Fish News: Offshore Sea Bass Continue to Bite

Fish News
Offshore Sea Bass Continue to Bite
by Dr. Ken Neill, III

Tautog action is very good right now. All of the structures in the bay and along the coast are producing fish. The offshore sea bass bite continues. The tuna bite out of the Outer Banks is fantastic. Other options include catch and release striped bass in the bay. There have been some rumors of hook and line catches of flounder and croaker. As the water continues to warm, we will here more of flounder and croaker catches. There are still some speckled trout and puppy drum being caught in the Hot Ditch. Look for both to show in Rudee and Lynnhaven Inlets soon.
Mar. 26, I went fishing for tautog with Robin and Julie Ball. We hopped around a bit and managed to boat 16 togs. The largest was Robin's 22-inch fish that he tagged and released. We kept 8 to eat and released the rest.
Mar. 22, Craige Stallings spent a couple of days fishing off of the Torugas. They limited out on strawberry grouper both days. Craige caught the fish of the trip, an estimated 300-pound goliath grouper, which he released.

Dr. Neill writes a weekly column for The Peninsula Salt Water Sport Fisherman's Association (