Peninsula Saltwater Sport Fisherman’s Report


Club Report

Striped bass action has been excellent north of Oregon Inlet. Boats found fish from Corolla on south. Fish over 50 pounds were weighed in this past week. These fish will be moving back towards the Chesapeake Bay soon. Speckled trout are being caught in the Elizabeth River along with some puppy drum and small striped bass. Tautog are biting on the ocean wrecks. Boats running out of Hatteras are finding bluefin tuna of mixed sizes, some blackfin tuna and mako sharks have made a good showing. Virginia’s new flounder regulations will bet set soon. Virginia is allowed to more than double their recreational flounder catch in 2011. Now, it is just down to the details. There will not be a closed season this summer. Three options are being considered at VMRC right now: 18-inch minimum with 4 fish, 17.5-inch minimum with 4 fish, or 17.5-inch minimum with 3 fish. Let VMRC know which option you prefer.

Virginia’s Marine Resource Commission hosts a free online fishing journal. It allows you to keep track of your catches and also gives Virginia’s fisheries managers a powerful statistical tool. This can be very important when we get some bad numbers form the federal survey estimates. You can start your online journal at www.vasaltwaterjournal.com.


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OFFSHORE REPORT – January 27, 2011


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

East Of The Towers Out To The Canyons

Once the weather is stable enough to get to deeper water, those who venture out to scour the deeper ocean floors can expect good blueline tile fishing. Pesky dog fish are making a showing, making fishing the deeper water a challenge. Big seabass are also in these areas, but they are illegal to keep. Closer to the Canyon’s edge, other deepwater species are active such as golden tilefish, blackbellied rosefish, and a variety of big grouper. Just pray for good weather!

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INSHORE REPORT – January 27, 2011


Chesapeake Bay, Coastal Waters Out To The Towers.

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

Once again the weather is in charge. Recurring blustery, frigid fronts are making fishing a challenge most anywhere, making this winter a tough fishing season for recreational anglers. Folks are either finding other things to do, or sneaking out during brief weather windows.

The main interest is still striped bass, although anglers are beginning to tire of the long run almost as much as Mr. Winter. But as long as the fish continue to bite within the 3-mile limit off the Carolina coast, boats will brave the cold to run over 60-miles to intercept them. Plenty of bait and beehives of birds are still identifying schools of nice fish within range. Although the bite slowed up a little this week, limits of 20 to 50-pound rockfish are attacking trolled spreads made up of swimming top water lures, Mojo rigs, parachute rigs, and umbrella rigs. The best colors are still red and white, pearl, and chartreuse. Don’t forget your North Carolina fishing license if you go.

Lots of folks are beginning to think about tautog fishing. These tubby wreck dwellers are available on most mid to offshore structures, but the trick is finding a wreck that has not been picked over. Finding bait to entice these fish is becoming an issue. Clams will work in a pinch, but the word is that green crabs are a non- native species, and are no longer available at tackle shops. This limits options for tog bait to mostly clams.

Speckled trout is still a good bet right now, especially when it is too windy to get out on the open water. Anglers braving the elements are finding spotty action lately, with mostly smallish fish this week. Most of the specks are ranging to around 21-inches, with a few fish pushing to just over 24-inches reported earlier in the week. Gizzard shad are schooling everywhere within the Cove and in the River lately, making for an annoying by catch. The best results are happening on artificial lures and jigs worked with a slow action. Schoolie striped bass to around 6-pounds are also keeping things interesting, while one or two anglers have reported hooking into something they could not budge. As many anglers know, the Hot Ditch and the surrounding Elizabeth River is an oasis for many species during the winter months. Because of this, unusual catches such as red and black drum will occasionally come from this area.

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North Carolina Update


At Oregon Inlet the striped bass bite continues just offshore. Fish have been located as far north as Duck and as far south as Rodanthe. Offshore boats have held back venturing out into the Gulf Stream in search of yellowfin tuna.

Down on Hatteras Island a few puppy drum have been reported at Ramp 55, but few people have been out fishing the surf. There have been no confirmed reports of striped bass being caught from the surf. Nothing has been reported from The Point. One report said a mako shark was caught just offshore by a boater. The island has escaped the rain, and good weather has been forecast for the weekend, good news for anglers.

The Ocracoke bite in the surf has been dead for about a week. The island took on about eight inches of snow on Saturday, and with ice in the sound, ferry service was closed Saturday and part of Sunday. The water temperature was in the low- to mid-40s Wednesday. When the temperature climbs back into the 50s, the puppy drum should start biting artificial baits.


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Peninsula Saltwater Sport Fisherman’s Report


Club Report

With the very cold weather this past weekend, many anglers decided to stay warm and attend fishing seminars and boat shows. It was good weather for that. For those that did venture out, wintertime fishing continued. Striped bass were caught along the coast of the Outer Banks. Boats found fish from Corolla on south. A few larger speckled trout are being caught in the Elizabeth River along with plenty of small specks and some puppy drum. Tautog are biting on the ocean wrecks. Deep-water bottom fishing continues to be hampered by the sea bass closure. Boats running out of Hatteras found large bluefin tuna this week. Virginia’s flounder anglers are looking forward to a good year. Virginia is allowed to more than double their recreational flounder catch in 2011. Now, it is just down to the details. There will not be a closed season this summer. Three options are being considered at VMRC right now: 18 inch minimum with 4 fish, 17.5 inch minimum with 4 fish, or 17.5 inch minimum with 3 fish.

Virginia’s Marine Resource Commission hosts a free online fishing journal. It allows you to keep track of your catches and also gives Virginia’s fisheries managers a powerful statistical tool. This can be very important when we get some bad numbers form the federal survey estimates. You can start your online journal at www.vasaltwaterjournal.com


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