Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament Results


It was game on Saturday as the 80 boats fishing the 15th annual VBBT took advantage of a hot bite and racked up the points with multiple release after release.

But one boat really capitalized when a hungry blue marlin swam up behind the teaser and inhaled a circle hooked mackerel pitch bait. Two hours later, after the big fish made a desperate attempt to escape by ripping loose the gaff, angler Ed Groce had his second blue marlin and the largest ever.

Groce’s father, Ed, owns Waste Knot, based in Manteo, North Carolina. Capt. Barry Sawyer is the seasoned skipper aboard the 56 Sunny Briggs ……. READ MORE

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Virginia Is Entering Peak Fishing Season

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

September is just around the corner! And that’s peak fishing in Virginia!

The offshore waters will load up with white marlin. The whites school up off the Virginia coast until the first good autumn blow, or until a tropical storm stirs the cooler water to the surface and off they go. But until then the fishing will be outstanding. Many days charter boat outriggers will look like laundry lines as they return to port.

Our local offshore tournaments are currently underway. After some brutal offshore 20-30 knot winds at the canyons, things improved Friday for the Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament. 167 billfish were recorded Friday. The Katherine Anne boated a blue marlin. The 63” Paul Spencer is owned by local Brad Wachowiak and Captained by Daniel Davis. That blue weighed in at 440 pounds. Saturday is the finale day. We’ll list the results next report.

Inshore, spot are becoming numerous throughout the bay and its tributaries. Spot fishing for the big yellow bellies should peak mid September. Small to medium croakers are available all over the bay.

The spadefish bite is slowing while the sheepshead bite picks up.

Spanish mackerel and small bluefish are plentiful along tide rips and along the oceanfront. There are a few kings around. Paul McCallum picked up a nice 47 pond king while chumming off sandbridge.

Cobia and big red drum action continues and should peak in September.

Some doormat flounder are being caught; the lager flounder seem to be coming from ocean structure.

Tarpon are still inside Eastern Shore seaside inlets.

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Virginia Spanish Mackerel Season Peaking

Spanish Mackerel Season Is Peaking

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

Only a few more days remain until school starts and the college football season kicks off.  As the end of  summer approaches, GREAT opportunities continue for local anglers! In fact some of the best fishing of the year is happening …. now!

Lots of Spanish mackerel and taylor bluefish are feeding in Chesapeake Bay tidal rips near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. The spanish mackerel fishing has also been especially good along the oceanfront near sandbridge where there have also been reports of some nice kings! …. Keep an eye out for cobia,  the brown suites are hanging around the same areas.

Spadefish and sheepshead are on Chesapeake Bay structure.

Some nice flounder have been caught, the Virginia Saltwater Fishing Tournament recently registered a 10-pound 4-ounce flatly, caught inside Lynnhaven Inlet. Lynnhaven and Rudee inlets are also holding some speckled trout, puppy drum and large bluefish.

Dr Ken Neil and a nice 50-inch cobia

Cobia and big red drum catches remain good. Both are on the shoals over on the Eastern Shore. Croaker, sea mullet and flounder are in Eastern Shore seaside inlets and on the bayside as well. Tarpon are being caught in their usual Eastern Shore holes.

Croaker are available throughout the lower bay and more small spot are starting to show. Look for spot and croaker sizes to increase as September approaches.

The coastal wrecks are holding flounder, spadefish, triggerfish, sea bass and sandtiger sharks.

Pier and surf anglers are finding sea mullet, pompano, spadefish, small flounder, and a few spanish mackerel. Cobia and red drum are a possibility.

Offshore billfish action is heating up just in time for the local tournament season. Mahi mahi are being found around inshore seamounts like the hot dog and a few wahoo are being caught along with an occasional tuna. Swordfish are available to those targeting them.

There should be plenty of amberjack holding on the Chesapeake light tower and south tower. Deep-droppers are finding excellent numbers of both golden and blueline tilefish, along with sea bass.

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Atlantic Board Releases Atlantic Cobia Draft Amendment


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Public Hearings for Summer Flounder


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