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  • Virginia Saltwater Fishing Report Rundown: Jan 26, 2007

    The big news is still big fish. Big striped bass continue to patrol the lower bay and inshore ocean waters. Many of these fish are falling into the 40 to 50-pound range. The mild temperatures from early in the season slowed the usual winter cool down, and with recent cold weather is pulling water temperatures down, the fish are content with this comfortable range and the plentiful bait. Even more northern regions such as Ocean City and Atlantic City are still reporting catches of large rockfish. Most of the bigger fish are falling for live eels drifted along the Eastern Shore area, while trollers are cleaning up with decent fish from the North Carolina border and up the Eastern Shore. Jason Roberts of West Point, Virginia scored with a 48-inch, 48.5-pounder while drifting with eels near Smith Island. Plenty of school-sized fish are available under the CBBT and Lesner Bridge, easily reached by casting from the surf for catch and release.

    The local flounder either think it is still fall or it is already spring.
    Ocean’s East 2 is reporting a ton of flounder coming through over the past week. Most anglers are catching these flatfish as a bycatch while trolling for striped bass off of Cape Henry and Fisherman’s Island. Daniel Scott of Williamsburg, Virginia hooked a nice 8-pound flattie while jigging for striped bass near Fisherman’s Island. Another boat reported a catch of nine flounder from the Cape Henry area. If anglers wish to cash in on this unusual flounder surge, drifting the edges of channels, shoals, and deep holes could prove very productive right now.

    Speckled trout is still the word near the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel and Willoughby area. Anglers are also lucking out with specks around the 1st island of the CBBT. Lynnhaven and Rudee Inlet, as well as the Elizabeth River are also very productive. Another option for a different variety of trout would be the rainbow trout available at Northwest River Park in Chesapeake, and Fort A.P. Hill near Fredericksburg, Virginia. These parks are participants in the State’s trout stocking program.

    Tautog are still a sure bet in bay waters and on the inshore wrecks. Deeper water wrecks are becoming more productive, but most bait is swiped by hungry sea bass before the tog have a chance. Nice seabass, with many weighing over 5-pounds are available on offshore and deep water wrecks. Captain Jim Brincefield began his deep dropping runs aboard the Jil Carrie out of Lynnhaven this week. These trips secured a mess of nice seabass and a smattering of tilefish and bluefish for the crew.

    Offshore fleets are mostly focusing on inshore striped bass, although a few boats are still trying their luck with sword fishing when the weather permits. New Jersey anglers are reporting 80-pound bluefin tuna about 15 miles off the coast.

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