Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Is it really spring? There are signs of it, judging current hookups

Dr. Ken Neill reports, “Snow at the end of March, winter just does not want to quit. Spring is proceeding anyway. The first flounder were caught this past week. David Freeman caught a 16.5 inch flatfish in the York River. Catches were made out of Wachapreague this week. The first citation flounder was weighed in at 7.5 pounds but that doormat was caught while deep-dropping for blueline tilefish."

Hunter Southall with a fat tautog caught east of Virginia Beach
"Another sign that spring is proceeding are the first catches of big red drum on the beaches of Ocracoke and Hatteras. Typically, that means we can expect the first big red drum in the Eastern Shore in a couple of weeks. Puppy drum are already making a showing inside the inlets and in the shallows on the western side of the bay. Some calm weather allowed boats to get out this past week which resulted in some very impressive catches.”

The fishing dentist continues with, “Tautog fishing on the coastal wrecks has been nothing short of excellent. Boats are catching as many as fifteen citation-sized tog in a trip and multiple double-digit fish were weighed in this week. The largest weighed 18-pounds 7-ounces and that same boat weighed in another fish at 17-pounds, 11-ounces! Tautog fishing has been slow inside the bay. That should pick up over the next week as winter finally is out of here and warmer temperatures are forecast.”

“Boats running out of Oregon Inlet (Outer Banks, N.C.) continue to experience impressive bluefin tuna action. Some Virginia boats have made the run south to get in on the action. There is a wide range of bluefin being caught from around 100 pounds on up to over 600 pounds. In addition to the bluefin tuna, there are some bigeye, yellowfin, wahoo, and even a few blue marlin being encountered.”

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