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 told of a slow week and weekend for flounder, "it was too rough most of the time to effectively drift for flounder," according to the shop. Still nice-sized flatfish were caught but catches were down from the level of prior weeks. Ronnie Harrell boated the weekend's only citation-winning flatfish, a 7-1/2 pounder, off Cape Charles. Red drum are beginning their fall run on the lower Bay. Robert Savage, Jr. (44-1/2 inches) and J. Scott Webb (46-1/2 inches) each released big drum while fishing off Nassawadox Creek while Gene Brockwell released a 46-inch drum near buoy 36A. Good-sized croaker, many topping 2 pounds, are scattered throughout the same area but the week's biggest croaker, a 3-pound, 2-ounce fish caught by Andy Gillian, was caught on the seaside, out of Oyster. Bottom fishermen that kept close to shore and used small bloodworm pieces had decent catches of spot at the Cement Ships and just inside the harbor. Speckled trout also made a fair showing in several of the bayside creeks.
Onancock -Captain Wil Laaksonen at Fish and Finn Charters reported fishing last week was limited by the weather but described the flounder bite as "still real good when I can get out." Pods of spot are moving through the area while plenty of medium-sized croaker still linger in area waters. More pan trout are showing in the catches with some bigger trout, up to 24 inches, caught along the deepwater ledges. Other catches include plenty of pigfish and bluefish plus a scattering of sea mullet, scup and blowfish. Trollers are still finding Spanish mackerel while casters working the shallow water grass beds are seeing a few speckled trout.
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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