OVERVIEWSince the end of last year, regulations for black sea bass and summer flounder have been modified.
Cape Charles -
Chris' Bait and Tackle told of good weekend catches of spadefish around the Fourth Island of the CBBT and out at the Tower Reef. Mike Hill released a 24-inch spadefish at the Fourth Island while Todd Patterson (9 pounds, 9 ounces) and Paul Burch (11 pounds, 12 ounces) each had weight citations. The CBBT was the top weekend spot for big flounder, as Brad Gilliand (8 pounds, 15 ounces), Woo Daves (8 pounds, 6 ounces), Byran Salisbury (7 pounds, 6 ounces) and Dave Griffith (7 pounds, 4 ounces) all boated citation flatfish at the crossing. Big flounder were not confined to the CBBT complex, as Robert Savage, Jr. earned a flounder release award for a 26-1/4-inch flounder at the Cell and Robert Corbett, Jr. boated a 7-pound, 9-ounce flounder off the Cement Ships. The shop also indicated that good hauls of croaker were registered out of the seaside port of Oyster, where at least one tarpon had been landed and released.
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 - Casters working the end of the pier enjoyed good runs of snapper bluefish and Spanish mackerel Friday and Saturday evenings but the fish failed to show Sunday, as the weather soured. Bottom fishermen reported mixed catches of spot, sea mullet, snapper bluefish, skate, flounder and the occasional pompano. Several cobia were sighted from the end of the pier but none were landed.
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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