Fishing report: Sheepshead catch sets new mark

Correspondent

Earlier this month, a Newport News man caught the largest sheepshead this year in Virginia.

Christian Collier caught a 17-pound, 2-ounce sheepshead Oct. 7.

Sea bass season opens Sunday and will remain open through the end of the year. Regulations remain at a 12.5-inch minimum and a 15-fish bag limit until further notice.

There is a boating safety class at the Hampton Bass Pro Shops Saturday. You can register for the free class at dgif.virginia.gov/boating.

If you are not catching your own seafood this weekend, you can have it served to you at the Poquoson Seafood Festival. There will be entertainment, nautical-themed arts and crafts and plenty of food available Friday through Sunday at Poquoson Municipal Park.

Anglers have through Tuesday to express their opinion of the future management of menhaden. The basic issue is whether to continue management as a stand-alone species or to require managers to consider menhaden’s role in the ecosystem when determining how many fish may be taken each year. For more information and to comment, visit: asmfc.org/species/atlantic-menhaden.

A look at what is happening at some of our local fishing spots:

Back River Reef: Tautog catches are good. Red drum and sheepshead have also been caught.

Beaverdam Reservoir: The Big Bash Bass Classic will be held Saturday. The bass bite has heated up in cooler weather, with citation-sized fish being caught.

Buckroe Pier: Spot continue to be caught, along with some croaker. Puppy drum action has been very good, and some striped bass are being caught.

Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel: Tautog fishing is very good. Big red drum continue to be caught along the islands. Some large sheepshead remain on the structure.

Chickahominy: Captain Art Conway said catfish can be found along the channel edges. Crappie are holding around wood cover near creek mouths. Bass, pickerel and bowfin are roaming the shoreline.

Eastern Shore: Speckled trout fishing is excellent. Puppy drum are also being caught with the specks. Big reds continue to roam the surf.

James River: Wilcox Bait and Tackle said the spot bite has slowed down. Some are still being caught, along with some croaker. A lot of small striped bass are in the river, but some as large as 28 inches have been caught. Puppy drum and speckled trout remain active.

Little Creek Reservoir: Largemouth bass to 6 pounds were caught this week. Some larger crappie are being brought in. Walleye catches continue to be good.

Mobjack Bay: Speckled trout action is good. Puppy drum and striped bass are also being caught.

Offshore: Bishop Fishing Supply said there is a mixed-bag offshore bite, with dolphin and wahoo being caught. Anglers trying for swordfish are having success. Deep dropping is producing good catches of tilefish. With the opening of sea bass, bottom-fishing becomes more enticing.

Poquoson Flats: Speckled trout fishing is very good. Limits of specks are being caught, with a few gators mixed in. Puppy drum action is also good on the flats and into Back River.

Waller Mill Reservoir: Bluegill are an easy catch. Striped bass are being caught in good numbers. Largemouth bass are becoming more active. Crappie and some perch are being caught.

York River: Grafton Fishing Supply said spot continue to be caught but the bite has slowed down. Speckled trout fishing is excellent. Puppy drum are being caught. Small striped bass are abundant.

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