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Sep 23 2008

Virginia Saltwater Fishing Reports – Chesapeake Bay, Inshore and Offshore Reports Updated Sept 23, 2008

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Virginia Fishing Report: Covering the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, Inshore and Virginia Offshore Fishing
Virgina Fishing Reports, Virginia Offshore Fishing Reports, Virginia Chesapeake Bay Fishing Reports, Virginia Inshore Fishing Reports, Virginia Flounder Fishing Reports, Fluke Fishing ReportsWind, wind and more wind is keeping most anglers inshore. The fishing action will wane a bit until after the blow. But not all action comes to a halt with turbulent and dirty water. The red drum species thrives in this environment. And with that said, the long awaited big red drum run off the Little Island fishing pier is here. True to form, this run usually kicks off with the first stiff North Easterly blow in September. Pier anglers are hoisting up bull reds from the end of the pier, with the best action still to come. Red drum are also providing action off the Hungar’s Creek and Cape Charles areas. Mike Neely of Richmond released a nice 48-inch bull he caught near buoy 36A on cut bait this week.

Puppy drum are on the loose within the shallows, inlets and creeks, as well as the surf off Sandbridge, and the Eastern Shore Barrier islands. Anywhere within Lynnhaven River is a great place for pups right now. Long Bay Pointe Bait and Tackle reports that juvenile reds of all sizes are hitting most lures, live bait, and cut bait.

Fall speckled trout catches are inching up the charts with good numbers of fish in Hungar’s Creek, and Rudee and Lynnhaven Inlets. John Outten of Machipongo weighed in an eight and a half-pound beauty while casting in Nassawadox Creek.

Decent spot are pouring into the lower bay area, with catches scattered in all the usual haunts. The local piers are excellent places to get in on the spot action. Look for the biggest spot on the Hampton Bar, off the Little Creek Jetties, and all the lower bay inlets. Horse croaker in the 2-pound range are lurking in deeper areas around the lower bay channels, inlets, and the Bay Bridge Tunnel, preparing for their southern migration.

Big cobia are lingering on buoys along the ocean front and near the mouth of the bay, with fish in excess of 50-pounds falling to jigs and live bait.
King mackerel have been scarce recently with the dirty water, but this action should improve into October. Spanish mackerel are still an excellent choice along Sanbridge and Dam Neck in about 25 feet of water. Schools of false albacore have been spotted in close to the beach, which can prove very sporting on light tackle. A hook-up with a large shark is also a possibility in these same areas.

The Flounder action took a break this week, but will heat back up as anglers find cleaner water. With the wind coming from the North East this week, anglers can drift the protected bayside Eastern Shore area with little exertion. Chris at Chris’ Bait and Tackle reports that folks are finding some keepers, with some fish pushing 8.5-pounds drifting off the Kiptopeke area. Once boats can get out, the offshore wreck flatfish action is a good alternative for an easy catch with strip baits bounced over the structure.
Expect nice sea bass as a by-catch, along with a few triggers. Amberjack are still available on local wrecks, and will remain on the southern towers through October.

Schoolie rockfish are hitting offerings all over the lower bay, and will only become more active as the water temperature drops.

The unpredictable weather is keeping many blue water anglers closer to shore, but improving tuna action is waiting once they can negotiate a decent day. A few larger class yellowfin are available near the Norfolk Canyon.
Wahoo will continue to slam spreads for several more weeks, while bailer and gaffer dolphin are still a good backup. The marlin bite is still on when boats can reach them.
Until next week, good luck fishing!

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Dr. Julie Ball
IGFA Representative,

Virginia Beach Virginia’s Eastern Shore Fishing Report
Covering Inshore and Offshore Fishing out of Wachapreague, Chincoteague and Assateague

by Kevin of Lyn B Sportfishing
– Correspondent
Kevin must be into some good fishing right now. Kevin of Lyn B Sportfishing, a 34ft custom sport fisherman Captained by Bill Bowen. They offer inshore, wreck and offshore fishing adventures. Fishing from the Wachapreague, Wachapreague . Call 757-787-1074 to book a trip.

Luckily we have some reports from the Virginia Saltwater Review covering this region.
Chincoteague –  According to Donna at Captain Bob’s, flounder have started biting again. Several keepers were caught in the Chincoteague Channel between markers 23 and 25. The bridges were hot with striped bass at night (probably because of the full moon). A red drum was reportedly caught off of Assateague Island in the surf, and a 6- pound flounder was caught there last week, as well. Several striped bass have been reported from under the drawbridge as well. Snapper bluefish were around, and a few kingfish were landed from in the ocean. Northeast winds will probably keep most anglers home during the weekend. Captain Bob’s will switch to its fall hours this week.

Wachapreague – According to staff at the Wachapreague Marina, numerous dolphin were found at the Norfolk Canyon along with a whopping 272-pound blue marlin. The dolphin ranged from 5 to 20 pounds. Most offshore fishing has been better past 40 fathoms. Inshore, staff reports that flounder fishing is fair.

At Captain Zed’s, anglers continued to catch flounder and croaker near Paramour and Cedar islands, which were hot spots for the season. A few spot and grey trout were landed, and there were reports of small red drum sightings. Offshore action in the canyons has been productive with dolphin and wahoo, and wreck fishing was doing really well with black sea bass.

Virginia’s Middle Bay Fishing Report
by Jerry Thrash From Patriot Charters and Queens Creek Outfitters
Jerry writes: “Not much to report this week due to the lack of fishing effort.  Spot are said to be still way up the Rappahannock so we should still have a good run coming this way as the water begins to cool. Speckled trout are becoming more active as the fall run appears near. The creeks are holding medium to large croaker, small spot and specks, as well as small stripers.”

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