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Archive for the 'Virginia Chesapeake Bay Fishing Reports' Category

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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Sep 13 2009

Virginia Saltwater Fish Citations Reported for week ending Sept 11, 2009

Virginia Marine Resources (VMRC) 2009 Saltwater  Fishing Tournament Leading Entries for the week ending September 11, 2009 .Click on the image for a larger view of the fishing tournament leaders.

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Sep 03 2009

Virginia Saltwater Fish Citations Reported for week of Sept 3, 2009

Virginia Marine Resources (VMRC) 2009 Saltwater  Fishing Tournament Leading Entries for the week of September 3 ,2009 .Click on the image for a larger view of the leaders.

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Aug 07 2009

Virginia Saltwater Fish Citations Reported for week of August 7, 2009

Virginia Marine Resources (VMRC) 2009 Saltwater  Fishing Tournament Leading Entries for the week of August 7,2009 .Click on the image for a larger view of the leaders.virginia_fishing_tournament_leaders_080609

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Aug 05 2009

Virginia Saltwater Fishing Reports Covering Chesapeake Bay and Offshore Virginia Fishing – Updated August 5, 2009

va_ten_pound_flounderThere should be no problem finding a species to target right now. Both inshore and offshore varieties are available. Inshore, cobia action continues to lure anglers to the lower Bay shoals. Chummers are scoring with a nicer class of fish using chunks of bunker, live eels, and live croaker fished on the bottom. The best locations for chummers lately are the seaside areas of Fisherman’s Island, the Nine foot shoal, and Latimer shoal. Sight-casters are lagging behind, mostly because of frequent cloudy and windy conditions. Pier anglers where thrilled this week when 3 big cobia hit baits off the Seagull Fishing Pier located at the 1st island. Red drum are also taking cut bunker in these same areas. Black drum are still circling the islands of the CBBT, with a smartly placed shad or buck tail the lure of choice.

Flounder action is hit and miss again this week, but anglers who put in their time are finding a few keepers. Most keepers are coming from drifting with strip baits and minnows. The Hampton Bar, buoy 36, Back River Reef, and the Thimble Shoal Channel, are proving the most action for drifters. Those dropping live bait and jigs on lower bay structures are also finding a few nice fish along the HRBT and the CBBT. Within Lynnhaven Inlet, Rudee Inlet, and Wachapreague, flounder enthusiasts are finding a few fish, but the action is generally slow.

The hunt for the king mackerel is on. Unfortunately, the kings are not cooperating. A few small kings ranging from 10 to 15 pounds are coming from the CB line of buoys near the entrance to the Bay. Spanish mackerel action has also slowed up. Captain Steve Wray, skipper of the Ocean Pearl out of Lynnhaven, reports that the best Spanish bite is occurring off the Virginia Beach ocean front, where the fish are hitting in 10 to 30-feet of water.

Some spadefish are schooling around near shore wrecks, the span of the CBBT, and the 3rd and 4th islands. Most of these fish are ranging to around 4-pounds. Plantation Light and the Cell are holding some larger fish, but getting them to bite is another story. Triggerfish are helping themselves to the clam offered to spades near the islands, which are fun to catch, and a good consolation prize.

Sheepshead action is good lately, with fish to14-pounds taking fiddler crabs dangled along the Bridge Tunnel complex. Noel Dennis of Carrollton, scored with a trophy 10-pound sheepsead while offering a fiddler crab at the CBBT. Decent tautog are also coming from the same areas, with fish tipping the scales at 9.5-pounds this week.

Plenty of medium-sized croaker and nice spot are scattered around the lower Bay. The lower Bay inlets, the Concrete Ships, and the small boat channel south of the first island are providing good numbers right now. Squid, shrimp, and Fishbites are all working well.

The folks at Ocean’s East 2 report that speckled trout made a modest showing within Lynnhaven, Rudee, and Little Creek Inlets lately. Most fish are just keeper sized, but a few 4-pounders are also in the mix. Puppy drum are going strong, with fish active in all the lower Bay shallows and Inlets, with the Elizabeth River, and Lynnhaven Inlet favorite hot spots this week. A few pups are pushing up to over 30-inches.

The folks at Chris’ Bait and Tackle report that other than a few sightings, the tarpon action is still basically non-existent. Tarpon experts are speculating that the Virginia tarpon run may not materialize this season if it does not jump-start within the next week or so.

Amberjack are a no-brainer at the South Tower, where anglers are finding good numbers of Continue Reading »

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Jul 30 2009

Virginia Saltwater Fish Citations Reported for week of July 30 2009

Virginia Marine Resources (VMRC) 2009 Saltwater  Fishing Tournament Leading Entries for the week of July 30,2009 .Click on the image for a larger view of the leaders.

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Jun 04 2009

Virginia Saltwater Fish Citations Reported for week of June 1 2009

Virginia Marine Resources Fishing Tournament 2009 Leading Entries as of June 3, 2009.
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May 06 2009

Virginia Saltwater Fishing Reports Covering Chesapeake Bay and Offshore Virginia Coastal Reports – Updated May 6, 2009

cbbt_doormat_flounderThe inshore saltwater spring fishery is now in full gear. The final star of the show made its debut this week, the notorious red drum. Chris’s Bait and Tackle reports over a dozen bulls already released by surf anglers from the suds of Smith’s Island. This fishery is no where near what it will become, but with the recent north easterly wind and the upcoming full moon, a boost in the action is promising. Peeler crabs, blue crabs, and bunker fished on the Eastern Shore shoals and in the surf of the barrier islands will put you in the zone. These fish are fierce fighters, and can weigh in upwards of 50-pounds.

The red drum’s close cousin, the black drum, is also pushing its way into the usual haunts. These two species are usually caught in the same areas. A few blacks are coming from near buoy 13 and the seaside inlets along the Eastern Shore, while smaller fish are still coming from the surf. More large fish will begin taking bait soon, with the beginning of May always the best time for these gentle giants.

With the recent wind and muddy water, flounder pounders are struggling to find fish, with protected areas offering the best opportunity. Long Bay Pointe Bait and Tackle reports that some keepers up to around 23-inches are coming from within Lynnhaven Inlet. The Oyster area and Ship Shoal Inlet on the Eastern Shore are providing limits of keepers, while drifters at buoy 36A were also hooking a few flatties before the recent cold front. According to The Virginia Beach Fishing Center, surf anglers and boaters trolling off the beach are pulling in good numbers of Taylor bluefish.

The bayside shallows and lower bay inlets are producing Continue Reading »

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