December, Striper Time In Virginia

VBSF, Long Bay Pointe Report – Next Report December 15

Aquaman Charters Photo

December … local tackle shops, marinas and boat ramps are buzzing with activity as anglers prepare to hit the water in search of giant stripers.

December is big rockfish season on the lower Chesapeake Bay and it’s off to a good start. Some monsters have already hit the scales over on the Eastern Shore. These big fish usually show first around Plantation Light and the area between the CBBT and Cape Charles. Anglers drifting live eels usually catch the larger fish. With each incoming and outgoing tide anglers should find fish all along the CBBT. A smaller class fish is usually encountered on the south side with the larger fish coming from the north end of the bridge. Dr Ken Neill says boats fishing up the bay, around the buoy 42 area have found lots of fish on the surface.

Several tournaments are planned during peak striper season. The Mid-Atlantic Rockfish Shootout is December 6th thru the 8th. Teams can leave from any port in Virginia but must weigh fish in at King’s Creek Marina in Cape Charles. And the 10th Annual JMU Rockfish Duke Club Tournament is Thursday, December 13th through December 15th.

Jimmy Kolb

Speckled trout fishing has been outstanding inside Lynnhaven Inlet for a couple of weeks. Long Bay Pointe Bait and Tackle has weighed a number of citation fish. Most fish have been caught on Gulps or on Mirr-o-lures. As the weather continues to cool Mirr-o-lures retrieved very slowly will work best.

With striper season wide-open tautog fishing has temporarily taken a back seat, but the bite should continue to improve for anglers targeting them.

Healthy Grin Sportfishing

Fishing ocean structures has been excellent for sea bass, triggerfish and chopper bluefish. The tilefish have been cooperating for those running offshore to deep drop. The Rudee Inlet head boat will be running sea bass trips throughout December. Boats fishing in 500 fathoms  have found good numbers of bigeye tuna.

A giant bluefin tuna encounter this time of the year is always a possibility for anglers trolling the ocean for stripers or bluefish. Theses giants usually show somewhere between Virginia Beach and Morehead City NC each winter.

Outer Banks NC Rundown

Anglers fishing the Outer Banks of North Carolina are catching a few trout and bluefish. Hatteras Island anglers have been catching sea mullet, bluefish, some trout, blowfish and a few drum. Sound fishermen are catching stripers. Stripers usually hang around the bridges on the west side of Roanoke Island in December.

When the wind lets up the OBX offshore fleet is catching lots of meat fish, yellowfin, blackfin tuna, dolphin, swordfish and wahoo.

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Nice Speckled Trout Action

Long Bay Pointe Report, Virginia Beach

Anglers have been enjoying a nice speckled trout bite inside Lynnhaven, Little Creek and Rudee Inlets. Some large fish, 5 to 6 pounds have been caught inside Lynnhaven. Pictured is Casey Copeland and  Doug Garnet with 5lb 12oz specks caught inside Lynnhaven.

Striper fishing will take center stage soon. Striper fishing on the lower bay is good to excellent Thanksgiving through New Years. There have already been large fish taken in the Bay to our north. As the weather continues cooling these fish will move into local waters.  Although most of the action is still to our north and in rivers, Long Bay Pointe reports keeper-sized fish at the CBBT. The best action comes at night under the lights.

Bay tautog fishing is slow but nearby ocean structures are producing. Sea bass, bluefish and triggerfish are also available. Sunday, Wes Blow and Chris Boyce reported a nice limit of seabass to 18 inches. While  diamond jigging for bluefish they got a surprise catch, a 48.5 inch black drum.

A few boats made it offshore and returned with yellowfin and bigeye tuna. The Rudee headboats are running sea bass trips and doing well. These trips will continue through December.

Carolina Report

Surf anglers from Nags head to Hatteras are catching sea mullet, blow toads, small bluefish and trout. Large sharks and some red drum are being caught at the point in Buxton.

Soundside anglers are catching a few trout. There should be some stripers feeding around the bridge pilings on the west side of Roanoke Island.

The OBX pier reports go like this, Avalon pier reports trout and puppy drum. Nags Head Pier has seen trout, flounder and blues. Jennette’s is catching small blues. The Outer Banks pier is catching lots of blow fish and some trout.

The offshore fleet return to the bluewater after a bunch of blow days and caught blackfin, yellowfin, wahoo, mahi and king mackerel.  Captains targeting swordfish have been catching. The king fishing is red hot off Hatteras now.

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Speckled Trout, Stripers, Red Drum

Rudee Inlet Trout, Knot Wish’n Charters

Long Bay Pointe Report

Virginia Beach – The speckled trout bite is good inside Lynnhaven and Rudee Inlets. Connie Barbour says the bite inside Lynnhaven is still hot with more keeper size fish arriving. Good reports are also coming from Virginia’s Eastern Shore and the waters around Poquoson, VA. Most of the trout are in the 14 to 20 inch range.

Lynnhaven Action!

Rockfish numbers are on the rise throughout the Chesapeake Bay and it’s tributaries. Fish are being caught on the James River, the York River and the Elizabeth River.  Other good locations are along the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel, and keeper size fish are at the islands of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.

A few spot and croaker are still available in the lower bay and inside Lynnhaven and Rudee Inlets.

The bay water temperature has dropped to 63 degrees. As soon as it drops into the 50’s we should start seeing the tautog bite pick up.

The Rudee Inlet head boat recently ran a sea bass trip. They caught plenty of sea bass and a few nice triggerfish.

The Virginia offshore charter boats have had a tough time getting out; rough seas have kept them at the docks the past few days.

Outer Banks North Carolina Rundown

Anglers fishing the point at Buxton have been catching a lot of Red Drum. More than a dozen big ones to 46 inches were landed yesterday. From Kitty Hawk down to Hatteras anglers are catching small trout, sea mullet and bluefish. Some of the bluefish caught near Hatteras have measured 20 inches.

The Avalon Pier is reporting trout and sea mullet. The Nags Head pier has been slow. Jennette’s pier reports a lot of small trout, nice sea mullet, pompano, black drum and puffers. The Outer Banks pier reports specks, gray trout, sea mullet, black drum, spot and puffer.

Boats fishing inshore around the inlets are catching spanish mackerel and bluefish. There should be some smoker kings a little farther out. The gulfstream fleet is catching a few wahoo, some mahi, and a decent number of blackfin and yellowfin tuna.

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Speckled Trout Action Peaking, Stripers Are Getting Hungry

Long Bay Pointe Fishing Report

Virginia Beach – Speckled Trout action is peaking! The specks are available inside Lynnhaven Inlet, Rudee Inlet and the Eastern Shore creeks. Anglers are using soft plastics and Gulps! Along with the trout, an occasional puppy drum. Pictured below is Kathy Cooper and her husband Chad, they enjoyed a beautiful day inside Lynnhaven catching specks.

Kathy Cooper

Chad Cooper

There should still be some nice flounder hanging around. They are usually found near ocean structure this time of year. Not many anglers are targeting them, but they should be there.

Tautog fishing has been slow but as water temps continue dropping the bite should pick up.

42 inch Striper caught under the Great Neck Bridge!!!

Rockfish numbers are increasing daily. Most are coming from the rivers, the Rappahannock, James, Elizabeth, and Potomac. The CBBT area is always holding a few fish. Connie at Long Bay is reporting a lot of keepers in the 20 to 30 inch range being caught.

Offshore boats have been stuck at the docks, as weather has not cooperated. If the offshore conditions settle down, the latest satellite imagery has a nice warm water eddy well with in reach of Virginia boats.

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Speckled Trout In The Creeks, Drum In The Surf

Long Bay Pointe Virginia Beach Fishing Report

Speckled trout action is picking up inside Lynnhaven Inlet, Rudee Inlet and in Virginia’s Eastern Shore creeks. Anglers are catching a lot of undersize fish but there are keepers mixed in. Leadheads matched with a twister tail or Gulps are the most popular bait, however topwaters seem to be catching the larger fish.

Puppy drum, some in the 20 to 28 inch class are in the same areas as the specks. Larger red drum are still  being caught in the bay and in the surf from Sandbridge  to Hatteras.  On a recent trip Craig Paige (Paige 2 Charters) and crew had a great day landing 20 red drum, several were citation release size. As a bonus they got a 7.5 lb flounder and a 9 ft sand tiger shark.

Anglers are starting to target stripers inside the rivers and inlets. They are also available around islands of the CBBT.

We still haven’t had our big spot run. The big yellow bellies should show anytime.

Tautog fishing is just around the corner as water temps continue to drop.

Offshore, there were nice kings caught inshore before the blow. Tilefish, snowy grouper and other bottom dwellers continue to bite well for those deep dropping. Off Oregon Inlet and Hatteras Inlet they have had some nice hauls of blackfin tuna, a few yellowfin and big eyes,  some mahi-mahi and wahoo. Crews that have been targeting swordfish have been having success.  Elson Myers caught a 530 pounder last week.

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