Virginia Middle Bay -
Roger Wilkins from Jetts Hardware reported Spanish mackerel have arrived in good numbers and have been hitting the past several days between Bluff Point and Smith Point in 30 feet of water, as schools of snapper blues work the surface. Flounder continue to provide decent action along the Smith Point Jetty, large trout are being caught after dark at Smith Point Light and the Target Ships and "croaker are everywhere."
Smith Point Marina said schools of big croaker and pods of pan trout were holding just east of the SP buoy. Trollers working off Smith Point scored on Spanish mackerel and taylor blues. Blowfish have moved into the rocks at Smith Point Light and the remnants of the Target Ships. Both areas are producing large trout after dark. Virginia's striped bass season closed last Friday, June 15, 2001 but some boats from the marina are running up into Maryland waters (where the season remains open) and successfully chumming for striped bass.
Jerry Thrash from Queen's Creek Outfitters said weekend weather stifled the flounder fishermen expecting to fish the Cell/buoy 42 area but action since Sunday evening has been exceptional. Gary Conner boated a 9-pound, 4-ounce doormat that measured 27-1/2 inches Monday--and lost an even bigger one for lack of a landing net. Jerry added that big spadefish are still holding around the Cell and at Wolf Trap Light while waters at Hole-in-the-Wall produced good catches of croaker and trout plus some spot and flounder.
Locklies Marina reported plenty of croaker plus a few spot and flounder at Butlers Hole and around the White Stone Bridge.
Garretts Marina said bottom fishermen caught lots of croaker and some small flounder at the oyster beds just outside from the marina.
Captain Jim Thompson at Windmill Point Marina said croaker provided steady action between the range light and the Cell, where fair numbers of flounder up to 22 inches were recorded. Spanish mackerel have arrived at the mouth of the Rappahannock but few anglers are fishing for these sporty fish. Windmill Point Bar produced good numbers of croaker and a few spot and flounder.
Virginia Beach -
The Virginia Beach Fishing Center reported headboats are back fishing the ocean wrecks and are returning with fair to good hauls of sea bass. The Tower Reef site is still loaded with big spadefish, as several dozen were checked-in at the Center with Elbert Holtz, Sr. boating three up to 9 pounds, 3 ounces. Shane Scott boated a 6-pound, 2-ounce flounder aboard the ATLANTIC 45 at the High Level Bridge. Offshore, William Melvin landed a 20-pound false albacore at the Fingers, where David Julick decked a 17-pound, 2-ounce albert aboard the BACKLASH. Jane Dixon landed a 20-pound, 2-ounce dolphin aboard the WHITE LIGHTNING. Citation-winning dolphin were also caught by Tim Tinger (20-1/4 pounds), Barnly Smith (26 pounds), Dave Edwards (27 pounds), Carri Arbogast (24 pounds), Corey Arbogast (30 pounds) and Amanda Higgins (37 pounds) aboard the ALTANTIC 45 near the Cigar.
Fisherman's Wharf Marina indicated that billfish, yellowfin tuna, dolphin and even mako shark were available at the Norfolk Canyon, and south along the 100-fathom line.
Virginia Piers -
James River - Bobby Wharton said Sunday evening produced a strong bite of croaker and decent numbers of spot. After dark, anglers using small, live spot are managing a few keeper trout.
Grandview - Bottom fishermen are catching a mixture of flounder, croaker, spot, trout and sea mullet with best action for all except the flounder coming after dusk. Several cobia were decked the past week and the largest measured 40 inches.
Buckroe Beach - Bottom fishermen managed a scattering of keeper flounder, croaker and spot in recent days. A cobia was decked Wednesday morning.
Harrison - Charlie said recent evenings have witnessed strong runs of spot, "and that's a surprise for this time of the year." A steady bite of croaker develops after dark, when pan trout usually show around the pier lights. Two cobia were landed last week and the biggest weighed 42 pounds. A fair number of flounder were decked in recent days and the largest weighed 4-14.
Lynnhaven - Early mornings see some spot and sea mullet caught but rest of the day usually yields only a scattering of flounder. Once the sun sets, pan trout, croaker, sea mullet and spot provide steady action. Spanish mackerel appeared the past few days just before dusk.
Virginia Beach - Spanish mackerel and bluefish to 3 pounds provided good action at the end of the pier while bottom fishermen closer to the shore caught a mixture of sea mullet, flounder and a few snapper blues. water temperature at pierside was 72 degrees on Tuesday.
Sandbridge - Spot and taylor blues provided most of the action but spadefish and cobia provided more excitement. Spanish mackerel and taylor blues provided a flurry of action at the end of the pier Monday evening.
Outer Banks, NC
Surf waters warmed to near 70 degrees along the Nags Head area beaches but wind and rain made for turbid conditions in the surf. This condition brought spot and sea mullet close to the beach but kept Spanish mackerel out of the casting range for the most part. Snapper blues provided good sport from the ends of the piers and some flounder, trout and puppy drum were caught.
At Cape Point on Buxton, heavy surf put a damper on Spanish mackerel and bluefish catches on Friday. The action improved Saturday morning, as Spanish and blues staged a good bite. Later in the day, croaker moved in and dominated catches throughout the remainder of Saturday. On Sunday, a 35-pound cobia was beached, Spanish and bluefish bite "early and late" while croaker provided steady action for most of the day. A cobia and several pompano were caught Monday with blues and Spanish caught in the morning. A similar pattern followed on Tuesday plus Mark Manley beached a 54-pound cobia.
The fleet sailing from Oregon Inlet found rough sea conditions on Friday and few boats fished. Despite the conditions, the crew on board the DOGHOUSE recorded a limit of dolphin while inshore boats reported large catches of bluefish. The main fleet was back in action on Saturday and recorded good hauls of gaffer dolphin, fair to good numbers of yellowfin tuna and several wahoo. Graham Johnson of Hampton boated a 79-pound yellowfin aboard the DOGHOUSE, the crew on the DREAM GIRL landed a citation 30-pound dolphin and released a sailfish while the PELICAN recorded the day's biggest yellowfin at 84 pounds. Sunday began a deluge of bigeye tuna. The SEADUCER scored the biggest, at 184 pounds while a Richmond party aboard the HAPHAZARD boated three bigeye (90, 108 and 163 pounds) and released a blue marlin. Norfolk anglers George Georgiades (85-pound yellowfin) and Harry Kiriakou (101-pound bigeye) decked citation-winning fish aboard the HOOKER. The DREAM GIRL had bigeye of 159 and 154 pounds. On Monday, the fleet weighed nearly 40 citation bigeye tuna, as the HAPHAZARD boated five up to 204 pounds and the DREAM GIRL nailed five up to 170 pounds. The SEADUCER landed a 91-pound yellowfin. Tuesday saw more bigeye and large yellowfin tuna. Top catch of the day was aboard the CAPT BC, whose crew reeled-in 115 and 165-pound bigeye, released a blue marlin and boated a 79-pound wahoo and a 79-pound yellowfin. For this same time period, half-day boats found mostly taylor blues plus some Spanish mackerel and cobia while the headboat returned with mixed catches of taylor blues, spot, croaker, pan trout, flounder, triggerfish and pigfish.
The fleet sailing from Hatteras Inlet on Saturday enjoyed good hauls of dolphin and yellowfin tuna, as several boats recorded limit catches. Eddie Watts of Machipongo released a white marlin on board the NATIVE SON. Sunday proved to be another banner day for yellowfin tuna and dolphin with several king and mackerel and wahoo also in the day's catch. Paul Doyle of Waynesboro released a white marlin aboard the BIG EYE while Trey VanHout of Charlottsville released a white aboard the TUNA DUCK II. Monday saw an influx of billfish, as ten longbills were caught and released. Good catches of tuna and dolphin were also reported. Six billfish were caught and released by the fleet on Tuesday, as most boats returned with limit catches of dolphin and fair numbers of tuna.
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