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Virginia Fishing Reports Ė January 2007

By Captain Max King

 

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The striped bass fishing off the Virginia coast during this month will probably be just as great as the past few years with state records being broken. Striper fishing is closed in the Chesapeake Bay and is confined to 3 miles off the beach in the ocean. Look for diving gannets from off the Eastern Shore of Virginia to  south of Oregon Inlet, NC and many places in between. Most experienced anglers and captains will say that the water temp needs to be above 42 degrees for the best action. When the wind is out of the southwest it seems to bring these fish to well inside the 3 mile line. This time of year is for trolling and casting. Both techniques seem to work for these anglers and provide plenty of action. So get on the water and enjoy this great winter striper season. Donít forget that the limit is two fish over 28 inches during the ocean season.

The tautog action will be concentrated on the inshore wrecks and will move a little further offshore with lowering water temperatures. The sea bass angler will have a great time on the offshore wrecks and one of the favorites will be the Triangles. The tilefish anglers will be looking to set new world records this winter on the deep dropping trips offshore. 

January is packed with fishing and boat shows throughout the Mid Atlantic region. If it seems to be a little challenging dealing with the weather on the water, go enjoy one of the many shows that will have your mind thinking of summertime fishing in 2007. This New Year is shaping up to be one best for all types of anglers, so go fishing and have a safe and have a Happy New Year. 

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.


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