OFFSHORE REPORT – December 9, 2010


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

East Of The Towers Out To The Canyons

Anglers testing offshore structures are enticing limits of keeper fish on both clams and green crabs.  A decent class of black seabass, ranging mostly in the 3 and 4-pound range are also available on these same offshore wrecks, as well as deeper water structures. Big chopper bluefish are still prowling many of these wrecks, and will gladly take most any fresh bait, including your hooked seabass on the way up to the boat. You may even see some bluefin tuna rolling in the same areas, which will sporadically take a trolled ballyhoo. Be sure to check the bluefin regulations before you go. Deep droppers are still finding good numbers of decent blueline tilefish and nice seabass in depths of 300 feet of water or more near the Norfolk Canyon.

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INSHORE REPORT – December 9, 2010


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

Chesapeake Bay, Coastal Waters Out To The Towers

Trey Weis and crew fished the JMU alummi tourny onboard the Waverunner

Once again, the weather is getting in the way of fishing. Between the wind, the frigid temperatures, and the snow, many anglers are opting to stay home. But before Mother Nature showed her fury this week, the fishing was great. Water temperatures dropped nearly ten degrees this week, which is making some anglers nervous. But striped bass are active in cold water, so once boats can get out the fish will be waiting.

The last reports overflowed with plenty of rockfish in the 40-pound range coming mostly from the Eastern Shore side of the Bay. Some of these stripers are measuring to over 50-inches and weighing close to 50-pounds! Chris’ Bait and Tackle reports they weighed six fish over 40-pounds in one day earlier this week, and release citations over 44-inches were common. Many of the big fish are coming from dangling live eels along the light lines and pilings at the High Rise section of the Bay Bridge Tunnel at night, although some folks are also finding good luck during the day. The best bites are occurring on a moving tide, no matter which direction. Although not as productive as in past seasons yet, a few really nice fish are also coming from drifting eels along channel edges off Plantation Light, Kiptopeke State Park, and Fisherman’s Island. School sized rockfish are also available to anglers casting along the pilings and artificial islands of the all the lower Bay bridges. The Virginia Beach Fishing Center reports that trolling in open water is becoming more productive, with boats scoring with big rock fish to over 40-pounds near the mouth of the Bay, off Cape Henry, and off the Virginia Beach Ocean Front, mostly under flocks of working birds. Before the winds hit, surf casters were catching stripers to 30-inches from the shoreline near the Lesner Bridge, where 2-ounce jig heads adorned with bubblegum colored “Zoom Super Fluke grubs” and white bucktails work well.

Speckled trout action slowed in the Inlets this week, but folks putting in their time are finding a few fish, with most on the small size. A few larger fish averaging from four to seven pounds are coming from the Elizabeth River, with trolled live bait and shads the most effective method recently. A few puppy drum are also still coming from within Rudee Inlet, but the action slowed considerably this week.

Flounder are available on both inshore and offshore wrecks right now, with some flatfish pushing to over 6-pounds reported recently from the Triangle wreck area. The reefs and wrecks near the Chesapeake Light Tower are also productive, with nice keeper fish coming from this vicinity on strip baits earlier this week.

The Bay tautog action is an unknown right now, but once boats can get back out the bite should return. Anglers testing offshore structures are enticing limits of keeper fish on both clams and green crabs.

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OFFSHORE REPORT – December 2, 2010


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

East Of The Towers Out To The Canyons

Deep droppers are still finding good numbers of nice blueline tilefish, with big seabass mixed in along the 50-fathom curve off Virginia. But other than bluefin tuna, there is not much happening on the offshore scene. Schooling bluefin are eluding many boats as they watch them roll and break on the surface, then disappear. But a few boats have hooked fish ranging up to 100-pounds lately. These tuna can show up anywhere from the Chesapeake Light Tower to the edge of the Norfolk Canyon. The Triangles, the Fingers, the Fishhook, and the Hotdog are the favorite places to try. Swordfish are also a possibility, but there are no reports of any fish boated recently

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INSHORE REPORT – December 2, 2010


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

Chesapeake Bay, Coastal Waters Out To The Towers

Key Dreams had good luck with eels!

Now it’s official! Rockfish pushing to over 50-pounds finally hit the scales this week. And as the water temperatures continue to drop, this action should only improve. The excitement started last week when breaks in the wind allowed anglers to sample the water, finding nice stripers to over 40-pounds.

The biggest striped bass are coming from north of the 4th island at the CBBT, where anglers are catching nice fish during both daytime and night time hours. Folks are scoring with the nicer class of fish via several methods, including casting and trolling under working birds, drifting with eels off Plantation Light along the Eastern Shore, wire lining along the Bridge Tunnel structure and the 3rd and 4th islands, and dunking eels along the pilings north of the 4th island. School-sized fish are also available to casters working around the structure and pilings of most of the lower Bay crossings, with the first island of the CBBT and the nearby small boat channel, providing good action lately. Folks working the Monitor Merrimac Bridge-Tunnel are also still finding some decent schoolie action casting grubs and shads along the light lines and pilings. Surf casters are still faring well from the shorelines within Lynnhaven Inlet near the Lesner and Great Neck Road Bridges. More boats are beginning to report bait and pods of working birds along the Virginia Beach ocean front, where trollers are starting to pick up scattered fish pushing to around 40-inches.

The folks at Ocean’s East 2 report that the speckled trout action slowed a little within the inlets this week, but anglers are still finding some good luck with the smaller fish, and within the Elizabeth River. Captain David Hester of Fishy Business Charters reports that although the action can still be hit and miss, some nice fish to over 8-pounds were landed this week within the River, the Cove, and the Hot Ditch. Mirrolures are the lure of choice, but those trying live bait are also scoring with some big fish lately. Anglers are also still finding good action with nice puppy drum to over 30-inches using both cut bait and lures. One boat fishing in Rudee Inlet boated over 20 pups using cut bait this week, with a few surprise gray trout to make things interesting. Another surprise catch made the day for an unsuspecting kayaker fishing in Rudee Inlet, as well as a tog angler fishing at the CBBT this week. Both anglers found similar fates when each lucked into nice late season black drum by mistake.

Tautog are still making a good showing for those fishing crab and clams on most any lower Bay structure. All four islands of the CBBT, as well as lower Bay wrecks are productive lately. The deeper water wrecks are also producing very good results, with some boats hooking dozens of fish averaging around 5 to 8-pounds. Jumbo sea bass are also available on the ocean wrecks, along with chopper bluefish. Big bluefish are also moving closer to shore, where anglers are encountering fish from 12 to 20 miles from the beach.

Flounder are active on deeper water structures, with some flatfish to over 8-pounds coming from the Triangle wrecks on a recent headboat trip out of The Fishing Center this week. Triggerfish are also a possibility on these same wrecks.

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OFFSHORE REPORT – November 26, 2010


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

East Of The Towers Out To The Canyons

Wreck fishing is good right now. Nice seabass are hitting most anything, while respectable flounder are taking drifted baits.

Captain Steve Wray put his crew onboard the Ocean Pearl on a limit of nice seabass while fishing near the Triangle wrecks this week.

Chopper bluefish are also still prowling around most local wrecks.

Bluefin tuna have been sighted frequenting the same areas holding bluefish for a few weeks, but the first catches of school sized bluefin were reported this week. Although evading most, some boats lucked into a few tuna ranging between 70 and 80-pounds, hitting ballyhoo on trolled blue and white Islanders. If targeting these big fish, be prepared with the appropriate class of heavy gear and tackle.

Deep droppers are finding good numbers of big blueline tilefish, some golden tilefish, lots of blackbellied rosefish, and nice seabass. Swordfish are still a possibility for overnight trips.

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