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Fish News: Trolling and Chunking

Fish News
Trolling and Chunking

Tuna fishing remains good out of Virginia with both yellowfin and bluefin tuna being caught. Most of the fish are still being caught by trolling but chunking has also been successful. A pretty good white marlin bite has developed also. A hot area for both tuna and billfish has been the 30-fathom area east of the Fingers. Amberjacks can be found over numerous wrecks with the south towers being the most predictable locations. Some nice king mackerel can be found around the schools of menhaden along the oceanfront, especially near Sandbridge. Spanish mackerel are also plentiful along the oceanfront and at Cape Henry. Big flounder have been caught along the CBBT and in the area of the Cell. Large croaker can also be found near the Cell. The cobia bite remains good. They are being caught by chumming and more and more are being caught by anglers running the buoys. Sheepshead fishing continues to be productive along the CBBT. Spadefish can be found over most of the near shore structures. Our club flounder tournament is going on now, July 23-31. The free Youth and Ladies Tournament will be held Aug. 6-14.
July 23, Brent Meadors fished the 30-fathom area east of the Fingers. They did not do too well with the tuna but they did very well with the white marlin that came in to eat. After a good fight, they released it to fight another day.
July 23, John Hunt fished the 30-fathom area. They caught 4 yellowfins up to 45 pounds. They lost one other at the boat.
July 22 and 23, we fished the Virginia Beach Invitational Billfish Tournament. We did not do very well. We did not see a billfish either day. We caught a few dolphins. The largest was Charles Southall's 15.3-pound fish. We spent most of our time out in the deep when most of the billfish were found in shallow.
July 22, Stephen Grimes fished the 30-fathom area. They caught a couple of yellowfin and a skipjack. They lost a couple of other tuna. They then started trolling east when a nice bull dolphin jumped on one of their ballyhoo. The fish later weighed in at 32 pounds.
July 21, Don Crist fished the 30-fathom area. His dad, Charles, caught his first ever Virginia citation fish. It was a hefty bull dolphin that weighed in at 31 pounds. They also caught 4 nice yellowfins.

Dr. Ken Neill, III writes a weekly column for The Peninsula Salt Water Sport Fisherman's Association (

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