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Fish News - Strong, Cold North Winds Slow Down Fishing

By Dr. Ken Neill, III

Strong, cold north winds have really slowed down fishing. When boats have been able to get out, they have found big sea bass on the offshore wrecks. Tautogs have been caught closer to shore. The Triangle Wrecks has been a good area. Stripers are still a possibility. Big fish were caught out of Oregon Inlet this past week. Yellowfin, wahoo, and a blue marlin have all been caught out of Hatteras.
yesterday. They found a lot of big rockfish south of Sandbridge. The wind blew hard all day yesterday but he said it had a west component and it was fine up next to the beach where the fish were. There, 3 largest weighed in at 52, 42, and 39.5 pounds. He was happy to still find big rocks in the ocean. He has had reports of big at Deltaville already.
If you have not done so yet, now is a good time to get your dues in for 2005. You have to be paid up before can start entering those monster rockfish, bubba togs, and jumbo sea bass. Our regular monthly meetings will resume in March. We will have a board meeting on the second Tuesday of February.
Feb. 9, Capt. Richard Bartlett took a charter offshore after jumbo sea bass. They had a great trip, coming back with a limit of fish including a number of fish over 5 pounds. (757) 876-5376.
Feb. 9, Craige Stallings and a group of club members went out on the Super Sport after big sea bass. They had a slow trip but there were some nice fish caught including some over 5 pounds.
Jan. 30, Capt. Richard Bartlett took a charter south after rockfish. They found them about 40 miles south of the inlet. They caught fish to 30 pounds in the rain and a stiff wind. The rockfish did not mind the weather at all. To charter Richard call (757) 876-5376.
Jan. 29, I went after rockfish with Jorj Head, Bob Manus and Tim Hatok. We found good action about 35 miles south of Rudee. We registered 3 citations. Bob released a 44.25-inch fish. Jorj weighed in fish of 41 and 45 pounds. Tim got close, weighing in a 39-pound fish.
Dr. Julie Ball went after sea bass with Capt. Jim Brincefield. They caught a limit and everyone on board came home with citation size sea bass. Julie's largest weighed in at 5 pounds 8 ounces. To charter Jim, call Long Bay Point Bait and Tackle at (757) 481-7517.

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

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