OVERVIEWThe Virginia Saltwater Review (VSR) will not be published the week of 18-22 September. The next issue of the VSR will be published the week of 25-29 September.
Donna at Captain Bob’s reported fishing was “very slow” the past week inside the inlet. “I haven’t heard of any croaker and only a couple of flounder caught since Ernesto.” Activity was somewhat better along the Assateague Island surf, as surf perch, snapper bluefish and sea mullet provided fair action. Unfortunately, parking in the park is still a problem, as not all the sand had been removed from the public lots following Ernesto and this week’s high tides and wind brought more sand into the parking areas. Offshore action has been very good but the windows of opportunity have been limited. “On the days when they can get out to 30 fathoms or deeper they’re catching good numbers of tuna. Some boats had ten or more.” The catches included a mixture of mostly yellowfin plus a few bluefin and even a “true” albacore or two.
Captain Wil Laaksonen from Fish and Finn Charters believed good numbers of spot plus some croaker and flounder were off Onancock but “the weather has been so bad I haven’t been able to get out there to them.” Closer to shore and in shallow, protected waters, nearly every creek, flat and shoreline are holding speckled trout and school-sized striped bass. “We’re hoping for a good fall striper season.”
Lower Bay/Bridge Tunnel -
The Virginia Beach Fishing Center reported the crew aboard the BACKLASH had a huge catch of longfin tuna with several topping 40 pounds, yellowfin tuna and gaffer dolphin on Friday. Saturday saw several of the charter fleet with a mixture of dolphin, “true albacore” tuna and yellowfin tuna. Unfortunately the fleet was forced to remain in port Monday and Tuesday (11 and 12 September).
Paula Owen from Fisherman's Wharf Marina said several of their charter boats “crushed the tuna” on Friday at the Norfolk Canyon. “They caught both yellowfin and longfin tuna.” The crews did nearly as well on
Saturday, plus several wahoo and some dolphin were landed. On Sunday, catches shifted to mostly dolphin plus some yellowfin tuna and several white marlin releases.
Virginia Piers -
Ocean View – Anglers saw a nice mixture of fish the past several days. In between runs of spot and snapper bluefish, catches included croaker, pan trout, surfperch, cow-nosed rays and sea mullet.
Lynnhaven – Snapper bluefish and spot provided the bulk of the action but bottom fishermen also managed a few sea mullet, croaker, pompano, speckled trout and puppy drum.
Virginia Beach – After a “so-so” weekend of sporadic catches of spot and snapper bluefish, Monday and Tuesday saw good runs of large spot with a few croaker mixed in.
Sandbridge – Spot and bluefish were the dominant catch here but bottom fishermen saw a wide assortment of fish, including pompano, black drum, spadefish, sea mullet, puppy drum, rays and shark.
Outer Banks, NC -
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