OFFSHORE REPORT – January 13, 2011


By Dr. Julie Ball
VBSF.net fishing report contributor and IGFA Representative, Virginia Beach

East Of The Towers Out To The Canyons

Tautog are becoming more intriguing to anglers lately, but the bite in the Bay has slowed. Moving to deeper water is the key, with the mid-range and deep water wrecks now a better choice.

Some nice catches of tog are responding on structures from near the Chesapeake Light Tower, and on out to the Triangle Wrecks. Running to the more southern wrecks can also provide better results.

Plenty of Jumbo seabass are also available on these same wrecks, but the season is now closed. Chopper bluefish are also circling many offshore wrecks.

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INSHORE REPORT – January 13, 2011


Chesapeake Bay, Coastal Waters Out To The Towers.

By Dr. Julie Ball
VBSF.net fishing report contributor and IGFA Representative, Virginia Beach

Fishing reports are starting to sound more like weather reports lately. But this past week, the Mid-Atlantic coast was afforded a brief break. This break allowed hundreds of boats to shoot down the coast to warmer Carolina waters in search of bigger fish. The good rockfish action awaiting those committed anglers made it worth the trip. Fish ranging from 20-pounds to over 60-pounds gave anglers a work out.

Daddy's Dream 3 accepting their award

This flurry of big striped bass activity occurred just in time to make the famous Mid-Atlantic Rockfish Shootout a huge success. The Rockfish Shootout, the striped bass tournament that trumps all other rockfish tournaments, paid out over $145,000 this year. The top seven boats were awarded cash prizes, with the top honors going to “Daddy’s Dream” with a 3-fish weight of 111.7-pounds. VBSF sponsor the “Wave Runner” out of the Virginia Beach Fishing Center took second place with 110.75-pounds of fish, while the crew of the “Bay Custom 3” came in third with 100.35-pounds. Classic trolled rockfish spreads fared well, with some boats reporting dozens of fish hitting most any type of trolled lure. Schools of some very nice striped bass are accessible within the legal 3-mile limit lately; with at least two fish reportedly in line for challenging the current North Carolina state record of 62-pounds!

Locally, speckled trout and puppy drum are basically the only game in town. Anglers who made it to the Elizabeth River this week found mixed results. Boats sitting in the Cove with live bait are catching a lot of fish, but most are ranging only up to about 21-inches. According to speckled trout guru Captain David Hester, the larger specks are scattered this week, so anglers are finding the fish along the River in water ranging in anywhere from 3 to 12-feet. But those who put in the time to find the fish are catching good numbers of speckled trout ranging from 3 to over 12-pounds this week. Different lures worked with a slow retrieve are enticing the most strikes right now. The first ICW Speckled Trout Shootout, hosted by the Norfolk Anglers Club, will take place this weekend.  Puppy drum measuring to around 30-inches are also making a good by-catch in many of these same areas within the Elizabeth River.

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NC State Record set, and broken!


Nags Head, NC – On Wednesday 12-year-old Stephen Furlough boated a N.C. record striped bass weighing 63 pounds while fishing outside Oregon Inlet. It lasted only 48 hours.

On Friday, Keith Angel pulled a 64-pounder from the same waters.

Furlough, from Roper near the coast in Washington County, was fishing with skipper/guide Charles Haywood aboard his boat, Rigged Up.

Angel, of Sandy Ridge in Stokes County, was in a party trolling with skipper Devin Cage on his sportfisherman, The Poacher.

Both catches were weighed at Oregon Inlet Fishing Center, where certification forms were filled out by the state’s Marine Fisheries Division and Wildlife Resources Commission.

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OFFSHORE REPORT – January 6, 2011


By Dr. Julie Ball
VBSF.net fishing report contributor and IGFA Representative, Virginia Beach

East Of The Towers Out To The Canyons

Tautog are becoming more intriguing to anglers lately, but the bite in the Bay has slowed. Moving to deeper water is the key, with the mid-range and deep water wrecks now a better choice. Some nice catches of tog are responding on structures from near the Chesapeake Light Tower, and on out to the Triangle Wrecks. Running to the more southern wrecks can also provide better results. Plenty of Jumbo seabass are also available on these same wrecks, but the season is now closed. Chopper bluefish are also circling many offshore wrecks.

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INSHORE REPORT – January 6, 2011


By Dr. Julie Ball
VBSF.net fishing report contributor and IGFA Representative, Virginia Beach

Chesapeake Bay, Coastal Waters Out To The Towers

With the recent fishable weather, boats are heading to the ocean waters in search of rockfish. But when Virginia’s inshore water temperatures dropped below 40-degrees, boats began working harder for their catches, with most running south.

Stephen Furlough & New NC State Record

Boats are still running 30-miles or more to the south looking for anything indicating rockfish activity. And this week, most boats are lucking into good catches within legal waters. The best reports are coming anywhere from Corolla to Oregon Inlet. Trolled swimming lures, spoons, plugs, tandem rigs, and mojo rigs are working well for fish mostly in the 20 to 30-pound range lately. A few Carolina fish are pushing to over 50-pounds, with one fish weighing in at 63-pounds this week. This huge striped bass was boated off of Oregon Inlet by 12-year old Stephen Furlough of Roper, NC aboard the Rigged Up. The fish may qualify as a new North Carolina state record. The inshore bite picked up just in time for the popular Mid Atlantic Rockfish Shootout tournament out of Rudee Inlet this week. But if you plan to fish in Carolina waters, make sure you have a valid North Carolina fishing license.

Good speckled trout action continues to draw anglers to the Elizabeth River where fish pushing to over 8-pounds are responding this week. According to the folks at Ocean’s East 2, keeper fish are coming from near the Hot Ditch to Deep Creek, with most specks ranging from 18 to 21-inches. Captain David Hester of Fishy Business Charters feels that the action from trolling and live bait has slowed up recently, with most fish sitting at less than 20-inches. The bigger fish are coming from casting lures in deeper water, with a very slow retrieve. Shawn Stack of Suffolk scored with a nice 25-inch speckled trout while offering cut bait near the Hot Ditch this week. Scattered by-catches of respectable puppy drum are also rounding out Hot Ditch bounties. But if you decide to join the hunt for specks in the Elizabeth River, be prepared to sit bow to bow with plenty of your closest boating buddies looking for the same fix.

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