|Virginia Middle Bay|
|Outer Banks, NC||OVERVIEW|
Donna from Captain Bob's reported the flounder bite slowed the past week, despite weighing citation flatfish for Cama Boeckel (6-1/4 pounds) and Bea Lord (6 pounds). Some quality flounder are still available despite the increase in "throwbacks," and Donna suggested the SE side of Queens Sound as a top location. Offshore, both yellowfin and bluefin tuna were caught from the Parking Lot to the Washington Canyon. The nearshore waters hold more bluefin (and chopper blues) while yellowfin (and dolphin) are more abundant at the canyon.
Barnacle Bill's said the flounder bite had slowed somewhat but decent hauls were still being made around the mouth of the inlet and the deeper holes in Queen's Sound. Croaker have arrived and now compete with flounder for most baits used by anglers. Other catches include grey trout and taylor blues. Offshore, 10 to 13-pound chopper blues are in good supply in the vicinity of the Parking Lot and lumpy bottom and are viewed as a plague by trollers working for tuna. Jason Shank was pulling a "long-rigger" with a Green Machine and landed a 17-pound, 14-ounce bluefish, one of the summer's first citation bluefish. Chris Killiam was aboard the REEL TIME at the Washington Canyon and boated a 75-3/4-pound yellowfin tuna.
Wachapreague Marina reported a strong flounder bite over the weekend and a high percentage of "keepers." Flatfish are scattered throughout the protected waters but the northway channel was suggested as the top weekend spot. Offshore, Wayne Evans aboard the FINTASTIC caught and released a 9-foot blue marlin and Mickey McGuire boated a 70-pound, 13-ounce yellowfin tuna aboard the BETH-ME.
Captain Zed's also saw an increase in big flounder the past week, as the shop weighed citation flatfish for Donald Perry of Gloucester (6-5, Quinby) and Cindy Perry of Gloucester (6-2, Quinby). Greg Burnette stopped-in to weigh a 31-inch and 9-pound grey trout that was caught at the CBBT High Rise Bridge and Thomas Hayward of Jamesville registered a cobia release from Nassawaddox Creek. Also from the bayside, Robert Turner of Accomac weighed a 19-inch, 3-pound, 2-ounce croaker that was caught at the Cell on peeler crab. Offshore, William Tyson aboard the MARLIN MAGIC released a white marlin at the Norfolk Canyon.
Cape Charles -
Chris' Bait and Tackle registered nine citation cobia over the weekend--three releases and six weigh-ins. James Beasely, Sr. released a 47-inch cobia at buoy 16, where his son, James, Jr. boated a 79-pound cobia. Robert Savage, Jr. released a 48-inch cobia at buoy 13, where Alan Moore boated a 75-1/4-pound cobia. Lawrence Shyne boated a 7-11 flounder and a 7-1/4-pound flounder on successive days at the Fourth Island. Claude Blenner landed the weekend's heavyweight flatfish, an 8-3/4 pounder, at the Cement Ships, Sam Powell of Franklin boated a 6-14 flounder at the Cell and the shop had several other citation flatfish from the High Rise and buoy 36A. The Kiptopeke State Park Pier had some Spanish mackerel, croaker, bluefish and pan trout over the weekend. From the seaside, word has it that croaker have moved into the waters off Oyster.
Captain Wil Laaksonen at Fish and Finn Charters saw more flounder and spot the past week, in addition to "loads of jumbo croaker, all you want." Pan trout are mixed in with a days' catch and most trout run 14 to 18 inches. Small sharks have arrived and "you have to keep moving to stay out of them." Lower Bay/Bridge Tunnel -
Cobbs Marina reported good-sized spadefish have arrived at the CBBT complex. Biggest fish weighed the past week was caught by Gilbert Lozano of Chesapeake. The fish weighed 8-10 and was caught at the pilings just north of the Fourth Island. The marina also told of decent numbers of "keeper-sized" flounder but "no big ones." Cobia also received considerable interest the past week and fish were caught "a little all over," including 9-Foot Shoals, off Harrison's Pier and around the ODU Reef site.
Bubba's Marina said spadefish were still being caught at the Tower Reef but good numbers of these hard-pulling fish had also moved into the waters surrounding the Third and Fourth islands. The recent cobia bite was rated "fair" with Latimer Shoals and the Inner Middle Grounds the top spots. Flounder continue to provide steady action with some of the better reports coming from the First and Second islands. Offshore, four citation dolphin, a 79-pound yellowfin (also a citation) and several white marlin releases were recorded at the Norfolk Canyon.
Dr. Jim Wright and his party had four citation cobia "in just an hour" while fishing oceanward of the 13 MP and using live spot for bait on a recent outing. The group moved to the Anglo-African wreck site and enjoyed fast action on spadefish and also caught several triggerfish and tautog. Dr. Jim heard of good hauls of large croaker and flounder were made at the ODU Reef site on Saturday and a 168-pound bluefin that was boated at the 26-Mile Hill.
Donnie at Wallace's Marina said David Foreman weighed the biggest cobia of the week at 71 pounds, as the shop also registered "eight or ten" releases for fish over 44inches. Donnie conceded that the average size cobia was smaller this year than in recent years. Flounder fishing has been good at Bluefish Rock, the CBBT and "I hear its excellent at the Cell." Charles Flanagan boated a 6-14 flounder at the CBBT, where Henry Kim landed a 6-3/4 pounder earlier in the week. As for croaker, "they're just everywhere," so much so that the flounder fishermen often complain.
Johnny from Sunset Marina said James Brown boated a 58-inch and 65-pound cobia on a live croaker off Buckroe Beach, where numerous other "small but legal" cobia were caught in recent days. Johnny said Hampton Bar continues to produce good hauls of croaker, some of which top two pounds, and fair numbers of flounder.
Alan Vanasse from Vanasse Bait and Tackle said the mouth of Back River was good for keeper flounder, jumbo croaker and a few pan trout. The shop weighed several cobia in the 30 to 40-pound range but "no citations."
Back River Market weighed a 66-1/2-inch and 101-pound cobia for Travis Mulkey. The huge fish was boated near York Spit Light and is the largest weighed thus far this year.
Mark at Salt Ponds Marina told of good catches of flounder from the Bluefish Rock area and the CBBT while croaker and pan trout were biting at Thimble Shoals Light.
Jimmy Lewis at A & S Feed and Bait Supply said cobia were caught from York Spit to Swash Channel in recent days. Citation fish were registered by Bill Kellan of Hayes (50-inch release), Jennifer Hall of Gloucester Point (46-inch release) and Danny West of Hayes (62 pounds). Good-sized croaker plus fair numbers of pan trout were caught at the lumps, where William Hutson of Blackstone decked a 3-1/4-pound croaker. Good catches of croaker and some flounder were taken at the Gloucester Point Pier, as flounder continue to hold near the Gloucester Bridge on the Yorktown side as well. Jimmy also heard of some good catches of flatfish around buoy 42, where Dave Faulman of Hayes boated a 6-pound, 7-ounce flounder.
Members of the Peninsula Anglers Club had a busy, productive week of fishing. The crew onboard the A-TEAM caught six cobia on a recent outing to the Inner Middle Ground and two of the fish were long enough for release awards. Don Foreman released a 45-1/2 incher and Chris Boyce released a 44-3/4-inch cobia. Roy and David Young wire-lined the High Rise area of the CBBT, catching trout to 4 pounds and several good-sized flounder, including a 9-1/2 pounder reeled-in by David. Other members reported decent catches of flounder off Cape Charles and at the Cell. Richard Barlett and his party boated four citation spadefish at the Anglo-African wreck site and the heaviest weighed 10-3/4 pounds. Moving offshore, amberjack have arrived at the Tower Reef, Ken Neill wrestled with one that was finally boated, measured 58 inches, photographed and then released. Other offshore reports indicate dolphin were holding around the lobster pot buoys at the Norfolk Canyon, yellowfin tuna and dolphin at the NOAA weather buoy and skipjack tuna near the Ocean Venture wreck site.
Virginia Middle Bay -
Outer Banks, NC
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