OVERVIEWSince the end of last year, regulations for black sea bass, grey trout and red drum have been modified. In particular, note that a summer closed period for black sea bass will be in effect from September 2 through September 15.
Cape Charles -
Chris' Bait and Tackle reported good weekend catches of flounder around buoys 36A, 38, 40 and 42, as some parties limited-out and several citation flatfish were weighed. The biggest flounder was caught at the High Rise section of the CBBT, weighed 8-3/4 pounds and was brought in by Michelle Chaney. Glen Joyner boated an 8-pound, 5-ounce flounder at buoy 42, where Ron Orrison landed a 7-1/2 pounder while Clark Wise landed an 8-pound, 2-ouncer off Kiptopeke. Cobia still linger on the lower Bay, as Scott Sabo boated a 61-pound, 6-ouncer at the Inner Middle Grounds. Charles R. Carlson released a 75-inch tarpon near Cobb Island, where Dave Griffith released an 84-inch shark. Others with shark releases included Steve Garner (74 inches, Smith Island) and Shea Spain (82 inches, New Inlet). The seaside also produced good hauls of croaker but "they're not as big as last year."
Captain Wil Laaksonen from Fish and Finn Charters reported good
bottom fishing for large croaker, nice spot and flounder in the
18 to 23-inch range over the weekend. Parties are also seeing
more juvenile shark up to 3 feet long, nice sea mullet, bluefish in the
2-pound range, a few pan trout, blowfish, pigfish and porgy. Captain
Wil added a few medium speckled trout had been caught in the shallows
"and that's the first I've heard of any of them."
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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