The Spanish mackerel bite picked up between 2nd and 3rd islands of the CBBT last week . Some bluefish were mixed in.
This is king mackerel season along the oceanfront, look for some smokers to show up at the scales.
The Flounder bite is still good on ocean wrecks and has been increasing at the CBBT.
Cobia are starting to exit the Bay. Look for them near channel buoys and along the oceanfront.
The sheepshead are still biting along the CBBT.
Spot number are picking up in the Bay and along the oceanfront.
The Virginia Beach Fishing Pier is seeing spot, roundhead, pompano, rays, spades, small blues, small flounder, and puppy drum. One angler reported seeing a rear manatee swimming close by, pretty neat!
Inlets and bay tributaries are holding speckled trout and puppy drum. The best trout and drum fishing is September through November.
Deep droppers are catching mostly tilefish. Rudee Tours runs trips, but you need to book early. Their website shows most trips sold out in advance.
The offshore boats are finding yellowfin tuna and wahoo action is picking up. This is peak billfish season, Blues, whites, and sailfish catches are on the rise. 81 Teams fished the Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament last week. Cash awards totaling $785,250 were handed out.
TOP 10 TEAMS
# BOAT CAPTAIN POINTS
1 Seven Jimmy Hardee 700 points
2 Katherine Anne Backlash Davis 630 points
3 Mama C Rob Mahoney 560 points (on time)
4 Bullwinkle Dan Spencer 560 points
5 Builder’s Choice Brent Gaskill 420 points
DAY BOAT CAPTAIN POINTS
1-1st Katherine Anne Backlash Davis 490 points
1-2nd Builder’s Choice Brent Gaskill 280 points
2-1st Bullwinkle Dan Spencer 350 points (on time)
2-2nd Seven Jimmy Hardee 350 points
3-1st Seven Jimmy Hardee 350 points
3-2nd Electric Bill Mark McDevitt 280 points
SPECIES BOAT ANGLER WEIGHT
TOP DOLPHIN Tuna Teaser Chance Price 22.5 lbs.
TOP TUNA Cotton Picker Thomas Bennett 74.2 lbs.
TOP WAHOO Evelyn Kennedy Paul Michael 22.8 lbs.