Fish News: Flounder Regulations for '08 Set

Fish News
Flounder Regulations for '08 Set

Some important decisions were made at the February meeting of the Virginia Marine Resource Commission. Locally, the permits were granted for the reconstruction of the Buckroe Fishing Pier. It has been a long road but we should have our pier back by the end of 2008. The flounder regulations for 2008 have been set. We will be fishing under a 19 inch minimum length, a 5 fish bag limit, and a closed season of July 21-30.
Our first regular meeting of 2008 will be on March 18. Al Brunell will talk to us about fishing for drum.
You may also wish to mark April 25th and 26th on your calendar. Dr. Guy Harvey is coming to the Virginia Institute of Marine Science for a benefit Art Show and Auction. For details, visit: www.vims.edu/events/
Feb. 25, Mike Avery ran offshore and caught a limit of blueline tilefish and some nice sea bass. They had to deal with a bunch of spiny dogfish. Brandon Honeycutt caught their one citation tilefish of the day. They also caught a bunch of chopper bluefish some of which ended up being bait.
Feb. 25, Steve Martin fished the Cape Henry Wreck and caught 19 tautog and a 40-inch striped bass. They left the wreck in the afternoon and went to the Green Can where they caught several rockfish in the 38-inch range.
Feb. 25, Craige Stallings ran offshore and caught a limit of tilefish and big sea bass along the 50 fathom curve
Feb. 24, Wes Blow fished the CBBT and had non-stop catch and release action on striped bass in the 30-inch range. They also got to watch the seals around the 4th island.
Feb. 24, Phillip Neill fished the Green Can area. They brought back a limit of 40-inch rockfish for second day in a row.
Feb. 24, Charles and Hunter Southall ran out to fish for tautog. It was too rough so they decided to run to Cape Henry and fish for rockfish. They never got there. They ran into working birds inside the bay, near the 3rd island of the CBBT. They got into some big rockfish. Four of Hunter's first 6 fish qualified for release citations. The bite was so good that they ran back in at noon and picked up more family members and took them back out there for some great action.
Feb. 23, Mike Avery fished Cape Henry. They brought back 6 rockfish. Their largest weighed in at 37 pounds.
Feb. 23, Phillip Neill fished the Green Can area. They caught a limit of rockfish in the 40-inch range. They released a bunch more.
Feb. 17, we found the striped bass right off of Rudee Inlet. We caught fish up to 41 inches long.

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