oregon Inlet is dire. Millions of local, state, and federal tax dollars fall upon the shoulders of Oregon Inlet. Without a viable solution, Dare County and the state of North Carolina will lose millions in financial benefits from the commercial fishing, seafood packing and processing, boat building and support services and recreation fishing and tourism industries. Without a solution, entire communities of generational fishing families will leave the area and take along with them the historical and cultural watermen heritage of this region.

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Apr 20 2014

Virginia Fishing Report


Dr. Julie Ball

The decent weather last weekend gave anglers an opportunity to test the progress of the spring fishing trend, and most were not disappointed. A lot is beginning to happen with the rising water temperatures, confirming that the spring procession is finally making progress. This trend should continue to heat up over the next weeks.


Tilefish caught on a Rudee Inlet Headboat Deep Drop Trip!

Tautog action is still going strong, especially within Bay waters. Tog anglers are scoring using fiddler crabs and clams on most lower Bay structures and wrecks. The rocks and tubes of the artificial islands and the pilings near the High Rise section of the Bridge Tunnel are providing the best results. Most folks are catching limits of fish ranging up to 5-pounds, but some 10-pounders are also around. Deeper ocean wrecks are also producing nice tog, with fish up to around 20-pounds taking crab offered in water ranging to around 70 to 100-feet. If tog is on your list, you had better hurry since the season closes May 1st.

Anglers are thrilled that the flounder action is evolving this week, with reports of keeper flatfish becoming more common. The best flounder action is happening along the Eastern Shore, where fish are coming from the buoys along the Bayside of Cape Charles, as well as the seaside inlets and out of Oyster and Wachapreague. Keepers are also hitting baits within Lynnhaven and Rudee Inlets to around 19-inches. Other areas such as Back River and the bend at the third island of the CBBT are also producing scattered early season flatties, but the best is yet to come. These fish are responding to fresh strip bait paired with a gudgeon on an outgoing tide lately.

Nice puppy drum are still hitting inside the Elizabeth River, in lower Bay inlets, as well as along the ocean shorelines. The Virginia Beach Fishing Center reports that folks are catching good numbers of nice pups inside Rudee Inlet using finger mullet and jig heads tipped with grubs. Anglers partaking in speckled trout catch-and -release options are enjoying an increase in activity in the Elizabeth River, particularly in the discharge area of the Hot Ditch and other shallower areas of the River, using top water lures. The arrival of Taylor blues within Rudee Inlet is thrilling surf casters throwing from the rail.

To surf and pier angler’s delight, croaker are now available in various areas in the Bay, especially near Willoughby, Ocean View, and off the Little Creek Jetties. The folks at the Ocean View Fishing Pier report good catches of croaker lately, with anglers filling up coolers with small to medium-sized fish. The bigger hardheads are still coming from the lower Bay Rivers such as the James and York Rivers, using shrimp and squid.

Drum enthusiasts are still anticipating the first catches of big red drum. But, the good news is that one drum variety made its debut last week. The first recreational catches of small black drum occurred from the surf lines of the seaside barrier islands off the Easter Shore. Surf anglers on Smith’s Island are getting hits on crabs and chowder clams. The larger blacks should present in numbers soon, with rumors of sightings of huge schools of blacks passing into the mouth of the Bay recently.

Deep droppers continue to find good hauls of nice black-bellied rosefish, golden tilefish and grouper pushing to over 50-pounds while working the edges of the Norfolk Canyon in water ranging from 600 to 900 feet. Blueline tilefish are also available in shallower water, but the dogfish are still making this fishery difficult to access right now.

The offshore action out of North Carolina is still good when they can get out. Boats are still scoring with some bluefin tuna, scattered yellowfin tuna, blackfin tuna and mako sharks. Hopefully this fishery will heat up soon off Virginia.

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