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The spot run continues to be strong with 1/2-3/4 pound spot being caught in the York River, inside Rudee and Lynnhaven Inlets, at the MMBT, along the Eastern Shore and the Virginia Beach oceanfront. Good numbers of pigfish, sea mullet and some croaker are also being caught by bottom bouncers. Flounder are still available in the normal flounder spots in the lower bay. The CBBT is still holding good numbers of flatfish but windy conditions and stirred up water is limiting catches. Flounder can be found around most of the coastal wrecks.

Speckled trout fishing is very good in a number of locations. The Mobjack Bay area is producing. The York River continues to be good. Poquoson Flats and Back River are picking up. Good catches are being made on the bayside and seaside of the Eastern Shore. There are still some puppy drum being caught and speckled trout anglers are catching some striped bass. Striped bass can be found at all of the area crossings. The James River Bridge has been good. The islands of the CBBT are producing some larger rockfish but it has been hit or miss. Any structure with a light on it is likely to be holding trout, bluefish, and striped bass at night. There are a lot of small bluefish throughout the lower bay and along the oceanfront.

Tautog are biting on most structures in the bay with the CBBT receiving the most attention. Sheepshead, puppy drum and small black drum are all common by-catch in the tog fishery right now. Big red drum continue to be caught at the CBBT and along the oceanfront from the Eastern Shore all the way down to Hatteras.

With the opening of the sea bass season on October 18, fishing the ocean wrecks becomes much more attractive. It is a great time of year for fishing the wrecks with sea bass, triggerfish, bluefish, flounder, sheepshead, and drum being likely catches. Depending on the wreck, jack crevalle or an amberjack is a possibility and trolling over and around the wrecks can produce king mackerel and false albacore.

When boats have been able to get offshore, they have been catching dolphin, wahoo, and some tuna. Yellowfin, blackfin, bigeye, and even some longfin are being encountered but it really has not developed into a bite that you can count on yet. There is enough stuff out there that an offshore run should produce some bites.

With it being the prime wreck fishing time of the year, the speaker at the October 21 meeting of the PSWSFA will be talking about just that. Jodi Linthicum will talk about fishing the wrecks, primarily the Triangle Reef area. Meetings are free and you do not need to be a member to attend: www.pswsfa.com/meetings.htm

Oct 15, I have been catching fish around my dock light most every night and morning. This morning, the catch was speckled trout, gray trout, and bluefish. No striped bass catches yet.

Oct 10, Lee Williams fished out of Hatteras. They caught a wahoo and some dolphin. They lost a second wahoo. Their bites were in 30 fathoms and came on their planer rod.

Oct 10, we ran back out after wahoo in the Cigar area. We caught 3 blackfin tuna including our largest out of Virginia so far (about 20 pounds), 2 false albacore, and a barracuda that we thought was going to be our wahoo. We did not have any wahoo bites. A couple of other boats fishing south of the Triple 0s managed to catch a few 'hoo up to 57 pounds.

Oct 9, Martin Freed and Ruta Vaskys did some clamming out of Quinby. They then did a little fishing and caught 20 pigfish, 10 big spot, some sea mullet and a couple black drum.

Oct 5, I ran down to the Cigar with Phillip Neill, Chris Wayman, and Stan Simmerman. We had about 15 wahoo bites and only managed to land 3. They were all nice fish with the smallest weighing in at 45 pounds, the largest at 85 pounds. We trolled a little spoon for a bit to see if there were any baby bluefin around for Dr. John Graves. There were baby blackfin. Phillip caught a big false albacore that managed to escape overboard from Stan's hands before we could measure it so no release citation for Phillip. The rest of us each weighed in a citation-size wahoo. These were the first-ever citation wahoo for both Stan and Chris. At 85 pounds, Stan started out big.

Oct 5, Capt. Rick Wineman fished the Cigar area. They lost 4 wahoo and caught a big false albacore.

Oct 3, Danny Forehand and I went out and trolled for king mackerel for a bit. We did not get a king. We did pull something off that may have been one and there were a few big kings caught by other boats. We were trolling four rods when two went off. During the fight, we managed to get all four lines crossed up and under the boat. We did land and release Danny's big jack crevalle. The fish I was fighting got in the wheel as we were landing Danny's. My diver had just cleared a bunch of line from the wheels. We put some more line back for his next dive.

Sept 28, PSWSFA Spot Tournament was sponsored by Grafton Fishing Supply. First Place in the Youth Division was won by Caleb Sava with a .63 pound spot. Second Place was won by his big sister, Lexi Sava with a .60 pound spot. The overall tournament was won by Chris Nelson. Chris weighed in a .64 pound spot. Caleb Sava's Youth Winner came in Second Place at .63 pounds. Third Place was won by Eddie Pratts with a .60 pound spot. He edged out Lexi's fish with a time-of-weigh-in tie breaker.

Sept 28, I was supposed to be fishing for spot. I trolled plugs along the oceanfront and did not catch a single spot. The fish we pulled off last weekend bugged me all week so I went and gave the king mackerel another try. I had three bites. The first fish pulled…a continuation from our last trip. The next fish was a big red drum that I did catch. The third bite was a screamer and it was what I was after. The king mackerel weighed in at 36 pounds 8 ounces.

Sept 23, Bernie Sparrer fished inside the York River. He caught a cooler of nice spot with fish up to 3/4 pound.

Sept 21, Capt. Rick Wineman trolled for king mackerel off the beach, fished for jacks at the light tower and for red drum at the CBBT. He caught a tautog.

Sept 21, I tried for kings with Wes Blow and Capt. JT Hale. One plug was bitten off. We caught one shark. Had 2 or 3 somethings that did not come tight and about 5 that did until the hook pulled. One was a definite king. Wes had something on for a good long time that we did not see. My guess is king. Not sure of the others. JT had something that was splashing on the surface right away but too far back to id. We dropped on the Tiger. JT got very wet as a wave broke over the transom and JT. Caught sea bass, pigfish, bluefish, triggerfish, blowfish, and grouper. At least one king was caught by a boat near us.

Sept 19, Lee Williams trolled the oceanfront without any bites. They then moved to the CBBT where they caught an 80.5 pound cobia.

Sept 19, I trolled along VA Beach for kings. I caught red drum, false albacore, and spinner sharks. I did watch a nice king get caught by a nearby boat.

Sept 17, Wes Blow started out chumming for cobia. He caught 2 and pulled off a couple more. He then moved to the CBBT to fish for red drum. He caught 5 reds to 48 inches long.

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 pound range.

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.

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