|Lower Bay/Bridge Tunnel||Virginia Middle Bay||Virginia Beach||Virginia Piers||Grandview|
|Buckroe Beach||Harrison||Lynnhaven||Sandbridge||Outer Banks, NC|
Virginia Middle Bay -
Roger Wilkins from Jetts Hardware reported croaker were "everywhere" including all the local creeks. Anglers chumming near buoys 62 and 72 and at the Triangle found plenty of school-sized stripers plus the occasional bluefish. Grey trout to 8 pounds were caught at the Target Ships and around Smith Point Light while keeper-sized flounder remain available at the jetty.
Smith Point Marina weighed a 3-1/2 pound, 20-inch croaker from Smith Point Light for Ryan Rogers. Most of the charter fleet has been chumming for school stripers and the occasional bluefish. Trout and blowfish are available at the Tangier Target Ships.
Jerry Thrash from Queens Creek Reel and Downrigger Service said weekend catches of flounder were slow in the Cell/buoy 42 area but Chris Lawrence boated a 7-1 flatfish at the White Stone Bridge. Bluefish and grey trout remain active at the Cell. Last week produced the areas first catches of Spanish mackerel. Jerry indicated that most of the croaker on the western shore were running small to medium while bigger croaker had moved into the Bay and could be found off Silver Beach. Fair catches of spot were recorded off Gwynn Island and in the mouth of the Piankatank while spadefish were biting at the Cell and at Wolf Trap Light, where Paul Hutson nailed a pair of citation winners at 9 pounds, 11 ounces and 8 pounds, 10 ounces.
Jack from Locklies Marina said anglers chumming the bridge caught limits of striped bass in the 24 to 28-inch range. The same area produced two citation-sized spot, as more of these popular bottom feeders are arriving, though croaker remain the dominant catch.
Garretts Marina reported excellent weekend catches of large croaker around buoy 16 and 19 with squid and bloodworm the preferred baits.
Captain Jim Thompson from Windmill Point Marina said the lower portion of the river holds mainly small to medium croaker with bigger fish holding near Tangier Light. Fair numbers of pan trout are mixed in with the croaker on the eastern side of the Bay while flounder numbers are improving at the Cell. Spadefish have also arrived at the Cell.
Virginia Beach -
The Virginia Beach Fishing Center recorded their first catches of yellowfin tuna for the season over the weekend, as boats visiting the Norfolk Canyon returned with good hauls of tuna. Several charter boats ran inshore trips to the Tower Reef and loaded up with big spadefish. In fact, the Center had a large stack of citation spadefish--too long to list. The headboats fished the lower Bay on their most recent outings and returned with good hauls of croaker and trout.
Paula from Fisherman's Wharf Marina said boats trolling the Norfolk Canyon Saturday, Sunday and Monday averaged 10 to 15 yellowfin per boat plus a few gaffer dolphin. Several charters ran to the Tower Reef for spadefish and their passengers returned arm weary.
Virginia Piers -
Grandview - Fair to good catches of flounder, trout, Spanish mackerel, croaker and spot. Dawn, dusk and nighttime around the lights has seen the best action. Several cobia have been decked and the largest measured 43-1/2 inches.
Buckroe Beach - Spanish mackerel highlight daytime catches, though some flounder and a few spot and croaker are caught. Several cobia have hit the deck with a 56-1/2 pounder the heaviest thus far. Pan trout and croaker provide steady action after dark.
Harrison - Daytime action has been limited to a few mullet and flounder with sea mullet, croaker and school-sized striped bass providing decent action after dusk. One keeper cobia (37-inch minimum) was landed last week. Headboats leaving the pier are fishing Hampton Bar and returning with big catches of pound-sized croaker.
Lynnhaven - A few flounder and sea mullet are being caught during the day while nighttime action features pan trout, sea mullet and taylor blues. The season's first blue crabs are just arriving.
Virginia Beach - Casters working the end of the pier enjoyed sporadic runs and Spanish mackerel and taylor blues while bottom fishermen had taylor blues, sea mullet, some spot and a few "just legal" flounder (15-1/2 minimum size limit). The water temperature around the pier's piling has warmed to a comfortable 71 degrees.
Sandbridge - Spanish mackerel are showing nearly every evening at the end of the pier. Tuesday evening saw a particularly strong bite of Spanish. Bottom fishermen are catching some pan trout, croaker, sea mullet and spot. One cobia was landed last week.
Outer Banks, NC
Surf fishermen along the Nags Head area beaches found fair to good numbers of snapper blues plus some sea mullet and small flounder. Beach fishermen in the Duck area reported a scattering of spot, puppy drum and pan trout in addition to snapper blues and sea mullet. Anglers fishing the piers enjoyed fast action for Spanish mackerel and bluefish at times with the most consistent bite coming at dawn and dusk. The several speckled trout were decked at the Nags Head Pier while Rodanthe and Avon piers reported better hauls of sea mullet, spot, bluefish and grey trout.
On Hatteras Island, loads of taylor blues and a few Spanish mackerel provided good action at Cape Point on Friday. A 39-inch cobia was beached in the morning and several red drum in the 40 to 50-pound range were caught and released during the incoming tide. Saturday saw several more drum caught and released from the Point, where fair catches of blues and Spanish were recorded while sea mullet provided decent action on the South Beach. On Sunday, "dirty" water conditions limited catches to sea mullet and a few bluefish during the day but several red drum were beached after sunset. Monday produced some of the season's first pompano plus sea mullet, snapper blues and Spanish mackerel.
The charter fleet sailing from the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center reported good catches of dolphin and yellowfin tuna plus some king mackerel and a few bigeye tuna on Saturday. The crew on the FLYING FISHERMAN decked a 150-pound bigeye. Sunday saw limits of dolphin, good numbers of yellowfin plus several bigeye tuna. The FIGHT-N-LADY boated a 43-pound dolphin. The TUNA FEVER weighed a 70-pound yellowfin and a 113-pound bigeye. The yellowfin bite was even better Monday, as the DREAM GIRL returned to the dock with four citation tuna. During this period, inshore boats generally recorded limit catches of taylor blues and Spanish mackerel plus a few king mackerel and cobia.
The charter fleet fishing out of Hatteras Inlet recorded limit catches of dolphin plus yellowfin tuna and wahoo on Saturday. A white marlin and a sailfish were released aboard the RELIANCE. Carlton Pallett of Smithfield, VA boated a 54-pound wahoo aboard the GECKO. Sunday produced more limit catches of dolphin with individual fish to 55 pounds, a fair number of yellowfin tuna plus some king mackerel and wahoo. On Monday the dolphin numbers were down but more tuna and wahoo were boated.
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Please credit the Virginia Marine Resources Commission's THE
SALTWATER REVIEW as the source of the fishing information.