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The Flounder Bowl is here. Weather permitting; we will have a new champion this weekend. The captains meeting is at Dare Marina on June 26 with June 27 the scheduled day of competition. www.flounderbowl.com .

Capt. Jorj Head fished the VBAC Cobia Classic this past weekend and won. His 63.5 pound fish was caught while chumming and was almost as heavy as the 2nd and 3rd place fish combined.

Limits of flounder are being caught at the CBBT with some being doormats. Flounder are also being caught in the Back River Reef area, 36A, Hampton Bar, in the York River, inside the seaside inlets of the Eastern Shore, and some have begun to show at the Cell area.

Some big red drum continue to be caught in the evenings on the shoals at the mouth of the bay and by sightcasters at the mouth of the bay and along the oceanfront. Cobia fishing is excellent. Sight fishing is very good when the conditions are conducive.

Spanish mackerel are being caught along the oceanfront and inside the lower bay on up to the Cell area. Spadefish can be found over many wrecks and at the Chesapeake Light Tower and the CBBT. Big sheepshead are at the CBBT and over some of the inshore wrecks. Tarpon have arrived at the Eastern Shore and some big king mackerel are being caught along the oceanfront.

Amberjack are thick at the southern towers. Bottom fishing for tilefish is good. Gaffer dolphin catches are good. Some very large wahoo have been caught. Yellowfin tuna and the occasional bigeye tuna continue to bite which is good for the VBTT that is going on this week. Good numbers of white marlin are being caught and it has been the best blue marlin fishing that we have seen in years.

Jimmy Kolb will be the speaker at the July 21 meeting. He will be talking to us about jigging for trophy flounder and the jigs that he makes for this fishery.

June 24, Wes Blow fished for cobia and caught 4. He then fished the CBBT for a bit and caught a nice sheepshead.

June 22, Capt. Jorj Head, (757) 262-9004, fished for cobia. They caught 14 cobia.

June 21, Wes Blow went out in the evening for drum. He caught 3 big reds.

June 21, we ran out to get in on the excellent blue marlin fishery that has been going on. We caught a nice one, about 400 pounds. We released the marlin but we kept the mako shark that we caught. We also caught some dolphin.

June 21, Bernie Sparrer fished for marlin out of Hatteras. They caught 3 dolphin.

June 20, I trolled the oceanfront for a bit and caught a cobia on a plug.

June 20, Capt. Rick Wineman fished the Norfolk Canyon. They caught dolphin and blueline tilefish. They lost a blue and a white marlin.

June 17, Wes Blow chummed for cobia and caught 3.

June 17, Capt. Jorj Head, (757) 262-9004, chummed for cobia and did not catch any so they went sight fishing. They caught 9 cobia in a couple of hours.

June 16, Capt. Jorj head, (757) 262-9004, sight fished for cobia and said that the fishing was very good. They caught 14 cobia up to 60 pounds.

June 14, Richie and Dylan Moore had never caught an amberjack and had been asking to be included on a trip for the past couple of years. We took them to the South Tower and they caught all the jacks that they could possibly want. What has become almost a tradition and was an exact repeat from last year; after watching the guys fight a dozen or so jacks, I came down from the bridge, picked out a croaker, and caught a single amberjack, and went back up to drive the boat for the rest of the day. Again, my one fish was the largest one caught. After the guys were done trying to catch a jack as large as mine, we hit a wreck and caught a few keeper-size sea bass which we did not keep while continuing to listen to the offshore bite. We had not brought ballyhoo or our offshore stuff. I talked with Charles Southall and we figured that there had to be something on the boat we could troll. We scrounged around and put out some kind of spread. We ended up with a nice catch of dolphin to finish the day.

June 13-14, Wes Blow and Chris Boyce went drum fishing after work. They caught 8 big red drum and quit fishing a little before daylight. The got a short nap in and went cobia fishing. They caught a ton of sharks and 2 cobia.

June 8, Scott and Spencer Elford played hooky. They caught 7 nice cobia. 13-year-old Spencer caught the largest at 58.8 pounds.

June 7, I fished for cobia with Charles and Hunter Southall. We caught 6 nice cobia, up to 50 inches long. I broke off another and pulled the hook on the largest of the day.

June 7, Wes Blow fished for cobia and caught 7 up to 50 inches long.

June 6, I fished for cobia in the morning. I caught 3 cobia and a lot of sharks.

June 6, Hunter Southall cobia fished. They caught 4.

June 6, Wes Blow fished for cobia catching 6 up to 51 inches long.

June 5, Capt. Larry Lusk made a long and bumpy ride out to the Norfolk Canyon. They caught a nice yellowfin tuna and 5 gaffer dolphin.

May 29-June 1, we fished with Sam Hudson, editor Sport Fishing Magazine, and Congressman Rob Wittman for a feature article on Virginia. We started out catching 8 big red drum near buoy 10. The next day, we caught citation blueline and golden tilefish. Day 3 was back inshore, sight fishing for cobia. We saw about 15 and caught 6 cobia. The last day was back offshore where we caught some dolphin off of the weather buoy. We then headed out further where we caught 11 yellowfin tuna.

May 31, Ricky Higgins fished for red drum and caught 4. They then tried for black drum and cobia without success.

May 30, Capt. Jorj Head, (757) 262-9004, went sight fishing for cobia. They saw some and caught 3.

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