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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OFFSHORE REPORT – December 31, 2010


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

East Of The Towers Out To The Canyons

Deep dropping species await anglers once the weather calms. With the good forecast on the horizon for the weekend, blueline tilefish, golden tilefish, blackbellied rosefish, and a variety of grouper should tempt boats to run to the edges of the Norfolk Canyon. Seabass will certainly provide a by catch, but remember to release these fish since the season is closed as of the 1st of January.

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INSHORE REPORT – December 31, 2010


Chesapeake Bay, Coastal Waters Out To The Towers.

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

Fishing for the year 2010 was great, and now anglers are hopeful for more good things to come in 2011. As the New Year rings in, most anglers are in search of Virginia’s most popular cold weather game fish, striped bass. The dreadful weather kept most boats off the water over the Christmas Holidays, and with the Bay rockfish season closed on January 1st, anglers now have no choice but to search the chilly coastal waters for fish.

But the back-to-back cold fronts and the latest “Winter Blast” snow storm quickly pushed water temperatures to near 40-degrees or lower off Virginia’s coastlines. Anglers are now finding they must travel 20 to 30 miles southward to warmer Carolina waters to find the fish. Boats trolling in more southern waters are lucking into limits of rockfish averaging from 20 to 45-pounds. Pods of bait and beehives of birds are helping boats locate the schools, with most fish caught within 1.5-miles of the beach lately. No matter how tempting, remember to stay within the 3-mile demarcation for legal fish.

Although the Bay striped bass fishery is closed, catch and release is often a consideration for light tackle fun, but most are not finding much action within the Bay. Boats are finding some stray schoolies for catch and release while casting top water plugs and trolling Stretch lures south of the 1st island and near the small boat channel. A few school-sized rockfish are also available under working birds and near the CBBT and the HRBT.

Speckled trout are responding well for anglers willing to brave the cold and the snow in the Elizabeth River recently. Reports indicate good action, with some nice fish to show on both lures and live bait recently. The popular Hot Ditch areas as well as the Cove are producing fish. Chesapeake’s Michael Burns took a nice 7-pound, 6-ounce speck home after tempting the fish with a lure while fishing in the Hot Ditch this week. The folks at Oceans East 2 report that some anglers are also catching good numbers of nice puppy drum ranging to about 34-inches in the River this lately.

When boats can reach them, anglers are finding some decent catches of tautog on lower Bay structure and along the Bridge Tunnel proper. Green crabs and clams are working for bait. Tog fishing can also be good on offshore wrecks once anglers turn more interest to this fishery and the weather allows boats to access them.

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OFFSHORE REPORT – December 24, 2010


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

East Of The Towers Out To The Canyons

Plenty of nice seabass are still biting at the Triangle Wrecks, and deeper water structures, but the season closes at the end of the month. A few boats making it to deeper water were rewarded with good numbers of blueline tilefish and grouper. Big seabass are also mixed in with this group. Bluefin tuna could still be around, but there are no reports of sightings or hook-ups, which is not promising.

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