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June 7, 2018 Report; by Ken Neill
Topic Started: Jun 8 2018, 08:46 AM (10 Views)
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Reported by Ken Neill III at The Richmond Times


The first Cobia East Coast Championship fishing tournament was won by the all-teenager team of Joel White, Dylan Copeland and Spencer Elford. They caught three cobia while fishing the event last weekend. Their largest weighed 79.7 pounds, easily winning top honors and the $5,000 grand prize.

The next large local saltwater tournament will be the Virginia Beach Tuna Tournament June 20-23. Tuna have moved in, with both yellowfin and bigeye tuna being caught.

For inshore anglers, there will be the Gloucester Boys and Girls Club Flounder Tournament July 14.

Cobia anglers will get another chance to beat the teenagers in the Monarch Cobia Classic July 19-21.

Here’s a look at what is happening at some of our local fishing spots:

Offshore: Bishop Fishing Supply said tuna have made it into Virginia’s offshore waters. Yellowfin tuna are being caught from the Norfolk Canyon on down south of the Triple 0’s. Offshore bottom-fishing for blueline tilefish remains good, along with sea bass mixed in. Anglers trolling along the oceanfront are catching bluefish, Spanish mackerel, red drum and cobia. Spadefish are at the Chesapeake Light Tower.

York Spit: Cobia anglers are having good success chumming. Sight-fishing in the area is also producing cobia. Spanish mackerel have arrived.

Poquoson Flats: Speckled trout and puppy drum are available on the flats, where houndfish have arrived. Cobia are being caught off the edge of the flats.

Mobjack Bay: Speckled trout, puppy drum and small striped bass continue to be caught. Croaker catches are good. Cobia are being caught near the mouth of the bay.

James River: Wilcox Bait and Tackle said croaker catches remain strong. Some nice spot continue to be caught. More flounder are showing up.

Back River Reef: Croaker and flounder are being caught. Cobia are cruising around the area, and red drum can be encountered. Spanish mackerel have shown in the area.

Cell: Croaker and spadefish are hanging around the structure.

Buckroe Pier: Cobia are being caught from the pier. Croaker and sea mullet catches remain good. More flounder are being caught.

Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel: Big sheepshead are on the structure, and spadefish have arrived. Cobia and big red drum are in the area. Flounder catches are improving.

Eastern Shore: Flounder fishing is good. Big red drum continue to be caught on the shoals, where cobia are becoming a more common catch. Black drum continue to be caught from the seaside surf.

York River:
Grafton Fishing Supply said croaker and spot are being caught in good numbers. More flounder are being caught. Speckled trout, striped bass and puppy drum are being caught around the grass beds during the daytime and around lit structures at night.

Bluefish Rock:
Cobia and flounder are being caught. Spanish mackerel and small bluefish are also in the area.


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