The big winner this past week were cobia anglers who have had good success in and around Virginia Beach. Other species are being caught, but not as hot and heavy as in previous weeks.
The White Marin Open saw it's winner come out of Rudee Inlet, a big congratulations to Capt. Steve Richardson with their 94lb white marlin that brought home a whopping $1.1 million dollars. See the
Tidal Fish homepage story for more details.
Capt Ken Neill reported that throughout the Virginia Beach area the overall fishing slowed down a bit. Everything is still being caught but just not as good as during the previous few weeks. Flounder fishing slowed up around the wrecks and at the CBBT. The great catch of Spanish mackerel along the oceanfront took a breather. The exception is cobia which continues to be great and there was an uptick in the bigeye tuna catches this week. The NE blow this weekend may fire things back up once it settles down. Decent numbers of spot were already being caught so we may see that fishery take off. Offshore, in addition to the bigeye bite, billfish action remains good and should just continue to get better. More wahoo will start joining the catches and dolphin fishing should be pretty good. Amberjack are at the towers and over some of the wrecks. Big jack crevalle have been encountered by anglers looking for cobia inside the bay. Big red drum are also being found. There were actually a few speckled trout caught on Poquoson Flats this week so maybe there will be a little fall fishery for them. It will probably take several years of mild winters to see that fishery really rebound. The Spanish mackerel bite should pick back up when things settle down and the water clears a bit and there should be more big kings caught along the oceanfront over the next month and a half. Sheepshead fishing should get even better at the CBBT during this same period and spadefish continue to be available.
Pictured this week is fellow Tidal Fisher "mcvsticu" with some nice spanish mackerel caught about two miles northeast of Sandbridge Pier. He said there was a steady bite nice sized fish. Read his full fishing report with pictures.
Roger Burnley has a new world record. His 4 pound 6 ounce Spinycheek Scorpionfish has been approved as the All-Tackle World Record by The International Game Fish Association. Roger was fishing at the Norfolk Canyon onboard the Healthy Grin. This is the second IGFA All-Tackle World Record caught on the Healthy Grin this year. Johnny Boyd established the All-Tackle World Record for Carolina Hake earlier this year with a 5 pound 10 ounce fish. A total of twelve IGFA All-Tackle World Records have been set on the Healthy Grin. Roger has caught three of the Healthy Grin world-record fish. In addition to his Spinycheek Scorpionfish, Roger has set the world record for snowy grouper twice and he holds the current Snowy Grouper IGFA All-Tackle World Record at 70 pounds 7 ounces.
Fishing happenings this coming week:
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
The PSWSFA club Don Forman Cobia Tournament runs the entire month of August. Register with Rick Wineman prior to catching that big fish.