As the channel waters
warm, flounder will have to fight for their meals picking up with
"Croaker, an aggressive fish, also known as hardhead, will
bite almost anything, but squid on your hook will attract them
like a magnet!! Kingfish/Whiting, also known as roundhead, simply
go crazy and jump on your hook if you bait up with artifical bloodworms,
made by the popular manufacturer, FishBites." There is also
Offshore shark action when water temps reach the 70 degree range.
JULY - AUGUST
In the channel -
croaker rules. Good size, (16" - 20") hardheads are
a fisherman's dream. Anglers of all ages flock to enjoy the thrill
of landing two fish per cast, every cast!!! The Red drum begins
and this fish just doesn't give up. Anglers were still maxing
out their limits of these tasty fish (aka red fish, channel bass)
well into November. Finger mullet, shrimp or clams are the baits
you'll need OR use fake baits, swim tail grubs or a top water
plug that you'll skim across the water will also tempt 'ole red'
to take the tease.
Offshore - its hot!
Hot with Tuna, Tuna, Tuna... The most popular fishing ground in
the Atlantic from Delaware to Virginia Beach is directly off Chincoteague!
Hot spots like the "Parking Lot" or the "Lumpy
Bottom" tease anglers to drive all night to Chincoteague
so they can fish all day. Early in the season, trolling is the
preferred method for fishing tuna, but this quickly changes to
chunking. Butterfish has been the bait, but this year, a new approach,
chunking with sardines ( a flat not a can) has proven to make
a 20 - 30 pound difference in the weight of the catch!!! The oil
in the slick from the sardines really does attract the tuna, however,
you still hook up with the butters. Try it - you won't believe
it!!! Also, offshore, you'll find some nice size Dolphin and Wahoo.
Wreck fishing produces
hugh flounder especially at Blackfish Banks, also known as the
"subway or box cars". You can also catch nice Triggerfish,
Black Sea Bass, Spadefish and Tautog at the wrecks.
SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER
With the exit of
croaker, flounder action steams up for the fall. Striper also
make a showing as the waters cool down. Offshore, the Yellow fin
tuna are keeping anglers on the move, most having to go to the
"Finger", 20 Fathoms or the Canyons. But the catches
are good, 8 to 24 Yellow fin, depending on the number of anglers.
NOVEMBER - JANUARY
Inshore action is
keeping anglers busy with the striper run and drum. The huge black
drum provide equal excitement for anglers as much as the coveted
striped bass. Clams are the favorite menu for drum whereas eel,
peelers, bunker or fake baits and plugs (Spro) will put that striper
on your dinner plate. Offshore, if a mild fall, there will still
be a spotting of yellowfin tuna but don't get your hopes up too
high. The wrecks still keep anglers going for more Tautog (keep
a close eye for changes in the regulations on this fish).
ADVISORY TO ALL
All anglers should
familiarize themselves with the fishing regulations for the area
they intend to fish. For your convenience, we have provided a
link to the Virginia Marine Resources Commission below to assist