Cobia are mostly gone but some continue to be caught. They are being caught chumming on the hills in the bay and along the oceanfront and off of the buoys as they head south. While the cobia bite has greatly cooled down, the red drum bite continues to heat up. They are being found by anglers looking for cobia and more are being caught stacked up at the islands of the CBBT. Sheepshead are active at the CBBT along with a bycatch of triggerfish and tautog. There are still spadefish hanging around the islands but they will be moving out but will hang around the coastal wrecks into
Capt Ken reported that wreck fishing is very good right now with excellent catches of flounder, triggerfish and sea bass being made. If the first wreck you visit is not loaded, try another. Wrecks in the Tower and Triangle Reef areas are very productive. Spanish mackerel can be caught around the wrecks and along the oceanfront. King mackerel are also being caught. Jack crevalle and amberjack are a possibility at some of the wrecks and at the Chesapeake Light Tower.
There are some good catches of croaker and spot being made in the rivers and from area fishing piers. Pufferfish, sea mullet, and pigfish are all being caught in good numbers for the fans of these fish. The speckled trout bite is predictably poor but there are some fish being caught up on the flats, inside Back River, in the Mobjack Bay and in the bayside creeks of the Eastern Shore.
Offshore fishing is very good. The marlin bite is at its seasonal peak. Dolphin are plentiful. Good numbers of wahoo are being caught and there are some tuna around: bigeye, longfin, yellowfin and blackfin.
Picture of a White Marlin of the Virginia coast by Capt. Ken Neill.
Upcoming events in the Tidewater area:
August 29, 2015
Military Appreciation Day (MAD) is great event designed to give active duty military personnel a day to fish (and hopefully catch). It’s just a small way to thank you to those who sacrifice so much in keeping us safe. For the third year running our event will be hosted by Wallace's Bait & Tackle in Hampton. To learn more about the MAD organization visit their website at:
The tautog season will open on Sept. 20. The PSWSFA Sept. 15 meeting features a special guest speaker, IGFA All-Tackle World Record holder and dedicated trophy tautog hunter, Ken Westerfel. He catches a lot of big tog and his 28 pound 13 ounce beast is, by far, the largest caught by anyone, anywhere, ever. The meeting is free and you do not need to be a member to attend: www.pswsfa.com/meetings.htm .
September 26 and 27
September is Spot month. The PSWSFA will hold a spot tournament Sept. 26 and 27. The entry fee is $20 for members and $30 for guest fishing with a member. Make sure that you are entered into the tournament prior to fishing. The 26th is a fishing day and you can fish the morning of the 27th but bring your spot to be weighed to Dare Marina by 2PM on the 27th. Also bring the rest of your catch to be fried up at the picnic immediately following the tournament weigh-in. The picnic is open to all club members even if you do not fish the tournament. This event is being sponsored by Grafton Fishing Supply.