Fish News: Tournament Announcements
by Dr. Ken Neill, III
When the weather allows, fishing has been very good. Big croakers are being caught in the James and York Rivers. Flounder action has been good along the Eastern Shore, both in the seaside inlets and in the bay. Some nice catches have come from the 36A area. Tautog action has been very good in the bay and on the near coastal wrecks. Barclay Shepard has taken the lead in the state with a 15 pound 8 ounce tautog. Way to go Barclay! Sea bass are still on the deep-water wrecks though some have moved onto the Triangle Wrecks and a few have shown on the Tower Reef. Tuna fishing has been good out of the Outer Banks when you can get out. Be extra careful with Oregon Inlet right now. Our speaker this month is Jacques VanMontfranz from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. This year's tournament schedule has been finalized. Some highlights are our first tournament of the year, May 21-29.
It will be our club Spadefish/Flounder/Grey Trout Tournament. The popular Youth and Ladies Tournament will be Aug. 6-14. The Open Flounder Tournament will be on Aug. 27.
April 11, I went out after tautog with Bob Manus and Dr. Julie Ball. We had beautiful fishing conditions until noon when a front came through and put an end to our fishing day. We caught 23 togs, 2 cunners, and a single sea bass. I caught more fish than Julie and Bob put together but who's counting? The largest tog was only 18 inches long.
April 10, I was supposed to go tog fishing. Well it was blowing so I spent the morning spending money in the Virginia Beach tackle shops. The wind never laid down enough so we changed plans and went freshwater perch fishing at Julie's ditch. Julie Ball caught a bass. Nobody else caught anything.
April 10, Dr. Bob Allen fish from the shore at Anderson Park in Newport News. He and everyone else there had a good time catching large croaker.
Dr. Neill writes a weekly column for The Peninsula Salt Water Sport Fisherman's Association (www.pswsfa.com).