When boats can get offshore, fishing has been pretty good. Out
of Virginia, the wahoo bite is good and there are some yellowfin
tuna, blackfin tuna, king mackerel and dolphin being caught. Out
of Oregon Inlet, the main catches are yellowfin and blackfin tuna
along with some dolphin, king mackerel and wahoo. Boats out of
Hatteras are experiencing very good king mackerel fishing and a
good wahoo bite along with good catches of dolphin and some
Offshore bottom fishing will produce predictable catches of
blueline tilefish and you can now keep the sea bass by-catch. Sea
bass can be caught on the offshore wrecks all the way into those
close to the beach. You may need to do some wreck hopping to find
the right wreck. Triggerfish are also holding on the wrecks and
this is a good time of year to find some nice flounder around the
wrecks. The Triangle Reef area will be holding some nice flatfish.
There are still some sheepshead holding on the inshore wrecks and
you are likely to encounter both red and black drum while fishing
wrecks close to the beach and in the lower bay.
Flounder are still being caught inside the bay with the CBBT
being the prime location. Boats that are wire-lining the CBBT are
catching a mixture of gray trout, flounder, striped bass,
bluefish, and red drum. Medium to large-size red drum continue to
be caught at the CBBT and from the surf from the Eastern Shore on
down to Hatteras. Big red drum are being caught from all of the
seaside fishing piers. That bite shout continue to shift south but
for now, there are still big red drum in the bay.
Puppy drum continue to be caught throughout the lower bay and
inside the seaside inlets. Anglers targeting striped bass at the
HRBT at night are finding some nice puppy drum along with plenty
of bluefish. Striped bass are also being caught at all of the
areas crossing with the best times being very early and late in
the day and along the light lines at night. Striped bass and some
puppy drum are also being caught by anglers targeting speckled
Speckled trout action is good most everywhere from the Eastern
Shore creeks, the Mobjack Bay area, the York, James, Back, and
Elizabeth Rivers, on Poquoson Flats and the action is picking up
inside Lynnhaven and Rudee Inlets. There are a lot of small trout
around which bodes well for next year if we can avoid another
Spot continue to be caught as the water is still warm enough
but if you have not gotten your spot fix yet, do so soon as this
bite is winding down. Winding up, is the tautog bite. There are
good catches being made on the artificial reefs inside the bay and
at the CBBT. This bite will continue to improve as the water cools
Oct 21, Charles Southall fished his boat out of Hatteras. They
caught 2 dolphin, 3 king mackerel, 4 amberjack, a false albacore,
and a 41-pound wahoo.
Oct 20-21, Steve Martin fished his boat out of Hatteras. They
caught 3 dolphin and a wahoo.
Oct 20, Charles Southall fished his boat out of Hatteras. They
caught 2 blackfin tuna, 2 dolphin, 1 false albacore, 1 king
mackerel, and 1 wahoo.
Oct 20, I fished off of my dock in Chisman Creek and caught
small speckled trout and bluefish.
Oct 20, Martin Freed and Ruta Vaskys fished some wrecks out of
Quinby. They caught a 7 pound 3 ounce sheepshead, a bunch of nice
triggerfish, some flounder and small sea bass.
Oct 20, Dave Young fished the CBBT. They caught several gray
trout in the 16 to 18 inch range, a couple 21-22 inch flounder, 7
bluefish and a couple of nice red drum to 42 inches long. They had
a larger red on that they lost due to a straightened hook.
Oct 18, Martin Freed and Ruta Vaskys fished out of Quinby. They
caught a couple of trout, a porgy, 28 pigfish and a dozen large
spot to 12.5 inches long.
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
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
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.
Ken Neill with fishing news.
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