The February recreational black sea bass fishing season is back. It opened February 1st and closes February 29th, 2020. A recreational black sea bass permit is required ONLY for the captain or operator of the vessel and it is their responsibility to report all trips taken and black sea bass caught or released during the February season. Below is a link to more information.
Tautog are a possibility along the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, around wrecks and artificial reefs. Surface water temperatures are around 45 degrees.
Big striped bass are available in the bay from Cape Charles north, but the action is strictly catch-and-release.
Offshore deep-droppers are catching golden tile fish and sea bass.
Humpback whales are feeding off the Virginia Beach shoreline. Captains are reminded to be on the lookout and use caution while running. Several VBSF sponsors are offering whale watching trips. They offer an unforgettable day watching the world’s largest and most beautiful marine mammal. VBSF sponsor Rudee Tours is running educational trips in search of whales, dolphins, seals, and several species of birds.
Captains are catching giant blue fin tuna off Oregon Inlet. Along with bluefin they’re picking up big eye tuna, yellowfin tuna, blackfin tuna and nice swordfish.
Down at Hatteras captains report a good yellowfin and blackfin tuna bite.
Surf fishing is slow. There’s been a few puppy drum, and black drum caught near Buxton.
Next Report 15 February.