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Fish News: Winners of Youth and Ladies Tournament

Fish News
Winners of Youth and Ladies Tournament

Offshore fishing is very good right now. The area of the Norfolk Canyon has been the hot spot with good catches of yellowfin tuna, some big eyes, good numbers of gaffer dolphin, and some wahoo being caught. Both blue and white marlin are around also.
The Dare Marina/PSWSFA Open Flounder Tournament will be held on July 21st with a captains meeting on the 20th. See for the PDF download.
Virginia's big billfish tournament is scheduled for Aug. 22-25. Visit for details.
July 3, David Brabrand fished in Montana. Not too many cobia there but they do have trout. "Throwing flies", he caught 19 rainbows up to 3 lbs. He said that the fish are literally jumping out of the water chasing insects.
July 3, John Hunt fished SE of the Fingers. They caught 4 yellowfin tuna and lost 4 others. The fish were in the 50-pound class.
July 3, Ed Elzarian headed out to the Norfolk Canyon. They caught some gaffer dolphin and 2 yellowfin tuna, which weighed in at 55 and 60 pounds.
July 2, Gary Donaldson went looking for flounder. They started out at Back River Reef without any luck. They then ran to the Hump where they found croaker, bluefish and 3 flounder up to 20 inches long.
July 1, we had a club picnic at Dare Marina, , and awards presentation for our weeklong Youth and Ladies Tournament. Croaker and flounder were the targeted species. The winning croaker was caught of at the Cell. The fish of the tournament was a 6 pound 12 ounce flounder caught by 11-year-old, Hunter Southall while anchored at Back River Reef. He was using a live spot for bait.
The winners: Youth Croaker- Casey Neill, Katelyn Southall, & Hunter Southall. Youth Flounder- Hunter Southall & Katelyn Southall. Ladies Croaker- Lisa Southall, Kerri Henderson, & Tricia Neill. Ladies Flounder- Kerri Henderson, Rachel Nelson, & Amy Hatok. Congratulations to the winners. Thank you Dare Marina for having us, and thank you Steve, Cindy and Jerald for feeding us so well. You club members who did not make it to the picnic missed out on some good eating.
June 30, Tim and Amy Hatok fished the Youth and Ladies Tournament. Flounder fishing was slow but Amy managed to catch a 22-inch fish.
June 26, Wes Blow went on his first offshore trip out of Oregon Inlet. The bite was not hot but they did catch 3 nice yellowfin and then they found some dolphin and bailed a bunch including some which were gaffer sized.
June 24, Jorj Head fished for cobia at York Spit. Actually, Jorj has been fishing every day. This was his 12th straight day. He has been fishing all over, mostly for cobia and he has caught some most days but has been skunked on other days. This day, they caught two cobia. Neither was large. They kept one to eat and tagged and released the other.
June 24, Jim Fahy took his family out to fish for the Youth and Ladies Tournament. They fished Hampton Bar and the HRBT. They caught a bunch of flounder and every single one was too short to keep. They had plenty, which were close.

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

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