Fish News: Fish News Spot Tournament
The Grafton Fishing Supply/Peninsula Salt Water Sport Fisherman's Association Spot Tournament was held on October 3rd and 4th. The weather was perfect and the spot were plentiful if not overly large. Most of the tournament fish were caught at the MMBT, the HRBT, and in the York River near Sarah's Creek. www.daremarina.comBernie Sparrer caught the first place fish. He caught his fish at the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel. The .71 pound spot earned Bernie a rod and reel combination donated by Grafton Fishing Supply. Wes Blow won second place honors with a .68-pound fish caught at the Monitor-Merrimac Bridge Tunnel. Steve Martin came in third place with a .61-pound fish. Steve was fishing the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel. Spot fishing has also been good in Rudee and Lynnhaven Inlets and in the Rappahannock River. Croakers are still being caught pretty much everywhere though they are starting to school up to head to the mouth of the bay. Some of the largest croakers are being caught around hard structures like the HRBT, the CBBT, and at the Cell. Flounder are biting aggressively. They are along the edge of Hampton Bar, around Back River Reef, along the Baltimore Channel at the mouth of the bay, at the CBBT, and some are being caught around coastal structure like the Tower Reef and the Brass Spike. Striped bass fishing consists mostly of smaller fish up in the shallows, along any of the area bridges, and at night around any light source. Any dock can be a striped bass hot spot. Some larger striped bass can be caught by chunking at the MMBT and the HRBT. Live bait is producing some larger fish over the tubes of the CBBT. Historically, this is a good time to catch some nice gray trout. These fish are in real trouble but a few have been caught by anglers this week. There are plenty of small bluefish around in the same areas the striped bass are hanging out. The speckled trout bite is heating up as the waters cool. Both puppy drum and speckled trout are providing action inside the inlets, up on Poquoson Flats and in Back and York Rivers. Medium-sized reds are schooled around the islands of the CBBT. Large red drum are being caught along Sandbridge. Tautog are starting to show more activity at bay structures like Back River Reef, the CBBT, and the Cape Henry Wreck. Trigger fish can be caught on the coastal wrecks. The Santore, the Tiger, and the 4A Drydock are good wrecks to try. Some spadefish are still hanging around these areas though they are not very interested in eating. Sea bass are plentiful but the federal government has closed recreational sea bass fishing in federal waters. All of these fish must be released until sometime in the spring. Offshore fishing is a good mix-bag fishery out of Virginia. The white marlin bite remains strong though nothing like the crazy pace of the past month. Wahoo are a common catch along with tuna and dolphin. Overnight boats are encountering some swordfish. Yellowfin, blackfin, and bigeye tuna are being caught in good numbers out of Oregon Inlet. The wahoo bite is very good out of Hatteras Inlet.
The next club meeting will be October 20, www.pswsfa.com/meetings.htm. Captain Herb Gordon will be speaking to us about all things rockfish. Come on out and learn some pointers for catching more and larger striped bass!
Dr. Ken Neill, III writes a weekly column for The Peninsula Salt Water Sport Fisherman's Association (www.pswsfa.com).