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July 17, 2014

Fishing inside the inlets has been tough the last 10 days, as strong winds have kept water muddied up. Fishing the incoming tides at inlet areas has produced sand mullet, croaker and flounder. One small boat charter managed to hook up three Black Drum and boated two to 30 pounds Sunday, on croaker rigs and squid bait. Shark fishing has been good inside the inlet, as one of the Coast Guard's finest... reported last week that an 8' Tiger Shark swam past their dock where they normally swim.
Tarpon schools have been sighted in Oyster and Quinby.
Outside the inlets the reefs are absolutely piled up with flounder to 6 pounds. Eight ounces of weight is required to keep your line as vertical as possible to lessen the number of snags. Bait strips, finger mullet and silversides on rigs can entice these ocean flounder. Also available are Sea Bass, Cobia, triggerfish, spadefish, tautog, bluefish occasional hook ups with red hake, Atlantic cod and Mahi.
Offshore the Lumpy Bottom is producing Mahi and Bluefin Tuna. The Washington Canyon has pilot whale life, with Bigeye and Yellowfin Tuna, and Mahi. The Norfolk Canyon has been producing hook ups with White Marlin. Bottom fishing there is good for jumbo Sea Bass, Tilefish and Grouper.
On the Bayside the Cobia have shrunk in sizes available in our area, larger fish south around Latimer Shoals and the CBBT. Chumming is the best bet to hooking up, followed by sight casting with bucktails and trolling with spoons and eels. The artificial reefs have croaker, sand mullet and occasionally red drum and a lost flounder.
We have got first reports of Spanish Mackerel at the CBBT.
No Redfish to report yet, but when Speckled Trout season opens August 1st, casters will run into some fish and we will keep you updated.

July 11, 2014

Croaker have showed on seaside waters to 15". Flounder still being taken on the incoming tide, on deeper ledges and channels, around the inlet. Best bet is jigging bucktails tipped with silversides and rigged with Gulp. Sand Mullet still being taken around the inlets.
Offshore fishing has picked up, Mahi at the Crotch and anywhere scattered outside the 20 fathom line. Bluefin Tuna showed on Lumpy Bottom today. Bigeye Tuna in the Washington Canyon, with Yellowfin Tuna of various size.
Flounder are piled on the reefs and wrecks, with some scattered Sea Bass.
On the Bayside, Cobia are scattered but around in good numbers. Spot, croaker and Sand Mullet available in creek mouth channels and bottom structure.
Speckled Trout season opens Aug. 1st.

June 20, 2014

Flounder fishing has been holding up good in Wachapreague and Quinby. The incoming tide has produced the best bite, jigging or drifting a flounder rig tipped with a Gulp and a minnow. Sand Mullet are stacked around the inlets, hitting on bloodworms, shrimp and fish bites. Willis Wharf has seen some Redfish and Speckled Trout taken on Mirrorlures, swim baits and peeler crab.
The inshore reefs and a...nd wrecks have seen an influx of flounder and some Sea Bass this week, Capt Gary Rilee on Backwater Adventures had five limits yesterday of flounder to 5 pounds.
Offshore last weekend had a Wachapreague boat land a 200# Bigeye Tuna and two Yellowfins, and others had Yellowfins in the Washington Canyon.
Bayside fishing is Cobia and Spadefish now at its best. The tower off Silver Beach and the Cell below buoy 42 are loaded with spadefish. Cobia are concentrated around the CBBT and off Onancock on the same 10' contour the Big Red Drum were last month. Anchored up with a chum bag and drifting live swimming crabs or eels, and baited up with cut Bunker can catch a Cobia, Rockfish or Red Drum.
Not many people fishing in the creeks, as Rockfish season has closed and Speckled Trout doesn't open till August 1st.

June 13, 2014

Flounder fishing on the Seaside has been best on the incoming tides, with cleaner, cooler ocean water coming in and putting the fish on the feed. Drift and jig deeper cannels and guts. Frozen large silversides have been the best bait on flounder rigs, and Gulp or scented ZMan on your bucktails or jigs. Sand Mullet (aka Whiting or Kingfish) are available in good sizes around the inlets. Size 4 or 6 hooks baited up with shrimp, Gulp, Fishbites and small chunks of cut bait will put fish in your box.
Redfish have showed in the Machipongo River, both Bull Reds and Puppy Drum. Bottom fishing peeler crab or casting plastics, surface plugs and Mirrolures will put fish in the boat, along with some bonus Speckled Trout (Season closed until August 1st). Redfish should already be in the waters of Oyster and Red Bank, and should start showing around Quinby, Wachapreague and Metompkin inlets.
Only some small Sea Bass and very few Flounder showing on the inshore wrecks and reefs. Ocean surface water is in the upper 60's. Offshore action has been north of us.
On the Bayside, Spring Rockfish season closes on the 15th, only a few more days. Speckled Trout, Redfish and Rockfish can be taken in the creeks and around the islands. A few croaker are here, but scattered. Fisherman's Island area has an abundance of Sand Mullet, but Flounder fishing on the Bayside has not materialized. Cobia are red hot from the CBBT north to Onancock. Anchor up in known Cobia areas, hang a bucket of chum overboard, bait up with cut bunker, live swimming eels or crabs and hang on.
I had a good outing this week north of Schooner Bay, one 26" Redfish, a 5# Speckled Trout and Rockfish up to 28" on Mirrolures and topwater plugs.

Stop by and check out our sale rack of rods and combos. We have taken 20% off a number of rods and combos that were already competitively priced. Shimano, Ugly Stick, Penn and Sea Striker and Daiwa are on the rack.

June 4, 2014

Flounder fishing has started into a summertime pattern. Smaller fish on the flats and legal sized fish are holding up in deeper drains and channels. Drifting a flounder rig off the back of the boat while jigging a bucktail tipped with a minnow or Gulp will still put flatties in the boat. Target Drawing and Green Channels or Millstone Creek for your best results. Best colors have been pink/white teaser skirt and trailer or Chartreuse/Green/White color combos on your bucktail.
Rockfish and Black Drum fishing on the ocean side is slowing down, while Red Drum fishing has picked up, as the Rockfish and the Blacks are heading north. Smaller Redfish should be showing up soon, as they have been thick coming up the coast off Virginia Beach.
Offshore fishing is starting up, "Teaser" landed 5 Yellowfin Tuna and "White Bite" had 3 Makos. The inshore wrecks are not producing much yet.
On the Bayside Rockfish up to 30" are available in and at the creek mouths, season stays open until June 16th. The first local water cobia of the season was caught last weekend off Onancock Creek. Spadefish should also be available off the Silver Beach Tower and around the Cell. Some Bull Red Drum are still on the flats around Parkers Island.
The CBBT has had flounder, sheepshead and Black Drum taken, along with Rockfish and a few Gray Trout. Sand mullet are outside and in The Ditch at Fisherman's Island. Croaker have been caught, but scattered and not in any numbers yet.
Eastern Shore Anglers Club hosts it's Kayak and Canoe Rockfish Tournament this Saturday out of Bayford, 10:30 am - 3:30 pm

May 24, 2014

Flounder fishing in Wachapreague continues to be good. Smaller flatties can be taken on the flats, with larger fish in drains, channels and deeper water. Pink, white and chartreuse are your best colors for flounder rigs. Fishing a float on the rig improves your chances on hooking up. Quinby and Folley Creek have also been giving up decent flounder, but fewer numbers.
Capt Gary Rilee on "Backwater ...Adventures" had a charter this week that boxed 11 big flounder. He can be reached at 804-695-6266 for booking a charter.
Bayside fishing is improving, with redfish, speckled trout and good numbers of Rockfish up to 28" in shallows and on the flats. Big Bull Red Drum are still available in the deeper flats north of Pungateague Creek. Capt BW James is the best around for producing Redfish in the over 50" range, if you would like to book a trip of a lifetime call Capt James at 757-710-2050.

May 15, 2014

Flounder fishing continues to be good out of Wachapreague. Flounder can be found on the flats feeding on bloodworms, as well as the drains and channels. Large Bull Red Drum have been spotted on Swash flats in less than two feet of water. The first croaker of the season was landed this week. Rockfish and Gray Trout can be found in the channels and will take bait or jigged lures. In the surf black and red drum are available, best baits are sea clams and peeler crab.
Inside Quinby and Machipongo Inlets black drum are close to the peak of fishing, sea clams are your best bait. Also inside the inlets are schoolie Rockfish and Bluefish.
Bayside fishing improves every day. Black Drum are up the Bay as far as Cape Charles. Rockfish are scattered, with schoolies inside the creek mouths and keeper Rockfish out toward the shipping channels. Bull Red Drum are stacked up on the flats from Onancock Creek to Pungateague Creek. Casting 6"-8" swim baits or hard baits, or trolling with large Tony, Drone or Hopkins spoons will put a citation on the wall, as any of these fish over 26" must be released.
Last weekend Speckled Trout showed on the outside of the islands from Schooner Bay to Saxis(Fish must be released until August 1st).
Today is the last day of Spring Trophy Rockfish season, May 16 regulations change to two fish a day over 28" on the seaside, and two fish a day on Bayside over 18"(only one of which can be over 32").

May 10, 2014

Warmer weather has lit up the fishing. Flounder fishing out of Wachapreague and Quinby has picked up greatly since last weekend. Water temps on the outgoing tides have reached 70 degrees off the flats, and dropping over 10 degrees at the end of the flood tide, shutting down the bite then. Flounder have been moving up on the flats, gorging themselves on bloodworms. Rockfish and Gray Trout are in the deeper channels, hanging around the bait balls.
Black Drum fishing at Quinby and Machipongo Inlets has cranked up, as well as Rockfish off the Barrier Islands. Sea Clams are your best Black Drum bait, and peeler crabs for Rockfish and Red Drum.
Large Bull Red Drum are on the flats off Parkers Island off of Onancock in good numbers. Trolling large spoons in 4-10' of water or casting 6" swim baits is your best bet for a Bull Red.
Results of the Flounder Tournament are:
Capt. Zeds weigh ins
1st place Ron Greaser 7 lb 13 oz
2nd place Greg Stanksy 5 lb 12 oz
3rd place Mitchell Howard 5 lb 9 oz
4th place Cindy Stauffer 5 lb 7 oz
5th place Gene Stalls 5 lb 6 oz
Wachapreague Marina weigh ins
1st place Jim Shuty 7 lb 14 oz
2nd place Gene Stalls 5 lb 8 oz
3rd place Cindy Stauffer 5 lbs 8 oz
4th place Henry Fabricatore 5 lb 7 oz
5th place Jesse Steele 5 lb 5 oz

May 1, 2014

Windy weather has been hampering fishing. Water clarity has remained good despite the winds and heavy rains. My fishing partner Jim Shuty and I have the biggest fish on the board so far, 7 pounds 14 ounces, caught Saturday. Folley Creek has been producing good numbers of fish at markers 80-84, the power lines and inside the inlet on the the north bank. Willis Wharf fishing has... picked up. Some flounder at the power lines and some nice gray trout up to five pounds. Look for Redfish down by Virginia Landing. Quinby has given up some nice sized flounder, but you have to search for them. Wachapreague flounder have picked up, with the majority of fish taken on the last two hours of the outgoing tide and the first hour and a half of the incoming. Rockfish and gray trout have been taken the last week, Trophy Rockfish season opens today, with one fish per person over 32" legal, only one gray trout may be kept over 12".
Black Drum are starting to show up on the beaches outside the Barrier Islands. They are taking sea clam baits.
Rockfish are showing on the bayside from Tangier Island to Beach Light.

April 23, 2014

Flounder fishing has been spotty. Water temps have been fluctuating with the passing weather fronts. Wachapreague has had some fat fish in the 18-22" sizes, but they are hard to find and not aggressive. Brown slur weed has been rolling in Burtons Bay and the east side of Swash Bay.
Fish the edges of the flats dropping into deeper water until the flats water warms back up.
Using a floating flounder... rig improves your chances in the weed.
Folley Creek and Gargatha have produced some fish, as has the Quinby area. Willis Wharf has surprisingly not produced yet, but Redfish schools have been sighted in the shallows when water has cleared.
Schoolie Rockfish have been caught in Wachapreague and Quinby.
The two flounder tournaments start this Friday and run thru May 4th, so plan on having plenty of company on the water.
WE HAVE A GOOD SUPPLY OF LARGE LIVE MINNOWS, along with all the flounder tackle to make you a winner.

April 6, 2014

Water temps this week were 43-62 degrees. Warmest water was in the Willis Wharf area, but no fish showed there. A few flounder were taken out of Quinby, more out of Wachapreague, but the better bite was out of Folley Creek. Sightings of redfish out of Quinby and Wachapreague, so keep a casting reel handy for the puppy drum schools.


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