Sep 13 2014

Weekly Virginia Sport Fishing Rundown

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By Dr. Julie Ball


Anglers are finding it difficult to get out on the water due to windy conditions lately, but the variety is good when they can find a break. The fall favorites continue to ramp up, with spot, speckled trout, puppy drum, and king mackerel off to a good start. But, don’t dismiss the summer faves just yet. Intercepting these fish as they prepare to depart the area can present very good opportunities for anglers.

Flounder continue to stage at the mouth of the Bay before leaving the area. Lower Bay waters could become dirty with recent rain, but working the areas near the third and fourth islands of the CBBT with live bait has been productive recently. Limits of keeper fish are coming for those using live mullet as offerings. Drifting the Thimble Shoal and Baltimore Channels are also good places to try. Some catches of flatties in the 22-inch range are available within Lynnhaven in about 20 feet of water on an outgoing tide. The offshore wreck flatfish action is a good alternative using strip baits bounced over structure. Expect some seabass as a by-catch, along with some trigger fish, but seabass are only available through the 21st of the month.

Cobia are on the move as they prepare to head south, which is igniting some outstanding top water action. Schools of fish are cruising along the surface near the mouth of the Bay and off the Virginia Beach coastlines as they exit the area. Several boats are hooking up to a dozen fish per day, with the best catches happening for those casting live bait and jigs. Plenty of nice fish are available, with several exceeding 50-pounds this week.

Big red drum continue to delight anglers as schools continue to swarm on lower Bay shoals and near the mouth of the Bay, where several reds were hooked near the 3rd and 4th islands recently. Surf casters are on alert, with the drum bite in the surf along Fisherman’s Island on the rise. Look for big bulls to also show in the surf off Sandbridge and near the Little Island Fishing Pier soon.

kingSome Spanish mackerel are still falling for trolled spoons off Rudee Inlet and Cape Henry in about 20 feet of water. Predominant easterly winds have maintained mostly clear water close to shore, jump-starting the king mackerel bite off the Beach. Over the past weeks, kings up to around 35-pounds have taken both live bait and lures on the troll, but the recent rain could change things up.

Sheepshead are likely still around for another month, along busy trigger fish, with the best action happening over the tubes of the CBBT. Tautog are also lurking in these same areas. Tog will be back in business starting on the 20th of the September.

Improving speckled trout catches are drawing more attention from anglers. If you can sneak your offerings past the hungry puppy drum, good numbers of specks are biting in areas such as Hungar’s Creek, the Poquoson Flats, and Mobjack Bay. Lynnhaven, Rudee, and Little Creek Inlets, along with the Elizabeth River are also giving up some fish, with some specks weighing in at over 4-pounds.

Some big spot are hitting in Lynnhaven and Rudee Inlet, and around the lower Bay. Fish pushing to ¾-pound are also coming from around Little Creek. The lower Bay Rivers, the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel, Ocean View, and along the Virginia Beach oceanfront are also holding nice spot lately. Local piers are reporting good action, especially after a stiff north or easterly blow, so this weekend could be good. Medium and large croaker are lurking in deeper areas along channels, inlets, the Bay Bridge Tunnel, the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel, and the Concrete Ships off Kiptopeke. Both spot and small to medium sized croaker are also responding inside Magothy Bay near buoy 262, and out of Oyster.

Amberjack are still active at the Southern Towers through October. Deep droppers are having good luck near the Canyon edges with limits of nice blueline tilefish and jumbo seabass. Blackbellied rosefish, grouper, and barrelfish are also adding to the deep water variety.

Offshore, billfish are still were the top of the list before the recent fronts. The bite varies from day to day, but white marlin along with scattered blue marlin, and good numbers of bailer and gaffer dolphin are the main event. A few tuna are around, but they are scattered.


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Sep 12 2014

Outer Banks Fishing Update

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By TH Spangler


The Oregon Inlet offshore fleet continues to encounter plenty of yellowfin and blackfin tuna and a few bigeye Tuna. Dolphin and wahoo are feeding in the same areas. Billfish action remains an option as well. A good number of sailfish, white marlin and blue marlin flags are flying from the fleet’s outriggers on most days. Several boats have recorded grandslams. Offshore bottom fishing has been producing nice hauls of sea bass and tilefish.

Surf casters on the northern beach are catching sea mullet and spot on shrimp and bloodworms. Some keeper flounder are also feeding in the surf.

Pier action is starting to pick up. As water temps begin to cool it will only get better. The Avalon Pier is catching spot, blues and a few red drum. Most of the drum action has come at night and in the early morning hours. One drum went 42 inches. The Nags Head Pier is catching spot, blues, croaker, flounder and drum to 40 inches. Jennette’s is landing bluefish, sand perch and pig fish. The Outer Banks pier is catching pompano and some nice sea mullet. The Rodanthe Pier reports excellent spanish mackerel action recently. Bottom fishermen have been catching large sea mullet and a few puppy drum on shrimp and cut baits.

Those wading and working the sound side shoreline are finding some puppy drum, speckled trout, and flounder. The area around Colington Harbor and near the little bridge on the Manteo causeway have been good.

Anglers fishing the sound side from boats are catching decent numbers of speckled trout and puppy drum using artificials.

Joe Handley weighted this nice pompano at Red Drum Tackle. He was fishing at Ramp 44!

Joe Handley weighted this nice pompano at Red Drum Tackle. He was fishing at Ramp 44!

Further south on Hatteras Island anglers are catching spanish mackerel and bluefish in the surf casting lures when the water’s clean. Bottom fishing in the surf is producing some big sea mullet along with spot, pompano, and other panfish.

Sound side anglers in Hatteras are catching speckled trout and puppy drum on soft plastics and other artificials in the morning. Finger mullet and cut baits are best during the late evening hours for the puppy drum action. Boat anglers report good numbers of gray trout are feeding in the sound and biting fresh bait and artificials.

The Hatteras inlet offshore fleet is still seeing some good wahoo action, with some blackfin tuna and dolphin also finding their way to the dock. There have been a lot of sailfish flags flying each day.

Those taking the ferry ride over to Ocracoke are finding puppy drum, pompano, and bluefish along the beachfront. Shrimp and other cut baits are producing most of the action. Ocean charters are finding excellent dolphin, wahoo and sailfish action. Bottom fishing around offshore structure is producing plenty of action with triggerfish.

Water Temps
Duck Surf Temperature: 77.2 F
Fishing Center Sound Side Water Temperature: 77.7 F
Frisco Surf Temperature: 81.0 F


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Sep 11 2014

Peninsula Salt Water Sport Fisherman Weekly

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By Dr. Ken Neill III, Seaford VA


Cobia fishing is winding down. There are still some fish to be caught as they leave the bay. Sight-fishing has been very good near the mouth of the bay and along the oceanfront when conditions allow. The recent cloudy, rainy, windy weather has not been conducive to good fishing. Hopefully, we will have a few sunny and calm days before these fish have all left. Schools of big red drum are also being encountered occasionally by anglers looking for cobia and red drum of various sizes are being caught around the islands of the CBBT.

Paige II Charters

Paige II Charters

Puppy drum are being caught in the shallows from the Mobjack Bay to the James River and inside of the seaside inlets. Speckled trout action should pick up. Flounder fishing is good at the CBBT, along the Baltimore Channel and around some of the coastal wrecks.

The coastal wrecks are holding sea bass, sheepshead, triggerfish and there are still spadefish holding around some of the wrecks. Amberjack and jack crevalle are a possible catch around some of the wrecks and at the Chesapeake Light Tower. The southern towers are your best bet for amberjack action.

The spot bite is on with large numbers of .5 to .75 pound spot being caught in the rivers on the western side of the bay. Croaker, pigfish, sea mullet, some gray trout and even the occasional pompano are being caught by bottom fishermen but it is the spot that is hot.

There are some big king mackerel being caught by anglers working the oceanfront on out to the Light Tower. False albacore and Spanish mackerel are also being caught.

Offshore, billfish action is very good when boats can get out. Good numbers of dolphin are being caught and wahoo encounters are increasing. Tuna fishing is still slow but there are some yellowfin and bigeye tuna being caught. If you pull small baits, you will pick up some blackfin tuna.

The Grafton Fishing Supply Spot Tournament will be held Sept. 27-28. You need to be registered prior to fishing and you must bring your spot to Dare Marina by 2 PM on the 28th. Following the weigh-in, there will be an awards ceremony and club picnic.

Dr. Bob Allen will be the speaker at the September 16 meeting of the PSWSFA. It will be Dr. Bob’s Story Time. For decades, Dr. Allen was one of the most prolific anglers in the state. His fishing activity has slowed down now but he has a lot of stories to tell. Meetings are free and you do not need to be a member to attend: www.pswsfa.com/meetings.htm

There will be more strict striped bass regulations in 2015. Just how strict and how much of the burden will have to be borne by Virginia’s anglers versus those of other states is being discussed now. There will be an ASMFC meeting in Virginia to discuss these issues: September 22, 2014, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Virginia Marine Resources Commission, 2600 Washington Avenue, 4th Floor Newport News, Virginia.


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Sep 03 2014

Peninsula Salt Water Sport Fisherman Weekly

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By Dr. Ken Neill III, Seaford VA


long bay point cobiaThe cobia fishing is still good. If you have not had your fill this summer, get out there now. These fish will be leaving our waters over the next few weeks. Sight-fishing has been very good near the mouth of the bay and more fish are being seen along the oceanfront. Schools of big red drum are also being encountered occasionally by anglers looking for cobia and big reds are being caught around the islands of the CBBT.

Puppy drum are being caught in the shallows most everywhere. More speckled trout are being caught and that bite should improve as we move into fall. Flounder fishing is good in most flounder spots. The CBBT is producing the most impressive catches and some of the coastal wrecks are holding some nice flounder.

If you find the right wreck, there are some nice sea bass catches being made. That fishery will close after Sept. 21 (we had 3 days added to September). You will have to release any sea bass caught after that until the season reopens on October 18. Some of the inshore wrecks are also covered up with triggerfish and there are some triggerfish being caught at the CBBT by anglers targeting sheepshead. The big sheepshead bite remains strong. Tautog are another common by-catch but that fishery remains closed but will soon reopen on Sept. 20.

The spot bite has really picked up with good catches being made in the rivers on the western side of the bay. Croaker, pigfish, sea mullet and even some keeper-size gray trout are being caught by bottom fishermen but it is the hope of a good fall spot run that has everyone excited.

There are amberjack at the southern towers. Amberjack and jack crevalle are a possibility at the Chesapeake Light Tower. If you are going to be fishing for flounder/sea bass/ and triggerfish at the Tower Reef, it would be worth dropping a croaker down the legs of the tower to see if anybody is home.

There are some big king mackerel being caught by anglers working the oceanfront on out to the Light Tower. False albacore and the occasional dolphin are also being caught.

Offshore, billfish action is very good. Most of the action has been around the Norfolk Canyon and at the Triple 0s. Dolphin fishing has been ridiculously good over the past couple of weeks in the Cigar area. Good numbers of wahoo are being caught. Tuna action is slow. There are a few bigeye and yellowfin tuna being caught and there are some blackfin tuna around but it is mostly billfish and dolphin.


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Sep 02 2014

Outer Banks Fishing Update

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By TH Spangler


Limit of nice wahoos on the Release with Captain Rom Whitaker

Limit of nice wahoos on the Release with Captain Rom Whitaker

The Oregon Inlet bluewater fleet continues to enjoy excellent billfish action in the gulf stream. They are racking up lots of blue and white marlin releases along with some sailfish. Meat fishing hasn’t been too shabby either, with plenty of yellowfin tuna, blackfin tuna and dolphin available. Ballyhoo paired with a sea witch is the bait of choice.

Boaters trolling the oceanfront continue to catch lots of spanish mackerel, bluefish and false albacore while trolling Clark and Drone spoons. Boats fishing the sound and around Oregon Inlet are finding some puppy drum, speckled trout and flounder using both artificial and natural baits. Anglers bottom fishing in Oregon Inlet are catching mostly flounder, sea mullet, spot, and pigfish.

Boaters fishing sound side between the inlet and Manteo continue finding action with puppy drum, speckled trout, and flounder. Soft plastic and other artificial baits, as well as live and cut baits are working.

Northern beach surf casters are catching spot and sea mullet along with some bluefish. Shrimp, bloodworms and cut baits fished on bottom rigs are producing most of the surf action.

The Little Bridge on the Nags Head/Manteo causeway reported a few croakers, but over all action has been slow.

Anglers fishing off local piers are enjoying your typical late summer action. This week Avalon pier anglers caught spot and pompano. The action on the Nags Head pier was very slow. Fisherman on the Outer Banks pier caught some pompano and sea mullet. Anglers bottom fishing with shrimp, squid and other baits from Jennette’s Pier reported spot, sea mullet, pompano and pigfish. A few flounder and puppy drum have also been landed. Those working casting lures like Gotcha plugs are hooking bluefish and some smaller jacks. The Rodanthe Pier reported that spot, sea mullet and croaker are producing most of their action, with shrimp and bloodworms being the best baits. When the water’s clean, plug casters are hooking some bluefish and spanish mackerel while working Gotchas from the pier. Clean water has also been producing some king mackerel action and most pier’s have been averaging a fish a day when conditions are right. Live baiters landed several king mackerel and cobia from the end of the Rodanthe Pier last week.

The offshore Hatteras fleet is finding excellent wahoo action. Some dolphin, blackfin tuna, and king mackerel have been feeding alongside the hoos. Boats have also released sailfish, blue and white marlin this week.

Offshore bottom fishing is producing plenty of action on tilefish and triggerfish.

Inshore Hatteras boaters are still finding plenty of puppy drum in the Pamlico Sound and catching them using gold spoons, soft plastics, and other baits. Some flounder, bluefish, and gray and speckled trout have been in the mix recently as well.

Frisco surf anglers report decent surf action from Hatteras Island’s southern beaches. Anglers from Buxton to Hatteras were seeing sea mullet, pompano, bluefish, croaker, and some puppy drum. A few spanish mackerel and bluefish have been biting casting lures like Stingsilvers when the surf conditions are clean.

Water Temps
Duck Surf Temperature: 75.2 F
Fishing Center Sound Side Water Temperature: 83.8 F
Frisco Surf Temperature: 83.1 F


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