|Lower Bay/Bridge Tunnel||Virginia Middle Bay||Virginia Beach||Virginia Piers||Grandview|
|Buckroe Beach||Harrison||Lynnhaven||Sandbridge||Outer Banks, NC|
Donna from Captain Bob's reported good flounder action with limit catches (8-fish possession limit) to five pounds the past week, despite less than ideal conditions. Four Mouths, Queen's Sound and the main channel "right in front of Captain Bob's" have all been productive at times. Schools of taylor blues are becoming more abundant and aggressive. Grey trout to six pounds were caught at Chincoteague Point with some lesser sized trout reported at Four Mouths. Outside the inlet, big sea bass and large tautog are holding over the inshore ocean wrecks. Buddy Kuster nailed a 10-1/4-pound tautog on a piece of clam at the Marine Electric for the week's lone Citation.
Barnacle Bill's said flounder were biting "anywhere you go" while bluefish were available around the inlet. Outside the inlet, large sea bass and tautog were biting on the local ocean wrecks.
Wachapreague Marina reported Robert Herlihy released a 49-inch black drum and hooked several others on the shoals at the mouth of the inlet. Flounder action continues to be very good, "weather permitting," as Charles Gates landed the week's heavyweight, an 8-14 flatfish, at buoy 4.
Captain Zed's described the flounder action as very good on Saturday and "rotten" on Sunday due to the wind. Much of the best action has been in clear, shallow water. Zed's also indicated grey trout to 7 pounds were becoming increasingly abundant while sea bass in excess of 5 pounds were caught on the inshore wrecks.
Cape Charles -
Chris' Bait and Tackle reported both red and black drum were caught on rod and reel the past week, as black drum weighing as much as 67 pounds were caught off Cape Charles and a 41-pound red drum was landed just off Fisherman's Island. Flounder action remains very good, as limit catches and citation-winning flatfish were recorded by both bayside and seaside anglers. Wayne Barefoot (7-6) and Lee Sparrow (6-0) each landed Citation flounder out of the seaside port of Oyster while Andrew Blyethe landed a 6-1/2 pounder off Cape Charles.
Captain Wil Laaksonen from Fish and Finn Charters reported excellent catches of 1 to 3-pound croaker in 20 to 30 feet of water. Bottom fishermen are also seeing some bluefish, flounder, spot, trout to 4-1/2 pounds, sea mullet and blowfish. Black drum numbers are increasing but red drum and speckled trout remain scarce. Surface waters have warmed to 63 degrees.
Virginia Middle Bay -
Outer Banks, NC -
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Please credit the Virginia Marine Resources Commission's THE
SALTWATER REVIEW as the source of the fishing information.