Northern Neck Fishing Report - December 2006
Virginia Fishing Reports – December 2006
By Captain Max King
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The cold and frosted mornings are here with every passing cold front. The striped bass action should do nothing but get better. As the water temps cool to below 56 degrees the larger striped bass should start showing themselves from Smith Point fishing grounds at the Maryland/Virginia line all the way down to the mouth of the Bay.
These larger fish will be concentrating their feeding efforts on the large schools of menhaden. If you are an angler and find the bait, which will be gathering along the deep channel edges, these larger stripers should not be to far away. The arrival of gannets in the fishing area should give clues to where to start putting you lines in the water. The first of many Bay charter boats will also start moving from the northern parts of the Bay to Virginia Beach. This is to allow them the opportunity to fish the ocean or Bay depending on the best fishing grounds. I believe this might be the year that the state record striped bass gets caught back in the Bay instead of the ocean. I am sure there will be a record number of striped bass anglers fishing this winter.
The tautog action has been great as well. The larger fish are starting to show on the inshore wrecks and around the CBBT. As the water temps drop below 50 degrees look for this action to slow down, but anglers should enjoy a couple of great weeks in early December before the water reaches that 50 degree mark.
This fall speckled trout season has been one for the record books with many older speckled trout anglers enjoying a great year and with many newbie’s learning and enjoying this great fishery. It just great sight to see anglers catching there limit’s of speckled trout. As the water temp drops look for these anglers to target these fish in the Hot Ditch off the Elizabeth River. These fish are normally the larger ones caught in the year.
The offshore fishing seems to have a lot of bluefish over top of wrecks. Look for the flounder on the same wrecks. Sea bass catches should improve in size later into the mouth. The bluefin tuna have been spotted just east of the Chesapeake Light Tower as well.
Everyone should be reminded that the end of the year means it is time to renew your fishing licenses. Also, anglers traveling to North Carolina, whether by boat or car should be aware of the NEW NORTH CAROLINA REQUIREMENTS OF SALTWATER FISHING LICENSES (http://www.ncfisheries.net/recreational/NCCRFL.htm) starting January 1, 2007.