It is Cobia Bowl time and the cobia fishing is excellent. Both
sight-fishing and chumming are producing a lot of cobia. There
seem to be a very large number of small cobia in the bay this
year. There must have been another very good spawn which should
mean good fishing for years to come. There are plenty of large
cobia around also with numerous fish over 70 pounds already
landed. The Cobia Bowl, June 22-24, out of Dare Marina will be a
great time and there should be some impressive cobia caught. Visit
the Cobia Bowl on Facebook for up to date information.
One support of the Cobia Bowl is to support cobia research at
VIMS so that future management decisions can be based on the best
available science. To make a donation:https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=95b62a&company_1=VIMS_Game_Fish_Research_Fund
Big red drum continue to be caught by those fishing bait on the
shoals near the mouth of the bay. Nighttime is the best time for
this. More big drum are being caught by sight-casters looking for
cobia. Puppy drum fishing has been excellent up on the flats and
inside the inlets. Some nice speckled trout have been caught on
Poquoson Flats and in the Mobjack Bay area.
Some flounder are being caught at most all of the normal
flounder location. The largest flounder are being caught at the
CBBT with some citation-sized flatfish being caught. Some of the
best catches in terms of numbers of keepers are being made around
the coastal wrecks. Spadefish can be found over these coastal
wrecks, at the Chesapeake Light Tower, at the CBBT and around
other structures in the bay. Some of the wrecks are holding more
triggerfish. All are holding sea bass.
Nice catches of sheepshead are being made at the CBBT with many
weighing double-digits. Spanish mackerel and small bluefish are
biting spoons along the oceanfront and throughout the lower bay.
Bottom fishing is producing good catches of croaker, decent
numbers of spot and some nice sea mullet continue to be caught.
Offshore, the yellowfin tuna bite continues to be good. Some
bigeye tuna are being encountered. More dolphin are showing up.
Billfish and wahoo are being caught on occasion. Deep-dropping is
productive for both blueline and golden tilefish.
To raise money for cobia research and to aid in data gathering,
the PSWSFA will host a Cobia Bowl out of Dare Marina this summer.
The captains meeting will be on June 22 with June 23 and 24 as
fish days. Boats will be able to enter one or both fishing days.
To learn more about the Cobia Bowl, visit it on Facebook and for
entry forms and sponsorship information, visit: www.pswsfa.com/CobiaBowl_17.htm
. To make a tax-deductible contribution to support cobia research:
Foundation Game Fish Research Fund. The Cobia
Bowl early-entry period ends June 8. After that date, the daily
entry fee increases by $100. Mail your entries into the address on
the form or, if you are local, you can bring them to Dare Marina.
Contact Tournament Director Jorj Head with any questions: (757)
262-9004 or email at email@example.com
At the June 20th PSWSFA meeting, we will have Douglas Jensen
from VIMS talking to us about cobia research, what we have learned
from the satellite tags deployed last summer and what we expect to
learn from the tags being deployed this summer. Meetings are free
and you do not need to be a member to attend: www.pswsfa.com.
June 11, Capt. Jorj Head, (757) 262-9004, sight-fished for
cobia. They caught 11 cobia to 49 inches long.
June 11, Danny Forehand chummed for cobia catching a 50-inch
fish that weighed in at 44 pounds.
June 11, Barclay Shepard fished around the Norfolk Canyon. They
caught a 4-man limit of blueline tilefish.
June 11, Stan Simmerman fished out of Hatteras. They caught 26
dolphin and a dozen Spanish mackerel.
June 10, Hunter Southall fished offshore. They caught 10
yellowfin tuna and some dolphin.
June 10, Capt. Jorj Head sight-fished for cobia. They caught 6
cobia with the largest weighing in at 64 pounds.
June 10, I went out with Charles Southall. We caught 10 cobia
and then left them to try for drum. We should have stayed with the
cobia. No drum for us but we did quit early. Bite might have
happened if we had stayed into the dark.
June 10, Stan Simmerman fished out of Hatteras. They caught 20
June 10, Wally Veal and Capt. Rick Wineman fished for cobia and
caught 2 fish. They then fished for drum in the afternoon and
caught 5 big red drum.
June 9, I ran out after cobia in the morning. Caught 4 and came
in for lunch.
June 8, Capt. Rick Wineman and Wally Veal chummed for cobia.
They caught 24 cobia up to 53 inches long.
June 7, Wes Blow fished for cobia. They caught 13.
June 7, Hunter Southall fished the flats catching a bunch of
puppy drum and striped bass.
June 4, Danny Forehand and Keith Blackburn fished for cobia.
They caught 5 with the largest weighing in at 60 pounds.
June 4, Stan Simmerman fished for cobia catching 1.
June 4, Wes Blow fished for cobia. He tagged and released 6.
June 4, I ran out after cobia. After a slow start, the bite
turned on and I caught 10 cobia.
June 3, Capt. Jorj Head, (757) 262-9004, took a charter out
after cobia. They kept their 3-fish boat limit of two 40 something
inch cobia and a big one that weighed 68.5 pounds. They caught a
51-inch fish that had a tag in it. After recording the data, the
fish was released and is still swimming around out there with its
June 3, Wes Blow fished for cobia and caught 6.
June 3, Stan Simmerman trolled the oceanfront with Clark
spoons. They caught Spanish mackerel, bluefish and 2 big red drum.
June 3, Carlin Thomas bottom fished offshore catching golden
tilefish up to 53.1 pounds.
June 3, Hunter Southall fished an offshore charter. They caught
2 yellowfin tuna, 4 dolphin and a 122 pound bigeye tuna.
June 3, I chummed for cobia catching 6.
June 2, Capt. Rick Wineman fished the shoals at the mouth of
the bay. They caught a 26-inch sheepshead and 14 big red drum.
May 28, Charles Southall fished for drum. They caught 2 red
May 28, we ran back out after drum yesterday. We did not catch
32 this time. We caught 2 red drum and a cobia bonus catch. The
cobia ate a clam. All of the fish were tagged and released and a
DNA sample was collected from the cobia.
May 27, Capt. Rick Wineman fished east of the Cigar. They
caught dolphin, a yellowfin tuna, and they released a roundscale
spearfish. They had a big tuna bite that did not stay tight. There
were some bigeye tuna in the area.
May 27, Danny Forehand fished for drum. They started of landing
a triple of big reds. That is what they finished with also with no
other drum bites after the early triple.
May 27, we went bottom fishing. We caught 19 golden tilefish
plus a nice catch of sea bass and blueline tilefish. Caught and
released 3 dusky sharks. Did not catch the two sharks we wanted.
Steve Martin was trying to drop his bait to the bottom when it
came skying back out of the water, right next to the boat, in the
jaws of a mako. That fight did not last long. Later, we had
another nice mako at the transom eating fish scraps we were
throwing him while we scrambled to get something together to catch
it. I just dropped a diamond jig in front of it and it ate that
too. Had him on for a good bit but the hook pulled. A lot of life
out there. The tinker mackerel are there and we caught a number of
May 24, Wes Blow and Hunter Southall chummed for cobia. They
tagged and released 11.
May 22, Charles Southall fished for drum near buoy 10. They
caught 35 red drum.
May 21, we were supposed to head offshore but the windy
forecast got us to cancel those plans. I suggested that we try an
afternoon drum trip. Half the crew decided that staying home was a
better option and we could not find any other takers so it was
just Stan Simmerman, Wes Blow and myself that headed out. When we
saw the breakers at the mouth of Rudee Inlet, we thought that the
other guys were the smart ones. We went out anyway and made it
over to Fisherman's Island. The wind was howling and the drum bite
was on fire. In about 4 hours of fishing, we landed 32 big red
drum out of I do not know how many bites. We missed them, pulled
hooks, and Wes broke one off. It was OK because later, he caught
that same fish with his hook and trailing line still attached. All
of the fish were released, some with tags. It was just too crazy
with multiple bites and just the three of us to tag them all. We
did have some clam out but no black drum bites, and no sharks,
rays or skates either. Just a bunch of big red drum.
May 19, Capt. Rick Wineman fished for drum. They caught 15 big
May 18, Hunter Southall fished out of Oregon Inlet. They caught
4 yellowfin tuna, 3 bigeye tuna, and 3 dolphin.
May 17, Wes Blow fished for drum near buoy 10. They caught 5
red drum and 3 black drum.
May 9, Hunter Southall fished out of Back River for puppy drum.
They caught a bunch, keeping their 3-man limit.
May 7, Wes Blow fished near buoy 10. They caught 2 black drum.
May 7, we went drum fishing with Charles Southall. Went out
mid-morning, came in late afternoon when the squalls started up.
No sleep deprivation at all. I am not sure it can really be called
drum fishing but we caught drum. We caught 2 red drum, 3 black
drum and about 10 very irritating cownosed rays. Stan Simmerman
registered his first-ever red drum citation.
Ken Neill with fishing news.
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