Fish News: Tournament and fish reports

Fish News
Tournament and fish reports

The PSWSFA/Dare Marina Open Flounder Tournament will be here before you know it. The captains meeting will be at Dare Marina on July 21. Fishing is scheduled for July 22 with July 23 as a blow date. This year, it is a team tournament with each team weighing in their 4 heaviest fish. There will be an optional big fish calcutta and there is a kayak division. Food will be served at both the captains meeting and at the weigh in. Come on out and enjoy the fun! Entry form and rules can be found on the home page of www.pswsfa.com
The Norfolk Anglers Club is hosting the Children's Panfish Challenge on July 22. It will be held at the Ocean View Fishing Pier. The tournament is free and is open to children of all area fishing clubs. You do have to pay the pier fee. To enter, email plumb-bob@cox.net by July 17.
There are some bluefin tuna out there with archival tags in them that the researchers would like to have back. These fish have a green streamer tag near their dorsal fin and a light stalk sticking out of their belly. If you catch one of these fish, it is worth $500. They want the entire fish. These fish do not count against your daily limit of bluefin tuna and you can keep them even if they are below the current minimum size limit. If you catch one of these fish, contact Jon Lucy at the VIMS: (804) 684-7166, lucy@vims.edu
Debbie Hurst gave a great talk on cobia fishing at our June meeting. Thank you Debbie! The speaker at our July meeting will be John Thurston. He will talking to us about shark fishing.
The next PSWSFA fishing trip has been booked. We will be live-baiting big king mackerel on the Miss Hatteras Nov. 26. The first 20 anglers paid up will be our crew. Cost will be $170 per angler. Get with me to book your spot.
Fishing is fantastic. That's your report. OK, some details. Offshore, tuna fishing is very good. There are some bigeyes around to bust up your tackle. There are a lot of yellowfins around and some bigger (100 plus pound) bluefins have shown on the Fingers. The gaffer dolphin bite is the best we have had in several years and like the last year we had a great dolphin bite, there are good numbers blue marlin in the area. Spadefish are still biting with most area structures having fish. The trick is to find the structure with big fish that want to eat. The Tower Reef has been good. The Tower Reef has also been a good place to catch Spanish mackerel. They also can be caught along the CB buoy line. Their bigger cousins, king mackerel, are being caught out at the Fish Hook. The cobia bite is very, very good. There are a lot of fish in the bay of all sizes, 100 pounders and double digit catches. All of the cobia spots are producing. Most fish are being caught while chumming at areas like Bluefish Rock, York Spit, and the Inner Middle Grounds but fish are also being caught off of the buoys. The flounder bite is very good. Some monster fish are falling to live spot at a number of structures with the CBBT being very good. Big croaker are being caught up in the rivers with 3 pound fish up in the York. Big sheepshead are being caught at the CBBT.

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