PENINSULA FISHING NEWS (9-04)
Just as the water temperatures at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel (CBBT) averaged 80 degrees for a week, tropical disturbances head our way. From Saturday, for at least two days, the wind and waters are going to bed rough. After that, we can get ready for our Fall blitz.
Probably the best fishing news of the season. The bite is on. Citation fish weighing over 80 pounds have been caught from Bluefish Rock, with Bluefish Rock and the area around York Spit Light also holding good numbers offish. On two consecutive days this week, one boat landed 4 fish and saw what was estimated to be over 100 in various pods near the surface. One day later, two boats visited the same area with one boating 8 fish and the other boating 3. These anglers also spotted approximately 60 surface holding fish.
Big croakers are being taken from the channels along the Middle Bay, to around the rocky islands of the CBBT. Many fish weighing over two pounds have been reported with medium sized fish being caught from Hampton Bar, up the James River past Skiffes Creek. The spot bite is getting better with many schools of medium sized fish being found throughout the Bay. All indications are that the Fall bite should be super.
The best news concerning drum is the increase in the puppy drum bite. These small fighters are being caught from Poquoson Flats, to Back River, to the islands of the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel (HRBT) and the Monitor-Merrimac (M&M), all the way up the James to Mulberry Island. Although many of these fish are shorter than the 18-inch minimum length, they are great sport on light tackle.
The late summer flounder bite has started, only to be stopped by the storms approaching. Flatfish weighing almost 13 pounds were caught, with Buoy 18, the HRBT, and Back River Reef. Live bait anglers continue to boat the heaviest fish while squid and minnow anglers are catching the greatest number. There ss still a great number of short fish biting, but the big Fall gathering is yet to come.
Although there have been a good number of anglers out seeking both Sheepshead and Tautog, there have been no reports of catches – even of short fish.
Absolutely no word of any sort concerning spadefish. At last report, they were gathering around the coastal wrecks.