Happy Thanksgiving! Anglers have some nice rockfish action to be thankful for. Trophy-sized fish are being caught on the bayside of the Eastern Shore and at the CBBT. Large schools of small “keeper-size” fish can be found throughout the bay. Flocks of working birds are being encountered from New Point to York Spit to Bluefish Rock. Break out your light tackle for some fun action. Anglers wire-lining the CBBT are catching limits of medium rock. The action is not to the level it was several years ago but we can be thankful that it is a lot better than the last couple.
Speckled trout fishing is at its seasonal peak inside the Elizabeth River with multiple citation-size fish being caught. There are still fish being caught in other locations like the York and Back Rivers and inside of Rudee and Lynnhaven Inlets. Trophy fish were caught at all of these locations over the past weeks with some really impressive trout caught in the York this past weekend.
Tautog action remains good at the CBBT and over most every structure in the bay. Togs will become more available on the ocean wrecks as the waters cool. Right now, there are so many sea bass that it is hard to catch a tog on the ocean wrecks. That is not a bad problem as the sea bass season remains open through the end of the year. There are still some trigger fish and flounder being caught at the Triangle Wrecks and others about that far out. The deeper water wrecks are holding good sea bass. Big bluefish are available and bluefin tuna are a possible arrival any day now.
Offshore bottom fishing is good for blueline tilefish and sea bass. Grouper, golden tilefish, blackbelly rosefish, and wreckfish can also be caught. When the boats can get out of Oregon Inlet, they are coming back with good catches of yellowfin tuna.
Vic Sorensen will be the speaker at the December 16 meeting of the PSWSFA. He will be speaking to us about cold water fishing safety. www.pswsfa.com/meetings.htm
I will be the speaker at the December 1 meeting of the CVSFA. We will be discussing wintertime wreck fishing. www.cvsfa.com/index.php/contact-us/meeting-location
PSWSFA members need to mark Feb. 27 on their calendars. That is the evening of our Awards Banquet. Adult meals will be $15 while the children’s meal will be free. Look for details and menu selection in the Chum Line soon.
Nov 23, Hunter Southall fished the Elizabeth River. They caught speckled trout to 24 inches long.
Nov 23, I fished for speckled trout in the Elizabeth River with Wes Blow. We caught 11 trout (would have caught more if I had not missed so many). 7 of the specks were between 24.5 and 27.25 inches long. The smallest fish was 19 inches long. All were tagged and released.
Nov 22, Hunter and Charles Southall fished the Elizabeth River. They caught 10 speckled trout including fish of 24 and 27 inches long.
Nov 19, Wes Blow and Hamish Small fished the Elizabeth River. They caught a dozen nice speckled trout up to 26 inches long including 4 large enough for citations.
Nov 16, we fished the Triangle Wrecks. We were looking for big bluefish. We caught small bluefish, keeper sea bass, and 7 flounder.
Nov 16, Wes Blow and JT Hale did some wreck fishing. They caught a limit of nice sea bass and 11 triggerfish.
Nov 16, Capt. Rick Wineman wreck fished. They caught a limit of sea bass and they caught numerous bluefish including 7 that they registered for release citations.
Nov 12, Wes Blow fished the Elizabeth River. He tagged and released speckled trout up to 26 inches long.
Nov 9, we fished some wrecks to the south. We caught hake, porgy and a bunch of small bluefish. We had a really nice catch of big sea bass, keeping our 75-fish limit and we caught a bunch of triggerfish. We weighed in three triggerfish for citations. Dr. Hamish Small caught the largest at 5 pounds. Stan Simmerman hooked something big on his sea bass rig that would not come up. He thought it was a monster ray. I told him that I thought he had a big sand tiger on. We never found out as he broke it off after a grueling fight. Stan switched over to a jig and he was soon hooked up to something big again. This time, he was able to bring the big sand tiger shark to the boat for a release. Wes Blow has a thing for catching big sharks. He put away his sea bass stuff and came out with a long and heavy piece of piano wire leader with a big hook on the end. He baited up with a big slab of false albacore and proceeded to show that you cannot have too big of a bait or hook for a sea bass to eat. After catching a few sea bass on his oversized baits, he did hook up on a shark but the hook pulled. He kept at it and hooked another one. We ended up pulling off the anchor and chasing this one around a bit. When he finally got it up, we had that heavy straight-wire to deal with without any wireman’s gloves. They tried to lip-gaff the shark to aid in getting the hook out/cutting the leader close to the shark. That sort of worked. After the release, nobody else wanted to tangle with another one of those beasts and fish box was full so we headed in for a couple of hours of fish cleaning.
Nov 9, Martin Freed and Ruta Vaskys fished out of Quinby. They had a great day catching a limit of sea bass and some trigger fish to over 5 pounds. On the way in, they ran into big bluefish and caught several to over 19 pounds.
Nov 8, we fished the Triangle Reef for big bluefish and flounder. We caught little bluefish, some medium sea bass, a few ribbon fish, and some flounder. The largest flounder was Jody Linthicum’s first-ever flounder citation and it was his sixth different citation this year, earning his Expert Angler award. His doormat weighed in at 8.5 pounds. While flounder fishing, Bernie Sparrer hooked something that was not a flounder. I thought that we had found the big bluefish until 10 feet of thresher shark comes flying out of the water. They are funny looking sharks anyway but they really look strange when flying. That fight did not last too much longer after that. The hook pulled.
Nov 5, Wes Blow fished the Triangle Wrecks catching sea bass.
Oct 31, Jody Linthicum fished Back River Reef. They came in early with a 3-man limit of tautog.
Oct 29, Larry Lusk did some kayak fishing with his sons at the Outer Banks. They caught a number of big red drum.
Oct 27, Stan Simmerman cast lures to the 3rd and 4th islands of the CBBT. He did not catch any rockfish but he did catch about 20 bluefish.
Oct 27, Wes Blow wreck hopped all the way out to the Norfolk Canyon. He caught a variety of bluefish, sea bass, triggerfish, and hake. He said the only big fish he caught were some very impressive conger eels.
Oct 25, Charles Southall fished his boat out of Hatteras and they caught a wahoo.
Oct 25, Steve Martin fished his boat out of Hatteras and he caught a 55.5 pound wahoo.
Oct 24, it was a rough day at Hatteras but Charles Southall managed some inshore trolling. They caught 2 king mackerel.
Oct 23, it was too rough for the guys down at Hatteras to get out so Gabe Sava went surf fishing. He caught a 45-inch red drum.
Oct 27, Jody Linthicum fished in Back River out of his kayak. He caught 7 speckled trout in the 18-21 inch range, 2 bluefish, and a striped bass.
Oct 21, Charles Southall fished his boat out of Hatteras. They caught 2 dolphin, 3 king mackerel, 4 amberjack, a false albacore, and a 41-pound wahoo.
Oct 20-21, Steve Martin fished his boat out of Hatteras. They caught 3 dolphin and a wahoo.
Oct 20, Charles Southall fished his boat out of Hatteras. They caught 2 blackfin tuna, 2 dolphin, 1 false albacore, 1 king mackerel, and 1 wahoo.
Oct 20, I fished off of my dock in Chisman Creek and caught small speckled trout and bluefish.
Oct 20, Martin Freed and Ruta Vaskys fished some wrecks out of Quinby. They caught a 7 pound 3 ounce sheepshead, a bunch of nice triggerfish, some flounder and small sea bass.
Oct 20, Dave Young fished the CBBT. They caught several gray trout in the 16 to 18 inch range, a couple 21-22 inch flounder, 7 bluefish and a couple of nice red drum to 42 inches long. They had a larger red on that they lost due to a straightened hook.
Oct 18, Martin Freed and Ruta Vaskys fished out of Quinby. They caught a couple of trout, a porgy, 28 pigfish and a dozen large spot to 12.5 inches long.
Oct 15, I have been catching fish around my dock light most every night and morning. This morning, the catch was speckled trout, gray trout, and bluefish. No striped bass catches yet.
Oct 10, Lee Williams fished out of Hatteras. They caught a wahoo and some dolphin. They lost a second wahoo. Their bites were in 30 fathoms and came on their planer rod.
Oct 10, we ran back out after wahoo in the Cigar area. We caught 3 blackfin tuna including our largest out of Virginia so far (about 20 pounds), 2 false albacore, and a barracuda that we thought was going to be our wahoo. We did not have any wahoo bites. A couple of other boats fishing south of the Triple 0s managed to catch a few ‘hoo up to 57 pounds.
Oct 9, Martin Freed and Ruta Vaskys did some clamming out of Quinby. They then did a little fishing and caught 20 pigfish, 10 big spot, some sea mullet and a couple black drum.
Oct 5, I ran down to the Cigar with Phillip Neill, Chris Wayman, and Stan Simmerman. We had about 15 wahoo bites and only managed to land 3. They were all nice fish with the smallest weighing in at 45 pounds, the largest at 85 pounds. We trolled a little spoon for a bit to see if there were any baby bluefin around for Dr. John Graves. There were baby blackfin. Phillip caught a big false albacore that managed to escape overboard from Stan’s hands before we could measure it so no release citation for Phillip. The rest of us each weighed in a citation-size wahoo. These were the first-ever citation wahoo for both Stan and Chris. At 85 pounds, Stan started out big.