Inshore and offshore fishing has been good this past week with a special emphasis with offshore anglers who have been having good luck with the early push of billfish making their way into local waters.
Starting with the offshore action this week Capt. Ken reported that even though we have not reached the prime time yet, billfish action remains very good with good numbers of blue marlin and a lot of white marlin being caught. The occasional sailfish also joins in. The Triple 0s area has been good for normal trolling while
the Norfolk Canyon area has been live-baiting central. Dolphin catches have been scattered. Some yellowfin and bigeye tuna are being caught in the Norfolk and Washington Canyons but if you are lucky enough to hook a tuna, you have to get it past the sharks. Some yellowfin and dolphin have been caught more inshore at the Fingers and even closer in at the 26-Mile Hill and at the Hot Dog.
Amberjack are at the southern towers and amberjack and jack crevalle can be found over some of the wrecks closer to home. There have been some crevalle in close to the beach and on into the bay. A few, really nice king mackerel are being caught along the oceanfront in just enough numbers to catch anglers’ interest. Good catches of Spanish mackerel and small bluefish continue to be made along the oceanfront and throughout the lower bay.
Pictured this week is fellow Tidal Fisher Scott_nra with a nice flounder caught fishing out of Virginia's Northern Neck during the NNAC Flounder Bash. Nice fish! Catch the full flounder fishing report.
Spadefish can be found at the Chesapeake Light Tower but better catches are being made over some of the coastal wrecks and at the CBBT where big sheepshead are also being caught. Flounder fishing is pretty good at the CBBT and flatfish are being caught at areas like Hampton Bar, Back River Reef, Deadman’s Hill and off of Cape Charles. Some of the best catches are being made around the ocean wrecks. The Tower Reef and the Triangle Wrecks have produced limit flounder catches over the past couple of weeks.
Cobia fishing remains excellent with good catches being made by both chumming and sight-fishing. Running the buoys has become more productive and I can personally attest that while trolling for a king mackerel, you are much more likely to catch a cobia right now. They seem to be everywhere in the lower bay and along the oceanfront. The prime location has been the Eastern Shore side of the bay. Big red drum continue to be caught, mostly by anglers looking for cobia. Tarpon are inside the barrier islands of the Eastern Shore.
Other fishing events and fishing tournaments:
* The Chesapeake Bay Cobia Challenge will be Saturday August 8th. The Captain's meeting will be Aug 7th, from 6pm-8pm at Messick pt. The actual informational session will start at 7pm. There is a guaranteed $4000 for first place.
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* Beth Synowiec will be the speaker at the August 18 PSWSFA meeting. She will be talking about catching big sheepshead at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. www.pswsfa.com/meetings.htm