Some impressive bigeye tuna have been brought back to the dock
over the past week. Fish are being caught at the Washington and
Norfolk Canyons. There are more boats than tuna being caught but
for the lucky boats that get bit, it is well worth the trip. Good
dolphin catches are being made out in the deep by anglers fishing
for marlin but some dolphin are being caught just a few miles off
of the beach. Billfish action remains good with numerous grand
slams caught over the past couple of weeks. A very few yellowfin
tuna are being caught, some in as close as the Hot Dog and 26 Mile
Amberjack are at the southern towers. Amberjack and jack
crevalle can be found over some of the coastal wrecks and they
would be a possibility at the Chesapeake Light Tower. Along the
oceanfront, a few king mackerel are being caught and there are
good catches of Spanish mackerel and small bluefish. Shark fishing
is good and cobia and large red drum are likely encounters.
Spadefish are being caught over some of the coastal wrecks and
at the CBBT where big sheepshead are also being caught. Flounder
fishing is pretty good at the CBBT and flatfish are being caught
at areas like Hampton Bar, Back River Reef, Deadman's Hill and off
of Cape Charles. The coastal wrecks are producing some of the best
flounder catches with the Tower and Triangle Reef areas being very
Cobia fishing remains excellent throughout the lower bay. They
are being caught by chumming on the various hills, sight fishing
open water and by looking for them on the buoys and the pilings of
the CBBT. Big red drum continue to be caught around the shoals and
near the islands of the CBBT and just in open water by sight
fishing. Tarpon are inside the barrier islands of the Eastern
Shore and should be there through August.
The Peninsula Salt Water Sport Fisherman's Association's annual
Youth and Ladies Tournament finished July 26. Here are the
winners. Youth Flounder:1st - Spencer Elford 2.7lb, 2nd - Lexie
Sava 2.4lb, 3rd - Caleb Sava 1.9lb. Youth Croaker: 1st - Caleb
Sava .875lb, 2nd - Joel White .73lb, 3rd - Taylor Simmerman
.687lb. Ladies Flounder: 1st - Ruth McCormick 2.75lb, 2nd - Amy
Blow 2.25lb, 3rd - Cindy Martin 2.24lb.
Beth Synowiec will be the speaker at the
August 18 PSWSFA meeting. She will be talking about catching big
sheepshead at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. www.pswsfa.com/meetings.htm
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.
July 23, Barclay Shepard fished out of Hatteras. They caught 10
July 22, Wes Blow fished for cobia. They caught 4 to 49 inches
July 21, Hunter Southall fished the Norfolk Canyon. They caught
a blue marlin and one of two white marlin that bit. They also
caught some big sharks.
July 19, I trolled for a king and looked for cobia. I did not
catch a king but I did catch 3 cobia.
July 19, Wes Blow and Congressman Rob Wittman chummed for
cobia. They caught 15 and called it a day.
July 19, Capt. Rick Wineman fished from the Norfolk Canyon to
the Washington Canyon. They caught some dolphin and a big shark.
They lost the two tuna that they hooked.
July 18, Brent Meadors fished the Cigar area. They came upon a
large group of feeding rays and dolphin. They caught dolphin until
they filled up the fish box.
July 18, Danny Forehand fished for cobia. They caught a 50-inch
fish and then came in to play golf.
July 18, Stan Simmerman fished the Chesapeake Light Tower area.
They caught flounder and dolphin.
July 17, I went over to do a bit of work on the boat.
Afterwards, I did a little trolling along the beach. I caught a
really fat red drum and a ribbon fish.
July 16, Wes Blow fished for cobia catching 4.
July 13, Ruth and Mac McCormick were running to the CBBT for
flounder. They decided that it was too rough and stopped on
Bluefish Rock. They caught croaker, spot, bluefish, porgy, sharks
and 5 nice flounder.
July 13, Danny Forehand went chumming for cobia. They caught 1
before they had to come in to play golf.
July 12, I went fishing with Charles Southall. Cobia fishing
was very good. We caught and released 10 cobia up to 53 inches
long. We tagged and collected DNA from 9 of them.
July 12, Wes Blow and Congressman Rob Wittman went cobia
fishing. They caught and released 10 cobia, tagging them and
collecting a DNA sample. One of their cobia already had a tag in
it that turned out to have been tagged by Capt. Jorj Head last
July 10, I drove over to Rudee after lunch, put two baits out
right outside the inlet and immediately both rods went down. I
landed 2 large jack crevalle. Those were my only bites. There were
some cobia caught and a king caught near me.
July 8, Wes Blow chummed for cobia. He caught 4 but lost the
largest cobia he has had hooked up over the past 2 years. (Wes has
caught them over 100 pounds so he knows what a big one is).
July 8, Capt. Jorj Head, (757) 262-9004, fished for cobia in
less than favorable sight-fishing conditions. They still managed
to catch 4 cobia.
July 5, we went out to the Norfolk Canyon to try, new-to-us,
live-baiting for marlin. We started out trying to catch tinker
mackerel. We caught the heck out of the sea bass and blueline
tilefish. We struggled with the mackerel. We managed to catch a
few, bridled them up, and started trolling them. It was the first
time we had used the trolling valves on the boat, those things
work really well. It was not long before we had our first hook-up
that dumped all of the line on the TLD 30 but really, it was down
to the knot before any of us even noticed that something was going
on. Some quick backing down allowed Charles Southall to keep the
line from breaking. They saw the fish in the distance and said
marlin but they were not sure what kind. When it got close to the
boat, a very large and agitated hammerhead moved in and we were
sure it was going to eat the marlin. When we finally got the
"marlin" up enough to see it, it was another big
hammerhead. While leadering that fish, the other shark grabbed a
mackerel dangling from the long rigger. With a 2nd shark hooked
up, we quickly cut the leader on the 1st. Then, the second shark
broke off while a 3rd big hammerhead came in and at our last
mackerel dangling off of the other rigger. That did not last long.
Out of mackerel, we went back to catching sea bass and tilefish
and a single mackerel. Back on the troll for 2 minutes and that
one was taken by another shark also. So back to the bait catching.
Some of the tilefish and sea bass were too small to keep. We
"released" a few that floated. The water erupted with
multiple hammerheads attacking the fish. We managed one more
mackerel, it was getting late, so back on the troll with it and
some silver perch I had left over as bait for the Flounder Bowl. A
hammerhead came in on the mackerel and we cranked it away from it.
Stan Simmerman had a shark rig ready and fed it out but the shark
went and ate one of the little silver perch. I fought that fish
and somehow the little circle hook and light leader held and I got
that shark to the boat. So we ended up going 2 for 5 on
hammerheads. We never had a chance at a billfish. We ended up with
a nice catch of sea bass and blueline tilefish to 10.5 pounds.
July 5, Capt. Rick Wineman fished the Norfolk Canyon and found
it very slow. They caught 7 dolphin and a blueline tilefish.
July 5, Wes Blow fished for cobia and sheepshead. He did not
have any luck with the sheepshead but he did catch a cobia.
July 4, Independence Day was also flounder day for the over 300
anglers that entered the Flounder Bowl. The tournament was
scheduled for June 26 but small-craft advisories caused the
fishing day to be moved to July 4. The weigh-in party was held as
scheduled, just without the weigh-in. Over 500 people attended to
eat the seafood, drink the beverages, and listen to the music. The
new and "better" fish day had periods of rain and winds
as high as 25 knots early in the day. The weather did affect the
turnout but still 81 of the best flounder fishing teams in the
area participated in the event. When you have this many great
flounder anglers competing, flounder are caught despite the
conditions. The finish was as close as we have ever had. The
winner is determined by the combined weight of their 3 heaviest
flounder. The difference between the first and second place teams
was eight one-hundreds of a pound. By this slim margin, we have
our first back-to-back Flounder Bowl Champions.1st Place is the
Look-N-Hook captained by Aubrey Williams, III. Their stringer
weighed 14.80 pounds. In addition to winning the tournament, they
also won the 3-Fish Calcutta and the Big-Fish Calcutta. Their big
fish weighed in at 7.96 pounds. Their total winnings were $
11,300. The 2nd Place team is the No Regrets captained by Steven
Hodges. They were sponsored by Hopkins Gun & Tackle. They won
the Sponsors Challenge Trophy with their 14.72-pound stringer.
Steven Hodges won the award for the heaviest flounder weighed in
by a member of the Peninsula Salt Water Sport Fisherman's
Association. His big fish weighed 6.02 pounds. This brought their
total winnings to $2,500. 3rd Place is the team sponsored by
Oceans East captained by Joseph Harris. They weighed in 13.46
pounds and won $1,500. The 4th Place team was captained by Dereck
Hall. They earned $1,000 with their 12.52 pound stringer. 5th
Place is the Salt Treated captained by Zach Hoffman. They were
sponsored by Sandman Hook & Tackle. They weighed in 11.76
pounds and won $500. 6th Place is the team captained by Greg Nevi.
They won $250 weighing in 11.72 pounds. All of the teams not
placing in the top 6 were entered into a "Lucky Dog"
drawing for $500. The team had to be present to win. This year's
Lucky Dog is really lucky as the first two teams drawn were not
there. The third time was the charm and the Lucky Dog is the Good
Times captained by Aron Goshorn. Special awards were given the top
lady and the top youth anglers. The Top Youth Angler is Garrett
Stanley who fished on the team captained by Scott Elford. Garrett
weighed in a 3-pound flounder and won $100 and a pair of Costa
sunglasses. The Top Lady Angler was Cindi Dedmond fishing on the
Cindi D, captained by Randy Dedmond, sponsored by Bishop Fishing
Supply. Cindi weighed a 4.06-pound flounder and won $100 and a
pair of Costa Sunglasses. There was an optional Cobia Calcutta
added this year. This was won by the McKay Elizabeth team
captained by John Hanna, III with a 35.4 pound cobia. They won
$900. The total payout for the tournament was $18,650.
July 3, Danny Forehand chummed for cobia and caught a couple.
July 3, I went out to catch bait for the Flounder Bowl but I
got distracted. I caught 3 cobia and came in for the captains
June 30, Capt. Jorj Head, (757) 262-9004, started out fishing
for flounder. They caught 15 and then went cobia fishing. They
caught 5 cobia up to 70 pounds.
Ken Neill with fishing news.
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