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 Captain Charlie Koski on the
ISLAND QUEEN has been consistently coming in with keeper flounder from
the Queen’s Sound area. Many of the keeper-sized flatfish
are running 20 to 22 inches. Private boat anglers are also
finding keeper flounder along Chincoteague and Assateague channels, at
Black Narrows and off Inlet View. “Many of those flounder
were pulled-in from shallow water on squid and minnow,” according
to Donna. Offshore anglers encountered dolphin as close as 11
fathoms while the best bluefin and yellowfin tuna catches came from the
Captain Wil Laaksonen from Fish and Finn Charters reported spot
numbers increased the past week with most running between ½ and
¾-of-a-pound while croaker numbers are holding steady.
With northeast winds the past several days, Captain Wil was working in
15 to 25 feet of water over a sand/shell bottom. “We caught
plenty of fish, often two-at-a-time,” but stayed close enough to
shore to break the wind. Other catches included blowfish, sea
mullet, small pan trout, white perch, porgy and flounder.
“I had one big flounder to the surface but the net just
wasn’t big enough.”
Lower Bay/Bridge Tunnel -
The Virginia Beach Fishing Center reported the WAVERUNNER had a pair
of the white marlin releases (Francis Santella and Roger Burns) and
Alvin Arnold III released a blue marlin aboard the BACKLASH over the
weekend. Earlier in the week, the BACKLASH had a big catch of
dolphin and released a white marlin. Sammy Sabet boated a
39-pound wahoo and the same trip produced a number of dolphin.
Inshore, trollers are catching a nice mixture of Spanish mackerel and
snapper bluefish close to the beach. Farther offshore, the
inshore ocean wrecks hold spadefish and pods of bailer dolphin.
Paula Owen from Fisherman's Wharf Marina said the billfishing has been good, “when they go,” but the number of trips have been small. “Part of the reason was the Ocean City White Marlin Tournament last week (with nearly 400 boats participating) and the Pirates Cove Tournament this week (with nearly 150 boats involved).” On Monday (August 15) one boat released four billfish and another had three. Two citation wahoo were checked-in and the heaviest weighed 50 pounds.
Virginia Piers -
Ocean View – Pretty good variety over the
weekend with a mixture of taylor bluefish, puppy drum, croaker and spot
plus a few keeper flounder and even several speckled trout.
Lynnhaven – Bottom fishermen had fair catches of taylor bluefish, medium spot and small flounder last weekend.
Virginia Beach – Bottom fishermen were treated to good runs of spot plus some sea mullet and croaker over the weekend. Casters managed fair catches of snapper blues but very few Spanish mackerel out at the end of the pier.
Sandbridge – The weekend produced coolers full of medium spot plus a few small flounder, snapper bluefish, croaker and pan trout.
Outer Banks, NC -
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