Capt. Mike Avery’s article on Sword Fishing out of Virginia.
Tried for king mackerel first thing in the morning along the ocean front, with no luck. Lots of sargassum weeds and rough conditions. No Crevalle Jack around the CLT. Switched around 2 pm and got one 16″ tog from the 2nd island that I tagged and released. Tried for reds behind the 3rd. Wally had one run that did not stay tight.
Fished the Norfolk Canyon with Davie, Jody, Wally and Doug on Friday. We were at the canyon before sunrise. Doug picked up a nice 26lb wahoo before 7am. I dropped back on a White Marlin that came in on the right short rigger and got a White Marlin release. Wally got our second 26lb wahoo. We got lucky and got both wahoo on fluoro rigs, the wahoo were not interested in the rigs that had wire on them. We got a few gaffers off the lobster balls throughout the day. The afternoon was slow, but we got some nice dolphin late in the day, including a 27lb citation bull dolphin. Davie had what we think was a really nice wahoo as we were clearing lines, but it ran back into the lobster ball line and we lost the fish before we ever got a good look at it. Ended the day with the two 26lb wahoo, 9 dolphin up to 27lbs and one white marlin release.
Tried for Crevalle Jack at the CLT at first light. Did not mark any fish around the tower. Some small pockets of bait but no hits on our live spot and croaker. Switched to trolling for King Mackerel around the Tower and Tower Reef wreck area. Did not mark any good bait or fish. Worked in towards the oceanfront with even less bait marks. Casted a few eels at the CB buoys and got two cobia, 35″ and 53.5″. Both were tagged and released. There were a few charter boats anchored and chumming for kings and one boat kite fishing, but not a lot of action.
Aug 24 – Fished with Wally, Jody and Ricky at York Spit Light for Cobia. NE winds @ 20kts. Hooked three small cobia. Caught and tagged one and lost the other two right at the boat (easy release).