|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 an influx of large grey trout and taylor blues the past week. Best catches of trout were made after dark at Chincoteague Point while the bluefish were taken during the daylight near the inlet. Flounder action remains steady with Queen's Sound and Four mouths receiving most of the attention. Outside the inlet, the inshore ocean wrecks are holding both large sea bass and tautog.
Barnacle Bill's told of excellent catches of flounder prior to Sunday with many anglers reporting 8-fish limit catches. Donald Grosscup boated the weeks' heavyweight flatfish, a 6-pound, 15- ouncer, at Queen's Sound. Anglers soaking chunks of peeler crab just inside the inlet scored on sizable grey trout while anglers bottom fishing with clam and/or peeler crab, on the shoals just outside the inlet, caught black drum to 60 pounds.
Henry from Wachapreague Marina reported good catches of flounder five pounds through the week--at least until Sunday, when north winds gusted to 20 knots. Green and Drawing channels continue to produce decent catches of flatfish but Henry suggested the Hummocks as a better choice. Big black drum linger around the mouth of the inlet, where Steve Herlihy released a 46-incher that hit a chunk of peeler crab.
Randy from Captain Zed's described the flounder bite on Saturday as "excellent," with Ernie Shifflet's 8-pound, 9-ounce flatfish, the weekend heavyweight. The citation-winning catch was made on a shiner at Bullshead. Weekend catches also included good numbers of grey trout to 8 pounds and a considerable number of black drum. John Appleton, III pulled a 12 pound, 11-ounce tog from an ocean wreck while fishing aboard the CANYON LADY. Randy also knew of several red drum that were caught on the bayside with at least one, a 47-incher, boated at Pungoteague Creek.
Cape Charles -
Chris' Bait and Tackle recorded black drum releases for William Edemenson (46-1/2 inches), Mike Barbee (49 inches) and Tommy Budd (49 inches) while Jack Bono (48 inches) released a red drum at Fisherman's Island Flats. Several customers recorded limit catches of flounder off Cape Charles while James Beasily, Sr. landed the lone citation flounder at 6 pounds and 6 ounces. Large grey trout were reported at both the CBBT crossing and the bridge across Fisherman's Island, as Dewitt Jernigan (9 pounds, 1 ounce) and Bob Evans (9 pounds, 12 ounces) checked-in award winning trout. Tautog remain active in the mid-60 degree water off Cape Charles, as Mike Lee nailed a 10-pound, 9-ounce tog aboard the BUCCANEER at the C-10 mussel beds.
Captain Wil Laaksonen from Fish and Finn Charters reported good mixed catches of bottom fish off Onancock. Medium size croaker are holding in the deeper holes while bigger fish, averaging "one-and-half pounds and up" are found in 20 to 25 feet of water. Other catches include spot, pan trout, flounder, bluefish, blowfish, sea mullet and school-sized stripers. Several red drum were landed off Parkers Creek while black drum were reported at several locations.
Virginia Middle Bay -
Outer Banks, NC -
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