Oct 13 2017

Virginia, OBX Saltwater Fishing Report

Anglers are catching some puppy drum. Most fish are under the 18 to 26 inch slot limit though. Some larger red drum are being found on the shoals of the Eastern Shore’s barrier islands. Some black drums are in the same area.

Flounder are being caught in Eastern Shore creeks and inlets; things should continue to pick up. Long Bay Pointe Bait and Tackle reports small striped bass remain a catch-and-release target. Fish continue to be active inside Lynnhaven Inlet and along the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. Spot fishing continues to be good and getting better. Large sized croakers should start biting hook and line soon. The commercial guys are netting them now.

Boston mackerel have been caught in ocean waters. Deep-dropping baits and jigs along the edges of the Norfolk Canyon continues to produce nice tilefish.

The Outer Banks of North Carolina surf zone has produced bluefish, black drum, sea mullet, spanish, puppy drum, and spot. A few citation-sized red drum have also been landed on cut mullet.

In the sound, speckled trout, puppy drum, flounder, and striper have all been landed.

OBX offshore, anglers have landed limits of yellowfin tuna and good numbers of wahoo. A few mahi and blackfin tuna have also been in the mix. There have been a few white marlin releases as well. The blue fin tuna season is now closed.



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Oct 12 2017

Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s October 2017 Meeting

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 – Thursday, October 12, 2017

Hyatt Long Island East End
451 East Main Street
Riverhead, NY 11901
Telephone 631-208-0002

The public is invited to attend the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s October 2017 meeting to be held October 10-12, 2017 in Riverhead, NY. The meeting will be held at the Hyatt Long Island East End, 451 East Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901, Telephone 631-208-0002.

Meeting Materials: Briefing documents will be posted at http://ww.mafmc.org/briefing/october-2017 as they become available.

Public Comments: Written comments must be received by Wednesday, September 27, 2017 to be included in the Council meeting briefing book. Comments received after this deadline but before close of business on Thursday, October 5, 2017 will be posted as “supplemental materials” on the Council meeting web page. After that date, all comments must be submitted using an online comment form available at available at http://www.mafmc.org/public-comment. Comments submitted via the online form will be automatically posted to the website and available for Council consideration.

Webinar: For online access to the meeting, enter as a guest at: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/october2017.


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Tuesday, October 10th

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Executive Committee Meeting

  • Review 2017 and proposed 2018 implementation plans
  • Develop recommendations for 2018 priorities

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 p.m. Council Convenes

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Swearing In of New and Reappointed Council Members and Election of Officers

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Goals and Objectives Workshop

  • Review results from Fisheries Forum project
  • Review Fishery Management Action Team recommendations
  • Identify and approve revised goals and objectives for public hearing document

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Golden Tilefish Individual Transferable Quota Program Review

  • Review and approve final report

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Regional Planning Body – Draft Vessel Monitoring System, Communities at Sea, and Ecologically Rich Areas Data Presentation, Nick Napoli – MARCO

Wednesday, October 11th

9:00 a.m. Council Convenes

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Lobster Standardized Bycatch Reporting Methodology Framework – Meeting 2, GARFO

  • Final action on preferred alternatives

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Spiny Dogfish Specifications

  • Review previously set specifications for 2018 and consider any modifications

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management Risk Assessment

  • Finalize and adopt EAFM Based Risk Assessment

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Commercial Accountability Measure Framework – Meeting 1

  • Review background, issues, and draft alternatives

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 2018 Recreational Black Sea Bass Wave 1 Fishery

  • Consider a potential February 2018 opening of the recreational Wave 1 fishery

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Law Enforcement Report

  • NOAA Office of Law Enforcement
  • U.S. Coast Guard

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 2019 – 2023 Strategic Plan

  • Review plan for the development of the Strategic Plan

Thursday, October 12th

9:00 a.m. Council Convenes

9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Business Session

  • Committee Reports
  • Executive Director’s Report, Chris Moore
  • Science Report, Rich Seagraves
  • Organization Reports
    • NMFS Greater Atlantic Regional Office
    • NMFS Northeast Fisheries Science Center
    • NOAA Office of General Counsel
    • Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission
  • Liaison Reports
    • New England Council
    • South Atlantic Council
    • Regional Planning Body
  • Continuing and New Business

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Oct 04 2017

Virginia Saltwater Fishing Report

The speckled trout season is picking up and fish are showing on the Poquoson Flats and in most Eastern Shore Bay side inlets.

Flounder catches have been good in the Bay; the flatfish are on the move to deeper waters. Fish are being taken inside Lynnhaven and Rudee inlets, but the larger fish are around wrecks along the coast. Anglers fishing the wrecks are picking up some triggerfish.

Yellow belly spot are starting to show around the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel, Ocean View and in the inlets. If the early part of the season is any indication this could be a banner year.

Bluefish are abundant throughout the area. Shark action has been outstanding.

The Chesapeake Bay striped bass season opens today. There are plenty of school-sized fish available.

Virginia pier action includes croaker, small spot, sea mullet, small flounder and a few small gray trout. Piers anglers can expect a few cobia and red drum.

Offshore the white marlin season draws to a close but anglers fishing over night will be taking some swordfish. There’s some warm water just east of the canyon and some tuna, wahoo and dolphin could remain where warmer waters are found. Deep droppers will find plenty of tilefish. The sea bass season is closed until Oct. 22.



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Sep 18 2017

Virginia Saltwater Fishing Report

By Dr. Ken Neill III, Seaford VA

Tautog catches have been very good for those targeting sheepshead at the CBBT. They have had to release those fish but that changed as of September 20 when the tautog season re-opens. While tautog opens up, sea bass closes for a month. The sea bass season is closed as of September 22. The other season changes include the closure of cobia…make sure to get your catch reports in….and the opening of the bay striped bass season on October 4.

There are a lot of small striped bass in the bay. Last fall, they were mostly too small to keep. This fall, there will be a lot 20-plus inch available. We are having very good spot run. Nice spot are being caught in all of the rivers and inlets. Speckled trout and puppy drum are on the flats and around anywhere there is grass. Any dock with a light on it is a good location to look for specks, pups, and striped bass. Big red drum are being caught at the CBBT.

Spanish mackerel continue to be caught along the oceanfront along with false albacore. The coastal wrecks are holding sea bass, triggerfish and flounder. Just remember the sea bass closure.

The offshore bite is mixed-bag. Billfish are being caught but it has not been the epic September bite we have become used to. Dolphin, wahoo and some tuna are being caught. It is a good time to try for swordfish. Bottom fishing is producing good catches of tilefish and some grouper.

PSWSFA News, our next tournament will be the Grafton Fishing Supply Spot Tournament September 23 and 24. It will conclude with a club picnic at Dare Marina on September 24. Bring your spot to the picnic to be weighed-in (and eaten). The awards for July’s Youth and Ladies Tournament will also be presented at the picnic.



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Sep 15 2017

Virginia Saltwater Fishing Report

By Dr Julie Ball





With a watchful eye on tropical developments to the southeast, local anglers continue to enjoy the developing fall fisheries along the Mid-Atlantic. But, don’t dismiss the summer faves just yet. Intercepting these fish as they prepare to depart the area can provide some good opportunities for anglers.

Cobia are on the move as they prepare to head south, igniting some outstanding top water action for this last week of cobia season. Several boats reported hooking up to a dozen fish per day recently, with several cobia exceeding 50-pounds. Until next year.

Big red drum are still roaming about the lower Bay shoals and barrier islands, and it is also time for reds to begin showing more activity around the artificial islands of the CBBT. Fresh cut bait and live bait work well for this area. Big bull reds can debut in the surflines along Sandbridge and the Wildlife Preserve at any time. A northly blow can jump start some good drum surf fishing action.

Spanish mackerel are still chasing trolled spoons in the clearer water off the Virginia Beach ocean front and Cape Henry, with some nice Spanish to show this season. But the most exciting news on the ocean front is the incredible king mackerel run, which is the best this area has seen in years. True smoker kings are crashing both live and trolled baits, with several kings hitting the docks weighing over 50-pounds, or more.

Anglers are findings some respectable flatfish as the they continue to gather at the mouth of the Bay in preparation for migrating to deeper water. Boats working Lynnhaven and Rudee Inlets are finding scattered catches of decent sized keepers. Offshore and inshore wreck flounder action is very good, with nice flatties averaging to around 23-inches taking fresh strip bait. Expect sea bass as a by-catch, along with triggerfish on these wrecks, but keep in mind that seabass season closes on the 21st this month.

Big sheepshead will continue to linger on the structure of the Bay Bridge-Tunnel over the next few weeks, along with decent triggerfish. Tautog action is rekindling for the fall trend, with the season reopening on the 19th this month. Remember you can keep up to three fish stretching to at least 16-inches.

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. Also, 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 yellow belly 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. 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 and golden tilefish and jumbo seabass. Grouper and barrelfish are also adding to the deep-water variety.

Offshore, billfish are still providing good action. Even though the bite varies from day to day, 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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