Nov 13 2017

Cooler Weather Should Improve The Rockfish Bite

Nice Wahoo Bite!


Rockfish are available in our rivers, they are being caught on the Elizabeth, James, Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers. These fish should start migrating into the bay soon. Those putting in the time are finding a few larger class stripers around CBBT structure. Bluefish are also available in the lower bay. Try trolling Mann’s stretches and tandem rigs to find the fish.

Bay tautog action keeps getting better. Try the islands of the CBBT and inshore wrecks. Taugs love fresh crab or frozen fiddlers. Ocean structures are also holding sea bass, flounder, triggerfish and a few drum. Water Temperature at the CBBT is 58.8 F

The speckled trout bite has been very good inside Lynnhaven Inlet for a couple of weeks. It will be interesting to see how the cooler temps effect it.

Surf fishing on the Outer Banks of NC has picked up. Anglers are landing black drum, bluefish, speckled trout, sea mullet, spot, and red drum. Cut baits, fresh shrimp, bloodworms and sand fleas have worked best. Water Temperature at the Duck pier is 61.3 F.

In the OBX sound speckled trout have been the main target. A few anglers have also landed sea mullet, spot, and striper. The flounder bite has remained steady inshore. Anglers are having success using live minnows on Carolina rigs.

Virginia offshore action has produced wahoo, swordfish, sea bass and tilefish lately. The OBX wahoo bite has heated up with many fish topping 40 pounds. Yellowfin, bigeye, and blackfin tuna are also available. Some blue marlin, white marlin have been released down south.


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Nov 07 2017

Virginia Beach Fishing Snapshot

The rockfish season is open and right now most fish are being caught in our tidal rivers. Anglers are casting light tackle such as swim baits and bucktails. Night fishing around bridges is producing best. Some red drum are mixed in with the rockfish.

Anglers are finding speckled trout inside Lynnhaven and Rudee Inlets. The trout season should be peeking.

Tautog catches at the CBBT has been excellent. The bay water temperature is now in the low 60’s. Tog action should continue as the water drops into the upper 50’s. Ocean wrecks often hold larger fish. Crabs are always your best bait.

The ocean wrecks are also yielding Seabass, and Flounder.

Those deep dropping are catching Seabass, Tilefish, and Grouper. Last week anglers trolling offshore got into a great wahoo bite. Some fish topped the scales at nearly 90 pounds.   They also found some yellowfin tuna, blackfin tuna, mahi, and big eye tuna.

Dr. Ken Neill did some wreck fishing last week. They caught a bunch of triggerfish and had a good catch of sea bass, bluefish, a few jacks, and a couple of flounder. They also had some sandtiger shark encounters. On another trip, they fished the warm water just east of the Cigar. They caught a few frigate tuna and dolphin on little spoons. The big baits did better. They caught wahoo, dolphin and pulled the hook on a blue marlin.



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Nov 03 2017

NC Marine Fisheries Commission to meet in Kitty Hawk

MOREHEAD CITY – The North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission will meet Nov. 15-16 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 5353 N. Virginia Dare Trail, Kitty Hawk.

The meeting will begin at 2 p.m. Nov. 15 and 8:30 a.m. Nov. 16.

A public comment period will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 15. Members of the public may speak to the commission on any fisheries-related topic. The chairman will allow each speaker to comment for up to three minutes. No other public comment period is slated for this meeting.

The deadline for submitting written comments, including email, to the commission through the Marine Fisheries Commission Office, is 8 a.m. Nov. 13. Those who wish to forego this process and give handouts to the commission during the public comment period should bring at least 12 copies of the handout.

The public may listen to the meeting on the Internet. Up to 200 participants may listen to audio and view presentations in real-time on a first-come, first-served basis. Directions for participating in the webcast, including information on system requirements and testing, can be found here. Following the meeting, an audio recording will be posted online.

The commission is slated to vote on recommendations for the 2018 recreational cobia season. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission recently approved an Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Migratory Group Cobia that complements federal regulations for state waters from Georgia to New York. It sets a recreational bag limit of one fish per person and a minimum size limit of 36 inches fork length. It also sets state-specificrecreational harvest targets that allow individual states to set vessel limits (up to six fish per vessel) and seasons to best suit their needs.

The commission is also scheduled to recommend a slate of names to the Governor’s Office for nomination to at-large seats on the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and South Atlantic Fishery Management Council; vote to send nominations for Region 4 Strategic Habitat Area for public and advisory committee comments; and adopt an implementation plan for the Coastal Habitat Protection Plan.

A full meeting agenda and briefing book materials can be found here.



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Oct 29 2017

Fall fishing, plenty of good opportunities

By Dr Julie Ball



We are now well into the fall fishing season, with plenty of good opportunities for anglers in most any venue along the Mid-Atlantic.

The speckled trout scene continues to develop, and the size of the fish continue to grow. Most backwater locations are hosting responsive and respectable fish, with jigs, plastics and Mirrolures attracting plenty of strikes. Rudee, Little Creek, and Lynnhaven Inlets, as well as the Poquoson flats are productive speck areas this week, presenting a surprisingly nice class of trout. This could be a good sign of a recovering fishery after the fish kills of recent years. Rudee Inlet’s action is steady, with fish averaging around 20 to 22-inches. The biggest fish continue to come from Long Creek, with several citation fish pushing to over 5-pounds reported this week. Folks on the Eastern Shore are also experiencing an increase in speck activity lately. Good numbers of nice puppy drum are also hitting in most of the same locations, along with school-sized rockfish.

Folks are still finding some decent spot activity this week, with bloodworms the bait of choice, especially in Lynnhaven Inlet. Some croaker are still around, especially at the HRBT, off Ocean View, and within Lynnhaven Inlet.

Tautog action is also evolving with the dropping water temperatures. Most any lower Bay structure is giving up keeper-sized fish averaging around 3 to 5-pounds. Fiddler crabs are becoming harder to come by, but blue crabs or clams can also do the trick. A few triggerfish are also in the mix, and smaller sheepshead are still a possibility in the same vicinities. Inshore and offshore wrecks are showing more tog activity, along with some flounder, nice seabass, and big triggers. Chopper bluefish should also be available around many offshore structures.

The early striped bass action will continue to evolve in the lower Bay, with mostly schoolies keeping anglers busy right now. Lower Bay inlets are providing plenty of opportunities for casters along bulkheads and docks, especially at night. Nicer rockfish, pushing to around 32-inches are also responding for anglers in the tributary rivers, with the bigger fish still heading this way. Remember to review the regulations.

Surf anglers are still hauling in big red drum from the surflines along the Eastern Shore, and down to the Virginia Beach Wildlife Refuge. Nice bulls and puppy drum are still responding around the artificial islands of the CBBT on cut bait recently, but these fish are on the move southward, where the North Carolina fall red drum surf fishing trend is heating up.

The flounder scene is slow inside the Bay, so deeper wrecks are the best bet for flatfish now. But some flatties are still available along the channel edges and the CBBT structure. Scattered keepers are also coming from within Lynnhaven and Rudee Inlets.

The deep dropping scene will draw more interest as more species leave the area. Decent catches of blueline tilefish, grouper, and black bellied rosefish are available along the walls of the Norfolk Canyon.

The offshore scene is mostly dominated by wahoo this time of year when folks can get out. Mahi, longfin, and blackfin tuna are also a possibility, and schools of bluefin tuna could also make a showing at any time. Boats targeting swordfish are having a decent season, with the best to come as the waters cool.


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Oct 23 2017

Virginia, OBX Saltwater Fishing Report

Long Bay Pointe Bait and Tackle reports the trout fishing was very good inside Lynnhaven Inlet last week. The action should continue through November. Rudee Inlet is also holding trout and puppy drum.

The Virginia striper season is open but action is slow. Things should pick up as the weather continues to cool. A few catches are coming from around the islands on the CBBT, inside the James River and near the James River Bridge. Night fishing and first daylight have produced best. Try top water poppers at dawn. The CBBT structures are also holding red drum. But the best drum action has come on cut bait or live bait fished on the bottom. Beth and Kevin Synowiec made a quick trip out on the bay and caught a two-person limit of 24 to 26-puppy drum and released 3 more to 49 inches.

Anglers have been doing pretty well with tautogs on the rocks of the CBBT. The togs prefer crabs. Live green crabs are best and some tackle shops carry them.

Several boats have ventured out to the Norfolk Canyon recently. Captain Jake Hiles did an overnighter and his crew caught 50 sea bass, 30 tilefish (two citations). They found some dolphin and bailed 35 mahi. They registered several hammerhead shark release citations and boated a 100-pound spinner shark. Early the next morning they trolled and added 3 citation yellow fins and closed out the trip with a 161 pound big eye tuna. Captain Justin Wilson successfully targeted swordfish on a recent trip.

Down on the Outer Banks of North Carolina the trout fishing has been very good both ocean side and sound side. A few flounder are being caught as well.

The offshore boats from Oregon Inlet reported limits of yellowfin tuna. The mahi fishing has picked back up again, with some days producing limits. A few blackfin tuna have been in the mix as well.



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