Fishing Report

By Bill Hall – Cobia catches diminished slightly in number over the last week. Whether this is a temporary lull in the fishery or an indication that the fishery has peaked remains to be seen. Inshore flounder fishing continues to be good as long as the water clarity remains on...
By Bill Hall – While the recent air temperatures may have felt more like August than May, the recent fishing action has been equally as hot. Black drum fishing has been very good, with anglers starting to recognize the importance of releasing some of these slow-growing giants after snapping a...
By Bill Hall – The calendar may read May, but the recent winds have felt more like March and the showers have been more reminiscent of April, as the local fishing action was severely affected from the effects of last weekend’s slow moving nor’easter. Windy conditions impacted the area well...
By Bill Hall – As of May 1, the minimum length for legal summer flounder in Virginia waters is 16 inches. The possession limit remains at four fish per person. Prior to May 1, the minimum length was set at 16.5 inches.  Upper Shore – Captain Matt Abell, at the Sea...
By Bill Hall – The recent stretch of nice weather, combined with two large flounder tournaments, produced a surge of activity on the water. Last weekend brought about a noticeable increase in boat traffic, with many local anglers putting their boats in the water for the first fishing trip of...
By Bill Hall – Fishing on both sides of the peninsula continues to improve, with only the April winds limiting the action. Black and red drum have been landed from the Chesapeake Bay BridgeTunnel all the way up into the waters of southern Maryland, with most of the action thus...
Fishing rebounded (a little) following the severe cold snap, which occurred two weeks ago.  Unfortunately, with the more seasonable temperatures came winds that made getting out on the water a risky task.  A lot of outdoor enthusiasts turned their attention to deer hunting in lieu of taking a beating...
After a week that has seen coastal flooding, high waves, below average air temperatures for this time of year, and even a brief encounter with snowfall in some areas, firsthand fishing information has been mighty hard to come by, if not impossible.  One tackle shop owner told me, with only a slight exaggeration,...
The arrival of a weather system last Thursday brought high winds and lower temperatures for the first half of the weekend, but decent fishing had returned by Sunday, lasting through Monday.  I don’t see such a quick rebound following the predicted arrival of a severe cold front on Tuesday,...
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) Striped Bass Management Board voted 11-4 at its October 30 meeting to implement a striped bass management option that requires an 18% reduction in both the recreational and commercial striped bass catch.  Each member state (North Carolina to Maine) must comply with...