Virginia Spanish Mackerel Season Peaking

Spanish Mackerel Season Is Peaking

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

Only a few more days remain until school starts and the college football season kicks off.  As the end of  summer approaches, GREAT opportunities continue for local anglers! In fact some of the best fishing of the year is happening …. now!

Lots of Spanish mackerel and taylor bluefish are feeding in Chesapeake Bay tidal rips near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. The spanish mackerel fishing has also been especially good along the oceanfront near sandbridge where there have also been reports of some nice kings! …. Keep an eye out for cobia,  the brown suites are hanging around the same areas.

Spadefish and sheepshead are on Chesapeake Bay structure.

Some nice flounder have been caught, the Virginia Saltwater Fishing Tournament recently registered a 10-pound 4-ounce flatly, caught inside Lynnhaven Inlet. Lynnhaven and Rudee inlets are also holding some speckled trout, puppy drum and large bluefish.

Dr Ken Neil and a nice 50-inch cobia

Cobia and big red drum catches remain good. Both are on the shoals over on the Eastern Shore. Croaker, sea mullet and flounder are in Eastern Shore seaside inlets and on the bayside as well. Tarpon are being caught in their usual Eastern Shore holes.

Croaker are available throughout the lower bay and more small spot are starting to show. Look for spot and croaker sizes to increase as September approaches.

The coastal wrecks are holding flounder, spadefish, triggerfish, sea bass and sandtiger sharks.

Pier and surf anglers are finding sea mullet, pompano, spadefish, small flounder, and a few spanish mackerel. Cobia and red drum are a possibility.

Offshore billfish action is heating up just in time for the local tournament season. Mahi mahi are being found around inshore seamounts like the hot dog and a few wahoo are being caught along with an occasional tuna. Swordfish are available to those targeting them.

There should be plenty of amberjack holding on the Chesapeake light tower and south tower. Deep-droppers are finding excellent numbers of both golden and blueline tilefish, along with sea bass.

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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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