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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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.
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!
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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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.
Billfish action has been very good. From the Norfolk Canyon on down to the Triple 0s. Most are white marlin, but a good number of blue marlin are crashing spreads as well. Dolphin fishing is good and there is a scattered yellowfin tuna bite. Bottom bounceing we’re catching blueline tilefish and wreckfish along with other creatures of the deep.
Amberjack are thick at the South Tower. Most of the coastal wrecks are holding good numbers of sea bass, flounder, spadefish, and some very nice triggerfish. Wrecks like the Santore and Tiger have produced citation-sized triggers this past week.
Flounder are being caught in all of the summertime flounder spots with the largest fish coming from the CBBT.
Large sheepshead are available at the CBBT where spadefish can also be found.
Spadefish are around most of the structures in the lower bay and over the coastal wrecks.
Cobia are being caught chumming and sight-fishingt. Schools of big red drum are being encountered by anglers looking for cobia.
Spanish mackerel fishing is excellent along the oceanfront and inside the lower bay.
Some large king mackerel have been seen skying out of the water off of Sandbridge. Tarpon are rolling around on the Eastern Shore seaside.