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Tide Chart
October 1, 2015

FI1 1oct15The PSWSFA spot tournament is scheduled for Sept. 26 and 27. Check the club’s Facebook page before fishing or coming to the picnic. With the forecasted heavy winds and rain, the tournament may be moved to the following weekend, Oct. 3 and 4. The entry fee is $20 for members and $30 for guest fishing with a member. Make sure that you are entered into the tournament prior to fishing. Saturday is a fishing day and you can fish Sunday morning but bring your spot to be weighed to Dare Marina by 2PM on Sunday. Also bring the rest of your catch to be fried up at the picnic immediately following the tournament weigh-in. The picnic is open to all club members even if you do not fish the tournament. This event is being sponsored by Grafton Fishing Supply.

Fishing has been very good for most species right up to the northeast blow. What cobia that had not left yet, were concentrated at the mouth of the bay and along the oceanfront making for some good sight-fishing opportunities. It is likely that they will be gone when the water is fishable again.

Spot fishing remains good from local piers and inside protected waters. The spot bite is better than it has been the past several years. Good numbers of spot are being caught with some pushing the one pound mark. Another fish being caught during the blow is the red drum. Some big reds are being caught by anglers braving the winds on the piers of Virginia and North Carolina. Prior to the blow, the CBBT red drum bite was excellent and the reds will probably still be there when the water calms down again. Sheepshead fishing was excellent at the CBBT and on wrecks in the bay. The action may be less excellent but there should still be sheeps available when the wind stops blowing.

FI3 1oct15The tautog season had just opened up when the wind machine started. Fish were being caught at the CBBT and other inshore structures but that fishery will just continue to get better as the waters cool. Some big kings and a lot of nice Spanish mackerel were being caught along the oceanfront. We will see if they are still there when things settle down. October can be a good mackerel month in the Chesapeake Light Tower area and kings, Spanish, and big false albacore were being caught there right before the blow. October is also a good month to drop a live bait down around the legs of the Chesapeake Light Tower for a possible amberjack or jack crevalle.

Flounder and triggerfish will be waiting for us on the coastal wrecks when we can get back out there. You must release any sea bass that you catch as that fishery is now closed through October 21. There will be plenty of small bluefish in the lower bay and in the coastal waters. October is the month we will start looking for the arrival of chopper blues out on the ocean wrecks.

There are some speckled trout being caught on the flats and all of the other normal speck locations. More small striped bass are being caught as well as the occasional puppy drum. It is time to fish the docks at night as all of these fish are coming to the lights around most any dock.

Offshore, action was excellent right on up to the blow. Bigeye and yellowfin tuna were being caught in the canyons. Boats were coming in with riggers full of billfish flags. Dolphin were everywhere. Good numbers of wahoo were being caught and overnight boats were having success with swordfish. When things calm down, the question will be the dolphin and billfish bites. That could be over or we could have another run at them. If anything, the swordfish, tuna and wahoo bites should be even better.

The 2015 PSWSFA Don Forman Cobia Tournament has finished up. First place went to a youth. 13-year-old Hayden Head one with a 57-inch, 51 pound 12 ounce cobia. Coming in second was Wes Blow with a 50-inch that weighed in at 40.6 pounds. The tournament was sponsored by Bishop Fishing Supply. The tournament director was Capt. Rick Wineman.
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