By LEE TOLLIVER, The Virginian-Pilot
October 5, 2005
Amid all of the inshore and offshore possibilities that await anglers this time of year, fishing of a different kind will be taking place inside Lynnhaven Inlet on Saturday.
The Tidewater Kayak Anglers Association will hold its Catch, Photo and Release Tournament out of Long Bay Pointe Bait and Tackle.
Anglers can use conventional tackle ? with artificial lures only ? and fly rods to catch puppy drum, speckled trout, flounder and striped bass. There is also a Slam Division for any three species combined.
Anglers will measure their catches and take pictures of their fish before turning in catch forms to officials.
More than $7,000 in prizes will be awarded. Registration is $40 per angler. For more information, call 481-7517.
With 15-20 mph winds forecast for much of the weekend, kayak tournament anglers could be the only ones fishing.
Hampton Roads: It has been windy and is expected to stay that way for a few days. That?s going to make places such as Lynnhaven and Rudee inlets pretty popular. Anglers working those waters can expect to find spot, croaker, flounder, some puppy drum and a few speckled trout. A few striper also might be available, especially around the Lesner Bridge at the mouth of Lynnhaven.
Big croaker are available around the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, where anglers can find flounder, bluefish and lots of small striped bass.
With stripers, remember the new rules ? two fish per person per day of at least 18 inches in length. One of the two can measure longer than 34 inches. Neither fish can fit into a 28- to 34-inch slot.
Most flounder are available around the high-rise portion of the bridge-tunnel and at Cape Henry Wreck. Chris Decker of Norfolk had a 7-pound flatfish at the bridge-tunnel?s third island.
Some Spanish mackerel could be available around the tidal rips at Cape Henry.
Spot are available around the James River Bridge, the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel and the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel. More spot approaching a pound are starting to show.
Cobia are really pushing out of the area but still are being caught along the Chesapeake Bay buoy line. Bill van Deusen of Virginia Beach used live spot to catch a 77-pounder.
Red drum are plentiful around the inner middle grounds and along the southern portion of Virginia Beach. Some king mackerel should be available along the southern Virginia coast.
There are good numbers of wahoo, dolphin, false albacore and tuna available offshore, but few anglers are heading out because of rough seas.
Eastern Shore: Action has been slow because of rough conditions. But when anglers head out, flounder are a strong possibility along the upper reaches of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel and around Kiptopeke. Judy Hedrick of Capeville had a 7-pound, 5-ouncer.
Big red drum have been caught along the barrier islands.
Speckled trout catches are improving on Bay-side creeks, but most fish are small.
Spot and croaker are being caught around Kiptopeke. Cecil Jones of Nassawadox had a 1-4 spot.
Outer Banks: Fishing has been good when anglers can venture offshore. Catches include wahoo, dolphin, yellowfin tuna, blackfin tuna, king mackerel and some billfish. William Henning of Buxton had a sailfish. So did William Bell of Nags Head. Inshore offerings include trout and bluefish. Cobia and red drum migrating south could be available.
Piers and surf: Action around Little Island Pier at the south end of Sandbridge continues to be incredible for big red drum. More than 50 fish were decked in the past few days, and 11 met the citation minimum of 46 inches. Wayne Fowlkes of Virginia Beach had a 52-incher, Tim Beach of Virginia Beach had a 50-incher, and Mike Tomesch of Chesapeake had a 50.
Steve Smith of Virginia Beach also decked a 75-pound cobia on the pier.
Surf anglers have caught drum, spot, croaker, pompano and sea mullet. Joseph Phelan of Virginia Beach had a 2-0 sea mullet.
At the Lynnhaven and Virginia Beach piers, spot, croaker and sea mullet should be available.
Along the Outer Banks, sea grasses churned up by rough seas have been a problem. Limited catches include bluefish, speckled trout, puppy drum, sea mullet, croaker, spot and pompano.
Fresh water: Lakes and rivers are starting to cool rapidly, and that?s good news for anglers searching for largemouth bass and crappie.
Bass are spending more time around shallow structure. Crappie should be moving into similar structure.
Keith Lynch of Suffolk had a 5.1-pound bass at Lake Cahoon in Suffolk.
Small stripers could be available along the North Landing River, especially around the mouths of creeks like Pocaty and West Neck in southern Virginia Beach.