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Open Water

Speckled trout fishing remains excellent in Lynnhaven Inlet and in the Elizabeth River near the Hot Ditch. The best flounder fishing has moved out of the bay into the ocean around the wrecks. Tautog fishing is very good in the bay with the CBBT being very productive. Rockfish are plentiful if still on the small side. More fish in the 30 something inch range are showing up and some open water action is happening in the bay but fishing the various structures is still the most productive technique. Anglers wire-lining the CBBT are catching many fish. Sea bass and triggerfish are available on the ocean wrecks. Plenty of chopper bluefish can also be found around the various wrecks.
The next PSWSFA fishing trip has been booked. We will be live baiting big king mackerel on the Miss Hatteras November 26. The first 20 anglers paid up will be our crew. Cost will be $170 per angler. Get with me to book your spot.
Nov. 7, Buzzy Evans fished SE of the Cigar. They came back to the dock with 14 nice yellowfin.
Nov. 5, Dennis Lane and Mac McCormick fished the CBBT for rockfish. They caught a mess of fish to 28 inches long.
Nov. 5, Bob Manus fished near the Chesapeake Light Tower. They caught 8 founder, some nice sea bass and a stargazer. They also watched some large bluefin tuna busting the water.
Nov. 5, Matt Rinck fished the pilings of the CBBT. They brought back a limit of nice tautog. They released 4 for citations from 23.5 to 25 inches long. Hard crab was the bait of choice.
Nov. 1, Dick Harris fished offshore on the Bite Me. They stopped fishing 6 fish short of their limit. They had nowhere else to put fish. Back at the dock, they cleaned 420 pounds of yellowfin.
Nov. 1, Bob Allen and John Perry wire-lined the CBBT. They caught over 50 small rockfish. They also caught a 3-pound gray trout.
Nov. 1, Frank Kearney hit some wrecks for flounder. They came back with 24 nice flounder with a half dozen of them weighing in at over 6 pounds each. They also caught 10 nice sea bass.

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

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