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 good late summer flounder
action with some of the best catches coming from the main channel
between the mouth of the inlet and Captain Bob’s. Plenty of
the croaker still linger in the same waters. Outside the inlet,
the inshore wrecks are producing some of the largest flounder plus
black sea bass, triggerfish and spadefish. Beach fishermen
working the Assateague Island surf enjoy a mixed bag of surf perch, sea
mullet, croaker, the occasional flounder, spot, small shark and
rays. Farther offshore, bailer-sized dolphin are scattered from
within sight of the beach to the canyons. Chunkers are having the
best success at the Lumpy Bottom and most of the tuna are yellowfin in
the 30 to 50-pound range. Trollers working the 20-fathom contour
report mixed catches of yellowfin and bluefin tuna, dolphin and even
the occasional wahoo.
Captain Wil Laaksonen from Fish and Finn Charters reported good
bottom fishing the past week, as spot out-numbered croaker for the time
this season. “Don’t get me wrong, we’re still
catching plenty of croaker, we’re just trying to stay with the
spot,” added Captain Wil. The past week was also the best
of the season for sea mullet. The flounder bite was very good
“just before and just after” the change in tide and
flatfish up to 24-1/2 inches were boated. Most of the keepers
ranged between 18 and 22 inches. Other catches included pigfish,
porgy and blowfish but very few trout. “We just
aren’t seeing the trout,” noted Captain Wil.
Lower Bay/Bridge Tunnel -
The Virginia Beach Fishing Center reported good weekend billfish
action with some boats releasing as many as four in a single
outing. Among those earning release awards were Jeremy Motsinger,
David Hawthorne and Mark Bushor with white marlin and Frank Harrell,
Jr. with a blue marlin release. Mixed sizes of dolphin remain
abundant. Todd Walton boated a 26-1/2-pounder and the crew aboard
the BIG WOODY returned with several dozen dolphin in the cooler.
Inshore, trollers are catching plenty of snapper bluefish and some
large Spanish mackerel.
Fisherman's Wharf Marina told of good catches of billfish, mostly white marlin, in the vicinity of the Cigar. Weekend trollers also caught plenty of bailer dolphin and a few, nice-sized yellowfin tuna.
Virginia Piers -
– Bottom fishermen recorded mixed catches of panfish, including
spot, silver perch, taylor bluefish, pan trout, small croaker and even
a few keeper flounder.
Lynnhaven – Best action has been just before and after sundown. Spot and bluefish provided most of the action (plus the ever present rays) but anglers are also catching some pan trout, a few sea mullet and croaker and small flounder.
Virginia Beach – Spot dominated the action and most of the fish were running “two-to-the-pound.”
Sandbridge – Spot and snapper bluefish were biting on and off all weekend. Anglers also decked some flounder, sea mullet and small shark.
Outer Banks, NC -
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