OVERVIEWThis will be the last issue of the Virginia Saltwater Review for 2005.
Chris' Bait and Tackle had little fishing action from the weekend to report, saying, "the wind got us again." Bottom fishermen did manage some flounder around the Cement Ships, as the exposed hulls served to break the wind. Flounder measuring as much as 25 inches were decked at the nearby Kiptopeke State Park pier. Anglers seeking speckled trout in the sheltered waters of the bayside creeks were also stymied by the weather conditions, as above average high tides carried muddy water well into the creeks. The shop did offer that striped bass were piled-up around the High Level section of the CBBT complex. "You can see the birds and fish working as you drive across the bridge." Perhaps the most productive area over the weekend was out of the seaside port of Oyster. Here, several anglers recorded a mixed bag of bluefish, sea mullet, spot and flounder. Earlier in the week, bottom fishermen were catching coolers full of spot off Kiptopeke, where Cecil Jones, Jr. had a 20-ounce spot, Paul Pearson pulled-up a 1-1/2-pound sea mullet and Roger Gill nailed a 7-pound, 9-ounce flounder.
Captain Wil Laaksonen from Fish and Finn Charters reported the
weather precluded any weekend fishing activity. On Wednesday,
October 19, flounder were biting with a throwback to keeper ratio of 2
to 1, according to Captain Wil. Spot and croaker numbers had
dwindled considerably in the past week. Good numbers of school
stripers up to 24 inches, with many in the 16 to 20-inch range, were
holding in the creeks.
Lower Bay/Bridge Tunnel -
The Virginia Beach Fishing Center reported their fleet stayed to the
dock over the weekend and the same situation existed prior to the
weekend. The last boats to fish offshore recorded big catches of
dolphin plus some large yellowfin tuna while inshore boats had mixed
catches of school king mackerel and Spanish mackerel.
Fisherman's Wharf Marina had a boat out mid-week that fished the Chesapeake Light area and caught several king mackerel in the 6 to 10-pound range. Boats stayed tied to the dock over the weekend due to the weather.
Virginia Piers -
Harrison -The pier is presently closed but is in the process of
being rebuilt. Significant progress has been made this summer and
the latest plans call for a portion of the pier to open sometime in
Lynnhaven - Spot and taylor bluefish provided the bulk of the action. Pan trout and a few school stripers are caught after dark, mainly in the shadow lines created by the pier lights.
Virginia Beach -Anglers enjoyed solid runs of medium to jumbo spot the past several days.
Sandbridge - Bottom fishermen caught plenty of spot plus some croaker, taylor blues and a few small speckled trout. The red drum run has tapered off considerably but several were caught and released the past week.
Along the Nags Head area beaches, shore fishermen enjoyed a mixed
catch of spot and sea mullet prior to the weekend. Angling from
shore was nearly eliminated during the weekend due to rough surf.
On Friday, waves were high enough at the Avalon Pier to touch the pier
planking. Still bottom fishermen managed some puppy drum, spot
and croaker and several large red drum were caught and released from
the end of the pier.
South of Oregon Inlet, surf fishermen working Cape Point at Buxton enjoyed a solid run of puppy drum on Friday. A 41-inch red drum was caught and released between ramps 43 and 44. On Saturday it was more puppy drum plus some good-sized bluefish moved into casting range. Bottom fishermen also had a scattering of spot. Sunday produced a more diverse bag with catches of puppy drum, flounder, bluefish, pompano and speckled trout recorded. A 42-inch red drum was beached and released Sunday evening.
The Oregon Inlet Fishing Center's offshore fleet was unable to fish offshore Friday through Monday, as rough sea conditions made the inlet impassable. Instead, anglers took advantage of the Albemarle Sound Fall Striper season and caught plenty of school-sized stripers around the bridge. On Saturday the headboat recorded fair catches of pigfish, sea mullet and flounder.
The fleet sailing from Hatteras Inlet stayed "inside" Friday and Saturday, due to strong winds but there were good catches of puppy drum in the sound. On Sunday four boats went offshore and enjoyed excellent catches of bailer dolphin plus a few wahoo and king mackerel. The crew aboard the RELEASE caught and turned loose a sailfish and a blue marlin and HATTERAS FEVER released a sailfish. Monday was another good day for dolphin plus a scattering of wahoo, king mackerel, blackfin and yellowfin tuna.
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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