OVERVIEWDue to the observance of Memorial Day, September 4, the Virginia Saltwater Review (VSR) will not be published the week of September 4-8. The next issue of the VSR will be published the week of 11-15 September.
Captain Wil Laaksonen from Fish and Finn Charters reported tough fishing conditions the past week off Onancock, as strong southwest winds made for rough sea conditions. “But, the fishing was good when we could fish.” The croaker action was best in the evening and after sun down and the spot bit best early in the morning and late in the evening. Some of the best action was in just 10 to 15 feet of water, where good numbers of porgy, pigfish and sea mullet were mixed in with the spot.
Lower Bay/Bridge Tunnel -
The Virginia Beach Fishing Center reported good weekend billfish action. The third annual Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament was held Thursday, Friday and Saturday (boats could fish two out of the three days). A total of 53 boats participated and caught and released 66 billfish, mostly white marlin. Top boat was the PURSUER with nine white marlin releases for 630 points. On Sunday, the FROG PILE worked an ocean wreck and came in with a big catch of spadefish. The SEA WITCH had a decent catch of dolphin and VIRGINIAN released a white marlin and filled a cooler with dolphin. The Center said boats live-baiting off Sandbridge landed several large king mackerel. David Wroten had the weighed the week’s heaviest king, a 39-pounder, and caught the fish aboard the BLITZ off Sandbridge.
Paula Owen from Fisherman's Wharf Marina saw plenty of billfish, mostly white marlin, but it was difficult to interest the fish in their baited lines, as bait was very abundant offshore. Still, one of their boats caught and released seven white marlin on one outing. The best concentrations of fish seemed to be holding on the backside of the Cigar, between the 220 and 300 lines.
Virginia Piers -
Ocean View – Evenings produced decent mixed catches of spot and croaker plus some snapper bluefish and small pan trout.
Lynnhaven – Spot dominated the action for bottom fishermen but a few puppy drum, bluefish and croaker were also landed.
Virginia Beach – The weekend saw several strong runs of spot plus decent numbers of taylor bluefish and a few small shark.
Sandbridge – Weekend bottom fishermen enjoyed steady runs of spot while many casters had their fill of snapper blues. A 39-pound cobia was decked Thursday, August 24.
Outer Banks, NC -
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