OVERVIEWSince the end of last year, regulations for black sea bass and summer flounder have been modified.
Cape Charles -
Chris' Bait and Tackle reported decent weekend catches of flounder (considering the weather) on the bayside and big hauls of croaker on the seaside. Biggest flounder of the weekend was an 8-pound, 7-ounce flatfish, boated at the Cell by Clay Wheeler. Richard Gleason (8 pounds, 3 ounces) and Dennis Cline (7 pounds, 5 ounces on 2-pound test line and submitted to the IGFA for as a line class record) also decked citation flounder at the Cell. Ronald Hoover boated a 7-pound flounder at buoy 36A. Several anglers landed large sheepshead at the CBBT, including James Dayton, III (7-1/4 and 7 pounds, 1 ounce) and Ronnie Bishop (8-1/4 pounds). Live fiddler crab was the preferred bait. Several anglers seeking the elusive tarpon in Virginia found their reward out of the seaside port of Oyster last week, as Timothy Brown (72 and 45 inches), James C. Wright (70 inches) and Charles Carlson (68 inches) all earned release awards for the silver king. The shop mentioned a few speckled trout have begun to appear inside the bayside creeks while cobia remain scarce off Cape Charles.
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 - Crabs remain the "catch of the day," though daytime bottom fishermen are managing to catch some snapper bluefish and small croaker. When evening arrives anglers see more bluefish plus some spot, croaker and sea mullet with pan trout showing on the edges of the pier light's shadow.
Virginia Beach - Here too, crabs made a strong showing over the weekend-to the delight of some and dismay of others. Between the crabs, bottom fishermen scored on spot, sea mullet and croaker (and plenty of skate) while casters enjoyed fast but sporadic action on snapper bluefish and the occasional Spanish mackerel
Sandbridge - Believe it or not, water temperatures around the pier dropped below 60 degrees on Saturday, as west winds pushed the warmer surface waters offshore. Skate were the most active feeders in the resulting chocolate colored waters but persistent anglers did manage a few sea mullet and spot.
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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