Most have given up on cobia and have moved onto other fish.
There are still some cobia to be caught though, and there were
some nice catches this past week. Big red drum are receiving a lot
of attention now. Schools of red drum are being encountered by
sight-fishermen. More red drum are being caught fishing around the
islands of the CBBT. Some black drum are also being caught.
Puppy drum, speckled trout and striped bass are being caught in
the shallows from the Mobjack Bay to the James River. Flounder are
being caught at the CBBT and around some of the coastal wrecks.
Anglers targeting flounder at the CBBT and at the HRBT had to deal
with an influx of bluefish this week. Bluefish in the 1-4 pound
range are plentiful throughout the lower bay. The striped bass
season in the bay will open on Oct. 4.
The coastal wrecks are holding sea bass, sheepshead, and
triggerfish. Tautog will become more active over nearshore wrecks
and structures inside the bay as the waters cool. The tautog
season opens on Sept. 20 while the sea bass season closes on Sept.
Spot fishing is good. Coolers are being filled in most of the
rivers on the western side of the bay. The Piankatank and York
Rivers have been particularly good. Good catches of spot are also
being made inside of Lynnhaven and Rudee Inlets.
Some big king mackerel are being caught along the oceanfront on
out to the Light Tower. False albacore and there are still some
Spanish mackerel being caught in this area. Trolling over and
around wrecks and other bottom structure is productive.
Offshore, the billfish bite picked right back up as the boats
were able to get back offshore. Dolphin are still being caught but
not in the numbers they were a couple of weeks ago. The wahoo bite
is heating up.
The Grafton Fishing Supply Spot Tournament will be held Sept.
27-28. You need to be registered prior to fishing and you must
bring your spot to Dare Marina by 2 PM on the 28th. Following the
weigh-in, there will be an awards ceremony and club picnic.
The Don Forman Cobia Tournament was won by 12-year-old Hayden
Head of Seaford. Hayden caught his 55 pound 8 ounce cobia while
fishing with his father, Capt. Jorj Head. Wes Blow, of Newport
News, took 2nd place with a 35 pound 1 ounce cobia. The tournament
was sponsored by Bishop Fishing Supply. Capt. Rick Wineman was the
There will be more strict striped bass regulations in 2015.
Just how strict and how much of the burden will have to be borne
by Virginia's anglers versus those of other states is being
discussed now. There will be an ASMFC meeting in Virginia to
discuss these issues: September 22, 2014, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm,
Virginia Marine Resources Commission, 2600 Washington Avenue, 4th
Floor Newport News, Virginia.
Sept 13, Brent Meadors fished the Cigar area. They caught dolphin
and a 40-pound wahoo.
Sept 6, Michael Hudgins fished the mouth of the Piankatank
River. They loaded up their coolers with spot in the 1/2 to 3/4
Sept 6, on board, we had Doctors John Graves and Hamish Small
and PhD student Nadya Mamoozadeh from the Virginia Institute of
Marine Science. Our volunteer mates were Danny Forehand, Capt. JT
Hale, and Gabe Sava. We were on one of our yearly searches for
baby bluefin tuna. We trolled Spanish mackerel tackle near the
Norfolk Canyon. On it, we caught skipjack tuna, bullet tuna,
dolphin, blackfin tuna, and 2 YOY bluefin tuna. The "2? is
unusual. Typically, we do not find them at all or we catch a
bunch. We saw a few white marlin and caught one of those. We also
had a small mako try to eat our dredge. It would not let go until
we had pulled it half out of the water.
Sept 5, Capt. Rick Wineman fished the Norfolk Canyon. They
caught 2 wahoo (losing a really big one), 9 dolphin to 27 pounds
and a white marlin.
Sept 5, I slipped out of the inlet and trolled the oceanfront
for king mackerel for a couple of hours. No kings this trip. I
kept seeing Spanish mackerel and little tuna creatures that I
expect were small false albacore. To make sure that they were not
the young-of-the-year bluefin that we were going offshore in
search of, I put out a little spoon and caught a Spanish. The guys
looking for cobia were having a good day.
Sept 1, Gabe Sava and I trolled the oceanfront for king
mackerel in the morning. We caught one. When I called home to see
if they wanted me to bring home lunch, they said no and that they
were going fishing. Tricia and Casey caught a variety of bottom
fish at Poquoson Reef.
Sept 1, Hunter Southall took one of his new college friends to
the flats where they caught puppy drum.
Sept 1, Larry Lusk made a short trip to the Cape Henry area.
They saw 6 cobia catching 2 of them.
Aug 31, we ran offshore for billfish. Weed mats were everywhere
and so were the dolphin. Without trying for them, we ended up with
36 nice dolphin on the troll. When we first set out, we put out a
little spoon the see if the baby bluefin were here for Dr. John
Graves. We caught a jack right away, the spoon broke so that was
that. We did catch a couple of white marlin and should have had 3
or 4 more. We collected DNA samples from the ones we caught for
Dr. Graves' grad student, Nadya Mamoozadeh. For information on her
research or to volunteer to help her collect fin clippings of the
marlin you catch: email@example.com . We also had a sailfish
hooked up briefly.
Aug 31, Bill Pappas fished east of the Cigar. They caught a
bunch of gaffer dolphin and blackfin tuna.
Aug 30, Brent Meadors, on the Breike, trolled inshore for king
mackerel. They caught a 27-pound fish ( angler Kendel Blankinship).
Aug 29, Martin Freed and Ruta Vaskys trolled near the 3rd
island of the CBBT. They caught a bunch of bluefish in the 1-3
Aug 29, Larry Lusk fished east of the Cigar. They caught 19
nice dolphin while trolling a weed line.
Aug 29, I ran to the flats with Tricia and Casey. They hooked 3
puppy drum, pulling the hooks on 2 with Casey landing one.
Aug 27, Wes Blow and JT Hale fished for sheepshead at the CBBT.
Wes caught one that weighed in at 12 pounds 14 ounces. They also
caught 6 tautog, 6 cobia, and 3 flounder.
Aug 24, Wes Blow chummed for cobia. Despite great conditions
(NE 25 KTS), they only caught 2 cobia.
Aug 24, Capt. Rick Wineman chummed for cobia at York Spit Light
during a stiff NE blow. They caught a small cobia and lost two
others at boat side.
Aug 24, Charles Southall and I were another of the idiot boats
out in the nor'easter chumming for cobia. We caught sharks and
Aug 23, Brent Meadors trolled inshore from the SE Lumps to the
CB buoy line. They caught a bunch of false albacore and a good
catch of dolphin. Brent said that they caught a really nice gaffer
about 10 miles off of the beach.
Aug 23, Charles and I trolled the oceanfront in the morning. We
lost a few fish that we never saw. We caught a couple
citation-sized false albacore, 2 houndfish, a big ribbon fish and
a nice dolphin. We were trolling about 3 miles off of the beach.
Aug 22, I went over and did a little work on the boat in the
morning. I then decided to sneak out and troll some plugs along
the oceanfront. I lost a nice king at the boat. Tricia was heading
over so I started trolling back to the inlet and I hooked up
again. I got this one. Ran on into the inlet and picked up Tricia
and weighed the king. It weighed 25.5 pounds. We went out and
trolled some more. We did not have any more king bites. We did
catch 3 large cutlassfish creatures.
Aug 21, Steve Martin fished Poquoson Flats. He caught 2
speckled trout, a bluefish, and a flounder but did not catch any
of the puppy drum that he was after.
Aug 21, Danny Forehand celebrated his birthday with a trip to
the South Tower. Despite a livewell full of croaker, they did not
catch a single amberjack. They went and trolled the Cigar where
they caught 10 nice dolphin up to 28 pounds.
Aug 21, Mike Hurst chummed for cobia. They caught 3 and missed
Aug 21, I got up early in the morning. I had 3 peelers from
last weekend still in the fridge that needed to go away. I got to
the flats at first light. Good thing because I was just able to
see that gill net in 1.5 foot of water. There was absolutely no
wind. I got set up and started baiting the hook. Peeler did not
smell too bad. I was swarmed by mosquitoes. Every Poquoson
mosquito was there. I was wearing shorts, t-shirt, and sandals…not
good. I made a cast and tried to work the popping cork while
smacking myself with my hat. The mosquitoes were then joined by a
swarm of gnats. No bug spray in the boat, not a good start to my
day. I decided I was not doing this and "bugged" out
after the one cast. I was back at the dock before sunrise. On the
way home from work that evening, I stopped at Grafton Fishing
Supply and bought 3 peeler crabs. After dinner, I ran back out to
the flats. The drum were biting. I caught 4 between 24 and 28
inches and had the hook straighten on one.
Aug 19, Dr. John Graves is up at the
Mid-Atlantic 5K. He got out on a scouting trip. They fished the
Baltimore Canyon going 4 for 8 on white marlin. John caught 3 of
their marlin and he also caught a 30-pound dolphin.
Aug 19, from Capt. Jorj Head, (757) 262-9004: The cobia fishing
has been great this week. We caught over 50 fish the last 5 trips
(30 in two days).
Aug 17, we fished the A and B Towers and the Benson. We caught
amberjack at both towers, larger fish at the A Tower. On my first
and only drop of the day, I caught a 58-inch amberjack. It turned
out to be the largest jack we caught. We did not catch any jacks
at the Benson. We did keep about 25 nice sea bass. Underwater
video of the Two Towers: www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=765851840123032&l=5387014945204674639
Aug 16, Brent Meadors fished the Cigar. The caught a nice wahoo
and a bunch of nice dolphin up to 27 pounds.
Aug 16, Larry Lusk fished the Fingers and had a nice catch of
Aug 16, Charles Southall and I went out and caught jack baits.
We had some triggerfish by-catch. Charles also caught and released
a 51-inch cobia. I could not get the two with it to eat.
Aug 16, Bill Pappas ran offshore where they found a weed line
and some nice fish. They caught a wahoo and a bunch of dolphin up
to 20 pounds.
Aug 15, Steve Martin, Milton Hudgins, Nate Forrest, Clair
Hillard and Fred Niethamer fished out of Hatteras. They caught 5
wahoo and 25 dolphin.
Aug 15, Hunter Southall fished out of Oregon Inlet. Trolling
around the Point, they caught 5 yellowfin tuna, a blackfin tuna
and some dolphin.
Aug 15, Ric Burnley was on the Rebel out of Rudee. Fishing the
Norfolk Canyon area, they caught 12 white marlin and a sailfish.
They had a blue marlin on for the slam but it proved too much for
the light tackle they hooked it up on.
Aug 15, Stan Simmerman and I trolled for kings along the
Virginia Beach oceanfront without any luck. We did see some cobia
and a school of red drum.
Aug 14, Mike Hurst fished out of his row boat in the Mobjack
Bay area. He caught 5 nice speckled trout.
Aug 13, Wes Blow chummed for cobia catching 6 fish.
Aug 10, Wes Blow fished for cobia catching three.
Aug 10, the Southalls fished the flats in the afternoon. They
caught a bunch of nice puppy drum.
Ken Neill with fishing news.
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