OVERVIEWThe Virginia Saltwater Review will not be published the week of 14-18 June due to an Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission meeting in Providence, RI, June 14-16.
Cape Charles -
Chris' Bait and Tackle reported good red drum action at the Inner Middle Grounds and the shoals surrounding Fishermen's Island. The shop registered at least two-dozen red drum releases last week. The longest measured 53 inches and was caught near Fishermen's Island by C. Alan Norford. James Beasley, Sr. was fishing in the same area for red drum and caught and released a 72-inch shark. Robert Savage, Jr. was fishing the Inner Middle Grounds for drum and boated a 7-1/2-pound sheepshead. The other fishery drawing attention over the weekend was for spadefish. Fish in excess of 9 pounds were boated at the Cell and buoy 36A. Rhonda Annon caught the heaviest spadefish at buoy 36A and the fish weighed 11-1/4 pounds. Bottom fishermen recorded good catches of medium to large croaker and some pan trout off the Cement Ships.
Grandview -Closed indefinitely.
Buckroe Beach - The pier was completely destroyed by hurricane Isabel. The city of Hampton has expressed an interest to build a pier in this area.
Harrison - Closed indefinitely.
Lynnhaven - Sea mullet and spot dominated the catches for bottom fishermen and several keeper flounder were decked on Sunday. Casters working out near the end of the pier "early and late" in the day caught taylor blues and some Spanish mackerel. Crabbing improved substantially the past week.
Virginia Beach - Big news here was the impressive run of spot. Other catches included sea mullet and a few croaker and trout. Casters caught bluefish and a sprinkling of Spanish mackerel.
Sandbridge - Weekend bottom fishermen pulled-in lots of sea mullet and spot plus some croaker, a few trout and the ever-present skate. Casters caught Spanish mackerel and taylor bluefish from the end of the pier in the evenings.
If you have additional information or would like further details contact Lewis Gillingham at (757) 247-2243.
Please credit the Virginia Marine Resources Commission's THE SALTWATER REVIEW as the source of the fishing information. Project is funded by NOAA and VMRC.
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