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Fish News ... July 24, 2014
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Fish image1 24jul14Cobia fishing is very good. Sight-fishing catches seem to be only limited by the weather. Chumming is also producing cobia at a very strong pace but there is a limit here also. They are called sharks. For a fish that is supposed to have a depressed population, sharks seem to be doing very well in Virginia. The numerous sharks are a problem for cobia anglers but they are a boon to the charter fleet. Tourist and young people love to catch sharks and boats hardly have to burn any fuel to get to them. Flounder action seems to get better each week. The Gloucester Boys and Girls Club's flounder tournament was this past weekend. Derrick Hall's team took first place with a 3-fish stringer weighing 22.30 pounds. Their largest fish weighed 9.8 pounds. The best flounder fishing has been at the CBBT but it action is picking up at all of the normal flounder spots. Fish are still being caught in the York River and on Hampton Bar. Off of Cape Charles and the Cell area are producing some nice flatfish catches. Spanish mackerel and small bluefish can be caught along the oceanfront and throughout the lower bay. There have been some good Spanish catches off of Windmill Point this past week. Spadefish are being caught at the Chesapeake LightFish image4 24jul14Tower, at the CBBT, and over most wrecks inbetween the two. Big sheepshead and triggerfish are being caught (and speared) at the CBBT. Puppy drum continue to be caught up on Poquoson Flats and in the shallows most anywhere where there are some grass beds. Anglers have to work for them a bit more than they have been and natural baits are out producing artificial. Offshore, dolphin are providing action from out over the 100 fathom curve on into the Fingers. Some have even been caught by anglers trolling for Spanish mackerel along the beach. Some yellowfin tuna were caught around the Norfolk Canyon this week. White marlin and good numbers of blue marlin are being encountered by offshore boats and that fishery should just continue to get stronger. More wahoo are starting to show in the catches.

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 Fish image2 24jul14August. 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 Danny Forehand Sunday, July 20 - Had a late start and headed over to the fourth island area for Fish image3 24jul14some flounder fishing with Andre, a visiting German Physicist. Our plan was to limit on flounder and go catch cobia....we did neither. Caught one keeper and tagged one flounder. We buoy hopped across the bay and set up at York spit and caught sharks. Had one on that acted a like a cobia but we never got a look before he eventually pulled off. Ran out of bait and could not catch a croaker. Moved over to where Charles caught his six and set out the last of the chum with the intention of catching bait off the chum pot. We caught a few blues and set them out. I managed to hook a smallish cobia with number one hooks on a bottom rig with squid. Gave the pole to Andre and let him play for a minute until the hook straightened. Road home with a nice sunset.... no fish to clean.

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