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
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
Aug 9, Danny Forehand chummed for cobia. They caught 8 to 52
Aug 9, Rick Wineman chummed for cobia. They caught 4 to 54
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
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
July 25, Charles Southall fished out of Hatteras. They caught
some dolphin and a couple blackfin tuna.
Ken Neill with fishing news.
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