Virginia Fishing Reports – February 2007
By Captain Max King
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As we head into month of February 2007 I keep thinking about the striper bite off the coast of Virginia this past month. It was nothing short of outstanding. From the anglers using eels to the fishermen trolling and jigging, everyone had some great days on the water with mild temperatures. And there are reports of some monster stripers still in the Chesapeake Bay where it is only catch and release. February is setting itself up to be another great striper month off the Virginia coast.
With a few passing cold fronts these fish will move out of the Bay and more and likely winter over off the Virginia coast, which means striper fishing in the month of February should continue to be outstanding. If you have not become a member of the 40 lb. striper club or member of the 50 lb. striper club, you might consider putting a couple extra layers of clothes on, and head out to striper fishing grounds off the Virginia coast. I predict that the month of February will see many striped bass over 40 lbs. brought to the scales and even a new state record is very possible.
These mild temperatures have also sent many offshore anglers to the offshore fishing grounds at night in hopes of a swordfish. Several boats have returned to the dock with swordfish onboard. Fifteen fish were registered for citations for 2006, with Jacob L. Morton having the largest at 226 lbs.
The true diehard tautog fishermen have enjoyed a great year without the crowds because many other anglers are choosing to go after the striper instead of tautog. Many fish are making the citation weigh mark of 9 lbs. or better.
The sea bass trips to the offshore wrecks are also enjoying great success.