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Good yellowfin tuna catches are being made at the Washington Canyon. Bigeye tuna are being caught at both the Washington and Norfolk Canyons. Billfish action remains good but scattered up and down the line. We have not had anybody go out and catch 20 plus bills in a day yet. It has been mostly a few per boat but the variety is good allowing for possible grand slams. Dolphin fishing remains good. The wahoo bite has really turned on and anglers targeting them are having good success from Virginia on down to Morehead City.

Amberjack are still available at the southern towers. Amberjack and jack crevalle are possible over some of the ocean wrecks and there should be some at the Chesapeake Light Tower. The wrecks in that area are holding spadefish, some nice sea bass, flounder and triggerfish catches are becoming more common.

The CBBT sheepshead bite is very good and it should continue through September. Spadefish Flounder are being caught in good numbers by some CBBT experts. Cobia are podding up and hanging around buoys making for some excellent sight fishing opportunities in the lower bay and along the oceanfront. Big red drum are being caught along the eastern shore and it is time to find them around the islands of the CBBT. Spanish mackerel and some large king mackerel are being caught along the oceanfront.

Not all of the speckled trout are gone. There have been some catches in the Mobjack, York and Back Rivers, and on the flats. Not in any great numbers but a few are around. Spot catches have greatly improved. It is not like the glory days but catching a mess of nice spot is not hard to do right now.

Aug 25, Milton Hudgins fished out of Hatteras. They caught 2 wahoo, a dolphin and a false albacore.

Aug 23, Mac McCormick went cobia fishing in some very rough conditions. They managed to catch one cobia.

Aug. 23, Wes Blow started out cobia fishing without success. He then went to the CBBT where he caught 4 nice sheepshead.

Aug. 23, Capt. Larry Lusk fished the oceanfront for a couple of hours, picking a cobia off of a buoy.

Aug. 23, Dick Harris fished out of Hatteras. They caught 3 wahoo, 31 dolphin, and a blackfin tuna.

Aug 23, we fished the Cigar area. We caught the one marlin we saw so our hook-up ratio was very good. We got a DNA sample for VIMS. We had a wahoo hooked up for a bit but the light mono leader was no match for those teeth. We did catch some dolphin. We only saw one other boat out there all day. They did twice what we did, catching two whites.

Aug 16, Wes Blow chummed for cobia. They caught 4 fish.

Aug 15-16, on our last trip offshore, we were followed around by a whale shark. This time, it was a manta ray. This one was particularly large and it is the first one that wanted to stay with the boat. It swam right up to the transom. It has been like the Georgia Aquarium out there. It would start to swim off and then would do a summersault, like I have watched the manta rays doing in the aquarium in Atlanta, and swim right back. It did this several times. I'm not sure what is going on with these creatures but I wish I could get the marlin up to the boat like that. We did catch a couple of white marlin and jumped off/pulled off/plain missed others. We caught some dolphin and we caught some tilefish while catching bait. We have been trying to live-bait billfish by catching chub mackerel near the Norfolk Canyon and slow trolling them around. We've got the bait catching thing down. The hooking marlin thing, not so much. We're doing good on sharks. Besides the gentle giant visitors, we have been having plenty of big toothy sharks coming in and eating our mackerels. It is amazing how well a light leader and small circle hooks do with catching big sharks.

Aug 15, Danny Forehand ran out for marlin. He caught one of the two white marlin that came into his spread.

Aug 14, Barclay Shepard fished out of Hatteras. They caught a wahoo, some dolphin and blackfin tuna.

Aug 9, Wes Blow chummed for cobia. They caught 9 to 50 inches long.

Aug 9, Danny Forehand chummed for cobia. They caught 8 to 52 inches long.

Aug 9, Rick Wineman chummed for cobia. They caught 4 to 54 inches long.

Aug 9, I chummed for cobia catching 4.

Aug 5, Wes Blow chummed for cobia catching 3. They then ran out to a wreck where they caught flounder and sea bass.

Aug 5, Hunter Southall went looking for cobia and came in after they caught a nice fish. It weighed 55 pounds at the scales.

Aug 2, we ran out to the Norfolk Canyon to give live-baiting marlin another try. Last week, we caught a blue marlin and some big sharks while watching the Rebel catch a dozen or so white marlin. We managed to not catch any of the white marlin that visited our boat. This trip was much the same. We watched Rebel catch a bunch. Ric Burnley was on that boat and got a shot of us not catching white marlin. Ric has an article in the current Salt Water Sportsman on this fishery. I think he needs to write another one to tell us how to really do it. We did have some action. We caught another big hammerhead and we had a much larger shark in the spread. A huge whale shark came in and really liked our dredges, nosing right up to them. Worried that it was going to get tangled up in our fishing gear, I turned the boat away and it just followed us like a puppy dog…a very large puppy. Eventually, it had enough of playing with our teasers and swam away. We jumped off a white marlin and missed a couple. We had one bait destroyed by a wahoo and we got a double hook-up of bigeye tuna. That was an impressive bite with a lot of white water. We had them on TLD 30s on little white marlin circle hooks. We broke one off but after a fight of a couple of hours, we slid the second one through the tuna door. Back at the dock, Capt. Randy Butler of the Rebel came over to congratulate us on our bigeye. I told him that I was getting tired of watching marlin jumping behind his boat. He's a super nice guy. He said it is not as easy as everyone thinks. He gave us some pointers and said to stick with it and we would get the live-baiting thing down. The Rebel certainly has it down.

Aug 1, Stan Simmerman fished the Chesapeake Light Tower area and trolled up a nice catch of dolphin and he caught some flounder around a wreck.

July 29, NFL Hall of Fame running back John Riggins fished with Capt. Jorj Head (757) 262-9004. They saw a good number of cobia and managed to catch 5. "The Diesel" tagged and released fish, collected DNA samples, and earned a trophy-fish citation.

July 26, Wes Blow got in a short cobia trip and managed to catch 3.

July 25, we went to try live-baiting for white marlin. While catching chub mackerel, we caught an orange fish…another one. We have been through the blackbelly rosefish and Darwin's Slimehead (set All-Tackle World Records for both, since retired) and have a pending IGFA record for Spineycheek Scorpionfish. This was none of those. We caught plenty of chub mackerel to bridle up for bait and managed to not catch any white marlin. We had a couple hooked up but lost them and managed to not hook others. We did catch a blue marlin and 2 of 4 big hammerheads that ate our marlin baits. Jason Schratwieser, Conservation Director of the IGFA and Virginia Beach native came up with our fish's id: Deepbody Boarfish. The fish has been donated to the Virginia Institute of Marine Science for their fish collection.

July 25, Charles Southall fished out of Hatteras. They caught some dolphin and a couple blackfin tuna.

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