October! King, Marlin, Dolphin, This, That!

Long Bay Pointe Report

Virginia Beach, VA – The king mackerel bite gets top billing this week! Virginia anglers are landing them in the 40 to 50 pound class … Pretty work!

The offshore bite has been excellent. Anglers are landing some wahoo and releasing a good number of white marlin and a few blue marlin. There are still plenty of mahi around. Captain Dave on High Hopes Charters found plenty for his crew on this trip. This is great late season action!

Our ocean wrecks are producing seabass, triggerfish and a few flounder. Craig Irwin and crew had a  fine day on the wrecks.

Large red and black drum are beginning to leave their summer hangouts in the bay. Reds are still being landed on the shoals, but numbers are now increasing along the oceanfront in the surf. Beth Synowiec landed this nice black drum in the bay near Cape Henry.

Cobia are on the move as well. For a few days there were cobia on just about every buoy in the lower bay but numbers are decreasing. Remember cobia season is closed; all fish have to be released.

The Bay striper season opened October 4th. Anglers are now allowed to keep 2 rockfish between 20-28 inches per day. However, one fish may be over 28 inches in a 2 fish limit.

Small stripers have been reported around the CBBT islands and kayakers have been catching them around the rocks at Rudee Inlet. There are some large bluefish mixed in at both locations. Captain Craig Paige on Paige 2 Charters got into some large bluefish at the islands, he released this nice 37-inch citation fish.

The bridge tunnel is still home to some nice sheepshead.

Henry and Luke Bolin did some father, son fishing inside Lynnhaven Inlet Saturday and caught a dozen nice spot, a dozen croaker, two speckled trout and a few black drum and puffers.

Captain Bill on Key Dreams Charters enjoyed a nice day on the bay doing some family fishing. They caught 6 flounder up to 20 inches, spanish mackerel, sharks, puffers, and seabass.

OBX Report

The bluefish bite is good in the surf south of Oregon Inlet. There are some scattered mullet and pompano also available. Large drum are starting to show in the surf.

Soundside anglers on the Little Bridge on the Nags Head/Manteo causeway reported trout, bluefish and some keeper stripers.

OBX Pier Fishing Report: Avalon: trout and drum. Nags Head: bluefish, spades, black drum, spanish and trout. Jennette’s: pompano, black drum, trout and bluefish. Outer Banks: spanish and blues off the end, pompano, sea mullet and trout.

Red Drum are being caught at Avon. Other species being caught there are bluefish, sea mullet, puppy drum, and pompano.

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NOAA Request for Comments: Proposed Changes to Golden Tilefish Regulations

Noaa Southeast Regional Office Fishery Bulletin;  Request for Comments: Proposed Changes to Golden Tilefish Regulations in Federal Waters of the South Atlantic Region

NOAA Fisheries requests your comments on a proposed rule for golden tilefish.  The proposed actions would reduce golden tilefish catch limits based on the most recent population assessment.  The purpose of the action is to end overfishing (rate of removal is too high) of golden tilefish in the South Atlantic.

Comments are due by October 12, 2018


  • The proposed rule would set the total catch limit at 342,000 pounds gutted weight (lbs gw).
  • This proposed rule would also specify the commercial and recreational sector catch limits and component commercial quotas using the existing sector allocations.
  • The commercial catch limit would be 331,740 lbs gw.  The commercial quota for the hook-and-line component would be 82,935 lbs gw, and the commercial quota for the longline component would be 248,805 lbs gw.  The recreational catch limit would be 2,316 fish. 



The 15 day comment period associated with this proposed rule will end on October 12, 2018.  We will address all comments specifically directed to the proposed rule in the final rule.  You may submit comments by electronic submission or by postal mail.  Comments sent by any other method (such as e-mail), to any other address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period, may not be considered by NOAA Fisheries.


FORMAL FEDERAL REGISTER NAME/NUMBER: 83 FR 48788, published September 27, 2018

Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal.

1. Go to https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=NOAA-NMFS-2018-0091.

2. Click the “Comment Now!” icon, complete the required fields.

3. Enter or attach your comments.

Mail: Submit written comments to Karla Gore, Southeast Regional Office, NMFS, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.

This bulletin serves as a Small Entity Compliance Guide, complying with section 212 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996.


Why is the reduction in the catch limit being proposed? 

  • In April 2016, a population assessment update for golden tilefish was completed using data through 2014 (SEDAR 25 Update 2016).  The update assessment indicated that the golden tilefish population is undergoing overfishing but is not overfished (population abundance is too low).
  • As mandated by the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council and NOAA Fisheries must end overfishing of golden tilefish.  The proposed rule for Amendment 28 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region reduces the catch limit based on the most recent assessment to end overfishing of golden tilefish.
  • An interim rule, which temporarily reduced overfishing of golden tilefish, expires on January 3, 2019.  This proposed rule would replace the interim measures.

What are the actions in the proposed rule? 

  • Revise the commercial and recreational catch limits for golden tilefish in the South Atlantic (See Table 1 below).   

Table 1. Proposed commercial and recreational catch limits for golden tilefish.

Total catch limit Commercial catch limit Commercial Hook-and-Line catch limit Commercial Longline catch limit Recreational catch limit
(pounds gutted weight) (pounds gutted weight) (pounds gutted weight) (pounds gutted weight) (numbers of fish)
342,000 331,740 82,935 248,805 2,316

 Where can I find more information on the environmental assessment and the proposed rule?

Contact NOAA Fisheries, Southeast Regional Office

By Mail: Karla Gore

NOAA Fisheries, Southeast Regional Office

Sustainable Fisheries Division

263 13th Avenue South

St. Petersburg, Florida 33701-5505

By FAX: (727) 824-5308

By Phone: (727) 824-5305

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NOAA Bluefin Tuna Season News

NOAA Fisheries transfers 55 metric tons of Atlantic bluefin tuna quota to the General category for the October through November 2018 subquota period and closes the fishery as of Friday, October 5, 2018.

NOAA Fisheries transferred 40 metric tons (mt) from the Harpoon category and 15 mt from the Reserve category and will close the General category fishery until December 1, 2018. This action is intended to provide limited additional opportunities to harvest the U.S. bluefin tuna quota while avoiding exceeding it.

Quota Transfer:

Although a proposed rule was published to increase the baseline U.S. bluefin tuna quota from 1,058.79 mt to 1,247.86 mt and accordingly increase the subquotas for 2018, the final “quota rule” is not yet in effect. The transfers result in an adjusted subquota of 115.7 mt for the General category October through November 2018 subquota period, 28.6 mt for the 2018 Harpoon category, and 3.5 mt for the Reserve category.

NOAA Fisheries anticipates that General category participants in all areas and time periods will have opportunities to harvest the General category quota in 2018, including the December time period.

Closure of the Bluefin Tuna General Category October through November Fishery:

The General category bluefin tuna fishery will close effective 11:30 p.m., October 5, 2018, through November 30, 2018. Based on landings rates in the September 2018 fishery and the October through November fisheries in recent years and anticipated fishing conditions, NOAA Fisheries projects that the General category October through November subquota of 115.7 mt will be reached at that time.

The General category will reopen automatically on December 1, 2018, at the default one-fish level. Based on quota availability in the Reserve, NOAA Fisheries may transfer additional quota to the December subquota period.

More information can be found in the Federal Register Notice

Who is affected?

Persons aboard vessels permitted in the Atlantic tunas General and Atlantic HMS Charter/Headboat categories may not retain, possess, or land large medium or giant Atlantic bluefin tuna after 11:30 p.m. on October 5, 2018, through November 30, 2018.

This action applies to General category (commercial) permitted vessels and to HMS Charter/Headboat category permitted vessels with a commercial sale endorsement when fishing commercially for bluefin tuna.

Dealers are required to submit landing reports within 24 hours of receiving bluefin tuna. Late dealer reporting compromises our ability to implement actions such as quota and retention limit adjustments or fishery closures and may result in enforcement actions.

Additionally, and separate from the dealer reporting requirement, General category and HMS Charter/ Headboat category vessel owners are required to report the catch of all bluefin tuna retained or discarded dead, within 24 hours of the landing(s) or end of each trip, by accessing the HMS Permit Shop, using the HMS Catch Reporting app, or calling (888) 872-8862 (Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.). 

All bluefin tuna that are released must be handled in a manner to maximize survivability and without removing the fish from the water.

Download the Careful Catch and Release brochure for more safe handling tips.

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Flags Are Flying At Rudee Inlet

Paige 2 Charters

Long Bay Pointe Bait and Tackle Report

Hurricane Florence has passed and local anglers are back at it! And the cobia and red drum have not disappointed. Fishermen are encountering schooling fish on the move; Craig Paige, Paige 2 Charters caught some large citation reds this week.

Sheepshead are plentiful around structure. Beth and Kevin Synowiec had a great catch over the weekend.

Beth and Kevin Synowiec

Anglers fishing the Virginia Beach Fishing Pier are catching sheephead, spanish mackerel, a few spot, small trout and small black drum.

High Hopes Charters

Trollers are still finding the spanish mackerel biting up and down the beach and near the islands of the CBBT. Captain David Wright on the High Hopes put his crew on this nice catch.

Ocean Pearl Charters, with Captain Steve Wray got in a good half day trip the morning. They hooked seven cobia, caught four, a 38″ (released),44″, 48″ and 57″. They found the spanish biting first thing and caught 13 keepers and a ton of throwbacks.

Ocean Pearl Charters

Captain Bill on Key Dreams Charters checked in with a nice catch. Seven nice flounder to 18″ and a 31″ red drum released to fight another day. They pulled the hook on a much larger red.

Key Dreams Charters

Flags are flying! Those heading offshore were rewarded; the white marlin bite has been on fire. Along with the whites, boats landed a mixed bag of wahoo, tuna and mahi.


Down on North Carolina’s outer banks surf fishing has been very good in some nice clear water. Anglers fishing from Kitty Hawk to Corolla have caught bluefish, spanish mackerel and large pompano. A few cobia have been caught in Avon. Anglers down in Hatteras are catching citation-sized sea mullet, spot, and pompano on shrimp and sand fleas. Some large spanish mackerel and bluefish are schooling just behind the  bar. Anglers at the Point have hooked some false albacore and sharks.

Look for new fishing reports every other week from now until April. We will post any news releases from the fishery agencies as they are made available.

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Hurricane Florence Stirs Up Local Waters

By Connie Barbour, Steve Wray (Long Bay Pointe Bait and Tackle)

Hurricane Florence has stirred up our local waters, once things settle down anglers will again have to locate the best fishing action.

A couple of days before the blow there was some outstanding cobia fishing happening. Boats were finding large schools with dozens of fish on the surface. Anglers were casting live eels and large bucktails to them. Don’t forget the Virginia cobia season closes the end of the month.

King and Spanish mackerel had made a good showing before the storm. Anglers were encountering them along the coast, close to shore.

Red drum were still hanging around the lower bay and along the Atlantic shoreline as well.

When anglers return to the water sheepshead should still be available around the pilings of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel and spadefish around the buoys.

A local favorite, the Norfolk spot are located throughout the bay and it’s tributaries now. Yellowbellies begin to show in the lower parts of the rivers, and then move to more oceanside locations. By about mid to late September, these hefty spot become very numerous as they pack into inlets, hang on bars, and line structure near lower bay seaside areas.

Croaker are also are showing in the same areas. Look for the big croaker to show up along the edge of the bay shipping channels and in deep holes near Lynnhaven Inlet. Speckled trout, puppy drum, flounder and bluefish are inside Lynnhaven and Rudee Inlets this time of year.

Offshore the mahi mahi action was excellent before the storm. The question is, will they still be available after the blow. Also our blue and white marlin season was heating up. It will be interesting to find out how the churned up water has affected their location. Offshore deep droppers had been landing some nice
golden and blueline tilefish catches prior to the storm, and it should remain a good fishery.

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