Virginia Tuna Time

With the Virginia Beach Tuna Tournament playing out over the weekend 97 boats turned their attention to tuna.  Here are the tournament results from their website. First place went to Reel Emotion with 172.4 lbs, second to Wired Up with 160.2 lbs and third went to Reelin’ N’ Dealin’ with 154.8 lbs.

Largest single tuna was caught by team Reelin N Dealin at 104.9 lbs. The largest wahoo was caught by team Le Grande Slam II and weighed in at 23.0 lbs. And the largest mahi went to team Rebel at at 21.3 lbs. Congratulation to all!


Golden Tilefish on the Rudee Angler!

Along with the good offshore tuna fishing mahi numbers are on the rise and billfish numbers should follow. Bottom fishing remains good for tilefish and grouper.  Amberjack have arrived at the southern towers.

Inshore a few nice flounder are being taken inside the lower bay now. Spanish mackerel, cobia and schools of red drum are being encountered along the oceanfront and on the bay. There should be some king mackerel available near shore. The cobia and red drum hot spot seems to be the eastern shore shoals. Sheepshead are holding on structure and the spadefish are at the Chesapeake Light Tower and over most all wrecks.

Down in Carolina, OBX surf anglers are catching sea mullet, pompano, spanish and bluefish. Soundside fishermen are catching trout and spot. The OBX pier reports go like this, Avalon: spanish early and sea mullet. Nags Head: spanish. Jennette’s: spanish, flounder and spades. Outer Banks: trout, sea mullet, flounder, black drum and taylor blues.

Inshore boats are having good luck with ribbon fish, spanish, bluefish and amberjack.

Offshore Captains are enjoying outstanding catches of yellowfin tuna, bigeye tuna, wahoo and mahi.

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Virginia Saltwater A Lot Of Options

By TH Spangler | Connie Barbour

There are plenty of options for Virginia saltwater anglers at this time of year!

The spadefish and sheepshead are on structure now. Most of the big spades are coming from the Chesapeake Light Tower, an 11-pound fish was weighed in this week. 9 pounds is the minimum size for a state trophy recognition citation. The sheepshead are hanging around bridge pilings. Look for both these fish to thicken up at the Bay Bridge Tunnel and The Cell.

Red drum and cobia are available through out the lower bay. The cobia action is outstanding. They are being caught from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel to Windmill Point. Catches have also been made along the oceanfront, in the surf and on the Buckroe Pier. Anglers are chumming and sight casting, but sight casting seems to be how most fish are encountered. There should be plenty of cobia around for the Monarch Cobia Classic.

Schools of Red Drum are being spotted while searching for Cobia. Anglers fishing the bottom with cut bait are picking up the drum as well. The area around the Bridge Tunnel Islands and the Eastern Shore shoals are hot spots.

Flounder action is picking up inside the bay. Large flounder are showing up near the bridge tunnel. An 8-pound fish was weighed last week. There have been some catches coming from inside Rudee and Lynnhaven Inlets as well.

Speckled Trout catches are on the rise. Gulp baits and paddle-tailed plastics are producing best. But top water baits seem to be producing  a larger class fish.

Anglers trolling the oceanfront are catching spanish mackerel and encountering cobia and red drum.

Virginia’s offshore tuna action has picked up just in time for the Virginia Beach Tuna Tournament. Yellowfin and bigeye tuna catches are showing up on local docks. To the south boats have found tuna busting on the surface and were able to catch them by casting. There have been some good tuna catches reported to our north, by boats fishing from Ocean City, MD. So now Virginia captains will have to decide which way to run each morning. Dolphin are available and our first billfish have been caught.

Offshore bottom fishing remains good. Some of the VBSF charter sponsors run these trip on request. The Rudee Angler has been running trips. You need to book early!

The OBX/Hatteras surf is providing pompano, bluefish, and sea mullet. There has been some large sharks landed in the Nags Head and Hatteras surf.

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Virginia Beach Saltwater Fishing Report

Nice Spadefish caught onboard Aquaman Charters

By Dr. Ken Neill, III | Peninsula Salt Water Sport Fisherman’s Association Member

Cobia have arrived in the bay in force. Fishing has been good for both chummers and sight fishermen. While cobia are getting most of the inshore buzz, red drum fishing remains excellent on the shoals at the mouth of the bay. Schools of big red drum are also being encountered by angler sight-fishing for cobia and by anglers trolling the oceanfront for Spanish mackerel.

Spanish mackerel are being caught along the oceanfront and have begun to move on into the bay. Some nice catches of spadefish have been made at the Chesapeake Light Tower and over some of the coastal wrecks. More are showing on structures inside the bay. “Nice” means by today’s standards, not the 9 and 10 pound spadefish we used to catch.

Some really nice sheepshead (by any standard) are being caught at the CBBT. Flounder are showing some promise this year. Fishing for them has not been great the past few years other than around the ocean wrecks. Catches were good on the seaside this spring and more are being caught in the bay so hopefully we will have a better summer.

Medium and small croaker seem to be plentiful in the rivers where some nice early spot are being caught. Speckled trout seem to have survived the winter freeze and decent numbers of puppy drum have been around.

Offshore action has gotten off to a late start. Tuna fishing has been good out of Oregon Inlet all spring but it took until June for the yellowfin to move closer to us. They are here now in range of Virginia Boats. Nice  bigeye tuna are mixed with the yellofins. Offshore action should swiftly heat up now.

Spencer Elford has won pretty much every youth angling award that Peninsula Salt Water Sport Fisherman’s Association offers. Now as a teenager, his winning ways continue. He and two of his friends: Joel White and Dylan Copeland fished the first annual Cobia East Coast Championship. With no adults to get in their way, the three boys landed a 79.7 pound cobia which easily won first place in the tournament. They walked away with $5,000 and they also won the youth angler award.

Another popular tournament for PSWSFA members is the Gloucester Boys and Girls Flounder Tournament. The tournament will be on July 14 with a captains meeting on July 13. New for this year will be a special PSWSFA Member Division. The largest flounder caught by a club member will earn you $300 in addition to any other prizes you may win.

Soon after that is the Monarch Cobia Classic, July 19-21. For more information about the Monarch Cobia Classic and to learn about sponsorship opportunities, visit

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ODU Alumni Association to host second annual Monarch Cobia Classic

The (ODU) Old Dominion University Alumni Association will host its second annual Monarch Cobia Classic in partnership with the Peninsula Salt Water Sport Fisherman’s Association July 19-21, 2018 at The Marina at Marina Shores in Virginia Beach. The goal of the  partnership is to create the largest cobia tournament on the east coast. The proceeds from the tournament will benefit the ODU Alumni Association Scholarship Fund.

The competition will consist of two days of fishing, with lines in at 6:00 a.m. each day. Anglers will compete for cash prizes, reels, rods, outdoor equipment and more. Before July 2, the entry fee per boat for the Monarch Cobia Classic is $400 for two days of fishing or $250 for a single day. After July 2, fees will increase to $500 per boat for two days and $300 for a single day.

The tournament will conclude with a Dock Party on Saturday, July 21, with live music and special guests including the Redskins Cheerleaders and Darcizzle Offshore, an avid angler and social media fishing sensation. Guests who are not registered for the tournament have the opportunity to purchase tickets to the
Dock Party for $50. Tickets must be purchased in advance at

“The Monarch Cobia Classic is a unique opportunity for the ODU Alumni Association to raise funds for student scholarships and to create a fun-filled event that will be enjoyed by alumni, friends of ODU and the Hampton Roads community,” said Dawn Provost, ’92, ’98 MBA, president of the ODU Alumni Association.

Corporate sponsorships are also available. For more information about the tournament, media interviews or corporate sponsorships, call 757-683-3097 or visit

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Virginia Saltwater Fishing Report | Cobia | Red Drum

Nice Drum On Key Dreams Charter!

By TH Spangler | Connie Barbour

The hot weather is here and the summer fishing pattern is setting up in Virginia waters.

The cobia season is open and anglers are catching. Both chumming and sight casting are working! Anglers sight-fishing for cobia are also seeing large schools of red drum. Even prior to the season opening numerous trophy cobia release citations were registered. Remember all anglers, captains and guides fishing for cobia must obtain a Recreational Cobia Permit from VMRC and report all harvest and cobia fishing activity.

Don’t forget the Old Dominion University Alumni Association annual Monarch Cobia Classic coming up in July!

Spanish mackerel and taylor blues have arrived along the oceanfront. Anglers trolling for bluefish and spanish are also encountering the large red drum and cobia.

Eastern Shore flounder catches remain strong inside the seaside inlets.

The coastal wrecks are holding good numbers of sea bass and there should be some triggerfish. Spadefish can be found over the wrecks and flounder can be found around them. Spadefish are being caught at the Chesapeake Light Tower. A nice class of sheepshead have shown up in their usual holding spots. Small bluefish and striped bass are still holding around the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel islands.

Offshore anglers making a long run south out of Virginia or fishing from Oregon Inlet have been experiencing one of the best tuna seasons in years. The big eye tuna numbers have been off the charts and so have the size of the yellowfins. Many, many of the hooked tuna have been lost to the sharks. A couple of boats fished their way back to Rudee Inlet this week and reported good tuna fishing all the way. The good tuna conditions are moving closer to the Virginia charter fleet. Offshore bottom fishing remains strong for tilefish and sea bass.

Water Temps

Ches Bay Bridge: 77.0 F
Cape Henry: 76.0 F
Kiptopeke: 78.6 F
Duck NC Pier: 77.9 F
Oregon Inlet Sound side: 79.1 F
OI offshore Buoy @ 60 feet: 76.7 F
Hatteras Surf: 79.7 F
Diamond Shoals Tower: 80.3 F

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