Boating at Marina Shores
We are pleased to have Captains Herb Gordon and Max King provide our fishing reports.
The EEL fishing for Monster Striped Bass has been great some days and terrible the next. We had very slow days of fishing on Wed and Thursday but found a couple big ones on Friday’s charter Ricky landed the first big one which was a little over 41lbs but Billy Hogan took home the big fish pool with our first fish of the fall season over 50lbs the officially weight was 54lbs and only 49 inches. The fish had nothing in his stomach. This fish was caught within casting distance of buoy 36. On Saturday we fish the first annual Toby’s Dream Foundation Rockfish tournament with high hopes. First place prize was a fishing trip to Costa Rica. My crew and I was catching the second fish of the day when I realized that if we do not screw this fish up we might be seating pool side trying to speak Spanish to order more beers but doing the final moments of fight the fish spit the hook. After a few words and several hours of fishing with no more bites. I realized that I was still fishing in 46 degree water and not headed to the warmer waters of Costa Rica. Congrad’s to Capt Steve Wray and the crew of ocean pearl for there first place win. We ended up in third place and won a 7 day trip to snow shoe, WV. Looking forward to a little R and R after the season with the family in WV. All fish on Friday and Saturday were caught near the Baltimore shipping channel in 46degree water near buoy 36 and 38.
We have started the EELING and Reeeling season over the thanksgiving weekend it took a couple trips to get the first citation size striped bass of the fall season. We started the season by anchoring tossing eels back to the pylons of the high rise area. We have landed several striped bass citation size fish. The biggest so far this season is a 46lber caught on charter this past friday the 3 dec 2010 open water drifting. I am currently booked for the rest of the month of December. We have started fishing two boats this year with Capt Brian Hartung fishing the 36 F/A Contender (Affliction). He is very patient Captain that has out fish me couple times so far this year including the JMU Rockfish shootout this past weekend where his crew finished 3rd in the tournament. We are very excited about the fishing it looks to be shaping to be a banner year for the bay. We needed another cold to bring the water temp down. I expect near perfect conditions after the latest cold front this week. Next weekend looks to be highs in the 50 which I believe will be some the best eel fishing we have seen in couple of years. I feel the water temp will be good until the season closes on the 31 Dec. It looks like mother nature will be nice this year compared to last year. Good luck to everyone.
This week is a busy week fish wise, the tac flounder tournament of last sat was a smashing success with 3 fish caught and weighed over 10 pounds, biggest almost 12 caught by Chopper Dave fishing with my co-host on the weekend fisherman tv series, mike firestone. By the way try and catch this weeks show on sat. 8/7/10 either at 5:30am on wtvz channel 33, cox ch 2 or at 11am on cox 11 it is a great show featuring many big bull red drum caught site casting on one of last weeks charters. Marina Shores is one of our flagship sponsors for this show and we are proud to represent the best marina in Va Beach! Cobia continue to make a strong showing in open water and on structure many in the bay and ocean, spanish mackerel found off the cape about a mile or two offshore, sheepshead still on pilings, as well as spade fish. Offshore the Norfolk canyon is producing some yellow fins, and a good early showing of white marlin! This is also the week of the ocean city, md white marlin open tournament many Va beach boats are up there including canyon express that is currently leading the tournament!
The week after the 4th of July weekend brings hot sticky weather and doldrums for alot of species of fish, however inshore the flounder continue to co-operate, and the sheepshead bite is on for sure. We did our WEEKEND FISHERMAN TV SHOW this week using the skiff Dirty Work and fishing the pilings north of the 4th island catching several citation size sheepshead, my son John released one that was 25 3/4 inches long and estimated weight of 14-15 pounds! the spanish mackerel are still around rips off the islands and cape, cobia are scattered and spooky but still around with expectations of moving to structure soon which will make them easier to find! Offshore bite is real slow few small dolphin, scattered billfish bite, and tuna are real scarce. With the tuna tournament this weekend at Marina Shores my best guess would be to fish north for bluefin at 26 mile hill, hambone, 21 fathom finger and places like that, maybe even the parking lot up north.
A great week for them, a lot of nice keepers and many citation size fish up to 26-27 inches being caught around the bridge tunnel piles and even in open water edge of channels, cobia still being seen in open water mostly by site casters, spanish mackerel continue to show up on rips at the right stage of the tides, and the spade action is on and off depending on location and tide Offshore gaffer dolphin mixed tuna and few marlin from cigar up toward the 350 line is the best blended water 77-80 degrees up the line!
This week inshore shows the continuation of Red Drum bite mostly at night on inner middle grounds and around fisherman’s island, also a few cobia are found sight casting and chumming latimer shoals and middle grounds as well, spanish mackerel are here on the ocean front and off of Cape Henry. Sheepshead are on the pilings of the CBBT, and the flounder bite has finally kicked off on the edge of channels and around all 4 islands of the CBBT. The offshore bite out of here produced the first Bluefin Tuna that we have heard about in the fingers area sw of the Norfolk Canyon last week!
This week marks the beginning of summer with Memorial Day Monday a banner day for big Cobia showing up in the lower Chesapeake Bay, several fish over 70 pounds were caught, and several hundred fish were seen swimming in big schools on top of the water! Also of note is the arrival of Spanish Mackerel along the oceanfront below Rudie Inlet and down toward Sandbridge. The Red Drum bite continues mostly in late afternoon and evening over on the Middle grounds as well. Tune in to the WEEKEND FISHERMAN TV show on Saturdays at 5:30AM on WTVZ Ch 33/Cox channel 2, we will also air on Cox 11 at 11AM on Saturdays starting June 26. The Marina at Marina Shores has been one of our proud sponsors from day one and we have been on the air for 13 years!! Tight Lines, Capt. Herb Gordon
2100 Marina Shores Drive
Virginia Beach, VA, 23451
Latitude = 36.9054, Longitude = -76.0658
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Long = 76 degrees, 3.9 minutes West
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