OVERVIEWThis will be the last issue of the Virginia Saltwater Review for 2006.
Captain Bob’s has closed for the season.
Captain Wil Laaksonen from Fish and Finn Charters reported the prevailing northwest winds kept most boats in port all week. “It’s just been too windy to get out into the bay but I know a few guys that fished behind the islands. The water was muddy but they did catch some keeper striped bass.” Rough conditions kept nearly all the commercial fishermen and crabbers in port as well, according to Captain Wil. Smaller spot still linger in the creeks. Some of the kids are catching smaller spot right around the city docks.”
Lower Bay/Bridge Tunnel -
The Virginia Beach Fishing Center reported their headboat fleet had a great catch of flounder, triggerfish, black sea bass and even several chopper bluefish while working several of the ocean wrecks on Sunday. Jerome Jayabolan, Jr. (7-1/2 pounds) and Jerry Cole (7 pounds, 1 ounce) each pulled-in citation flatfish. Likewise the bluewater fleet scored well on yellowfin tuna over the weekend, as some boats returned with as many as a bakers dozen of 30 to 40-pound class yellowfin. The charter boats also had a smattering of dolphin and skipjack tuna while inshore boats scored on king mackerel and false albacore. The fishing inside the inlet for speckled trout, puppy drum and spot was equally impressive. Judy Galloway nailed a 5-pound, 15-ounce speckled trout just prior to the weekend. Jeff Watson landed a 5-pound, 5-ounce speck Saturday while William Colligan (6-1/4 pounds) and Ed Hughs, Jr. (7 pounds, 14 ounces) landed citation spotted trout on Sunday.
Fisherman's Wharf Marina told of good weekend catches of yellowfin tuna in the vicinity of the Norfolk Canyon. The fleet has been weathered-in since Sunday.
Virginia Piers -
Ocean View – Daytime anglers are seeing an occasional puppy drum and speckled trout in close by the pier house. Snapper bluefish are coming in casting range from time to time. Bottom fishermen are getting a mixture of spot, croaker, flounder and sea mullet but catches have been sporadic. Anglers fishing after dark (check for hours of operation) are catching snapper bluefish, school stripers and pan trout around the lights.
Lynnhaven – Sporadic catches of puppy drum and speckled trout provided most of the excitement here. After dark, school striped bass and pan trout are holding in the shadows created by the pier lights.
Virginia Beach – Saturday’s northeast winds provided the stimulus for an impressive run of large spot but the action slowed by late Sunday. Bottom fishermen also saw a mixture of pan and speckled trout, snapper bluefish, croaker and sea mullet.
Sandbridge – Bottom fishermen recorded mixed catches of small speckled trout, pan trout and spot on Friday. Saturday and Sunday saw similar catches with more spot in the mixture and some nice speckled trout. The expected late season run of large red drum failed to materialize over the weekend for the “heaver crew” at the end of pier. They did catch several different species of shark and skate. The City of Virginia Beach will begin their fall/winter hours at the pier starting November 1. The pier will open around 7 AM and close at sunset.
Outer Banks, NC -
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