by Dr. Ken Neill, III
Offshore, there has been a great tuna and wahoo bite to our north. Boats out of Maryland have been making some impressive catches. To the south, boats out of Oregon Inlet are experiencing a very good tuna bite. We are right in the middle so I expect there would be a good bite off our coast but few have gone to check it out. By satellite, there is some pretty water at the Norfolk Canyon. Seabass remain an easy catch on the ocean wrecks. Enjoy them now, the season will be closed for the month of December. In the bay, most that have wanted to catch a citation-sized spot have caught several. The HRBT and the MMBT remain the most consistent spots. Stripers can be caught at all of the crossings. Live bait at the CBBT and chunking at the James River crossings have produced the biggest stripers so far.
Oct. 12, Charles Southall and his son, Hunter, spent a couple of hours at the HRBT. Hunter wanted a citation in the worst way. He got three. In total, they landed 25 spot.
Oct 8, Charles Southall took his children to the HRBT for some spot action. They caught plenty of fish. His daughter, Katelyn, registered the only citation at 1 pound even. His son, Hunter, came up shy at 15.5 ounces.
Oct 7, Charles Southall took Jorj Head out to the HRBT. They caught 23 spot in 1.5 hours of fishing. Six were large enough for citations. Jorj weighed in 4 up to 1 lb. 2 oz. and Charles weighed in 2 up to 1 lb. 3 oz.
Oct. 6, Don Forman fished the tube of the HRBT. They caught 30 spot, 9 of which weighed in at over a pound. The largest was 1 lb. 4 oz.
Dr. Neill writes a weekly account of salt-water fishing throughout the bay area for the Peninsula Salt Water Sport Fisherman’s Association (www.pswfa.com).