Plenty Of Fish Around

Knot Wish’n Charters

By TH Spangler | Connie Barbour (Long Bay Pointe Bait and Tackle)

The weather hasn’t been our friend recently. The rainy breezy conditions have slowed fishing activity.

There are plenty of cobia around but they are hard to spot in choppy, overcast conditions. Chumming was the most effective method last week. A few nice fish were reported, some topping 50 pounds.

Flounder action remains excellent on ocean wrecks. Flounder are also in the bay and in local inlets. Look for them around structure and on rough bottom. Remember, big baits for big flounder.

There are plenty of spadefish hanging around the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel and The Cell. Sheephead are also hanging around the bridge.

Some really large red drum are in the area. Anglers fishing at night are having good success.

Boats trolling the oceanfront have been catching limits of spanish mackerel.

Pier anglers are enjoying typical summertime action, spot, croaker, flounder and trout.

Before the weather went downhill the offshore mahi-mahi fishing was excellent. Overnight charters had been returning with mahi, tilefish and seabass. Billfish action is heating up with the Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament fast approaching August 22-25.

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Virginia Saltwater Fishing Report

Paige II Charters

By TH Spangler | Connie Barbour (Long Bay Pointe Bait and Tackle)

Flounder catches are on the rise! They’re being boated along the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel and on rough bottom in the Bay. Many of the larger fish are being taken around near-shore wrecks and artificial reefs. Rudee and Lynnhaven inlets are also holding flounder, along with speckled trout and puppy drum. Captain Craig Paige, Paige II charters enjoyed impressive flounder catches last week.

Cobia are being found throughout the lower Bay. Both sight-casters and angler anchoring and chumming are catching, some fish have topped 70 pounds. Remember the 2018 Virginia recreational cobia regulations. A 40-inch, total length, minimum size limit; 1-fish daily possession limit or 3-fish-daily vessel limit, whichever is more restrictive; only one fish per vessel per day may be greater than 50 inches in total length; the season runs through September 30. All anglers, captains, and guides fishing for cobia must obtain a Recreational Cobia Permit from the Commission and report all harvest and cobia fishing activity. Permits can be obtained online here ,

Red drum remain plentiful on the shoals at the mouth of the bay. Occasionally anglers have encountered large schools on the surface.

Sheepshead are hanging around the pilling of the CBBT now. Small crabs are your best bait. Long Bay Pointe Bait and Tackle usually has them in the live tank.

Spadefish remain plentiful. Look for them around buoys, pilings and over wrecks. The Chesapeake Light tower is a favorite spot but some of the larger fish are being found in the Bay, at the Cell near Cape Charles.

Boats trolling the oceanfront off Sandbridge are catching limits of Spanish mackerel. Anglers working coastal wrecks are catching lots of triggerfish.

Croaker are available throughout the lower bay now. Virginia piers are reporting croaker, sea mullet, pompano, spadefish, flounder and a few spanish mackerel and cobia.

The Eastern Shore shallows are holding some tarpon. Catching a tarpon in Virginia waters is special.

The offshore fleet has been finding good numbers of white marlin and a few blue marlin and sailfish. Mahi-mahi numbers are good but our tuna bite is almost non extant.

Deep-droppers are enjoying excellent catches of golden and blueline tilefish, along with sea bass.

Look for amberjack around the south tower.

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Cobia and Large Flounder in the News

Ryan Rainville and buddy with a couple of Cobia


By TH Spangler | Connie Barbour

Cobia Cobia Cobia! Just in time for the Monarch Cobia Classic! There’s lots of big ones in the lower bay, some topping 70 pounds! Anglers are chumming up fish and then using live eels or croaker as bait. Some of the best action is coming from York Spit and the Windmill Bar area.

There’s still plenty of large red drum around. Occasionally sight casters are finding schools on the surface and casting to them. Others are being caught using live bait while anchored up. And flounder anglers drifting live bait are catching some as well.

Our flounder fishing has picked up and a larger class fish is available. Ocean wrecks have been holding the biggest fish. Drifting live baits or jigging wrecks or the pilings of the CBBT with buck tails tipped with cut bait or Gulps has been doing the trick. Robert A. Bradshaw JR. caught a 9 lbs 4 fish jigging at the CBBT to take the lead in the Virginia Saltwater Citation Tournament.

Large spadefish are here again! For the past couple of years the size had been decreasing but this year anglers are landing nice fish in the 7 to 8 pound class. Spades can’t resist clam bits floated in front of them.

Spanish Mackerel are available along the oceanfront and in the lower bay.

Croaker, spot, and white perch are available in the rivers and estuary feeding the Bay. Cobia, flounder, speckled trout, are a possibility in the same area.

Offshore anglers are catching mahi mahi, yellowfin tuna, white marlin, blue marlin and spearfish. Deep dropping remains good for blueline tilefish, black bellied rosefish and golden tilefish.

There should be good amberjack action around the south tower.

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Doormat Flounder Season

Nice flounder for Paige II Charters


By TH Spangler | Connie Barbour

Doormat flounder have arrived in the lower Bay. Large flounder are also being caught around seaside wrecks. Remember when fishing for flounder the general rule is large baits attract large fish.

The coastal wrecks are also holding sea bass and triggerfish.

Spadefish and sheepshead are holding on structure. The spadefish can be spotted around buoys, over wrecks or near the tower. They like fresh clam strips floated in front of them. Sheepshead hang around bridge pilings and jetties, they prefer small crabs.

Spanish mackerel are in the area. Look for them along the oceanfront and in the lower bay. Most are caught slow trolling small spoons behind a planer or inline sinker. Remember the clearer the water, the longer your leader should be and the larger your sinker or planer, the longer your leader.

Cobia and big red drum are available along the oceanfront and in the lower bay. A favorite place to look for drum is on the Eastern Shore shoals. Anglers are finding cobia throughout the lower bay. Check around all the buoys, cobia love to hang close by. Don’t forget the Monarch Cobia Classic is coming up July 19-21. In addition to being a fun tournament, fishery scientists will be gathering information to further increase our understanding of cobia and Virginia’s cobia fishery.

Offshore, tuna continue to be caught at the canyons but the hot bite is for mahi-mahi. Lots of mahi have made there way up from the south. Last week a potential new world record mahi-mahi weighing 72 pounds, 14 ounces was caught off Hatteras by angler Lucas Duke age 14. If approved his catch will qualify for the Male Junior world record and potentially a line class world record depending on the tackle used.

Deep dropping remains good for blueline tilefish, black bellied rosefish and golden tilefish. There should be good amberjack action around the south tower.

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Virginia Beach July 4th Fishing Report

Justin Wilson and crew had a nice day on tile fish!


Flounder activity is improving, some nice fish have been caught on inshore and ocean wrecks. There has also been an upswing in flounder catches at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, but the wrecks have been much more consistent. Sea bass are also on coastal wrecks.

Sheepshead and spadefish are around structures like the CBBT, the tower and buoys. Fresh clams are the key to success.

Croakers are being encountered throughout the bay.

Spanish Mackerel are along the Virginia Beach oceanfront and their numbers are on the increase inside the bay.

There is a tremendous number of small cobia in the bay with enough larger fish around to keep things very interesting. Don’t forget the Monarch Cobia Classic coming up on July 19th.

Big red drum continue to be caught on the eastern shore shoals and tarpon are now a possibly in their usual holes.

Lynnhaven and Rudee Inlets have been known to produce speckled trout at this time.

The North Carolina Outer Banks surf is producing sea mullet, pompano, and bluefish.

Offshore, the tuna bite has been a little slow at Norfolk Canyon lately, the best action has been up around the Washington Canyon. Dolphin fishing is good at the Norfolk Canyon and a number of both white and blue marlins have been caught. There’s scattered grass lines at 50 fathoms loaded with dolphin.

Oregon Inlet NC boats have been finding some yellow fin and big eye tuna but mostly dolphin these days.

Look for amberjack at the towers.

Deep dropping is excellent for tilefish and the occasional grouper.


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