The Flounder Bowl is here! Captains meeting and registration
Friday, June 24 at Dare Marina, fish either Saturday or Sunday
(but not both), party and awards Sunday, June 26. Flounder fishing
has picked up with fish being caught at all of normal flounder
spots but not great anywhere. Fish are being caught from the Cell
on out to the coastal wrecks. The largest flounder are being
caught at the CBBT and some nice ones are being caught in the York
River. There have been limits caught at Back River Reef recently.
Cobia fishing is nothing short of fantastic. Chumming is
producing a lot of fish and when conditions allow, so is sight
fishing. The big red drum are still around but most are now being
caught by anglers targeting cobia. Some small to medium black drum
showed in the James this week.
Spanish mackerel are being caught in good numbers and size with
some citation-sized macs being caught. They are being caught along
the oceanfront and throughout the lower bay, especially along the
Big sheepshead, spadefish, and triggerfish are all being caught
at the CBBT. The coastal wrecks are also holding spades,
triggerfish, sea bass, and flounder. The spadefish are numerous
and of decent size over some of the wrecks. No reports of
citation-sized spades being caught yet though big ones are being
Amberjack are at the southern towers. Offshore bottom fishing
is producing some really nice blueline tilefish and sea bass. A
few snowy grouper are also being caught out a bit deeper.
Tuna fishing has been very good in the Norfolk Canyon area.
Good numbers of yellowfin tuna are being caught with some pushing
the 70-pound mark though most are averaging around 40 pounds.
Bigeye tuna are also around. This should make this weekend's
Virginia Beach Tuna Tournament interesting. Dolphin catches are
good and marlin have become more common.
June 22, Wes Blow and Todd Cologgi went cobia fishing. They
caught 4 up to 58 pounds 12 ounces.
June 19, Wes Blow fished for cobia. He caught 8 cobia by
June 19, I went out and did some cobia fishing prior to the
Father's Day festivities. Fishing was very good. I was getting my
4th rod ready when all 3 of the others went off. Somehow, I
managed to land all 3, fishing solo. I also landed a double. Most
of the fish were 40 something inches long. I caught a couple that
reached the 50-inch mark. I caught one that already had a tag in
it. The fish was tagged almost exactly a year ago by Jorj Head. I
caught a total of 10 cobia.
June 19, Hamish Small fished for cobia for a couple of hours.
In that short time, he caught 7 cobia.
June 19, Capt. Jorj Head, (757) 262-9004, fished for cobia. His
charter landed 7 up to 50 inches long.
June 18, Hunter Southall fished for cobia in the wind. They
caught 12 cobia to 52 inches long.
June 18, Capt. Jorj Head fished for cobia. They caught 5 cobia
to 60.5 pounds.
June 15, Wes Blow went cobia fishing. He weighed in a 55.25
June 15, Dave Young and his dad ran to the Norfolk Canyon. It
was slow until they had 5 rods go off. The two of them managed to
land 3 of the yellowfin. Deciding they had enough, they came in.
June 13, Charles Southall took his neighbor drum fishing after
work. He had just taken him and his 3-year-old son out croaker
fishing the previous Saturday. Charles' neighbor, Keith Barber,
was getting ready to be deployed overseas so Charles took him and
his son out for a trip before he had to leave. During the croaker
fishing, Keith mentioned that he had never caught a red drum and
that was on his bucket list. He said that it would just have to
wait until after his deployment. Charles had other plans thus the
Monday evening trip. Keith caught 3 big red drum during the short
trip including his first citation. They left them biting because
Keith had to get in early. Charles said he is heading overseas
with sore arms.
June 11-12, Capt. Jorj Head, (757) 262-9004, sight-fished for
cobia. They saw a lot fish, catching 9 up to 54 inches long. Jorj
said that he got an interesting tag return this week. He tagged a
cobia Aug. 18, 2007 along the Baltimore Channel. It was 37 inches
long at the time. It was recaptured 3,212 days later, June 3,
2016, at Cape Point, NC. It was 60 inches long and weighed in at
June 11, Mike Hurst chummed for cobia at York Spit. He caught 2
cobia to 49 inches long.
June 10, Wes Blow fished York Spit and caught a little cobia.
He then ran to Fisherman's Island and caught 2 big red drum.
June 10, I chummed for cobia off of Back River. I caught 4
cobia and pulled off a couple more.
June 9, Stan Simmerman and Johnny Boyd fished after work for
drum. They caught 6 big red drum.
June 9, Charles Southall fished for drum after work. They
caught 5 red drum to 50 inches long.
June 4, we ran offshore to the tuna bite. We found the tuna but
did not get many bites out of them. We caught one yellowfin tuna
and a couple of dolphin. We also had a white marlin visit.
June 4, Danny Forehand ran offshore. Finding the tuna fishing
slow, they turned to bottom fishing. They ended up catching one
yellowfin tuna, a couple of dolphin, some sea bass, blueline
tilefish and two snowy grouper.
June 4, Mark Evans and Cameron Wainwright chummed for cobia
while fishing on the Lauren B. They caught 2 nice cobia.
June 3, Charles Southall chummed for cobia. The got one caught
by young Caleb Sava. It was Caleb's first cobia and he decided to
release the 56 inch fish.
June 3, I chummed for cobia in the fog and rain. I caught a
44-inch cobia and missed a couple of others.
May 31, Wes Blow went drum fishing after work. They caught 8
red drum in slick calm conditions.
May 31, Charles Southall fished out of Hatteras. They caught 7
May 31, Jerald Abraham fished out of Hatteras. They caught 6
dolphin to 28 pounds.
May 28, Matt Waddell fished the Norfolk Canyon catching 7
yellowfin tuna and 3 dolphin.
May 28, David Young fished the Norfolk Canyon. They caught 3
yellowfin tuna and a dolphin.
May 28, Danny Forehand fished the Norfolk Canyon area. They
caught a yellowfin tuna and some sea bass.
May 27-28, report from Capt. Jorj Head, (757) 262-9004: We
caught all the big drum you could want Friday and Saturday sight
fishing with fairly light tackle. Mostly off the ocean front but
also some in the bay. Had 2 cobia to go with them on Friday. Have
never seen so many drum. Probably caught 40 in 2 trips and left
May 27, we fished the Norfolk Canyon. Fishing was good. We
ended up catching 18 yellowfin tuna. We caught 4 out of 5 mako
sharks, all on monofilament leaders. We also caught a half-dozen
gaffer dolphin and a couple of skipjack tuna. Tuna were busting on
the surface and mako sharks were free jumping all around us.
Ken Neill with fishing news.
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