Rockfish are baaaack! Some big ones and plenty of action.
Fellow Tidal Fisher Hey Charlie reported that he ran out in the fog on Wednesday to Wolf Trap and dropped lines and did not mark anything at first. The fog was getting worse and decided to drag lines till it cleared off. Fog got worse! didn't clear till we started heading back to dock.. We put 40-50 in boat but most were very small. 7 people on board, Came back in with 7 fish most just at 20". As it always happens--lost the big one (hit a
38oz mojo) Check this full fishing report on the Virginia Fishing Forum.
Pictured this week is fellow Tidal Fisher Joe Guest with his sons with a nice catch fishing out of the Northern Neck. Check their fishing report for full details of where and on what fishing lures.
Capt Ken Neill reported that the big rockfish are here. Fish up to 65.4 pounds have been weighed in so far. There have been others pushing the 60-pound mark and many over 30 pounds caught. These large fish are primarily being caught by anglers fishing with live eels. There has been good action on 20 something inch fish under working birds. These fish are being caught by casting, trolling, and jigging.
While the big rockfish are generating most of the excitement probably the most consistent fishery is tautog. Tautog are actively feeding at the CBBT and on other structures in the bay and close to the coast. Wrecks a little further out, like those in the Triangle Wrecks area, are holding sea bass, bluefish, and flounder. Some wrecks are loaded with triggerfish.
Offshore, most boats have been bottom fishing for tilefish and grouper. The dog sharks have not moved in yet making this a more pleasant endeavor. There have been reports of bluefin tuna sightings in places like the Fingers but no reports of catches yet. They are catching some big bluefin out of Morehead. Other tuna made a good showing this past week. Boats trolling in the Norfolk Canyon area caught bigeye, yellowfin, and longfin tuna. There were dolphin caught also and a few billfish encounters. Marlin in the canyon over Thanksgiving Weekend, pretty amazing.
Up coming events:
The PSWSFA meeting is on December 15.
Speaker will be Bill Sammler from NOAA. He will discuss marine weather.
The Irv Fenton Memorial Rockfish Tournament runs the entire month of the December. Register with Tournament Director, Capt. Rick Wineman, prior to fishing.