OVERVIEWThe Chesapeake Bay area fall 2006 recreational striped bass season began October 4, 2006 and will 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.
Captain Bob’s has closed for the season.
Captain Wil Laaksonen from Fish and Finn Charters reported some spot
and croaker still linger off Onancock but most have headed south for
the season. Captain Wil did hear of one good haul of spot and
croaker from Schooner Bay recently. Most local anglers are
fishing for striped bass, speckled trout and puppy drum in the creeks
and enjoying good success.
Lower Bay/Bridge Tunnel -
The Virginia Beach Fishing Center reported good fall fishing for
yellowfin tuna, wahoo and skipjack tuna whenever the weather
permits. Most of the better recent hauls have come from
“down south.” Inside the inlet, anglers enjoyed
several nice runs of speckled trout, spot and puppy drum last week.
Fisherman's Wharf Marina said the season tuna fishing has been very good “when the boats can get out” and make the long run down to around Triple 0’s. One of the last boats to accomplish this feat was the crew aboard the GET-R-DONE and they returned with a limit of fat yellowfin tuna.
Virginia Piers -
– Daytime catches were modest over the weekend but the after dark
hours produced some school striped bass, pan trout, puppy drum and
bluefish. Anglers working the shore break early and late in the
day caught some speckled trout.
Lynnhaven – Daytime catches include a scattering of sea mullet, small flounder, bluefish, spot and croaker. Once the pier lights come on after sunset and schools of tiny baited are attracted, school-sized stripers, snapper bluefish and pan trout are feeding.
Virginia Beach – Bottom fishermen enjoyed a strong run of spot Tuesday and Thursday but the bite slowed considerably over the weekend. Other catches included sea mullet, pan trout, small black drum, snapper bluefish and a few puppy drum.
Sandbridge – Anglers were treated to a super run of spot on Thursday but catches of these tasty bottom feeders were slow over the weekend. No big red drum were decked on the pier in recent days but shore fishermen within sight of the pier beached several large reds.
Outer Banks, NC -
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