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Offshore, it is billfish time. The Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament was held this past weekend. Seventy-five boats fished 2 days each. They caught a total of 433 billfish: 357 white marlin, 61 sailfish, and 15 blue marlin. Uno Mas with Capt. Tom Lynskey took first place honors by catching 12 white marlin and 3 sailfish. In addition to the great billfish action, good numbers a wahoo are being caught. Dolphin are being found almost everywhere from out in the deep on into the beach. Tuna fishing is slow. There were no tuna registered in the tournament last week.

Amberjack are at the southern towers but that is not a guaranteed fishery like it has been in previous years. Both amberjack and jack crevalle are possibilities at the Chesapeake Light Tower. Sea bass can be found at all of the coastal wrecks and there are some nice flounder hanging around the wrecks. There have been a few big king mackerel caught. Some have been caught out around the Hot Dog and on into right off of the beach. Fish around bait pods. Spanish mackerel are being caught along the oceanfront and throughout the lower bay but not in great numbers. The Spanish that are being caught are nice ones. Boats trolling for Spanish along the oceanfront have been catching a good number of large ribbon fish and some bluefish in the 1 to 4 pound range.

Flounder fishing was good but the recent NE blow slowed that down. As the waters calm and clear, the flounder bite should pick right back up and be good through September. Big sheepshead and some nice triggerfish continue to be caught at the CBBT and this bite should also be good through September.

Cobia fishing is very good when you find them. The fish are schooling up in preparation to migrating south. When you find a school, fishing is great. Look for them along the buoy lines and more will be seen along the oceanfront over the next couple of weeks.

Puppy drum action remains good up in the shallows. The Poquoson Flats, York River, James River and the Mobjack Bay areas are good. Speckled trout are becoming a more common catch.

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.

Virginia made Sport Fishing Magazine’s list of the 10 Top Places to Catch a World Record: www.sportfishingmag.com/gallery/photo-galleries/2014/06/10-top-places-catch-world-record

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 bluefish.

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 some others.

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 dolphin.

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.

Aug 9, Brian Hogge fished the CBBT. They brought in a 4-man limit of flounder to 23 inches long.

Aug. 9, Stan Simmerman caught Spanish mackerel trolling near the 3rd and 4th islands of the CBBT.

Aug 9, we fished the triple 0s area. We got to watch some billfish caught. We went 0 for 3 or 4. We caught a couple dolphin and stopped and jigged up some sea bass on the way in.

Aug 7, I fished Poquoson Flats after work and caught some nice puppy drum.

Aug 6, Capt. Jorj Head, (757) 262-9004, went sight fishing for cobia. They caught 9 cobia with the largest weighing in at 55.5 pounds.

Aug 4, Capt. Jorj Head, (757) 262-9004, tried to go flounder fishing but he kept seeing cobia everywhere so they never made it to the flounder. They caught 14 cobia and pulled off several more. His son, Hayden, caught 5 of their fish casting a bucktail off of the bow. Hayden is fishing in the PSWSFA Don Forman Cobia Tournament that is running the month of August. He lost his largest fish but he did keep a 40 pounder to weigh in for the tournament.

Aug 4, Hunter Southall went cobia fishing for a couple of hours. He caught and released a 51-inch cobia and pulled off another. He came and picked me up at my dock when I got home from work. We ran over to Poquoson Flats and caught puppy drum until it got dark. The pups were in the 22 to 28 inch range.

Aug. 4, Larry Lusk ran a half-day offshore trip to the Fingers. They caught 3 nice gaffer dolphin.

Aug 3, we spent a rainy day offshore. We started at the weather buoy and caught some dolphin and false albacore. We moved on out to 50 fathoms and did circles for the rest of the day. Stan Simmerman caught a nice wahoo. We had a good number of marlin encounters with white marlin coming in on the big baits. Sometimes, we were successful on switching them off to the right stuff. Others were just too quick and would be briefly hooked up on a big bait. We caught 3 white marlin and a roundscale spearfish. We had Joe visiting from Kansas. Joe had never been offshore before and he caught the spearfish. I don't think that he thought that the guys were serious when they said he was going swimming.

Aug 2, Capt. Jorj Head fished the Cobia Cup. Like he did with the Hampton Creek Cobia Tournament, Jorj took first place. Their winning cobia weighed in at 60.9 pounds. It was one of 5 fish that they caught by chumming. Jorj won the Hampton Creek Tournament by chumming also.

Aug 2, Charles and Hunter Southall fished Poquoson Flats on a rainy day and caught puppy drum. Hunter has been doing well on those fish all summer as he is getting in as much fishing time as he can before he is off to university!

July 31, Ric Burnley fished the Triangle Wrecks. They were catching sea bass and flounder when a dolphin ate one of their jigs. They switched over to trolling gear and caught a number of gaffer dolphin and came in with an impressive box full of sea bass, flounder and dolphin.

July 30, Larry Lusk fished the Weather Buoy area. They caught some nice dolphin and went 0 for 2 on white marlin.

July 27, the PSWSFA Youth and Ladies Flounder and Croaker Tournament finished up. The winners: Youth Flounder: 1st - Hayden Head 5.9lb, 2nd - Spencer Elford 3.9lb, 3rd - Taylor Simmerman 3lb 2oz. Youth Croaker: 1st - Hayden Head 1lb 4oz, 2nd - Spencer Elford 1lb 2oz, 3rd - Madison Hunt 14oz (.875lb). Ladies Flounder: 1st - Amy Blow 4lb 4oz, 2nd - Ruth McCormick 2lb 2 oz. Ladies Croaker: 1st - Diana Greasley 1lb 7oz, 2nd - Ruth McCormick 1lb 4oz, 3rd - Wendy Elford 1lb.

July 27, Charles and Hunter Southall fished the flats catching puppy drum to 26.5 inches long.

July 26, The Tuna Tracker fished out of Hatteras. They caught some nice wahoo and dolphin. They also go a good view of a waterspout.

July 26, Ruta Vaskys and Martin Freed did some wreck fishing. They caught some nice triggerfish, about 20 flounder to 24 inches long, and some nice sea bass.

July 26, We ran to the Triple 0s where the fleet was catching billfish. We never got a shot and only managed to catch a couple dolphin.

July 26, Brian Hogge fished the Wallace's Bait and Tackle Flounder Frenzy. He won it with a 22.15 pound, 3-fish stringer with the largest fish weighing 8.15 pounds.

July 26, Capt. Jorj Head was sight fishing for cobia when they came across a school of jack crevalle. A topwater plug resulted in a 47-inch fish.

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