OVERVIEWThe next issue of the Virginia Saltwater Review (VSR) will be published the week of 19-23 September.
Cape Charles -
Chris' Bait and Tackle reported the week's best hauls of the larger croaker came from the seaside port of Oyster, where bottom fishermen filled coolers full of these tasty bottom feeders. The seaside produced one of the biggest croaker caught this season, as David Durest decked a 4 pounder last week. Bayside anglers still caught their share of croaker plus a mixture of flounder, bluefish, spot and pan trout. The best flounder action was in the vicinity of buoys 36A and 38A, along the Baltimore Channel and near the High Rise section of the CBBT. The week's two biggest flatfish, a 7-pound, 13-ouncer landed by Keith Keeter and a 7-pound, 2-ounce flounder boated by Josh Fredricson, were both caught at buoy 36A. The shop described the flounder action in the Cell/buoy 42 area as "quiet." Benton Stone (49-1/2 inches) and Robert Savage, Jr. (46-1/2 inches) fished the buoy 42 area and each released a trophy red drum. Troy Froaker was soaking a piece of clam at the CBBT and landed the season's first citation pompano. Folks fishing the Kiptopeke Pier enjoyed a decent weekend run of spot plus a few croaker, small flounder and pan trout.
Wil Laaksonen from Fish and Finn Charters reported the spot and croaker
action was good to very good, noting, "some days you don't even have to
look for them." Other days it may take visiting several locations
before hungry fish are located. Many of the better recent hauls
of 1 to 2-pound croaker have come from 12 to 14 feet of water while the
spot are usually holding along the channel edges in 28 to 40 feet of
water. Captain Wil preferred the incoming tide, when "they just
seem to bite better." Other catches include sea mullet, small
black sea bass, porgy, bluefish and pigfish. Flounder fishing
improved the past week, as some anglers recorded limit catches.
Lower Bay/Bridge Tunnel -
Virginia Beach Fishing Center reported a slow down in the billfish
catches over the weekend with the top boat catching and releasing three
whites. The FROGPILE was out Friday and came in with eight
yellowfin tuna and a few bailer dolphin. The headboats have been
working off Fort Story and loading up on croaker, as these fish prepare
to leave the Bay.
Fisherman's Wharf Marina said the white marlin bite was good early in the week but slowed over the weekend. Best action had been between the Cigar and Triple 0's. The HIGH HOPES weighed a nearly 50-pound wahoo on Tuesday (August 30).
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 - Bottom fishermen enjoyed good catches of medium spot plus mixed sizes of croaker.
Virginia Beach - Spot provided most of the action for bottom fishermen, although a few pompano, pan trout and sea mullet were landed. Casters managed a few Spanish mackerel and taylor bluefish from the end of the pier.
Sandbridge - Friday saw fair catches of Spanish mackerel, bluefish and spot. Small to medium spot dominated the action on Saturday but some small flounder with at least one keeper of 20 inches and a few pompano were decked. Spot were running strong on Sunday but most weighed less than half-a-pound.
fishermen in the Nags Head area enjoyed a mixture of sea mullet, spot,
small croaker, pompano and snapper bluefish. Area piers had a
similar mixture plus some Spanish mackerel and a few trout. Water
temperatures in the surf zone were in the upper 70's. Folks
fishing the catwalk over Oregon Inlet recorded mixed catches of spot,
croaker, sheepshead, spadefish, bluefish, trout and yearling black drum.
South of Oregon Inlet, beach fishermen at Cape Point on Buxton, caught a mixture of taylor bluefish and Spanish mackerel at the Point on metal while bottom fishermen scored on some keeper flounder just south of the Point on Friday. Bottom fishermen recorded the best catches Saturday with a nice mixture of sea mullet, pompano and small flounder. On Sunday, bottom fishermen beached decent numbers of croaker just north of the Point while the folks slinging metal at the Point caught a load of taylor bluefish but only an occasional Spanish mackerel.
The tuna bite exploded for the boats fishing from the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center on Thursday, as many returned with limit catches of 30 to 40-pound class yellowfin tuna plus a 290-pound bigeye tuna was landed. Inshore trollers scored on False Albacore, Spanish mackerel, taylor bluefish and several cobia. The tuna bite slowed somewhat on Friday but was still good. Dolphin and several wahoo were also in the day's catch. The headboat reported mixed catches of croaker, sea mullet and pan trout. The tuna bite cooled further Saturday and Sunday but more dolphin were caught and several billfish were released. Monday's action was highlighted by an exceptional number of wahoo plus some dolphin and yellowfin tuna.
The fleet sailing from Hatteras Inlet returned with decent numbers of dolphin plus some yellowfin tuna, king mackerel and wahoo on Friday. Tony Rigdon of Virginia Beach released a sailfish and fishing buddy John McGhee of Chesapeake released a blue marlin. Both catches were made aboard the TUNA DUCK. On Sunday only a handful of boats fished and they returned with fair numbers of dolphin and several wahoo.
If you have additional information or would like further details contact Lewis Gillingham at (757) 247-2243.
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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