Fish News: Offshore Fishing is Excellent

Fish News
Offshore Fishing is Excellent

The big news this week is a little fish. The spot run is on. Fish are being caught all over. As usual, some of the biggest are being caught at the MMBT and at the HRBT. The York and Poquoson Rivers, Twin Stakes, Lynnhaven Inlet and Rudee Inlet are all producing nice spot. Besides spot, there are plenty of striped bass. Flounder fishing is picking up along the Baltimore Channel near the CBBT. Some big croaker have been caught in the structure of the CBBT. Cobia are making an impressive late season showing. There is a good run of red drum going on down at Sandbridge. Speckled trout are becoming more active on Poquoson Flats and in Back River. Nice Spanish mackerel and some kings can be found in the area of the Chesapeake Light Tower. Offshore action is excellent. Plenty of dolphin and wahoo are around along with good numbers of yellowfin. Billfish, longfins, and bigeyes are all good possibilities. We should be seeing more bluefin showing on the Fingers as we move on into October. The speaker at our October meeting will be Carl Herring. He will be talking about speckled trout and there is no one better than Carl.
Sept. 25, Frank Kearney caught spot at both the HRBT and the MMBT. They caught nice spot two at a time. The fish ranged from 9 to 11.5 inches long. Frank had some friends that caught some up to 13 inches a couple days before.
Sept. 23, Steve Grimes fished for cobia off of Sandbridge. He hooked up with 3. He only managed to boat the smallest one, a 40 pounder. He was anchored up and chumming.
Sept. 22, Don Forman did some chumming for cobia. They caught 3, all citations. They released fish of 51.5 and 53 inches. The one they kept weighed in at 62.5 pounds.
Sept. 22, Mac McCormick took Dennis Lane out after cobia and they met success. Dennis boated a big fish that later weighed in at 66 pounds.
Sept. 20, Capt. Richard Bartlett, (757) 876-5376, took a charter offshore. They caught yellowfin, a bunch of dolphin, and a 50-pound longfin tuna.

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