Fish News: Happy New Year!

Fish News
Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Fishing has been a bit slow lately. More boats than fish but some fish are still being caught and the bite is improving as the waters continue to clear up. Rockfish are being caught at the Hampton Roads crossing, in the York and Rappahannock Rivers, at the CBBT and along the oceanfront. The largest fish continue to be caught by anglers fishing live eels in the high rise area and on up into the bay along the Eastern Shore side. There was a decent bite near buoy 38 over the past few days. Remember, starting January 1, the bay is catch and release only. Other than rockfish, tautog are available over the coastal wrecks like the Triangle Wrecks where some large flounder are still a possibility. Speckled trout are being caught in the Elizabeth River. When boats can get out of the Outer Banks, yellowfin tuna catches are good and the blackfin jigging bite is good over the rock piles off of Hatteras.
George Poveromo came to Virginia this summer to record two episodes for his ESPN2 series, George Poveromo's World of Saltwater Fishing. Each show features a member of the PSWSFA. I am in the first show, which first airs January 10 at 7:30am. It will be shown again on January 16 at 6:30am. Capt. Jorj Head is the local expert in the second show. His show will first air on February 14 at 7:30 AM and be shown again on February 20 at 6:30 AM. www.georgepoveromo.com/saltwaterworld.htm
There is a new book to add to your fish library, Fishes of the Open Ocean: A Natural History and Illustrated Guide. It is written by Dr. Julian Pepperell and illustrated by Dr. Guy Harvey. I was sent a copy because they used one of my photographs in the book. It is beautifully illustrated and is full of information about pelagic fish throughout the world. It will be a good addition to any angler's library.
Our club's awards banquet will be held on February 26. Cost will be $15 for members. Children eating the kids meal will be free. Everyone must be preregistered so we can give the restaurant our order. Look in the latest issue of the Chum Line for details: www.pswsfa.com/chum.pdf.
It is time to start paying our club dues for 2010. Annual membership is still only $30.
Dec. 28, Charles Southall and I fished along the oceanfront. It was slow until we ended up 26 miles south of Rudee. Then it was more fish than we could handle. We kept our 4-fish limit of fish to 42 inches long and we released many more.
Dec. 27, I drifted eels at Plantation. I caught one rockfish. It was the only bite I had.
Dec. 27, Phillip Neill started out at York Spit where he caught a 38-inch rockfish. They then ran over to the Concrete Ships and drifted eels. They caught 2, 42-inch fish. They lost a much larger fish at the boat.
Dec. 27, Capt. Jorj Head, 757-262-9004, drifted eels at buoy 18. They only got one bite but it was a good one. They caught a hefty, 48-inch striped bass.
Dec. 27, Mac McCormick took his grandchildren, Gabrielle and Hunter, out for their first rockfish trip. They had very good luck catching fish at the MMBT and were all smile showing off their first rockfish.

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