OVERVIEWVirginia's Trophy Striped Bass season opened May 1 and ran through June 15. This special season carried a 32-inch minimum size limit coupled with a one-fish bag limit. From May 1 through May 16, anglers could possess one-fish, 32 inches or greater. From May 16 through June 15, anglers were 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 could 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 web site by June 30.
Cape Charles -
Chris' Bait and Tackle reported citation-sized cobia, flounder and red drum were checked-in the past week. Robert Savage, Jr. released a 52-inch cobia and a 52-inch red drum at the Inner Middle Grounds. The same trip produced a 51-inch cobia release and a 46-1/2-inch red drum release for Robin Wallace. Mike Wilson (48-1/2 inches) and Jason Sparrow (48 inches) earned release awards for red drum. The fishing companions were fishing Latimer Shoals, near the High Rise section of the CBBT. Jack Cranford released a pair of big drum (48 and 53 inches) while fishing the Fishermen Island Shoals and Buddy Vaughn released a red drum off Oyster. The shop also registered a pair of citation flounder, as Bob Bois boated an 8-pounder off Cape Charles and Juanita Samples landed a 7-1/4-pound flatfish at the Cell. Weekend bottom fishermen were rewarded with good hauls of large croaker in the vicinity of buoys 36A and 38A.
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 - Bottom fishermen enjoyed decent mixed catches of medium croaker, sea mullet, bluefish and pigfish the past week. The evenings have also produced a steady run of blue crabs.
Virginia Beach - A spokesman for the pier said, "we're catching more blues than anything else," and then added that bottom fishermen were landing some croaker, sea mullet and small flounder in the evenings. Water temperature around the pier ranged from a low of 70 degrees early in the week to 75 degrees on Wednesday (June 23).
Sandbridge - Ed said Spanish mackerel blitzed the pier on Friday, "until the storm came through," and the pier was closed. By Saturday morning, surf waters were muddy and only a few sea mullet and spot were caught for the remainder of the weekend. "Except," chuckled Ed, "there were all the skate you could want."
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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