Northern Neck Fishing Report
Virginia Fishing Report – November 2006
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Wachapreague - Captain Zed’s reported light fishing pressure over the weekend but “fish are available,” as several parties recorded limit catches of flounder at Drawing Channel on Sunday. Earlier in the week, a mixture of keeper flounder and pan trout were caught at Mill Stone Creek. Charles Thomas and party wreckfished mid-week and came in with a nice catch of black sea bass. James Powell landed an 8-pound, 2-ounce speckled trout out of the seaside port of Quinby.
Cape Charles - Chris’ Bait and Tackle reported excellent catches of speckled trout from both the bayside creeks and seaside inlets. Over on the seaside, Mike Lipford caught a 6-pound, 13-ounce speck out of Quinby and Matt Ramah landed a 5-pound, 7-ounce spotted trout out of Oyster. Back on the bayside, Robert Savage Jr. released a 25-1/2-inch speck at Hungars Creek, where William Mainer released a 24-3/8-inch trout and Seth Rux boated a 5-pound, 1-ouncer. The flounder bite returned and several parties recorded limit catches of flatfish. Some of the better flounder hauls were made around buoys 36A and 18 and at or near the Fourth Island. Lawrence Ulmer was jigging at buoy 42 and caught and released a pair of red drum, at 51 and 54 inches. Bottom fishermen at the Kiptopeke State Park Pier recorded a mixed bag of spot, flounder and snapper bluefish.
Onancock - Captain Wil Laaksonen from Fish and Finn Charters reported some spot and croaker still linger off Onancock but most have headed south for the season. Captain Wil did hear of one good haul of spot and croaker from Schooner Bay recently. Most local anglers are fishing for striped bass, speckled trout and puppy drum in the creeks and enjoying good success.
Lower Bay/Bridge Tunnel -Cobbs Marina reported trophy-sized flounder still linger around the CBBT complex, where Roy McCausey boated an 8-pound, 10-ounce flatfish. The spokesperson for the marina indicated several groups of anglers had fished the CBBT for striped bass and succeeded in catching limits of school-sized stripers.
Bubba’s Marina said the fall spot run inside Lynnhaven Inlet is winding down but speckled trout and puppy drum are providing plenty of action. Out at the CBBT, school stripers are abundant around the rock islands and anglers drifting the edges of the nearby channels are doing well on keeper flounder.
Wallace’s Bait and Tackle said speckled trout fishing remains very good inside Back River and the nearby grassy flats. Freddie Rowe culled-out a limit of 2 to 4-pound speckled trout on Poquoson Flats and Tim Elliott, Jr. nailed a 5-pound, 5-ounce citation speck inside Back River. Anglers drifting the channels in the vicinity of the CBBT complex are reporting nice catches of keeper flounder. John Sanders had a fat, 7-1/4-pounder on cut bait near the Fourth Island last week.
Sunset Boating Center told of excellent school-sized striper action at the HRBT, along the light-line created by the bridge after sunset. Many of the striped bass are under the 18-inch minimum size limit but a few fish will go 25 inches or a little better. The shop indicated the M &M crossing was a better choice for anglers seeking striped bass during daylight hours. Weekend bottom fishermen seeking spot were largely disappointed, according to the shop, “they caught some fish (spot) but most were pretty small.”
Cindy at Salt Ponds Marina saw a nearly three pound croaker on Monday (October 16) and heard customers fishing the CBBT complex over the weekend caught some school striped bass and keeper flounder but “no citations.”
Brian from A & S Feed and Bait Supply said speckled trout were still being caught inside Mobjack Bay at the mouths of the Severn and Ware rivers and at Four Point Marsh. Up in the York River, bottom fishermen are catching some spot but the run appears to be slowing while anglers working the pilings of the Coleman Bridge are having good success on school stripers.
Danny at Ocean’s East II reports that big red drum are still hanging in the lower bay and in the surf off Sandbridge. Boaters anchoring just outside the breakers are catching multiple bull reds on fresh cut mullet, bunker, and spot. Surf casters continue to pull big fish from the wash, where Jeff Brown of Virginia Beach wrestled a 50-inch red from the Sandbridge surf using cut bunker. The flounder action in the lower bay has rekindled, with drifters cleaning up with limits of big flat fish while drifting channel and shoal edges.
Matthew Lee of Virginia Beach boated a 10-pound, 5-ounce doormat while drifting the Baltimore Channel near the CBBT with a strip bait, and George Dellinger of Portsmouth, released a 26-incher drifting near buoy eleven. Offshore wrecks should produce flounder, but there is no need to leave the bay right now. Tautog action is heating up in the bay, where fish up to 11-pounds were fooled by fiddlers and crab off the islands of the CBBT this week.
The offshore tuna and wahoo bite is hot, as decent-sized yellowfin and big wahoo supply plenty of action. An occasional blue or white marlin hookup remains a possibility. Farther south, large bigeye tuna are scattered about, and king mackerel are around in good numbers off North Carolina.
Virginia Middle Bay - Roger Wilkins from Jetts Hardware reported anglers anchoring and chumming around the Northern Neck Reef are catching plenty of school stripers plus some taylor bluefish. Speckled trout fishermen have become “very quiet,” according to Roger, but assured that some of these spotted beauties still linger in area waters. Bottom fishermen recorded mixed catches of spot, bluefish and even a few pan trout, with the better hauls coming from around the mouth of the river and near N2.
Jerry Thrash from Queen’s Creek Outfitters told of consistent speckled trout action early and late in the day on the Piankatank River and up inside Mobjack Bay. Several customers recorded limit catches of these spotted fish and some topped 5 pounds, as Kevin Stewart of Mathews had a 7-pound, 6-ounce trout in the North River and Mark Ottarson of North landed a 5-pound, 9-ounce speck in the East River. Surface feeding schools of snapper bluefish and small stripers have been active at daybreak and for a couple of hours after sun up on Windmill Bar. Spot disappointed area bottom fishermen at their usual haunts, such as the spike.
Locklies Marina said bottom fishermen are still catching spot and pan trout and noted, “the spot are very scattered but good-sized.” Likewise, some of the trout are large enough to raise eyebrows, as trout measuring up to 28 inches were boated last week. School sized striped bass are becoming more active and some of the most consistent early season action has come on live bait fished around the bridge pilings.
Tommy Lewis from Garretts Marina described the recent rockfish action as “great,” as trollers and casters working waters from the Tappahannock Bridge to Moratico caught fish in the 20 to 26-inch range.
Virginia Beach - The Virginia Beach Fishing Center reported good fall fishing for yellowfin tuna, wahoo and skipjack tuna whenever the weather permits. Most of the better recent hauls have come from “down south.” Inside the inlet, anglers enjoyed several nice runs of speckled trout, spot and puppy drum last week.
Fisherman's Wharf Marina said the season tuna fishing has been very good “when the boats can get out” and make the long run down to around Triple 0’s. One of the last boats to accomplish this feat was the crew aboard the GET-R-DONE and they returned with a limit of fat yellowfin tuna.
Virginia Piers - Ocean View – Daytime catches were modest over the weekend but the after dark hours produced some school striped bass, pan trout, puppy drum and bluefish. Anglers working the shore break early and late in the day caught some speckled trout.
Lynnhaven – Daytime catches include a scattering of sea mullet, small flounder, bluefish, spot and croaker. Once the pier lights come on after sunset and schools of tiny baited are attracted, school-sized stripers, snapper bluefish and pan trout are feeding.
Virginia Beach – Bottom fishermen enjoyed a strong run of spot Tuesday and Thursday but the bite slowed considerably over the weekend. Other catches included sea mullet, pan trout, small black drum, snapper bluefish and a few puppy drum.
Sandbridge – Anglers were treated to a super run of spot on Thursday but catches of these tasty bottom feeders were slow over the weekend. No big red drum were decked on the pier in recent days but shore fishermen within sight of the pier beached several large reds.
Fishing reports were provided by the Virginia Marine Resources Commission's SALTWATER REVIEW.