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Old 02-05-2019, 07:45 AM
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Great report Mouse. Was eyeing that water but couldnt get life to line up with the weather window.
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Old 02-05-2019, 10:06 AM
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well hunting season is over. got a few things to get done on the boat & looking foward to a great offshore season man is this weather awsum or what summertime in Feb
good luck & be safe
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Old 02-05-2019, 03:27 PM
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Thinking about a run to the Norfolk Canyon in Mid to Late May. Have never been. Is this the best time of year to go? Kind of a haul for us so this will be a once per year trip.

I have been fishing this time of year out of Oregon Inlet. Assume tactics are the same. Look for a temp break, weedlines or birds and troll skirted ballyhoo.
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Old 02-05-2019, 08:26 PM
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Iím taking May31-June 5th off with that same plan in mind. I think itís a good time to be out there and many options inshore too.
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Old 02-06-2019, 05:37 AM
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The first two weeks of June is usually a great time to tuna fish near the norfolk. as always the case, weather and temp breaks come into play. These dates align with the early waves of yellowfin pushing north. inside you can find bluefin as well.
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Old 02-06-2019, 06:50 AM
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Kindof off topic but being from up north (long island) and fishing out of Virginia beach now. A lot of guys chunk/jig inshore lumps for tuna. Don't see that often here. I have talked to guys that fish out of Wachapreague on some of the lumps and are productive. I know guys out of OC do it quiet often from what i hear. Any one find similar success/have tried it 20-30 miles out of rudee?
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Old 02-06-2019, 07:23 AM
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[QUOTE=XCalibur;12216864]Kindof off topic but being from up north (long island) and fishing out of Virginia beach now. A lot of guys chunk/jig inshore lumps for tuna. Don't see that often here. I have talked to guys that fish out of Wachapreague on some of the lumps and are productive. I know guys out of OC do it quiet often from what i hear. Any one find similar success/have tried it 20-30 miles out of rudee?[/QUOhiTE]
us to be back in the good old days 50-70 boats on lumpy during the summer & a limit of yft by 9am chunking was not unusual. nobody REALLY knows what happened I personally feel that the scallop daggers destroyed all the sand eel habitat & while yes at times there are some fish to be had chunking-jigging inside 30 fathom iv had better success further east
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Old 02-06-2019, 06:49 PM
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Originally Posted by End Game View Post
The first two weeks of June is usually a great time to tuna fish near the norfolk. as always the case, weather and temp breaks come into play. These dates align with the early waves of yellowfin pushing north. inside you can find bluefin as well.
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Iím taking May31-June 5th off with that same plan in mind. I think itís a good time to be out there and many options inshore too.
Thanks for the responses. See ya out there!
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Old 02-06-2019, 07:32 PM
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Back again for another season. Duck boat is put away and the winter work on the reg. Begins.
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Old 02-08-2019, 11:56 AM
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Originally Posted by End Game View Post
The first two weeks of June is usually a great time to tuna fish near the norfolk. as always the case, weather and temp breaks come into play. These dates align with the early waves of yellowfin pushing north. inside you can find bluefin as well.
Ever catch Wahoo that time of year? Worth high speed trolling the last couple miles to the break?

What class of YFT is typical that time... i'm guessing 20-40lb fish. Between us we have 4 international 30's and a couple TLD25's. The 25's I believe are spooled with straight 30lb mono and the Int'l 30's with 50lb mono and 80lb braid backing.

From looking at youtube videos blue/white and pink spreader bars seem to be a favorite. Probably pull 2-3 of those, a daisy chain/bird rig, and the rest skirted ballyhoo? Albemarle 27 with double rigged outriggers.
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Old 02-08-2019, 12:53 PM
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I'd say no on the wahoo late May early June. 20-60lb fish, hopefully some bigger ones in the mix. Your setups will be fine and your running the right baits. Keep the spread tight...2 Flats, 2 long flats, 2 Shorts, 2 longs, shotgun
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Old 02-09-2019, 05:43 PM
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^^^end games advice is on the money. Wahoo are more of a fall fishery but anything is possible. the only other thing id add is don't be dead set on the Norfolk last season the bite stayed to the north for the most part. & I'd monitor this thread & the sst shots to aide in making a decision on where to fish you'll find plenty of useful reports on here
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Old 02-11-2019, 09:28 AM
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Thanks again Timex and End Game What are your thoughts on fishing during sunrise/sunset? In my limited offshore experience I have always tried to get lines in around sunrise, but I have been successful at all times of the day. The run out to the Big Rock in my Albemarle 24 only took about an hour and a half so it was no big deal to get out there by sunrise.

We are going to leave from Cape Charles and k5robnp 's Albemarle 27 cruises at 20 knots. So its looking like a 3.5 hour run. To get lines in at sunrise we would have to leave at 2:30 AM. Do we just say the hell with it and leave at 6 AM or some more sensible time? That would have lines in at 9:30, get in 8 hours trolling and be back home before sunset.

Overnighter is a possibility and would allow to fish both sunrise, sunset. But we don't have any gear or experience fishing for swords and unsure what else we'd do all night.

I understand the variability of the water conditions that time of year. I renewed my Hilton's Offshore SST package and will also consider buying a pre-trip analysis by ROFFS or one of the other providers.
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Old 02-11-2019, 10:15 AM
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I suffered the same dilemma and overnight in the Washington and Norfolk often. Have caught plenty of tuna and makos chunking overnight. If tuna are there during the day they get pushed down by traffic. Have had many wide open nights and sail home mod morning with fish boxes full.

When we do overnight, we plan to be in the canyon late afternoon looking for the fleet and/or whales. Leaves time to find marks and listen to radio. By 6-7pm, most charters are gone and many times the canyon comes alive.
Early morning is a great time to be first to the pots.

Good luck and it is a great experience. Just make sure someone is on watch at all times.
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Old 02-11-2019, 12:52 PM
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Dell30, you can use the navtronic chart viewer and figure trip from there.. I run @ 25 kt and if I remember right 3hr20min run to cayon.. you can "plug-in" boat speed and burn , it will calculate fuel use... ( at least it used to do it , just tried it and told me 10.6 gal Haha I wish)

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Old 02-11-2019, 12:57 PM
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Thanks yall for all the great input. I just used the navonics chart and its saying around 3:45 @ 20kts. So we'll say 4 hours. It would be nice when the time gets closer to find a buddy boat as well.
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Old 02-11-2019, 01:15 PM
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K5, LMK when and if we are running out same day , I'd be glad to buddy boat. some days we get 3-4 boats..
My crew is chomping at the bits to get back out there!
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Old 02-11-2019, 03:03 PM
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Will Do! I cant wait to get the boat ready and get out there
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Old 02-12-2019, 04:12 AM
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Will Do! I cant wait to get the boat ready and get out there
Let me know if you need crew. Over on the eastern shore often.
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Old 02-12-2019, 06:05 AM
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My boat is going down to Hatteras to sit for the first part of the season, not sure when I would bring it back to VA. Really depends on the fishing. If I bring it back, wouldn't mind buddy boating with you guys out there. Would be leaving from Lynnhaven in a 24 Ablie.
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