OVERVIEWThe Virginia Saltwater Review will not be published the week of October 9-13 due to the observance of Columbus Day.
Donna at Captain Bob’s reported the shop has closed for the
season, as of October 1. Last week the RUMOR HAS IT boated a
180-pound mako near the Washington Canyon. The SHAMMY overnighted
and came in with four 40 to 50-pound class yellowfin tuna, a wahoo and
a hammerhead shark. The inshore ocean wrecks are still holding a
mixture of triggerfish and flounder but the black sea bass are becoming
more aggressive. Inside the inlet, a few keeper-sized flounder
were landed. Surf fishermen working the Assateague Island beach
caught plenty of snapper bluefish and some sea mullet plus a stray
pompano, flounder, puppy and trout. Small shark up to 3 feet and
skate rounded out the week’s catches.
Captain Wil Laaksonen from Fish and Finn Charters reported excellent
spot fishing off Onancock. “I don’t know how many of
them (the spot) are over a pound but a lot of them are
close.” Mixed sizes of croaker are intermingled with the
schools of spot, as are porgy and pigfish. Good numbers of sea
mulet are holding around the shell piles while pan trout remain
scarce. Fishing pressure continues to be extremely light for this
time of the year. “I hardly ever see another boat,”
noted Captain Wil. Flounder to over 24 inches are holding along
the edges of the shipping channel. The creeks still hold lots of
small puppy drum and speckled trout plus some school stripers.
Lower Bay/Bridge Tunnel -
The Virginia Beach Fishing Center reported boats from their charter
fleet had as many as a dozen fat yellowfin tuna on Thursday.
Several of the headboats were out the same day and did very well on
black sea bass and triggerfish. Friday and Saturday saw nice
catches of 40 to 50-pound class yellowfin tuna plus some wahoo, king
mackerel and skipjack tuna. On Sunday, the BACKLASH had a near
limit catch of yellowfin tuna plus a citation wahoo. The
WAVERUNNER and SEA WITCH also had big catches of yellowfin tuna.
Paula Owen from Fisherman's Wharf Marina described the tuna action as “real good” plus some big wahoo were caught the past several days. Most of the better recent hauls were coming from the 950-line in 40 to 50 fathoms of water. Earlier in the week, a crew aboard the FRIENDSHIP caught and released four white marlin at the Norfolk Canyon. Inshore, huge red drum are moving along the resort strip just outside the breakers. The crew aboard the STROKEM fished just below Sandbridge and caught and released eleven reds on a single outing.
Virginia Piers -
–Anglers have been catching a mixture of panfish but nothing has
been in abundance. Snapper bluefish made several brief
appearances. Some speckled trout and puppy drum were caught near
the surf line. The spot run tailed-off, as mild weather set-in
over the weekend.
Lynnhaven – Pier anglers have been seeing some keeper speckled trout and puppy drum in shallow, near the pier house. Bottom fishermen are also catching some spot, sea mullet and bluefish. Pan trout and school-sized stripers are hanging around the shadows created by the pier lights after sun down.
Virginia Beach – Bottom fishing was generally slow with a mixture of spot, croaker, skate, shark and bluefish.
Sandbridge – Half-a-dozen large red drum were decked early on Saturday but the remainder of the day saw a slow pick of small shark, snapper bluefish, medium spot, croaker, puppy drum and several small black drum. Sunday was an uneventful day, a few puppy drum, spot, shark, snapper bluefish and a Spanish mackerel. Monday saw the same mixture of panfish but six large red drum were caught and then released on the incoming tide.
Outer Banks, NC -
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