OVERVIEWThe Chesapeake Bay area fall 2006 recreational striped bass season will begin October 4, 2006 and extend through December 31, 2006. The recreational possession limit will continue as two striped bass per person. The minimum size limit remains as 18 inches. Anglers will be allowed to possess two striped bass 18 inches to 28 inches total length or one striped bass 18 inches to 28 inches total length and one striped bass 34 inches or greater in total length. Anglers should be mindful of the "protected" slot limit, whereby it shall be unlawful for any person to possess any striped bass between 28 inches and 34 inches in total length. Please refer to the attached press release for details.
Donna at Captain Bob’s reported it was another weekend of bad weather and very little fishing activity. Prior to the weekend, a handful of anglers fished near the Washington Canyon and found yellowfin tuna, bailer dolphin and white marlin. Inshore, waters inside the inlet were still muddy from winds and rain the prior weekend. Some flounder were caught but most were less than the 16-1/2-inch minimum size limit. Over on the Assateague Island surf, beach anglers found plenty of bluefish, a few sea mullet, shark and skate.
Captain Wil Laaksonen from Fish and Finn Charters reported fishing pressure in the Onancock area was extremely light the past week, “you just haven’t been able to get out because of the weather. Even the large headboats from Crisfield have stayed off the water due to the wind.” Local anglers in smaller boats have been able to fish the protected creeks and they have enjoyed decent success on speckled trout and school stripers (catch and release only until October 4). Right off the docks in Onancock, bottom fishermen caught a mixture of spot, croaker and flounder plus the creeks “ are loaded with bait fish,” such as jumping mullet and small menhaden. Out in the deeper waters off Onancock, “I haven’t been able to fish in the past six days, so I’m not certain what’s out there now,” confided Captain, “but I’m sure there are still plenty of spot and flounder.”
Lower Bay/Bridge Tunnel -
The Virginia Beach Fishing Center reported good tuna action near the Norfolk Canyon and down around the 480-line, in 30 to 50 fathoms of water. The crew aboard the BACKLASH had half-a-dozen 40 to 50-pound class yellowfin tuna Friday and released a white marlin. Saturday, Robert Williams and Brad Creel each released a white marlin. Kevin Bremer released a swordfish the same day. Sunday and Monday the fleet remained in port due to rough seas,
Fisherman's Wharf Marina told of a very good recent yellowfin tuna bite along the 400-line, in 40 to 50 fathoms. Trollers are also catching some white marlin and wahoo.
Virginia Piers -
Ocean View – The past week produced “so-so” action for surfperch, pan trout and snapper bluefish. Some school stripers are starting to show around the pier lights after sun set.
Lynnhaven – The past week saw a variety of fish but nothing was in great abundance. Catches included spot, sea mullet, pan trout, small flounder, snapper bluefish, croaker, puppy drum and speckled trout.
Virginia Beach –Bottom fishermen caught a scattering of spot, bluefish, skate and shark the past several days.
Sandbridge – A pair of large red drum were caught and released from the pier on Wednesday. Thursday was a slow day with the best of it a mid-afternoon run of spot. Friday night a 46-inch red drum was caught and released. Saturday was slow over all with only a scattering of spot for the coolers but lots of shark and skate. Sunday was “very slow,” with only a handful of surfperch reported. On Monday (25 September), a large red drum was decked and released early in the morning and another was caught around sunset.
Outer Banks, NC -
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