Big bluefin tuna are being caught out of Morehead City. There
should be some bluefin off of our coast somewhere. We just need
enough boats to go looking for them. When boats can get out of
Oregon Inlet, yellowfin tuna fishing is good. Boats that have
gotten offshore out of Virginia have been bottom fishing. Good
catches of blueline tilefish and sea bass are being made along
with some golden tilefish and snowy grouper.
Sea bass and bluefish are being caught off of the ocean wrecks
with the deep-water wrecks holding the largest sea bass. There are
still some triggerfish available. Wrecks in the Triangle Reef area
are holding good numbers of flounder.
Inshore, there are some speckled trout being caught but nothing
like we are used to in the fall. The best catches have been made
inside of Rudee Inlet where trout to 6 pounds were caught this
week. Anglers fishing the normally productive Elizabeth River are
finding that the shutting down of the power plant and the past 2
winter fish kills has mostly ended that world-class fishery. There
are a few trout being caught in the Elizabeth along with a lot of
small striped bass.
Striped bass fishing is improving with more and larger fish
being caught. There have been some good catches made off of
Windmill Point by anglers trolling umbrella rigs and casting to
working birds. Small striped bass can be found around most lit
structures at night. More fish over 30 inches are being caught at
the Hampton Roads crossings and at the CBBT. The mass of large
fish is still to our north but should be trickling down here now.
Impressive catches of large striped bass are being made from New
York To Delaware.
Tautog action is good at the CBBT and on other structures in
the bay. The coastal wrecks are also holding tog but until the
water cools down more, all of the sea bass on the wrecks make
getting a bait to a tog a challenge.
The last meeting of the year for the PSWSFA is on December 15.
Our speaker will be Bill Sammler from NOAA. He will discuss marine
weather with us. The Irv Fenton Memorial Rockfish Tournament will
run the entire month of the December. Register with Tournament
Director, Capt. Rick Wineman, prior to fishing. Club members need
to mark February 26 on their calendars. That is the date of our
annual awards banquet.
Nov 22, I fished off of my dock and had good action with small
Nov 22, Wes Blow fished the Elizabeth River for speckled trout.
He caught small striped bass.
Nov 21, Rob Cowling fished the James River Striped Bass
Tournament. They finished up in 3rd Place with a 9.6 pound fish.
Nov 21, we fished the Triangle Wrecks. We caught 14 flounder, a
decent catch of sea bass, and all of the small bluefish we could
handle. We also caught some world-record sized clear nose skates
and yes, there is a world-record for clear nose skate. The current
record is 3 pounds 4 ounces with a pending record of 4 pounds 2
ounces. Our first skate weighed over 5 pounds on the Boga Grip.
The second skate was even larger. We had a couple other
record-sized skates along with some smaller ones. We did not keep
any of the skates so they are still swimming around out there if
you want to catch a record.
Nov 16, Capt. Rick Wineman fished an offshore wreck and caught
sea bass and bluefish. They then ran on out to the Norfolk Canyon
and caught blueline tilefish and a 54-pound snowy grouper.
Nov 15, the forecast did not look too pleasant when we were
making our plans so we decided to fish some of the coastal wrecks
instead of heading offshore. We caught bluefish, flounder and sea
bass. We also hooked up a couple of nice squid, a little porgy,
and plenty of skates and a few sharks. I lost the largest flounder
of the day when the hook pulled right near the boat. Wes Blow made
a gallant attempt to net the fish and he would have gotten it if
he had had 6 more inches of net handle to work with. We caught
bluefish by trolling, casting and jigging but I caught the largest
blue of the day on a flounder rig that somehow managed to survive
the fight. Similar to my flounder story, Wes had a big blue almost
to the boat when his flounder rig parted.
Nov 13, I caught small rockfish off of my dock in Seaford.
Nov 11, Wes Blow fished the HRBT for a couple of hours in the
evening. They caught a few small rockfish.
Nov 1, we ran out to the Triangle Wrecks. We were after big
bluefish. We caught little bluefish. We did not catch a lot of
anything or anything particularly large. I think we ended up
catching 8 flounder, sea bass, a couple of triggerfish, 2 Atlantic
bonito, a number of bluefish and some other critters. Our most
interesting catch was an Atlantic Angel Shark caught by Stan
Simmerman. This is the second one of these strange sharks that we
have caught while flounder fishing.
Oct 29-31, I caught striped bass and speckled trout off of my
dock in Seaford in each night. The largest striped bass was 23
inches. The largest speck was maybe 12 inches long.
Oct 25, Wes Blow fished some coastal wrecks. They caught a
limit of sea bass to 5 pounds 12 ounces and a cooler full of
Oct 25, Hunter Southall fished the Cigar area. They caught 4
wahoo, 2 yellowfin tuna, and they jumped off a sailfish.
Oct 25, Ric Burnley fished east of the Cigar on the Fin Again.
They caught 8 wahoo, 13 blackfin tuna, 4 dolphin, and they pulled
off a swordfish.
Oct 25, it was the original Dr. Neill's 78th birthday. We were
going to celebrate after church which meant that Saturday was my
only day to fish. Saturday's forecast was not pretty so when my
mom asked if it was OK if we moved my dad's party to the evening,
I was all for that. I asked the crew would they rather fish all
day in the rough on Saturday or fish in calmer conditions Sunday
but I could only fish until 1pm. They chose the calm short day. We
went out after wahoo. We caught 2 but that was out of about 12
wahoo bites. Some we did not find about until we checked baits and
found the ballyhoo cut off right behind the hook. Others, I'm not
sure how we did not catch them. At one time, we had 4 hooked up
and managed to not catch any of them. One of those was being
fought by Stan Simmerman when his line went limp. It had been cut
right at the swivel, we assume by yet another wahoo. The last of
the 4 lost was being fought by Virginia State Trooper, Josh Riter.
It was his first time fishing with us and he had never caught any
big fish before. It was disappointing when the hooks pulled.
Finally, Jody Linthicum managed to get our first wahoo to the
boat. Josh got another chance and caught his biggest fish ever
earning his first Virginia Trophy Fish Citation. We had some
other, non-wahoo bites that messed up the ballyhoo but without the
wahoo teeth. We caught a false albacore and other boats around us
caught yellowfin and blackfin tuna. There were also some billfish
around with a number of white marlin being caught by the fleet. We
did have one white that we were not successful hooking.
Oct 20-25, Charles Southall and Jerald Abraham fished their
boats out of Hatteras for 4 days. Their catch for the week
included 7 wahoo to 66 pounds, 8 dolphin, and a couple of blackfin
Oct 22, Wes Blow bottom fished offshore. They came in with
boxes full of sea bass, triggerfish, and blueline tilefish.
Oct 14, Wes Blow fished some of the coastal wrecks. He caught a
bunch of sea bass (all released), triggerfish and sheepshead.
Oct 10-13, I'm catching small striped bass and speckled trout
off of our dock every night. Sometimes, silver perch and gray
trout are also caught.
Oct 12, Stan Simmerman fished an inshore wreck. They caught an
impressive number of oyster toads and a couple of tautog.
Oct 7, Wes Blow fished the CBBT. He caught 4 tautog before the
seas got up. He did not have any luck with sheepshead.
Oct 3-7, I have fished with little jigs off of my dock each
evening. I've caught striped bass, speckled trout, silver perch
and gray trout each night. All of the fish are small with the
largest striped bass being about 18 inches long.
Ken Neill with fishing news.
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