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Big bluefin tuna are being caught out of Morehead City. There should be some bluefin off of our coast somewhere. We just need enough boats to go looking for them. When boats can get out of Oregon Inlet, yellowfin tuna fishing is good. Boats that have gotten offshore out of Virginia have been bottom fishing. Good catches of blueline tilefish and sea bass are being made along with some golden tilefish and snowy grouper.

Sea bass and bluefish are being caught off of the ocean wrecks with the deep-water wrecks holding the largest sea bass. There are still some triggerfish available. Wrecks in the Triangle Reef area are holding good numbers of flounder.

Inshore, there are some speckled trout being caught but nothing like we are used to in the fall. The best catches have been made inside of Rudee Inlet where trout to 6 pounds were caught this week. Anglers fishing the normally productive Elizabeth River are finding that the shutting down of the power plant and the past 2 winter fish kills has mostly ended that world-class fishery. There are a few trout being caught in the Elizabeth along with a lot of small striped bass.

Striped bass fishing is improving with more and larger fish being caught. There have been some good catches made off of Windmill Point by anglers trolling umbrella rigs and casting to working birds. Small striped bass can be found around most lit structures at night. More fish over 30 inches are being caught at the Hampton Roads crossings and at the CBBT. The mass of large fish is still to our north but should be trickling down here now. Impressive catches of large striped bass are being made from New York To Delaware.

Tautog action is good at the CBBT and on other structures in the bay. The coastal wrecks are also holding tog but until the water cools down more, all of the sea bass on the wrecks make getting a bait to a tog a challenge.

The last meeting of the year for the PSWSFA is on December 15. Our speaker will be Bill Sammler from NOAA. He will discuss marine weather with us. The Irv Fenton Memorial Rockfish Tournament will run the entire month of the December. Register with Tournament Director, Capt. Rick Wineman, prior to fishing. Club members need to mark February 26 on their calendars. That is the date of our annual awards banquet.

Nov 22, I fished off of my dock and had good action with small rockfish.

Nov 22, Wes Blow fished the Elizabeth River for speckled trout. He caught small striped bass.

Nov 21, Rob Cowling fished the James River Striped Bass Tournament. They finished up in 3rd Place with a 9.6 pound fish.

Nov 21, we fished the Triangle Wrecks. We caught 14 flounder, a decent catch of sea bass, and all of the small bluefish we could handle. We also caught some world-record sized clear nose skates and yes, there is a world-record for clear nose skate. The current record is 3 pounds 4 ounces with a pending record of 4 pounds 2 ounces. Our first skate weighed over 5 pounds on the Boga Grip. The second skate was even larger. We had a couple other record-sized skates along with some smaller ones. We did not keep any of the skates so they are still swimming around out there if you want to catch a record.

Nov 16, Capt. Rick Wineman fished an offshore wreck and caught sea bass and bluefish. They then ran on out to the Norfolk Canyon and caught blueline tilefish and a 54-pound snowy grouper.

Nov 15, the forecast did not look too pleasant when we were making our plans so we decided to fish some of the coastal wrecks instead of heading offshore. We caught bluefish, flounder and sea bass. We also hooked up a couple of nice squid, a little porgy, and plenty of skates and a few sharks. I lost the largest flounder of the day when the hook pulled right near the boat. Wes Blow made a gallant attempt to net the fish and he would have gotten it if he had had 6 more inches of net handle to work with. We caught bluefish by trolling, casting and jigging but I caught the largest blue of the day on a flounder rig that somehow managed to survive the fight. Similar to my flounder story, Wes had a big blue almost to the boat when his flounder rig parted.

Nov 13, I caught small rockfish off of my dock in Seaford.

Nov 11, Wes Blow fished the HRBT for a couple of hours in the evening. They caught a few small rockfish.

Nov 1, we ran out to the Triangle Wrecks. We were after big bluefish. We caught little bluefish. We did not catch a lot of anything or anything particularly large. I think we ended up catching 8 flounder, sea bass, a couple of triggerfish, 2 Atlantic bonito, a number of bluefish and some other critters. Our most interesting catch was an Atlantic Angel Shark caught by Stan Simmerman. This is the second one of these strange sharks that we have caught while flounder fishing.

Oct 29-31, I caught striped bass and speckled trout off of my dock in Seaford in each night. The largest striped bass was 23 inches. The largest speck was maybe 12 inches long.

Oct 25, Wes Blow fished some coastal wrecks. They caught a limit of sea bass to 5 pounds 12 ounces and a cooler full of triggerfish.

Oct 25, Hunter Southall fished the Cigar area. They caught 4 wahoo, 2 yellowfin tuna, and they jumped off a sailfish.

Oct 25, Ric Burnley fished east of the Cigar on the Fin Again. They caught 8 wahoo, 13 blackfin tuna, 4 dolphin, and they pulled off a swordfish.

Oct 25, it was the original Dr. Neill's 78th birthday. We were going to celebrate after church which meant that Saturday was my only day to fish. Saturday's forecast was not pretty so when my mom asked if it was OK if we moved my dad's party to the evening, I was all for that. I asked the crew would they rather fish all day in the rough on Saturday or fish in calmer conditions Sunday but I could only fish until 1pm. They chose the calm short day. We went out after wahoo. We caught 2 but that was out of about 12 wahoo bites. Some we did not find about until we checked baits and found the ballyhoo cut off right behind the hook. Others, I'm not sure how we did not catch them. At one time, we had 4 hooked up and managed to not catch any of them. One of those was being fought by Stan Simmerman when his line went limp. It had been cut right at the swivel, we assume by yet another wahoo. The last of the 4 lost was being fought by Virginia State Trooper, Josh Riter. It was his first time fishing with us and he had never caught any big fish before. It was disappointing when the hooks pulled. Finally, Jody Linthicum managed to get our first wahoo to the boat. Josh got another chance and caught his biggest fish ever earning his first Virginia Trophy Fish Citation. We had some other, non-wahoo bites that messed up the ballyhoo but without the wahoo teeth. We caught a false albacore and other boats around us caught yellowfin and blackfin tuna. There were also some billfish around with a number of white marlin being caught by the fleet. We did have one white that we were not successful hooking.

Oct 20-25, Charles Southall and Jerald Abraham fished their boats out of Hatteras for 4 days. Their catch for the week included 7 wahoo to 66 pounds, 8 dolphin, and a couple of blackfin tuna.

Oct 22, Wes Blow bottom fished offshore. They came in with boxes full of sea bass, triggerfish, and blueline tilefish.

Oct 14, Wes Blow fished some of the coastal wrecks. He caught a bunch of sea bass (all released), triggerfish and sheepshead.

Oct 10-13, I'm catching small striped bass and speckled trout off of our dock every night. Sometimes, silver perch and gray trout are also caught.

Oct 12, Stan Simmerman fished an inshore wreck. They caught an impressive number of oyster toads and a couple of tautog.

Oct 7, Wes Blow fished the CBBT. He caught 4 tautog before the seas got up. He did not have any luck with sheepshead.

Oct 3-7, I have fished with little jigs off of my dock each evening. I've caught striped bass, speckled trout, silver perch and gray trout each night. All of the fish are small with the largest striped bass being about 18 inches long.

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