OVERVIEWVirginia's Trophy Striped Bass season opened May 1 and runs through June 15. This special season carries a 32-inch minimum size limit coupled with a one-fish bag limit. From May 1 through May 16, anglers may possess one-fish, 32 inches or greater. From May 16 through June 15, anglers are allowed to possess two striped bass within the 18 and 28-inch slot, but one fish of the two-fish allowed during the May 16 through June 15 slot season may be 32 inches or greater. Most important, anglers must report their Trophy catch (all 32-inch or greater fish caught and kept between 1 May and 15 June) on forms available at all Citation Weigh Stations, many other tackle shops and marinas and our homepage web site (see address above). A reporting form is also enclosed in this report (Click here for the online report form)..
Donna at Captain Bob’s reported big flounder were biting at
Queen’s Sound and Four Mouths. Ray Johnson Sr. had the
week’s lunker, a 7-pound 15-ouncer, at Four Mouths on a windy
day. Travis Richey boated a 7-pound flounder at Queen’s
Sound. Sea mullet are biting at the inlet and around markers 14
and 15. Offshore, Hurland Parker had a 9-pound tautog at Winter
Quarter Shoals. Further offshore the big news has been the early
season showing of tuna—not so much bluefin but an impressive
showing of yellowfin and even several bigeye tuna. Inshore, the
Parking Lot is chock full of chopper bluefish.
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The Virginia Beach Fishing Center reported the offshore action has
been very good the past ten days, as good numbers of gaffer dolphin and
mixed sizes of yellowfin tuna weighing up to 86 pounds were
caught. The Fishing Center weighed in several large bigeye tuna
and the heaviest went 184-1/2 pounds. Inshore, the Tower Reef is
loaded with spadefish but the place is a parking lot on the
Paula Owen from Fisherman's Wharf Marina said their charter fleet had “a real good Memorial Day weekend” on yellowfin tuna at the Norfolk Canyon but the past week the best tuna bite was around the 350-line. Trollers were also catching some gaffer dolphin, bluefin tuna and bigeye tuna. Inshore, chopper bluefish are on the inshore lumps and plenty of spadefish are holding at the Tower Reef.
Virginia Piers -
James River –Croaker continue to dominate the
action and seems to peak in the late evening and after sundown. A
few school stripers were decked the past week. Spot are starting
to show but most are small to medium in size.
Ocean View – Bottom fishermen reported a mixed bag of small to medium croaker and spot, a few snapper bluefish and skate. Rumors indicate several cobia have been hooked.
Lynnhaven – A mixed bag of panfish with sea mullet providing the most consistent action. Bottom fishermen also caught some small flounder with only the occasional keeper, skate and some pan trout around the lights after sunset.
Virginia Beach – Bottom fishermen caught a mixture of sea mullet, croaker and spot while casters decked some snapper bluefish on Gotcha plugs around the end of the pier.
Sandbridge – Weekend results were limited to sea mullet and skate but sea mullet plus some snapper bluefish, smallish spot and croaker made a better showing on Monday and Tuesday.
Outer Banks, NC -
Beach and pier fishermen in the Nags Head area enjoyed a mixture of
snapper bluefish, sea mullet, speckled trout, spot and even a few
Spanish mackerel, although water temperatures remain in the low
60’s. South of Oregon Inlet, at Cape Point on Buxton, the
big news was the arrival of numbers of large cobia. On Friday, at
least six cobia were beached at the Point and the heaviest weighed 76
pounds. Anglers also released several large red drum. A
50-pound cobia was beached Saturday, along with several large red drum
that were released. Casters enjoyed a decent run of Spanish
mackerel and snapper bluefish. The action slowed Sunday due to
the weather but four cobia were caught Monday. Chopper-sized
bluefish plus some taylor bluefish, flounder and even pompano rounded
out action on Monday.
The Oregon Inlet Fishing Center reported good weekend catches of yellowfin tuna to 84 pounds plus some gaffer dolphin and a few wahoo. Inshore, numbers of cobia have arrived and fish to 59 pounds were checked-in. Inshore trollers enjoyed a good mixture of Spanish mackerel and snapper bluefish plus some king mackerel.
The fleet sailing from Hatteras Inlet, enjoyed good mixed catches of yellowfin tuna and gaffer dolphin plus some wahoo and king mackerel the past week. Bradley Piland of Chesapeake decked a 70-pound yellowfin aboard the GOOD TIMES. Inshore, the big news was the arrival of schools of cobia and some parties recorded “double-figure” catches of these inshore gamesters. Alexander Brown of Roanoke boated a 50-pound cobia aboard the HAND ON.
If you have additional information or would like further details contact Lewis Gillingham at (757) 247-2243.
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