Atlantic Board Releases Atlantic Cobia Draft Amendment


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Public Hearings for Summer Flounder


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45th Annual White Marlin Open In The Books

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In a close finish, Pascual Jimenez from Puerto Aventuras, Mexico edged out all competitors to win a world record $2,584,260* in the 45th White Marlin Open. Fishing on the Weldor’s Ark out of Morehead City, NC, Jimenez weighed an 83-pound white marlin on the final day of the 5-day event held in Ocean City, MD to take the top individual prize in the 382-boat field. Gregory Giron and the Under Dog from VA Beach took 2nd place money for their 83-pound white worth $129,784 with the Lights Out from Ocean Reef, FL taking 3rd and $85,804 for the 75-pound white marlin caught by Bill Haugland of Coconut Grove, FL on Day 2.

Two world records were set during the 2018 event. The $2.58 million-dollar payout was the most ever awarded for the catch of a billfish, and the $5.45 million-dollar purse was the most ever paid in any fishing tournament.

The Blue Marlin Category and the $924,936 purse was safely held all week by Joe … READ MORE


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Weather Breaks and the Fishing is Hot

Great Spadefish Action On Knot Wish’n Charters

By TH Spangler | Connie Barbour (Long Bay Pointe Bait and Tackle)

The weather finally gave us a break and anglers taking advantage were rewarded! Those fishing the lower Chesapeake Bay found plenty of sheepshead along the CBBT. Spadefish are on just about all structure. Nice Spanish mackerel are feeding in the tide rips. Big red drum, cobia, croaker and small spot are all available throughout the lower bay.

Rudee and Lynnhaven inlets are producing some speckled trout and puppy drum. Look for feeding bluefish to invade at anytime.

Paige II Charters On The Flounder!

The coastal wrecks are holding sea bass, flounder, triggerfish and spadefish. Spanish mackerel fishing is very good along the oceanfront.

Eastern shore anglers are finding croaker and flounder inside the seaside inlets. Tarpon are in the deeper holes. The shoals are producing big red drum and cobia.

Offshore Deep-droppers are finding excellent numbers of both golden and blueline tilefish, along with sea bass.

Mahi-mahi tops offshore trolling action. Billfish and wahoo numbers are on the rise just in time for local tournaments! We have a great lineup of big money tournaments ready to roll! The Virginia Beach Invitational Marlin Tournament just wrapped up. Next is the 45th annual White Marlin Open out of Ocean City, Md. This is the biggest billfish tournament on the East Coast. Teams can fish out of Virginia Inlets and points north, but must return to Ocean City if they have a fish to weigh. Then comes the 29th annual Alice Kelly Memorial women’s only event out of Pirate’s Cove Aug. 11-12 followed by the 35th annual Pirate’s Cove Billfish Tournament Aug. 13-17. After that the parties move to Rudee Inlet. The 16th annual Wine, Women and Fishing women’s only event falls on Aug. 17-19, followed by 15th annual Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament Aug. 22-25. Even if you are not participating these are great events to checkout. Hundreds gather at the scales each evening to watch the Weigh-ins.

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Plenty Of Fish Around

Knot Wish’n Charters

By TH Spangler | Connie Barbour (Long Bay Pointe Bait and Tackle)

The weather hasn’t been our friend recently. The rainy breezy conditions have slowed fishing activity.

There are plenty of cobia around but they are hard to spot in choppy, overcast conditions. Chumming was the most effective method last week. A few nice fish were reported, some topping 50 pounds.

Flounder action remains excellent on ocean wrecks. Flounder are also in the bay and in local inlets. Look for them around structure and on rough bottom. Remember, big baits for big flounder.

There are plenty of spadefish hanging around the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel and The Cell. Sheephead are also hanging around the bridge.

Some really large red drum are in the area. Anglers fishing at night are having good success.

Boats trolling the oceanfront have been catching limits of spanish mackerel.

Pier anglers are enjoying typical summertime action, spot, croaker, flounder and trout.

Before the weather went downhill the offshore mahi-mahi fishing was excellent. Overnight charters had been returning with mahi, tilefish and seabass. Billfish action is heating up with the Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament fast approaching August 22-25.

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