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Virginia'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).
The VMRC held a public hearing to finalize the closed period for the 2001 Recreational Summer Flounder fishery, Tuesday, May 22, 2001. The minimum size limit for Summer Flounder will remain at 15-1/2 inches and the possession limit is 8-fish but the closed period has been extended and will be 24 July 2001 through 7 August 2001.
Anglers are reminded that a 12-inch size limit and 4-fish possession limit is in effect from May 1 through August 15 for weakfish (grey trout).
The NMFS has adjusted angling category retention limit for Atlantic bluefin tuna for the upcoming season. A copy of this notice is attached.
Spectacular catches of huge spadefish highlighted last week's fishing, as fish to nearly 13 pounds were weighed. The greatest number of citation spadefish (and fishermen, especially on the weekend) were located at Tower Reef, particularly around the legs of the Chesapeake Light Tower.
Cobia took second stage last week but with the crowds of anglers anchoring and chumming off Grandview Beach and the Inner Middle Ground Shoals, it was a close second.
Cobbs Marina reported good weekend catches of large flounder and jumbo spadefish. Carl Herring boated a pair of citation-winning flounder (9-6 and 6-2) at the Fourth Island, where his fishing buddy Bob Hartsel nailed a 6-1/4-pound flatfish. The Tower Reef was the hotspot for award-winning spadefish, as Raymond Wilson (8-13), David Haysle (8-3), David Bridgen (8-3) and Marsha Rand (8-1) all registered citation catches.
Chris at Bubba's Marina also told of excellent weekend catches of spadefish at the Tower Reef but suggested the oceanside of the First and Second islands as the top spot for flounder. Offshore, trollers found some yellowfin tuna near the Norfolk Canyon but the biggest fish, a 181-pound bigeye tuna boated aboard the HARD WORK, was caught at the Washington Canyon.
Dr. Jim Wright said the Light Tower was loaded with big spadefish but "the place is just crazy on the weekends," as a fleet of boats jockey for position nearest the legs of the tower. Offshore, Dr. Jim knew of catches of yellowfin tuna and dolphin and said a school of bluefin tuna was spotted in 30 fathoms but "none were caught." Federal regulations governing the recreational catch of Atlantic bluefin tuna will change Friday, June 15. A copy of this adjustment is included in this report.
Donnie Wallace from Wallace's Bait and Tackle hosted the 6th annual Hampton Creek Cobia Tournament over the weekend. The one-day event drew over 40 boats and 21 cobia were weighed-in. Jason McCormick reeled-in the tournament winner, a 58 pounder. Dave Smith was second at 48-1/2 pounds and Melvin Lawrence finished third with a 36 pounder. The biggest cobia of the day weighed 70 pounds but the angler was not a participant in the tournament. Donnie also indicated many of his customers had fished the Tower Reef for spadefish with good success.
Sunset Marina checked-in a 57-1/2-pound cobia for Scott Roberts but most of the weekend's top catches were for spadefish from the Tower Reef. Dustin Hottinger of Midloathian bested an 8-9 spadefish, as Poquoson anglers Joshua Seand (8-1/2 pounds), Steven Jones (8-1/4 pounds) and Casey Graham, Jr. (8-1) made award-winning catches while Mickey Baker of Richmond boated an 8-pound, 5-ounce spadefish. The marina indicated that decent numbers of small to medium-sized flounder were caught at Hampton Bar over the weekend while good numbers of croaker up to 2-1/2 pounds were caught at the HRBT. The only downside for the weekend was that large trout were suddenly scarce around the HRBT and CBBT.
Alan Vanasse from Vanasse Bait and Tackle weighed several cobia to 49 pounds (just one-pound shy of qualifying for a citation) over the weekend. Anglers returned from the CBBT with fair to good hauls of flounder and trout but "nothing real big."
Salt Ponds Marina told of good cobia action off Grandview Beach plus fair numbers of croaker and trout around the Salt Ponds entrance jetty. Customers also told of good catches of spadefish at the Tower Reef and decent flounder action at the mouth of Back River.
Members of the Peninsula Anglers Club caught cobia off Grandview beach, flounder to 21 inches at Hampton Bar and wire-lined school stripers, flounder to 23 inches, pan trout and croaker at the CBBT complex. Offshore, dolphin, white marlin, yellowfin and bigeye tuna have moved into the Norfolk Canyon.
Virginia Middle Bay -
Outer Banks, NC
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