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Nov 20 2016

Virginia Beach Fishing Report – Updated November 19, 2016

Virginia Beach Fishing Report - November  20, 2016

JT with a moster Tilefish

The latest Virginia Beach Chesapeake Bay fishing report. It is that striped bass time of year. Resident striped bass have been around in good numbers. Most any structure with a light on it has been holding striped bass and speckled trout. Most bass are too small to keep but, keepers are being caught everywhere. The largest fish have been coming from the York and James Rivers where rockfish to 38 inches have been caught. More medium-sized fish are showing up throughout the bay and the CBBT tunnel is holding some fish. This fishery will continue to improve as the water continues to cool and the large fish migrate down from their summer haunts.

Other than striped bass, speckled trout and puppy drum have been keeping anglers entertained. There have been a lot of small fish around but as the season has progressed, more have reached keeper-size. They are being caught on the flats, up in the creeks, rivers, and inlets and form the fishing piers.

Tautog action is excellent at the CBBT and over other bay structures. Sheepshead should be gone but a few big sheepshead continue to be caught. This latest cold snap may be what finally moves them out but right now, they are still a possibility.

The coastal wrecks are holding sea bass, triggerfish, flounder, bluefish and some big sandtigers. Offshore bottom fishing is very good for tilefish. The sea bass season is open through the end of December so the sea bass by-catch is a bonus and the dogfish have not shown up yet.

There has not been much tuna action out of Virginia though there is some water east of the Cigar that should be holding some fish. Boats sailing out of Oregon Inlet are catching yellowfin tuna and wahoo. Boats leaving out of Hatteras are catching king mackerel, wahoo and blackfin tuna. Bluefin tuna should be showing up off of our coast soon.

Captain Max King will be the speaker at the November 15 PSWSFA meeting. He will be talking about catching jumbo striped bass. Meetings are free and you do not need to be a member to attend: www.pswsfa.com/meetings.htm

The club’s Irv Fenton Memorial Rockfish Tournament, sponsored by Wilcox Bait & Tackle, begins on December 1 and will run through the entire month of December.

Tune in next week to get the latest Virginia Beach fishing report. Until then, Tight lines!

Thanks to Dr. Ken Neill, III for the picture and reporting.

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May 13 2016

Big Red Drum being caught in Virginia Beach Area

Dr. Ken Neill sent over a fishing report with a few short not and picture of big red drum that about sums up all the action.

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Jun 13 2012

Big Redfish Fishing in Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay

Redfish fishing Virginia Chesapeake Bay fishing reportNine year old shows how redfishing is done fishing report

This nine year old told his Dad he was ready to hit the water for some redfishing in the Chesapeake. Keep in mind it was his first time going fishing for red drum. Sure enough this young angler put a hurting on the the fish. Nice work man, you’re going to be one heck of an angler, we’re looking forward to more pictures and fishing reports.  Check this link for more pictures and the whole fishing report.

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Sep 29 2010

Fly Fishing For Cobia off Virginia Beach Fishing Report

Saltwater Fly Fishing for Cobia in Fly Fishing Apparel Company Lateral Line Fishing Journal

Capt. Cobia Hunter Ben, Sean S, and I gave it another whirl chasing cobia with the fly the other day in the inshore waters of the Virginia Beach, Va area. A few weeks go we tried, saw a bunch, but could not get one to eat the fly. Well, we did get a bunch to chase the fly at the end of the day, but the fun was spoiled by a buoy jack.

Wednesday night Capt. Ben and I talked and he said it looked like Thursday would be a decent day, that he had had good success he last few days catching them on light tackle and eels and that we should give it a go on Thursday. I said, “Game on!”. Packed my bag, rods and reels, and loaded up the car. Got up at 3am and made my way down to Owls Creek ramp where I arrived around 7am. We packed up the boat and headed out to find a good chop on the water. Original plan was to head southwest, but after getting pounded for a while we changed our plan, grabbed the following sea and made our way in more of a northernly track. We looked in the open water, we looked on the buoys, we casted the buoys, we looked some more, made some calls to only learn that no one really had been seeing anything. Jet Ski Brian said he saw one….things were not looking hopeful, but hey, that’s fishing for you.

We got a call from a fishing friend who said there might be a bite on red drum, given we’d beaten ourselves up looking all over we decided to give it a try, maybe catch a few, go in and grab lunch and head back out. Capt. Ben put the hammer down and we headed towards the area of the red drum report. We ran about ten minutes and all the sudden the boat comes off plane, I look up and Ben says there were four cobia he saw, they went under when the wake hit them, but that we should hang a few minutes and see if they come back up. Sure enough two minutes later they appear. Ben points them out, I have them in my sights. We slowing make our way over and I shoot a long backcast, but it falls behind them. I make another, miss again, the fish changed direction. We move a bit and I make a forward cast, line gets tangled, have to get it out, if the cob takes the fly and runs (if it runs lol) I’ll break him off.. Now I am pretty much messed up, I’m watching them with one eye and untangling with the other. Finally I get it undone, two cobia have moved out front, and two behind just a few feet. We sneak up a little further on them, I ask Ben to turn the bow to the right so I can get a long cast in, I shoot a long shot, it falls right in front of them, I make one twitch of the fly and the fish light up and go wild over it, they miss, I make another short strip and one of them jumps all over it, I set the hook and come tight….stuck’em! We’re all jacked up on the boat, but now comes the landing part…..I can see when the fish comes up to the surface that it does not look like it is hooked that well, I give it another hard set, but still do not feel good, fish runs at me and I wind like a mad man to keep it tight, finally he goes down and I stay tight. He starts making his way to the surface again and I feel like he is going to jump and all I am thinking if he makes a good jump he has a real chance to throw this hook…sure enough he jumps, but the hooks stays and I’m feeling better about landing this sucker. I wear the fish out a bit and finally it gets near the boat, I think this is it, but the fish makes another run. Few minutes later we finally land the rascal. Mission accomplished! To say we were all jacked up is an understatement, whenever I get a new species on the fly for the first time it always jacks me up . Good times!

We took some pics and headed to where we heard the red drum bite was, turns out there were no fish there, but it did not matter to us. We headed to the ramp and had a big lunch at Rudee’s. Later in the night I made my way over to Ross’s Harpoon Larry’s Seafood Bar. There I managed to catch up with local legend, Capt. Pete Bregant, who I had not seen in a while. The really sweet part of it was that I caught the cobia on a yak fly he tied and gave to me fifteen years ago on my very first trip fishing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel (CBBT) area. Capt. Pete and Ron Russell took me out to show me what it was all about. Because of Capt. Pete and Ron introducing me to the great Virginia Beach fishery, I’ve had more adventures then I could have imagined fishing the area. I’ll remember this cobia on the fly adventure with Capt. Ben for a long time to come, and I will be back for more! Thanks Capt. Ben, you are part Cobia!

The Fly Fishing Equipment List of what I used:
Sage 10wt XP
Tibor Everglades Fly Reel
Rio Striper 250 line
leader: 2 feet of 30lb Ande fluorocarbon, 2 1/2 feet of 20lb Ande fluorocarbon
Fly. Capt Pete’s Yak Fly

A few pictures below (click for a larger version of the image)

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Fly Fishing for Cobia showing off Lateral Line's Fly Fishing Shirt and Fishing Hat

Capt. Pete’s Yak Fly that tricked this cobia

Saltwater Fly Cobia Fly Fiy Fishing Cobia Fly

What else can we catch with this fly rod 🙂

Saltwater Fly Fishing for Cobia in Fly Fishing Shirt and Fishing Hat by Lateral Line

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Jul 28 2010

Crisfield Fishing Shirt Spotted in Chesapeake Virginia

Crisfield Fishing Shirt Fly Fishing Shirt by Lateral Line Fishing Clothing CompanyLateral Line Ambassador Jay Fleming sent in this shot of a nice red fish he caught wading in shallow water this past week in Chesapeake, Virginia. WTG, Jay, nice fish and the Crisfield fishing shirt looks sharp as well if we do not say so ourselves! (photo: Ben Fleming)

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Apr 28 2010

IGFA 20lb Tippet Fly Rod Striped Bass Class Record Approved

IGFA Striped Bass Saltwater Fly Fishing Record in Fly Fishing Clothes Fly Fishing Shirt Company Lateral Line's Fly Fishing BlogA new approved IGFA World Record from Virginia saltwaters. Male 20 pound Tippet Fly Rod Class Striped Bass weighed in at 51lbs, 5oz

Richie Keatley of Norfolk was approved recently as the newest World Record holder from Virginia. The 51lb, 5oz striped bass he boated on the fly at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel on December 17th, 2010 topped the existing 43lbs, 12oz record previously held by another Virginia resident, Harry Huelsbeck.

Richie was fly fishing in his 22-foot boat at the Bay Bridge Tunnel using a hand-tied 3/0 Clouser blue-tinted fly. After a nerve racking battle and three netting attempts, once again Virginia fishing history was made!
Congratulations Richie!!

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Apr 01 2010

Virginia Citation Fishing Report for the Week of March 29, 2010

Virginia Fish Citations for the week of March 29, 2010
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Virginia Fishing Citations Report Virginia Fishing Report for Week  of March 29, 2010

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Jan 28 2010

Virginia Anglers Earn Over 5000 Citations in 2009 – Record Marks Set for White Marlin, Blueline Tilefish and Sailfish

Anglers registered 5,191 trophy-size fish for Citation awards during the 52nd Annual Virginia Saltwater Fishing Tournament, which ran from January 1st through December 31st.  This was the tenth year in a row anglers registered at least 5,000 Citations since the Tournament began in 1958.

For the first time in Tournament history, speckled trout accounted for the largest number of Citations among the 35 eligible species.   The 849 speckled trout registered last year represented 16% of all Citations awarded and was the second most ever for the species.  Released speckled trout composed 28 % of the species total.  Among the speckled trout Citations registered for weight, seven speckled trout topped the magic10-pound mark while 45 fish weighed 8 pounds or more.

Offshore anglers found white marlin willing targets in 2009, as bluewater anglers set an all-time mark of 775 whites, accounting for 15% of all Citations.  The previous best was in 1978 when 728 of these acrobatic fish were registered in the Tournament.  White marlin are only eligible for release so all of these beautiful billfish were released.  The season’s first white marlin was caught June 26 but the fishing did not become consistent until mid-July.  All of August and early September produced substantial catches of whites.    What stood out about the 2009 season was some of the very best action occurred the last two weeks of September!  Catches would have been much higher if the summer fishing fleet had been in place.

Only slightly behind white marlin and in third place for 2009, striped bass Citations totaled Continue Reading »

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