OVERVIEWSince the end of last year, regulations for black sea bass and summer flounder have been modified.
Cape Charles -
Chris' Bait and Tackle reported big spadefish and large flounder highlighted weekend catches. Calvin Atkins boated the biggest spadefish, a 10-pound, 12-ounce monster, at the Fourth Island, where wife Michelle caught and released a 49-inch black drum. James Parlow (9 pounds, 13 ounces) also landed a citation spadefish at the Fourth Island while Gail White decked her "first-ever" citation, a 9-pound, 3-ounce spadefish, at the Tower Reef. The Cell was the hot spot for big flounder, as William Mizell (7 pounds, 5 ounces), earned a flatfish citation and Eric Craver boated an 8-pound, 1-ounce sheepshead over the weekend. Troy Reynolds caught the biggest flounder of the period, however, a huge 10-pound, 15-ounce fish, at the High Rise section of the CBBT and Larry Shaffer had a 7-1/4-pound flounder on the seaside, at Ship Shoal Inlet. Bottom fishermen found croaker "hit or miss" on the seaside, with some anglers filling coolers full of the bottom fish while others barely caught enough for a meal. Folks fishing from the State Park Pier at Kiptopeke enjoyed a nice weekend run of large spot.
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 - Crabbing remains fast-paced while bottom fishing was a little slow-especially during the mid-day period. Bottom fishermen did catch some smallish flounder (most under the 17-inch minimum size limit), snapper blues, sea mullet, spot and a few croaker.
Virginia Beach - Bottom fishermen managed some small flounder, croaker, bluefish and sea mullet during the day and pan trout around the pier lights after sundown. Casters working the end of the pier had some good periods on taylor blues and Spanish mackerel.
Sandbridge - The water temperature in the nearby surf reached 80 degrees last week! Bottom fishermen recorded mixed catches of spot, bluefish, croaker, keeper flounder, pompano and spadefish while casters working the end of the pier enjoyed flurries of Spanish mackerel and taylor bluefish.
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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