Peninsula Salt Water Sport Fisherman’s Report
By Dr. Ken Neill, III IGFA Representative President, Peninsula Salt Water Sport Fisherman’s Association
Rockfish action picked up this week with multiple large fish being caught in the Cape Henry area. Rockfish up to 55 pounds were weighed in this week with many fish over 40 pounds. Each day has been different with quick limits happening one day with a slow bite the next but it is a lot better than it was the previous week. Rockfish remain available inside the bay for catch and release action. Smaller fish are at the HRBT and at other area crossings. Large fish are still being caught by the few anglers fishing with eels in the Kiptopeke to Plantation area.
At times, big rockfish have been pests to anglers trolling for bluefin tuna in the Chesapeake Light Tower area. The bluefin tuna action also picked up this past week and most of the action moved inshore, 2-6 miles off of the beach from Sandbridge to Cape Henry. On average, the bluefin were larger than they have been the previous couple of weeks with a number of fish weighed in, in the 300-350 pound range.
Anglers running offshore are finding excellent sea bass fishing on the deep-water wrecks and good blueline tilefish action along the 50-fathom curve. Tautog are available on the inshore wrecks in the ocean and there are still some active tog at the CBBT and on other structures at the mouth of the bay. Speckled trout fishing remains very good in the Elizabeth River.