Fish News: Fish are Active

Fish News
Fish are Active

Now is the time to catch tautog. Fish are active on structures in the bay and ocean. The largest fish are being caught on the ocean wrecks in depths like those at the Triangle Reef. Structures closer to the beach are becoming more productive as the water warms. Inside the bay, the northern end of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, near the highrise section, is producing the most and largest tautog. The action will continue to heat up all month and then it is over. The tautog season closes on May 1. Flounder action will continue to improve as the water warms and the bay waters clear up some more. This year, we are allowed to keep up to 4 flatfish of at least 18.5 inches in length. Fish have been caught on Hampton Bar, in the seaside inlets of the Eastern Shore, near the 3rd island of the CBBT, around buoy 36A, and at the mouth of Back River among other locations. The new Buckroe Pier is open and the early catch is croaker. Croaker are also being caught in the James and York Rivers. Puppy drum are biting inside Rudee Inlet and in the Elizabeth River. A few speckled trout are still being caught in the Elizabeth. Boats running out of Oregon Inlet are still encountering some impressive bluefin tuna, good numbers of yellowfin tuna, and some wahoo.
Flounder Bowl 2010: This popular flounder tournament will be held on June 26 out of Dare Marina (www.daremarina.com) with a captains meeting on the 25th. Food, drink and music will be provided both at the captains meeting and at the weigh-in. The entry fee remains at $100 per boat with up to 4 anglers. The main change this year is that the first place prize has been increased to $5,000 due to tremendous sponsor support. Cash payout through the top six places. The winners are determined by a 3-fish stringer weight. There is an optional calcutta for $100. The single heaviest flounder entered in the calcutta claims the entire pot. All teams not finishing in the top six, will be entered into a "lucky dog" drawing for an additional cash prize. There are also prizes for the heaviest flounder caught by a youth and by a lady. There is a Sponsors Division with an entry of $200. Sponsored boats compete in the regular tournament and for the annual sponsors trophy. For more information, visit: www.pswsfa.com.
April 3, Hayden Head went hunting with his dad, Capt. Jorj Head during the special youth hunting day. Hayden got a beautiful gobbler. His dad said that it is bigger than any turkey he has shot.
April 1, Martin Freed and Ruta Vaskys fished a small piece of structure they found along the oceanfront. The tautog action was fantastic. They had their limit of tog within 45 minutes of fishing. They only kept males and their smallest one was 6 pounds. Two of their keepers weighed over 10 pounds each.

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