Fish News: North Carolina to New Jersey
North Carolina to New Jersey
Offshore, action is centered around a very good billfish bite from North Carolina to New Jersey. An Ocean City boat had over 20 white marlin releases in a single day. Locally, the best bite has been east of the Cigar. Dolphin and wahoo are also plentiful. Dolphin can be found anywhere. I saw some while looking for cobia around the CB buoy line. The tuna bite is still on the slow side but it is showing some life and should improve throughout the month of September. October is typically a great tuna and wahoo month off of Virginia. Inshore, flounder are keeping anglers happy. Tremendous catches are being made around structures in the bay and ocean. Places like the CBBT and the Triangle Wrecks have been very productive for jumbo flatfish. Sheepshead action is good along the CBBT. Cobia continue to be caught by both chumming and site casting. Red drum are available at the same locations they have been available since spring.
The speaker at our September 19 meeting will be legendary tautog fisherman, Otis Ricks. He will cover both tautog and sheepshead. Come on out and learn from one of the best.
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.
Aug 27, Jorj Head and Matt Rinck took their buddy, Steve, out to the CBBT for some flounder action. Steve is new to flounder fishing. On his first drop, Steve hooks up with a big flounder. The fish weighed in at 9 pounds. Not a bad start. Matt and Jorj were all excited. Steve wanted to know if that was a big one. They ended up with 10 hefty flounder.
Aug 26, Gary Donaldson and Mac McCormick did some kayak fishing near the mouth of the York River. They caught a collection of croaker, shark, flounder, puppy drum, and speckled trout.
Aug 25, Mac McCormick and Dennis Lane fished Bluefish Rock for cobia. They caught a small one and pulled off a big one. The catch of the day was Mac's 48-inch red drum. Mac's first citation red.
Dr. Ken Neill, III writes a weekly column for The Peninsula Salt Water Sport Fisherman's Association (www.pswsfa.com).