Water temperature along the oceanfront and near the CBBT its approaching 75 degrees. At the mouth of the Elizabeth River, it’s a warm 77. Offshore at the Norfolk Canyon its hovering around 68. That means just about everything’s biting now! Inshore, red drum, cobia, spadefish, sheepshead, flounder, bluefish and spanish mackerel. Offshore, tuna, dolphin, marlin, tilefish and seabass.
Anglers trolling the ocean front are catching spanish mackerel. Bluefish and ribbon fish are mixed in with the spanish.
Spadefish are around buoys, the pylons of the CBBT and the Chesapeake Light Tower. Also hanging around the pylons are hungry sheepshead.
Big red drum are throughout the lower Bay. Anglers are having success sight casting and bottom fishing.
Cobia action remains good. Most anglers are fishing live bait in chum slicks. But you never know when they’ll pop up on the surface, so always have a rod ready to sight cast. We’ll be able harvest some for the table after the season opens June 15th. Until then you can earn a Virginia Release Citation for any released over 50 inches. Don’t forget your VMRC cobia permit and recordings.
Flounder catches are picking up. Look for them along the CBBT, around inshore wrecks and artificial reefs throughout the lower bay and along the coast.
Pier and surf anglers are finding spanish, bluefish, flounder, croaker, sea mullet and small spot.
Coastal wrecks are holding bluefish and triggerfish. Big AJ’s (amberjacks) should be arriving as well.
Offshore, yellowfin tuna action is excellent which is great news for the Virginia Beach Tuna Tournament. This week a couple of boats caught tuna limits. Dolphin fishing should take off any day. The Virginia Beach Tuna Tourney takes place June 22nd – 25th, 2022. Weigh stations are Long Bay Pointe Marina and The Virginia Beach Fishing Center. https://vbtuna.com/location/
Anglers bottom bouncing the edge of the canyon continue catching blueline tilefish, golden tilefish and sea bass.
Good luck to the Virginia Beach boats fishing in the Big Rock this week!
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