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Fish News: Good Fishing

Fish News: Good Fishing

Tropical systems are all over the place and the offshore action has really turned on. Dolphin action remains very good. The white marlin bite has busted wide open with boats getting double-digit shots. One boat came in with 20 releases. Good numbers of blue marlin and sailfish are around making a grand slam a real possibility. Tuna fishing is showing some life also. Bigeyes are being encountered at the Norfolk Canyon. Yellowfin tuna are still not abundant but the ones that are being caught are large, in the 60-80 pound range. Wahoo are showing in greater numbers. Offshore bottom fish are available but with the good pelagic action, few are fishing for them. Cobias are the hot fish in the lower bay and along the coast and you can fish for them however you want. Anglers sitting on chum slicks are catching fish at York Spit and in the Bluefish Rock area. They are being picked off of the buoys and on calm days, schools are being spotted in open water at the mouth of the bay and along the Virginia Beach oceanfront. Doormat flounder continue to be caught by anglers fishing with live bait around structure in the lower bay and at the coastal wrecks. Spanish mackerel are abundant from the Chesapeake Light Tower all the way into York Spit Light. Some crevalle jack and amberjack are around the Chesapeake Light Tower and wrecks like the Ricks and Hanks. Spadefish are available on the coastal wrecks as are some nice triggerfish. A few, large sheepshead are being caught at the CBBT. Good numbers of spot are being caught at Twin Stakes and around Hampton Bar. This looks good for a fall run of jumbo spot this fall. Decent numbers of speckled trout and puppy drum are inside Back River.
Kayak anglers have the entire month of September to compete in the first PSWSFA kayak tournament. Cost is only $10 for members and $15 for guests. Targeted species are speckled trout, puppy drum, and flounder. Winner takes all with the single heaviest fish.
Andrij Horodysky will be the speaker at our Sept. 16 meeting. He will be talking about the science of what our game and baitfish see, hear, eat. Capt. Reese will be talking to us at our October meeting.
Sept. 1, Mac and Ruth McCormick fished Back River in their kayaks. They caught puppy drum, under-sized flounder, and some nice croaker in the 16-inch range.
Sept. 1, Stephen Powell took his kids out to look for cobia around the buoys. Six-year-old Stephen Jr. caught his first ever cobia. His was too small to keep but it was a cobia. His 13-year-old sister Elise caught one a bit bigger. It was 44 inches long and it came home with them.
Sept. 1, we made a short trip to the Chesapeake Light Tower to fish for jacks. We did not catch any. We did see "Daddy's Girl Too" catch a big crevalle. A little while later, they called us on the radio to invite us to a school of cobia they had found west of the tower. Very cool of them. We ran east to the Gulf Hustler to look for jacks again. We found sea bass, bluefish and spadefish.

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

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