Rudee Inlet has continued to have a decent bite of some nice Speckled Trout. Anglers in search of Speckled Trout have been using both the Gulp on a light jig head, as well as the MirroLures. There are still some Bluefish biting inside the inlet, they have been tearing off the tails as gulp as well as being caught on some cut bait on the bottom. Though the Bluefish bite seems to be a little slower these last two days. There are some Flounder that are starting to show up, with a few keepers in the mix. We did have a beautiful 24″ release Speckled Trout registered as a citation this morning.
Inshore fishing remains on the slower side. There has not been much action in recent days, aside from the occasional Bluefish. There has also been reports of some skates being caught in the surf and along the coast line. We should start seeing an increased bit of Bluefish as well as the arrival of some nice Spanish Mackerel, and some Flounder in the mix. Before long our boats will also be taking anglers out for a great time of catching and releasing some small sharks.
Its getting to that time of the year when the fleet will start venturing out to the Norfolk Canyon. We have gathered reports of some nice Yellowfin Tuna are starting to be caught, as well as some gaffer Mahi, and the occasional Wahoo. We are confident that we will soon be in full summer swing, with the fleet bringing back some fantastic offshore hauls, as well as flying many flags from their outriggers. The Rudee Angler of the head boat fleet ventured out to the Norfolk Canyon and caught some beautiful Tilefish, one of which weighed in at 20 lbs. They also hooked up to a huge Mako that took half of a Tilefish from an angler, along side several Dogfish being caught. The Rudee Mariner of the headboat fleet fished some wrecks roughly 20 miles out and returned with some Tautogs, a Monkfish, and several Dogsharks. They are anxiously waiting for the Sea Bass season to open back up. There is great Black Sea Bass fishing out of Virginia Beach, be sure to get out on the bite when the season opens on May 15th.
24″ Speckled Trout caught and released by David Ross of Virginia Beach, VA