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September 29, 2016

FI 29sep16Offshore, the billfish bite continues to roll along. It will slow down soon but we probably have a couple more weeks of good billfish action. White marlin are the main catch. Good numbers of blue marlin and roundscale spearfish are around and some sailfish are still being caught. Boats overnighting and some deep-dropping during the day are having good success with swordfish. The swordfish action should remain good through the fall even after the other billfish have moved out. Dolphin catches remain strong. More wahoo are being caught and that bite should be just continue to improve through October. As the billfish action slows down the tuna bite should pick up. Right now, there are some yellowfin tuna and bigeyes around but not enough to make a day on them.

Offshore bottom fishing remains excellent for blueline tilefish. There are big sea bass mixed in with tilefish and on the ocean wrecks. You will have to throw them back. Sea bass is closed Sept. 22-Oct. 21. The wrecks are holding excellent populations of flounder and some big triggerfish. Spadefish are still on the wrecks though they are a challenge to catch this time of year.

This is a good time of year to try for jack crevalle and amberjack at the Chesapeake Light Tower though I have not heard of anyone trying them. If you are in the area catching flounder at the Tower Reef or trolling for king mackerel, it might be worth our time to drop a live croaker or spot down around the legs of the tower. There are some big king mackerel and some snakes being caught along the oceanfront and around some of the wrecks. Spanish mackerel are also being caught though they will be leaving soon.

Cobia are still here and there were some nice catches (and releases) this past week. Big red drum are being caught in good numbers at the CBBT, around the shoals and along the oceanfront.

Puppy drum and speckled trout action is good. There seem to be a lot of small red drum and speckled trout around which holds a lot of promise for next year if we can have another mild winter.

If you like to fish for spot, this is the time of year to do it. Croaker catches remain strong so expect to catch plenty of them as you go to fill up your coolers with spot.
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PSWSFA Spot Tournament
Submitted by Dr. Ken Neill

FI3 29sep16The Peninsula Salt Water Sport Fisherman's Association held their annual Spot Tournament this past weekend. It concluded with a picnic and awards presentation at Dare Marina and Yacht Sales on Sunday. It was a beautiful day for a picnic featuring fresh fried spot and sea bass and grilled tuna. The ducks agreed. This event was sponsored by Grafton Fishing Supply and Seafood. The tournament director was Capt. Rick Wineman.

Awards were presented for both youth and overall categories. Coming in first place overall was Jerald Abraham with a .46 pound spot. Second place was Milton Hudgins with a .38 pound spot. Third place overall was also the first place youth winner; Caleb Sava also weighed in a .38 pound spot. The second place youth was Grayson Shields with another .38 pound spot. The tie-breaker was time of catch. Third place youth was Lexi Sava with a .37 pound spot.
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