OVERVIEWThe Virginia Saltwater Review (VSR) will not be published the week of August 22-26. The next issue of the VSR will be published the week of August 29-2 September.
Croaker continue to dominate the action inside the inlet but some keeper flounder were boated around the mouth of the inlet and just outside. The inshore ocean wrecks hold some black sea bass, triggerfish, spadefish and even a few keeper flounder. Offshore, chunkers scored on bluefin tuna up to 150 pounds at the Parking Lot while trollers managed a handful of 20 to 35-pound yellowfin tuna and some bailer dolphin east of the Parking Lot and out towards the canyons.
Cape Charles -
Chris' Bait and Tackle reported a pair of tarpon were caught and released on the seaside out of Oyster, as Neil Sullivan released a 68-inch fish and Bob Shepard a 55-inch tarpon. The same waters are loaded with good-sized croaker, many of which top 2 pounds. Croaker are likewise available off Cape Charles, but for the time being, the biggest fish are on the seaside. Waters off Cape Charles are producing decent numbers of flounder in the 3 to 6-pound range. Top locations include the Cell, buoy 36A, the edge of the Baltimore Channel and the High Rise section of the CBBT. Bill Driskill, Jr. had the week's only citation flatfish, a 7-pound, 11-ouncer, caught at buoy 36A. Besides the croaker and flounder, bottom fishermen are also catching some sea mullet, pan trout and pigfish.
Wil Laaksonen from Fish and Finn Charters reported good catches of 7 to
10-inch spot with "a few bigger and a few smaller" the past week.
Croaker remain available in area waters and most run between 1 and
1-1/2 pounds. Best catches have come in 25 to 40 feet of water along
the edges of the shipping channels. Bottom fishermen also saw an influx
of pan trout but many of these tasty fish were under the 12-inch
minimum size limit but some ranged up to 21 inches. Other catches
included sea mullet, lots of bluefish, porgy and pigfish. As for bait,
"clam worked well for us last week," noted Captain Wil, as decent
bloodworms remain hard to find and very expensive.
Lower Bay/Bridge Tunnel -
Virginia Beach Fishing Center reported the offshore boats had good
catches of bailer dolphin, a scattering of yellowfin tuna and released
several white marlin on Friday. Half-day boats found lots of Spanish
mackerel and even a peanut dolphin or two. On Saturday, the WAVERUNNER
weighed a 60-pound wahoo, as the fleet loaded up on bailer dolphin and
released up to four white marlin per outing. The VIRGINIAN was the only
boat offshore on Sunday but the crew found the tuna and returned with
nine fat yellowfin. An inshore trip produced a banner catch of
spadefish. No boats fished Monday but on Tuesday the VIRGINIAN had a
nice catch of bailer dolphin.
Paula Owen from Fisherman's Wharf Marina described the current white marlin bite as "snapping" with some large wahoo and a few yellowfin tuna mixed in with the billfish. Best recent action has been between the 300 and 200 lines and out in 100 fathoms or more.
Virginia Piers -
- The pier is presently closed but is in the process being rebuilt.
Significant progress has been made this summer and plans call for a
portion of the pier to open this season.
Lynnhaven - The best daytime action has been for crabs. The crabbing improves as the sun nears the horizon but so does the fishing. Bottom fishermen recorded fair catches of spot, mullet and croaker plus some pan trout around the pier lights after sunset.
Virginia Beach - Casters managed only the occasional Spanish mackerel but had fair success on snapper blues when clear water conditions prevailed. Bottom fishing was best when the water was at least a little turbid. Spot dominated most of the action but some croaker, small flounder, sea mullet and pan trout were caught.
Sandbridge - Weekend bottom fishermen caught a variety of fish but only spot were reasonably abundant but not on the entire tide. Other catches included croaker, sea mullet, snapper blues and skate. Monday saw the season's first pompano and a decent run of three-to-the-pound fish developed.
fishermen along the Nags Head area beaches generally encountered slow
to fair action for a mixture of spot, croaker, snapper bluefish and sea
mullet the past week. Folks at the Avalon Pier fared slightly better,
adding small flounder to the list on Friday plus several cobia were
sighted. The menu for the weekend included more flounder, snapper
bluefish and spot. By Monday, surf waters had dropped to just 62
degrees and spot and sea mullet responded.
South of Oregon Inlet, beach fishermen at Cape Point caught flounder up to 6 pounds in the "hook" while large sea mullet and pompano were caught on the South Beach. On Monday, bluefish made a decent showing at the Point in the morning but it was a slow pick for only a handful of sea mullet the remainder of the day.
The Oregon Inlet Fishing Center reported plenty of dolphin, scattered yellowfin but decent numbers of billfish, including one Grand Slam, on Friday. Saturday was another big day for billfish as the fleet tailed 31 white marlin, 5 blue marlin and 4 sailfish releases. Other catches included good numbers of dolphin but only scattered numbers of yellowfin tuna. Big news for Sunday was a boat hooked-up 9 large bigeye tuna (100 to 150 pounds) simultaneously and was able to land 7 of the fish. Other catches included plenty of dolphin (some boats had limits), a scattering of yellowfin tuna and some billfish.
The fleet sailing from Hatteras Inlet had good hauls of dolphin and scattered wahoo on Friday plus several sailfish were released. On Saturday, several boats recorded limit catches of dolphin. Saturday also produced more wahoo and a scattering of yellowfin tuna and king mackerel plus six billfish were released. Sunday's catch was nearly identical-good numbers of dolphin, some wahoo and several billfish releases. Monday saw more dolphin and wahoo plus a scattering of yellowfin tuna and king mackerel.
If you have additional information or would like further details contact Lewis Gillingham at (757) 247-2243.
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