Fishing Fly Fishing How to Fishing and Fishing Reports at Tidal Fish - Virginia Fishing Report - May 6, 2014
  • Virginia Fishing Report - May 6, 2014

    Spring is in the air and if you are a Virginia angler you know what that means: BIG red and black drum! Reports are starting to come in from along the Virginia coast and anglers are already seeing black drum as far north as Delaware. Also in the action this week are flounder striped bass and sea bass.

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    Fellow Tidal Fisher N4ZNH (pictured) managed to confirm the reports I was getting about the drum. He was fishing the area of Fisherman and Smith Islands. Check his report for full details and more great drum pictures.

    Dr. Ken Neill reports that both big red and black drum were caught around Fisherman’s and Smith Islands this week. The best bite was in the surf between the two islands. Look for the buoy 16 and 13 areas to produce big black drum this week, along with some of the seaside inlets like Quinby and the Great Machipongo. Black drum are already being caught as far north as Delaware. The buoys 8-10 area will be a good place to fish for both big blacks and big red drum.

    Puppy drum are available in the shallows in most locations: Rudee and Lynnhaven Inlets, Back River, York River, Elizabeth River, Mobjack Bay and so on. Despite the winter kills of speckled trout and puppy drum, it is looking like another good red drum year. The verdict is still out on speckled trout. With that season closed, not many are fishing for them.

    There have been some nice catches (and releases) of specks in the Elizabeth River, the Mobjack Bay estuaries, and around Goodwin Island at the mouth of the York River. Croaker are being caught off of all the fishing piers and in the York, Poquoson and James Rivers. The flounder bite continues to slowly heat up. The best catches are coming from the seaside inlets of the Eastern Shore. Some flounder have been caught inside Back River and up on Poquoson Flats. Hampton Bar has produced some nice catches as well.

    There have been flounder caught off of the Buckroe Fishing Pier, inside Rudee and Lynnhaven Inlets, some at the CBBT, around Back River Reef and so on. There are flatfish being caught, but anglers have to work for them. The trophy striped bass season is open, and anglers may keep one striped bass at least 32 inches long. There are some fish to be caught at the CBBT islands and possibly at the other area crossings. Some are being caught behind the barrier islands. The ocean wrecks are holding good populations of sea bass that should be available when that season opens May 19.

    Offshore, it is still mainly bottom fishing out of Virginia, with good catches of tilefish being made around the Norfolk Canyon. There have been a few boats making the run down south to join the Oregon Inlet fleet where they are catching some yellowfin tuna and mahi-mahi. The boats out of Hatteras are catching mahi-mahi, blackfin tuna, wahoo with more billfish joining the catches. Recreational bluefin tuna regulations changed as of May 8. We are now allowed to keep 2 bluefin tuna per boat, per day, with one between 27 and 47 inches long and one between 47 and 73 inches in length. Charter boats are allowed 3 fish (2 in the smaller class, 1 in the larger). The trophy class, 73 inches and greater, is closed.

    Until the next report, good luck and tight lines!


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