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.