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Old 01-12-2019, 12:53 PM
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cobia are next....tons of pressure on them from sight casters and chummers.
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Old 01-12-2019, 01:13 PM
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The flounders biggest enemy is the draggers, they can keep 14" fish and up. With them pulling all the breeding stock up there are no baby's. Why you think there are so many shorts nowadays. They drag north then they drag south raping everything that goes in the net. The commercial side of every Fishery is what screws it. Just look at the conchers, they used to be plentiful and then they overfished the crap out of them and now they are far and few in-between and there was no rec guys involved with that.
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Old 01-12-2019, 01:21 PM
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Originally Posted by mouse4x4 View Post
The flounders biggest enemy is the draggers, they can keep 14" fish and up. With them pulling all the breeding stock up there are no baby's. Why you think there are so many shorts nowadays. They drag north then they drag south raping everything that goes in the net. The commercial side of every Fishery is what screws it. Just look at the conchers, they used to be plentiful and then they overfished the crap out of them and now they are far and few in-between and there was no rec guys involved with that.
Agreed, and I even heard it from "horse's mouth" Last spring--- from someone in "family" business knowing it's time to get out!
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Old 01-13-2019, 07:18 PM
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I don't hate on commerical guys at all the regardless just need to be tighter and there needs to be smaller limits on them. An entire season of rec guys fishing wachepreague don't catch but one commerical guys haul in to the fish house. It isn't hard to see the issue on hand.
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Old 01-14-2019, 05:09 AM
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Good morning... The Flounder bite in the Bay has been slipping for years. That isn't to say that you can't put together a limit of quality fish but it will take considerably more time and effort than in the past. Also, it won't occur with the same consistency. I think the commercial fishery for the Flatties should be reviewed with more scrutiny. In any event, when we want to find Flatfish these days we head E... On the current fishing scene, the nearshore forecast for Wednesday and Friday looks fishable as of now. We are toying with the idea of running down the beach and out towards some inshore structure to see if we can spy any life and maybe hook into a fish or 3. Anyone else considering fishing / scouting? At the very least, another trip to the mountains will have to happen; I must catch a fish soon!!! Alrighty then, keep warm and Fish On!!!

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Old 01-25-2019, 07:51 AM
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Are the February Sea Bass permits good for everyone on board or does each individual need one? Seems ridiculous to have a boat full of people call to report the day's catch all separate while heading in.
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Old 01-25-2019, 08:36 AM
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Just the boat operator needs it, you have to call in when you leaving and let them know when and where you are returning in to.
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Old 01-25-2019, 09:13 AM
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Thanks. That's that I thought it would be. Hoping to get out once or twice.
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Old 02-17-2019, 01:46 PM
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Any news on the sea bass? How far out do you have to go this time of year? Not looking for exact #’s or wrecks.
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Old 02-17-2019, 06:14 PM
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Can I be that A$$hole that asks for numbers? not exactly numbers per se, but new to VA beach and looking for places within about 20-25 miles that typically hold decent numbers of fish. Looking to get my kids out and finally have a boat capable of reaching some of the wrecks, but just pointing in the general direction would be great, I'd hate to drag my kids out in freezing temperatures to try spots on a plotter that have been fished out years ago!
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Old 02-17-2019, 07:02 PM
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Originally Posted by 240offshore View Post
Can I be that A$$hole that asks for numbers? not exactly numbers per se, but new to VA beach and looking for places within about 20-25 miles that typically hold decent numbers of fish. Looking to get my kids out and finally have a boat capable of reaching some of the wrecks, but just pointing in the general direction would be great, I'd hate to drag my kids out in freezing temperatures to try spots on a plotter that have been fished out years ago!
There's a list of wrecks on the vmrc website with numbers that are somewhat accurate or atleast will get you in the right vicinity. Typical the triangles are a good spot to try this time of year but are in the 30 to 35 mile range depending on what wreck you hit.
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Old 02-18-2019, 05:29 AM
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Originally Posted by 240offshore View Post
Can I be that A$$hole that asks for numbers? not exactly numbers per se, but new to VA beach and looking for places within about 20-25 miles that typically hold decent numbers of fish. Looking to get my kids out and finally have a boat capable of reaching some of the wrecks, but just pointing in the general direction would be great, I'd hate to drag my kids out in freezing temperatures to try spots on a plotter that have been fished out years ago!

This could be a good place for you to start

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