Here is our 08NOV13 update on the saltwater scene.
Peninsula Salt Water Sport Fisherman’s Association News by Dr. Ken Neill III(PSWSFA)
The Virginia Saltwater Fishing Tournament Committee will meet on November 20th. If there are any changes that you think should be made in the citation program, now is the time to speak up. We have already received request to consider allowing harpooned (as opposed to gaffed) fish into the citation/state record programs.
There has not been much offshore activity lately. Windy weather and a lack of successful reports, when there is a weather window, have kept most boats from making the run. There should be some tuna out there somewhere. Now that sea bass is open, more boats will be headed out for some offshore bottom fishing trips when the weather allows. The tilefish and sea bass bites should be good and maybe somebody will find some tuna while they are out there. Anglers fishing structures closer to shore, like the Triangle and Tower Reefs, are having mixed results. They have not been loaded with sea bass but some of the bass being caught are true jumbos. Small bluefish can be found around the wrecks but the big choppers have not been encountered yet. They should arrive any day now. What has developed is a very good flounder bite with limits of nice flounder being caught from around the ocean wrecks. Structures inside the bay are producing good catches of tautog along with a puppy drum by-catch. There are still a few big red drum being caught near the mouth of the bay. Striped bass fishing is getting better as the waters cool. The best bite has been at the various bridges at night. Plenty of puppy drum and some nice speckled trout are being caught by anglers targeting striped bass. Speckled trout action is very good with some very nice fish being caught in the Elizabeth, York, and Back Rivers, inside Rudee and Lynnhaven Inlets and on the bayside of the Eastern Shore.
Fishing Reports (Cont'd)
York River Charters - (757)645-8397:
Capt. Alan reports that his customers are catching upper end of slot limit red drum on day trips and schoolie striped bass in the evenings.
Buckroe Fishing Pier (727-1486):
The daytime pier manager reports very few customers have fished the pier. The daytime anglers have caught a few puppy drum and an occasional school sized striper (measuring up to 19 inches. At night there have been larger stripers feeding on baitfish under the lights, but not biting. They have landed a few puppy drum, with the largest measuring 23-inches.
Kayak Fishing (Forrest Short)(218-4800):
This past week was a real good one for the kayak anglers. Leading the way were the speckled trout. There was a good bite this past weekend and several nice fish were landed. I fished with Joe Underwood of Williamsburg and Richie Bekolay of Newport News this past Saturday. We landed some nice speckled trout and stripers. Joe had a 26.5" release citation trout and I had three release citations, as well. Richie had the largest striper at 25". We caught the fish using both topwater plugs and Miro Lures. There have also been plenty of puppy drum hanging around. Water temperatures still remain a little too high for any decent striper action, but they are still doing okay fishing for them around the local bridges and dock lights. Most fish are on the small side, but there have been a few reports of fish over 30". On the freshwater side, bass action has been very good, also. Drew Camp of Smithfield landed some nice ones this past weekend including a release citation of 22.25". Spinnerbaits and crankbaits have been working well. Crappie fishing has been good with most fish falling for small jigs and live minnows. The ever present chain pickerel are around and filling the voids between bass and crappie.
Port Messick Marina, Fishing News from Bob Moses (757-218-7144):
James River Fishing Pier (247-0364):
Jet Ski Fishing – Brian Lockwood (342-5780):
Wilcox Bait & Tackle (595-5537):
Grafton Fishing Supply