Fish News: Rockfish Fleet

Fish News
Rockfish Fleet

Our next monthly meeting will be on March 21. We will have board meetings in January and February. Club members are welcome at the board meetings. Our Awards Banquet will be held on February 24. We need you to let us know who will be attending by Feb. 15 so we do not end up paying for extras this year. Costs are $30 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under. Early discussions are underway for a PSWSFA fishing trip. It started out as a trip on one of the local head boats. Now, we are talking about the Miss Hatteras. Stay tuned, it could be a lot of fun.
Deep-water sea bass fishing is now at its seasonal peak. This is your best chance to catch trophy-sized fished. They are stacked up on the wrecks in 20 to 50 fathoms of water. If you do not want to run your boat out there, many head boats and charter boats are available in Virginia Beach. Striped bass fishing remains the same as it has been for the past couple of weeks. It has been hit or miss. If you find them, fishing is great. A lot of 30 something inch fish are around with a few large fish being caught. There was a good bite of big fish at the 4A Buoy for a few days. Tautog action remains good along the CBBT and on out to the Tower Reef. Bluefish are still around. They are being caught by the rockfish fleet inshore and by boats offshore after sea bass.
Jan. 16, we ran to the offshore wrecks after sea bass. Fishing was good. We came in with a limit of 150 sea bass. Charles Southall weighed in our heaviest citation fish at 5 pounds 15 ounces. We also brought home 8 bluefish in the 28-33 inch range.
Jan. 16, Gary Donaldson and Mac McCormick left the saltwater behind and took their kayaks to the Chickahominy River. They caught a bunch of small catfish in the 2-4 pound range.
Jan. 16, John Hunt fished about 12 miles south of Rudee Inlet. They caught a dozen rockfish in the 30- to 44- inch range. They released one for a citation. The largest fish they kept weighed in at 39.5 pounds.
Jan 14, Frank Kearney found rockfish in the upper 30-inch range at Cape Henry. The fish were in close to the beach off of the lighthouse, under working birds.
Jan. 7, we ran south past Corolla. We caught small rockfish and a single decent bluefish.
Jan. 5, Darren Foster made the run south. They caught about 40 rockfish. All were in the 30- to 38- inch range.

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