OVERVIEWDue to the observance of the Fourth of July holiday, the Virginia Saltwater Review will not be published the week of July 4- 9.
Cape Charles -
Chris' Bait and Tackle Shop reported good flounder catches off Cape Charles, especially at the Cell, where J.T. Burgess nailed a 7-pound, 5-ouncer, the High Rise section of the CBBT, where William Brown decked a 9-pound, 7-ouncer and the Baltimore Channel, where Ronald Johnson boated the weekend's biggest flatfish, at 29 inches and 11 pounds, 14 ounces! Hank Conley (10 pounds, 3 ounces) and Mike Griffith (10 pounds, 11 ounces) both boated citation spadefish at the Cell and Robert Savage Jr. (51 inches) earned a release citation for red drum at the Middle Grounds. Dave Griffith released a 72-inch shark at Cobb Island, Richard Temple released a 54-inch cobia at the Fourth Island and Turk McCauley boated a 61-pound, 3-ounce cobia at Latimer Shoals.
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 - Daytime anglers are catching more crabs than fish, though some keeper flounder up to 5 pounds, sea mullet, taylor blues and croaker were decked. Sheepshead have appeared around the pilings. Taylor blues plus a few Spanish mackerel were caught by casters working the end of the pier in the late evening. Pan trout are showing "around the lights" after sundown.
Virginia Beach - Sea mullet and croaker provide most of the action here for bottom fishermen-plus the ever-present skates and rays. Casters are catching taylor blues and a few Spanish mackerel "early and late" in the day from the end of the pier.
Sandbridge - Bottom fishermen enjoyed sporadic but strong runs of sea mullet and croaker the past week. Several pompano were decked-along with plenty of skates and rays. Casters working the end of the pier enjoyed good runs of taylor bluefish and Spanish mackerel in the evenings when clear water conditions were present.
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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