Fish News: Several Tournaments Coming Up

Fish News
Several Tournaments Coming Up

The Virginia Beach Invitational Marlin Tournament concluded on July 27. First place went to "Sea Wolf" and Capt. Carl Beale with 6 white marlin releases. For complete results visit: http://www.fishermanswharfmarina.com/fishing/.
Billfish action is very, very good in our offshore waters. A lot of white marlin are being caught and there are a good number of blue marlin out there. The sailfish action is the best I have heard of off of Virginia. Meat fish action consists of a very good dolphin bite and some nice wahoo are being caught. Yellowfin tuna are still a rare catch and the bluefin bite on the Fingers has pretty much stopped. They are still catching bluefin tuna on the Lumpy Bottom. Grouper, tilefish, and sea bass are available to offshore bottom fishermen. Closer to shore, amberjack fishing is still very good at the South Tower and they also can be encountered at the Chesapeake Light Tower and on the wrecks in that region.
There are a number of flounder tournaments over the next several weeks. The Dare Marina/PSWSFA Open Flounder Tournament will be Aug 15/16: www.pswsfa.com/2008%20OPEN%20FLOUNDER%20TOURNAMENT.pdf
The Bluewater Classic will be held August 14-17. I will be talking at the Captains Meeting with Dr. John Graves about circle hooks and pop-up tag studies. www.virginiabeachsportfishing.com/schedule.htm
Virginia's big billfish tournament will be held August 20-23. For mor information on the Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament, visit: http://vbbt.com/
Capt. Chris Newsome will be the speaker at the club meeting on August 19. He will be talking about light tackle fishing for drum, rockfish, and speckled trout.
The Dare Marina/PSWSFA Open Flounder Tournament will be held on August 16 with a captains meeting on the 15th: www.pswsfa.com/2008%20OPEN%20FLOUNDER%20TOURNAMENT.pdf
July 29, David Brabrand went out in the afternoon and trolled up some nice Spanish mackerel in the bay. He was fishing around the Hump.
July 29, Paul Michael ran offshore. They caught 3 out of 6 white marlin. They were fishing the south wall of the Norfolk Canyon. Paul said that all of the boats were having encounters with multiple billfish. One boat ended up with 11 whites and 6 sails.
July 27, Wes Blow fished for cobia near buoy 18. He caught a couple of small cobia and a bunch of sharks.
July 27, Ric Burnley fished with George Beckwith out of Oriental, NC. They saw thousands of rolling tarpon. They hooked two. Landed one about 50 pounds. They lost one about three times that size.
July 26, Steve Martin, Danny Forehand, and Chris Boyce ran the buoys for cobia. They saw 5, hooked 2, and Steve caught his first ever cobia. They then did some chumming at Bluefish Rock and caught skates.
June 26, Barclay Shepard fished with Scott Elford around the CBBT. They caught some spadefish at the 3rd island. They saw a school of red drum but did not get a bait to them. They tried for sheepshead and cobia without any luck.
July 26, Brent Meadors fished the Norfolk Canyon where they caught dolphin to 19 pounds and missed a white marlin.

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