OVERVIEWJuvenile bluefin tuna have been implanted with archival tags in a cooperative effort to determine the migration pattern of northwest Atlantic bluefin tuna. These fish have a green streamer tag near their dorsal fin and a light stalk sticking out of their belly. If you catch one of these fish, it is worth $500 but you must keep the fish. These fish will not count against your daily limit of bluefin tuna and you can keep them even if they are below the current minimum size limit. To receive your reward you must contact Jon Lucy at the VIMS: (804) 684-7166, firstname.lastname@example.org .
Donna at Captain Bob’s reported a good mixture of fish inside
the inlet. Croaker and sea mullet are the most abundant with the best
hauls of largest croaker found along Chincoteague Channel and at Four
Mouths. Bottom fishermen are also catching some keeper flounder around
the Queen’s Sound Bridge while a few pan trout and snapper
bluefish are scattered around the mouth of the inlet. Offshore, a
handful of nice bluefin tuna, in the 90 to 110-pound range, were caught
out at the Lumpy Bottom, where several parties found king mackerel and
various sizes of dolphin.
Captain Wil Laaksonen from Fish and Finn Charters reported flounder
fishing was good the past week off Onancock. “We weren’t
catching any monsters but nice solid keepers in the 2 to 4 pound
range.” Hooks were baited with a combination of squid strips, cut
bait and live minnows, “nothing special,” according to
Captain Wil. Bottom fishermen are still seeing plenty of croaker of
mixed sizes. Captain Wil rated the late summer spot bite as just
“fair, it’s just not consistent everyday. I think it just
means the big schools have not moved into our area yet.” Pan
trout remain remarkably scarce, “at least where I fish but I know
the guys fishing up in Pocomoke and Tangier sounds are catching more
(trout). I talk with them on the radio.” Other catches include
sea mullet and snapper bluefish plus the occasional blowfish and scup.
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The Virginia Beach Fishing Center reported billfish and mixed sizes
of dolphin were in good supply while tuna were scarce. On Friday the
crew aboard the BIG WOODY boated several nice dolphin and released a
white marlin while the crew aboard the BACKLASH boated a limit of
dolphin. Saturday, the WAVERUNNER had a good catch of dolphin and
released a white marlin. On Sunday the BACKLASH came in with a limit of
dolphin and released a white marlin. Monday, O FOUR released a white
marlin and boated some dolphin and the SEA WITCH had a nice catch of
Paula Owen from Fisherman's Wharf Marina said fishing was slow only because lack of participation. “One boat out on Monday had ten shots at billfish. They caught (and released) two. Another boat went four-for-six. So the marlin fishing is here.” Best action has been from the 950-line up to the Cigar and about 50-fathoms. Trollers are also catching some gaffer dolphin but not many tuna.
Virginia Piers -
Ocean View – Bottom fishermen are catching
decent numbers of medium spot and croaker with best action very early
of late in the day. Daytime anglers are catching a few keeper flounder
and the occasional sheepshead around the pilings. Casters are catching
snapper blues and after sun down, some pan trout around in the shadows
of the pier lights.
Lynnhaven – Daytime fishing was very slow but early morning hours and late evening saw a fair number of medium spot, croaker and sea mullet landed.
Virginia Beach – Bottom fishermen enjoyed several good runs of medium spot with some sea mullet mixed in over the weekend. Casters working the end of the pier caught snapper bluefish but very few Spanish mackerel the past week.
Sandbridge – Medium spot, sea mullet and snapper bluefish provided the bulk of the weekend action. Several cobia were sighted and a 38-pound cobia was decked last week.
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