OVERVIEWSince the end of last year, regulations for black sea bass and summer flounder have been modified.
Boats running offshore and chunking with butterfish around the Parking Lot, Lumpy Bottom and the 30-Fathom Hill are catching bluefin tuna in the 70 to 150-pound range and a few gaffer dolphin. Trollers are picking up a few yellowfin tuna between the 30-fathom line and the canyons. Bailer-sized dolphin are abundant on the lobster/sea bass pot buoys. Inshore, croaker dominate the action but some flounder are still being caught around the mouth of the inlet and around some of the inshore ocean wrecks.
Cape Charles -
Chris' Bait and Tackle reported weekend bottom fishermen scored on croaker and flounder plus a scattering of pan trout and sea mullet off Cape Charles. Over on the seaside out of Oyster, "the croaker were thick as ever," according to the shop, and the location for anglers just seeking croaker. Most bayside anglers were out after flounder, however, and the Cell area was the week's "go to" spot for the bigger flounder, where William Wilkins (7 pounds, 10 ounces), Monte Wells (7-1/2 pounds) and Hollis Palmer Jr. (7 pounds, 2 ounces) all scored citation flatfish. Not all of last week's bigger flounder were caught at the Cell, as Mary Rideout landed a 9-pound, 2-ounce flounder and released a 27-inch flatfish near buoy 36A. Gar Ayscue pulled in the week's biggest flatfish, an impressive 10-pound, 10-ouncer, at the High Rise section of the CBBT. Donny Britingham (47, 47, 49 and 49 inches) and fishing buddy John Pinkerton (48 inches) fished the shoals at Fishermen's Island and earned red drum release awards. William Mish Sr. had the week's only citation cobia but it was a dandy at 73-3/4 pounds. The catch was made at the Inner Middle Grounds. Eight-year-old Steve Adkins struggled with a 10-3/4-pound sheepshead at the Third Island, where Dad, Calvin, Sr., boated its 10-3/4-pound twin and a 10-pound, 13-ouncer. Over on the seaside, James C. Wright released a 75-inch shark out of Oyster and Scott Hubbard boated a 5-pound, 11-ounce Spanish mackerel at the 26-Mile Hill.
The fleet sailing from Hatteras Inlet recorded good catches of bailer dolphin, some white marlin and sailfish plus a scattering of wahoo, king mackerel and blackfin tuna on Friday. On Saturday the fleet flew 19 white marlin and 10 sailfish flags on their return to the inlet. The parties kept good numbers of bailer dolphin and a few wahoo. The weather kept nearly half the fleet in port on Sunday but those that did fish boated limit catches of bailer dolphin and excellent numbers of wahoo. The crew aboard the SUNDOWN had an even dozen wahoo plus dolphin. Monday was another big billfish day, as the fleet tallied 17 sailfish, 4 white marlin and 2 blue marlin releases. Other catches included fair numbers of dolphin and some wahoo.
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Please credit the Virginia Marine Resources Commission's THE SALTWATER REVIEW as the source of the fishing information. Project is funded by NOAA and VMRC.
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