OVERVIEWBoaters should continue to exercise extreme caution, as huge amounts of floating debris still linger throughout the lower Bay and Western Shore tributaries.
Captain Bob's reported flounder pounders are catching flounder in
the main channel but most are under the 17-1/2-inch minimum size
limit. Most of the croaker appear to have departed the protected
waters. Local anglers are catching some grey trout after dark
around the lighted piers and bridges.
Barnacle Bill's told of excellent offshore action in recent days, as boats returned with yellowfin tuna, dolphin, wahoo and even some blackfin tuna. Best action has been around the Washington Canyon, where crews aboard the TOOLS OF THE TRADE boated over a dozen yellowfin on two consecutive trips. Inside the inlet, "there's not much," according to the shop. Some flounder were caught in the main channel but the croaker appear to have all moved outside the inlet and are located "about a mile off the beach." Several drum were beached on Assateague Island.
Captain Zed's reported trollers recorded fair to good catches of yellowfin tuna near the Washington Canyon over the weekend. Inside the inlet was a different story, as catches seemed uniformly poor.
Cape Charles -
Chris' Bait and Tackle reported good catches of spot inside Cape Charles Harbor, along the Cement Ship breakwater and from the Kiptopeke State Park Pier but the weekend's biggest spot, a huge 21-ounce fish caught by Wayne Turner, was landed at Hungars Creek. Grey trout are available around the Cement Ships while the bayside creeks hold plenty of school stripers.
Captain Wil Laaksonen from Fish and Finn Charters told of decent catches of spot to 16 ounces and mixed sizes of croaker ranging from 8 to 15 inches. Bottom bouncers are also catching a mixture of sea mullet, pigfish and taylor bluefish but pan trout and flounder have been scarce since the hurricane. The bayside creeks are producing fair numbers of speckled trout up to about 2-1/2 pounds. The creeks are also full of school stripers in the 14 to 22-inch range.
Grandview - Badly damaged and still closed.
Buckroe Beach - Badly damaged and still closed.
Harrison - Completely demolished.
Lynnhaven - Lost a significant portion on the end but has
re-opened. The spot run
has slowed in recent days but fishermen are seeing a few more keeper
flounder and speckled trout.
Virginia Beach - Lost a portion of the end of the pier but has re-opened. Spot provided memorable action early in the week but have tapered off drastically in recent days. A handful of under-sized striped bass and flounder were reported.
Sandbridge - The pier survived but the newly re-built access
destroyed. The pier is closed--possibly for the remainder of the year.
If you have additional information or would like further details contact Lewis Gillingham at (757) 247-2243.
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