The 2010 Spring Trophy Season opened on April 17 and we had good fishing on opening weekend due to high winds which kept the masses off the water and allowed us to catch the trophy fish which were not beat up by heavy boat pressure. The rest of the month produced nice catches of Trophy Stripers. Enjoy the pics…………….
May 2010 was a good month with the big Spring Trophy Stripers being caught through May 16. Then for the remainder of the month we did a mixture of trolling with smaller lures and light tackle chumming. We had to work a little harder this May then we had to the last few springs, but we still managed to catch our limit on almost every trip, and we ran two charters every day from May 1 through May 16. Enjoy the pics………..
Fishing was good overall this month, Rockfishing was good, but not great. Early in the month live lining was excellent, then we had to work our butts off to find and catch rockfish. Most days with lots of effort we would capture our limit of Rockfish. The Croaker fishing was also good this month in the evenings, numbers were great and the size was ok.
On June 21, I headed south to target Cobia and Red Drum from VA Beach. This year we had a few good days and a few slow days fishing for these huge and awesome fighting fish. On our best afternoon trip we landed 11 huge red drum over 35 lbs and our best cobia trip was 5 keepers. All in all a good trip down south, with the exception of the last few days we were there, when cold water from the Ocean pushed into the mouth of the Bay and slowed the bite to a stop.
Looking forward to getting back down there next year to chase these fun fighting fish again.
July fishing was good overall, with some amazing top water lure fishing for Rockfish early in the month when the fish showed themselves. The evening Croaker fishing was incredible this year in July, with some of the largest Croakers I have ever seen being caught. Several evenings we caught our limit of 25 per man in less than 2 hours. Towards the end of the month, when we targeted them the Bluefish bite was very good also.
August fishing was of mixed results with the super hot temps we were dealt. Rockfishing was either feast or famine, as the hot temps had the fish tightly schooled. When the fish showed themselves and broke the surface the fishing action was excellent, and when they did not show themselves they were difficult to find and catch. Luckily the Bluefish and Croaker fishing were excellent. The Croaker bite remained very good through the third week of August. And the Bluefish bite continued through the entire month.
September was a good month of fishing for the MISS SUSIE. The Rockfish which were very tricky to catch during the dog days of summer showed back up in excellent numbers and we were able to catch them with a wide array of methods from top water lure casting , jigging, live lining and trolling. Bluefish were also very abundant and provided us with lots of action. The Spanish Mackerel bite was good for only a few days early in the month, but it did provide us with a decent catch of these tasty fish for a few trips.
The live lining using live spot for bait just picked up a few days ago and as the water cools and more fish move to structure, the bite should only get better. October should be a great month for live lining and also a great month for casting and trolling for breaking Bluefish. Then in November, the Trophy Stripers will arrive in our waters. And for the months of November and December we will be catching these huge Stripers from 30 inches to over 50 inches. For the last few fall seasons, the very best bite for these trophy fish has been in our own backyard, and this season we hope for a repeat.
Here is a list of dates still available for Fall fishing aboard MISS SUSIE………
October 12, 14, 17 am ½ day only, 19, 20, 21, 23 am ½ day only, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 31
November 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 15, 17, 18
December 1, 7, 9, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19
The first two weeks of this month have showcased some excellent live lining for Rockfish and Bluefish. The Rockfish we are now catching range in size from 18 inches to the mid 30 inch mark. The Bluefish are between 1 and 5 pounds in size. The larger Rockfish (over 28 inches) are not biting every trip, but the rockfish bite has been excellent, with lots of action and limits filled on every trip. The bottom fishing close to home has been very good for bait sized spot, with a few keeper sized spot, croaker, and white perch every trip. The red hot live lining action should continue for the next two weeks, before we switch up to trolling for the fall Trophies. Sometime over the first week of November the Fall Trophies will be in our area, and we will be catching Stripers from 20 lbs to over 50 lbs everyday. Below, I have listed dates available for the rest of October and also dates available for the fall trophy run.
October live lining dates….. October 19, 21, 26, 27
November Trophy Dates….. November 3, 4, 5, 10, 15, 17, 18
December Trophy Dates….. December 1, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17
Also, don’t forget for the month of January and February, Capt. Greg will be running his other boat FIN FINDER out of VA Beach targeting the winter trophies. We offer a special two day package deal which includes the following………….
two charters on back to back days, two nights stay at the Days Inn, tip for the mate, and fish cleaning. All of this for just $375 per person for 6 passengers.
Enjoy the pics and I hope to see you on the water this Fall or Winter!!!!!!!!!