INSHORE REPORT – Febuary 4, 2011


Chesapeake Bay, Coastal Waters Out To The Towers.

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

Kevin and a 30" Speck

As usual, the winter weather is running the show. But for folks who are braving the elements, speckled trout and school sized striped bass are still hitting in the popular spots along the Elizabeth River in Chesapeake. Although the action is on and off, nice specks are most active near the hot ditch and cove areas. Some of these fish are super-sized, with a few specks tipping the scales to over 10-pounds this week. The trout are mostly hitting lures, with the proven Mirrolure working very well. Live baiters are struggling, while trollers are engaging a few strikes and hook ups. James Salmon of Suffolk weighed in a nice 9-pound beauty he tricked while casting a lure in the Elizabeth River this week. School sized striped bass are also plentiful all over the River, offering a good fight on light tackle.

Boats are still traveling to over 40-miles south to find fish. And finding fish, they are. Most boats are returning from Carolina waters with limits of nice rockfish ranging to around 25 to 35-pounds, with a few pigs over 40-pounds scattered in. The hot spot has been off Kitty Hawk lately. Just look for beehives of birds, schools of bait, and other trolling boats, and you should do fine. Chartreuse and white are the popular colors for swimming lures, Mojos, and tandem rigs this week. Take along your Carolina fishing license, and mind the three-mile demarcation.

Tautog are a good choice for those looking for variety and a challenge. These wreck dwellers are hitting on many offshore structures, with the Triangle wrecks a favorite area. Blue crabs work well, but they are very difficult to find right now. Some anglers are using alternative baits such as frozen crabs, clams, and mussels. Fish topping the 10-pound mark are coming from several offshore wrecks and hangs, but most folks are finding smallish fish.


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North Carolina Update


The Oregon Inlet fleet is still catching limits of striped bass.

The fishing in the surf in Hatteras has been slow. On the north side of Cape Point, lots of bunker have been snagged, but there are no signs of striped bass in the surf. Offshore, a few bluefin tuna and yellowfin tuna have been caught.

No catches have been reported on Ocracoke in recent days, and, for that matter, there’s been very little effort.


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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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