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Fish News | Yorktown Tides Chart | July 31,2014

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Fish image1 31jul14Flounder fishing was excellent this week, especially at the CBBT where catches of limits were the norm. Some boats reported catching over 50 flounder in an outing. Other than the CBBT, flounder are being caught in the York River, off of Cape Charles, the Cell/buoy 42, Hampton Bar, Deadman's Hill, inside the seaside inlets and all of the other flounder spots but it is the CBBT where the best catches are being made. Sheepshead, spadefish and triggerfish are also being caught at the CBBT.

Fish image2 31jul14Spanish mackerel are being caught along the oceanfront and throughout the lower bay. While trolling for Spanish, keep a lookout for cruising cobia and schools of big red drum. Big red drum continue to be the occasional by-catch for anglers chumming for cobia. Puppy drum are available up in the shallows most everywhere with some great fishing on Poquoson Flats this week. Cobia fishing has been very good this year and remains so. Both chumming and sight-fishing (when conditions are good) are producing a lot of cobia.

Offshore catches are consisting mostly of billfish and dolphin. Yellowfin tuna will show for a few days and disappear again. Some wahoo are being Fish image4 31jul14caught and there is the possibility of a bigeye tuna but it is dolphin and white marlin that are being consistently good. If the tuna are not cooperating, dropping down to the bottom will produce good catches of tilefish in depths about 50 fathoms. Amberjack are available at the southern towers.

Club tournaments: The PSWSFA Triple Threat (Red Drum, Black Drum, Cobia) Tournament will end on July 31. The Don Forman Cobia Tournament will run the entire month of August. The free Youth and Ladies Croaker and Flounder Tournament will begin on July 12 and run through July 27 when there will be club picnic and awards ceremony at Dare Marina, 6 PM.

Report from Martin Freed and Ruta Vaskys- Fishing is a funny business. Ruta says, "for a funny business Martin takes it very seriously." You can have a famine then suddenly a feast. That happened to us today.

After being chased in by the wind and seas yesterday, we were leery about heading out today since the marine forecast predicted the same wind velocity but from the south not the north. However, the morning was supposed to be relatively calm. So we headed out.

Fish image3 31jul14Fishing started out slow. We trolled toward a wreck we intended to visit without any hits. Of course, the pods of dolphin around us were cavorting about and probably getting their limit. That's a misstatement, they do not have a limit like humans.

When we reached the wreck, it immediately appeared obvious that the fish were there and they were hungry. We ended the day with a limit in flounder between 17 and 24 inches, a few triggerfish and a couple of really nice sea bass.

We may have stayed later but as promised the winds really kicked up in the afternoon and the rolling seas were testing these old sea legs.

Another day to remember when we have to deal with fishing famine again.


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