April Fishing Report

A lot is beginning to happen with the rising water temperatures, confirming that the spring procession is finally making progress. This trend should continue to heat up over the next weeks.

Tautog action is still going strong, especially within Bay waters. Tog anglers are scoring using fiddler crabs and clams on most lower Bay structures and wrecks. The rocks and tubes of the artificial islands and the pilings near the High Rise section of the Bridge Tunnel are providing the best results. Most folks are catching limits of fish ranging up to 5-pounds, but some 10-pounders are also around. Deeper ocean wrecks are also producing nice tog, with fish up to around 20-pounds taking crab offered in water ranging to around 70 to 100-feet. If tog is on your list, you had better hurry since the season closes May 1st.

Anglers are thrilled that the flounder action is evolving this week, with reports of keeper flatfish becoming more common. The best flounder action is happening along the Eastern Shore, where fish are coming from the buoys along the Bayside of Cape Charles, as well as the seaside inlets and out of Oyster and Wachapreague. Keepers are also hitting baits within Lynnhaven and Rudee Inlets to around 19-inches. Other areas such as Back River and the bend at the third island of the CBBT are also producing scattered early season flatties, but the best is yet to come. These fish are responding to fresh strip bait paired with a gudgeon on an outgoing tide lately.

Nice puppy drum are still hitting inside the Elizabeth River, in lower Bay inlets, as well as along the ocean shorelines. The Virginia Beach Fishing Center reports that folks are catching good numbers of nice pups inside Rudee Inlet using finger mullet and jig heads tipped with grubs. Anglers partaking in speckled trout catch-and -release options are enjoying an increase in activity in the Elizabeth River, particularly in the discharge area of the Hot Ditch and other shallower areas of the River, using top water lures. The arrival of Taylor blues within Rudee Inlet is thrilling surf casters throwing from the rail.

Croaker are now available in various areas in the Bay, especially near Willoughby, Ocean View, and off the Little Creek Jetties. The folks at the Ocean View Fishing Pier report good catches of croaker lately, with anglers filling up coolers with small to medium-sized fish. The bigger hardheads are still coming from the lower Bay Rivers such as the James and York Rivers, using shrimp and squid.

Drum enthusiasts are still anticipating the first catches of big red drum. But, the good news is that one drum variety made its debut last week. The first recreational catches of small black drum occurred from the surf lines of the seaside barrier islands off the Easter Shore. Surf anglers on Smith’s Island are getting hits on crabs and chowder clams. The larger blacks should present in numbers soon, with rumors of sightings of huge schools of blacks passing into the mouth of the Bay recently.

Deep droppers continue to find good hauls of nice black-bellied rosefish, golden tilefish and grouper pushing to over 50-pounds while working the edges of the Norfolk Canyon in water ranging from 600 to 900 feet. Blueline tilefish are also available in shallower water, but the dogfish are still making this fishery difficult to access right now.

The offshore action out of North Carolina is still good when they can get out. Boats are still scoring with some bluefin tuna, scattered yellowfin tuna, blackfin tuna and mako sharks. Hopefully this fishery will heat up soon off Virginia.

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Black Belly Rose Fish, Barrelfish, Wreckfish, Blueline Tilefish, Bluefish, Snowy Grouper

We had a great offshore trip on Wednesday April 17! We caught black belly rose fish, barrelfish, wreckfish, citation blueline tilefish, bluefish and this nice snowy grouper!



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Warmer Weather Is On The Way

With spring fever in the air, many folks are excited about the debut of flounder, especially since this year’s regulations allow four fish per person, with a minimum size of only 16-inches. The lower Bay introductory spring flounder action is sparse, but catches will continue to improve as the water continues to warm. Anglers are already finding some keepers around the 3rd and 4th islands of the CBBT. On the Eastern Shore, the seaside inlet flounder holes out of Oyster are beginning to show some good early season results, while the action in the usual flounder hot spots out of Quincy and Wachapreague is also picking up.

Huge schools of big striped bass continue to make their way to inshore waters, and into the lower Bay as they move toward the rivers to complete their spawning cycle. Although the interest seems to be overshadowed by other species, many of these fish are fat and pushing to over 45-inches. Huge bee hives of working birds have been reported all along the ocean from for the past week or so, hallmarking feeding schools on the move. If you want to catch up, you had better move fast as these fish become off limits in coastal waters at the end of March. In Bay waters, excellent catch and release prospects can provide memorable photo ops for visiting relatives over the Easter weekend.

Tautog is still a great target right now. Plenty of these bottom fish are available on most any offshore and coastal structure, but windy conditions this time of year can make the venture a challenge. Most boats are returning with limits of keeper fish, with several pushing over the 9-pound minimum size for a Virginia state citation. Seabass are still on these same wrecks, which is frustrating since you cannot keep them. The Bay tog activity is showing some life this week, with some fish ranging from 4 to 6-pounds hitting near the Bridge Tunnel and the Concrete Ships. This trend will continue to escalate as the Bay water temperatures creep up.

Puppy drum action is making a stir in both Rudee and Lynnhaven Inlets, where anglers are catching fish on Gulp Grubs. Speckled trout had a boost this week, with respectable fish mixed in with the puppy drum in Rudee Inlet and the Elizabeth River. Some anglers are reporting catches of over 30 specks in a day in the River this week, with a few fish pushing to over 25-inches. The shallower water continues to produce the most strikes, with the ledges and drop-offs harboring schools of fish averaging to around 20-inches lately. Slow sinking twitch baits are still the top producer, but as the water temperatures continue to climb, expect top water action to pick up soon.

When the weather allows, boats are still heading to the deep in search of blueline tilefish, golden tilefish, black bellied rosefish, and grouper with very good results.

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August 20, 2012 report

We went in the rough seas in hopes of anchoring up in protected calmer waters for the mighty cobia. Although we found the shelter we were looking for, the cobia did not come out today. We switched up to plan b & went for flounder. Nearing the end of our trip, we finally found a small area where the flounder were holding. We had 6 keepers & several throw backs within about an hour. Our crew was very patient throughout the day & we were all very excited to finish the day out on a positive note. Our guest went home with a nice mess of fish for their efforts. Here’s a pic of the biggest of the day coming in just over 23″ & super thick!

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Offshore Trip!

Today’s charter on the Pearl. Mahi, tuna, a white marlin & sea bass. We had another white in the spread, but wouldn’t eat. Justin’s first white & Jessica did a hell of a job on her first tuna weighing in around 50#!!

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Nice half day


Nice half day of fishing today. It started out a little slow, but we found some tasty little spade fish, some hungry flounder. We also had a triggerfish. Great day on the water despite the threat of storms & a short rain shower.

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What’s Biting Now?

Amberjack are thick at the South Tower, on ocean wrecks and at the Chesapeake Light Tower. Most of the coastal wrecks are holding good numbers of sea bass, flounder, spadefish, and some very nice triggerfish are being caught. Flounder are being caught in all of the summertime flounder spots with the LARGE fish coming from the CBBT. Large sheepshead are available at the CBBT. Spadefish, can be found around most of the structures in the lower bay and over the coastal wrecks. Chesapeake Light Tower is holding spadefish. Cobia are being caught chumming and sight-fishing. Schools of big red drum are being encountered. Schools of black drum can be found around the islands of the CBBT. Spanish mackerel fishing is excellent along the oceanfront and inside the lower bay.

Offshore white marlin blue marlin and sailfish are here. In addition to billfish wahoo & dolphin and scattered yellowfin tuna are available.


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Spanish and Flounder

We had a great crew from on board today from the Lexington & Richmond Virginia area. A guys weekend, fishing adventure. After some great spanish action, we went for some flounder. A few Shorties and we got these 2 nice keepers.

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Inshore fishing ~ Family fun!

Some great flounder action in the afternoon. This morning, spanish, blues & we did some sharking!

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Inshore Family Fishing

2 nice keepers for the dinner table

Ran some inshore trips Friday & Saturday. Friday we had a great crew in town & caught some blues, spanish & flounder. Saturday proved to be a good day on the water. We found spanish, blues and flounder.

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