|Lower Bay/Bridge Tunnel||Virginia Middle Bay||Virginia Beach||Virginia Piers||Grandview|
|Buckroe Beach||Harrison||Lynnhaven||Sandbridge||Outer Banks, NC|
Croaker topping 2 pounds and flounder to 3 pounds provided steady action. The
croaker bite best after dusk while the flounder bite is almost strictly a
daytime event. Spot, pan trout and school stripers (catch-and-release only) also
compete for anglers offerings.
Bottom fishermen reported a variety of catches including spot, croaker,
flounder, pan trout sea mullet, shark and even several
"Daytime has been kind'a slow" the past week,
according to the pier spokesman. After dusk, action improves with pan trout
around the light shadows and a decent bite of spot and croaker.
"The last few mornings we've been slaying the
spot on incoming tide," noted the pier spokesman. Bottom fishermen are also
seeing a few small flounder and pan-sized sea mullet but the crabs "have fallen
Spot made a strong showing mid-week, as anglers
hauled the tasty bottom fish "two-at-a-time" over the pier rails, but for most
of the week it was a slow pick--a few spot and occasional pompano or snapper
bluefish. Water temperature at pierside was 75 degrees on Wednesday.
A recording indicated inshore waters were
"muddy" and fishing had been slow the past several days.
Outer Banks, NC -
Beach and pier anglers reported mixed catches of puppy drum, snapper blues, Spanish mackerel, pan trout and croaker with the Kitty Hawk Pier and southside of Oregon Inlet producing the best action for puppy drum. Soundside waters are also producing some puppy drum and speckled trout. From the"southern" surf, Cape Point casters enjoyed a late evening bite for Spanish mackerel, taylor bluefish and even several false albacore Saturday and Sunday. Bottom fishermen had mixed success on croaker, spot, pompano and sea mullet with several of the better reports coming from the jetties at the original lighthouse site.
The fleet sailing from Oregon Inlet reported good numbers of billfish--mostly white marlin but several large blues and several sailfish were also landed. In the meatfish category, dolphin dominated in numbers but the tuna caught were generally 35 pounds plus and wahoo remain available.
The fleet sailing from Hatteras Inlet reported a mixture of dolphin, wahoo, yellowfin tuna and sailfish on the offshore grounds and good catches of mostly Spanish mackerel plus some taylor blues around the inlet. On Saturday, James Tweed, Mark Smith, Daniel Kraft and Robert Kennedy all from Manassas, all caught and released a sailfish aboard TOP BILLIN. VA Beach angler Mark Payne and Mark Beauchemin of Gloucester each released a sailfish aboard the NATIVE SON. On Sunday, dolphin dominated the "meatfish" take and Justin Huddle of VA Beach released a sailfish aboard the TUNA DUCK. Monday and Tuesday impressive catches of wahoo plus a scattering of dolphin and tuna were recorded, when William Cavender of Alexandria released a sail aboard CAP'N B and Michael Alexander and Bryan Gribble, both from Mechanicsville, VA, each had a sailfish release aboard the RELEASE.
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
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