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Old 04-04-2019, 02:02 PM
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I read the offshore 2019 post but I did'nt notice anyone doing any chunking or live bait fishing for tuna or Mahi. I have livelined in the Chesapeake for rockfish with great success and much prefer that over trolling for them. Also, the fight to bring them to the boat is much more satisfying to me when livelining than trolling...
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Old 04-06-2019, 09:04 AM
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I'd just keep my eyes on the reports and when theyre there assemble the team and have at it!
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Old 04-06-2019, 10:56 AM
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Originally Posted by MUZBFISH View Post
I read the offshore 2019 post but I did'nt notice anyone doing any chunking or live bait fishing for tuna or Mahi. I have livelined in the Chesapeake for rockfish with great success and much prefer that over trolling for them. Also, the fight to bring them to the boat is much more satisfying to me when livelining than trolling...
A long time ago we used to chunk for yellowfins at the Lumpy Bottom off Wachapreage. I'm not sure if boats still do it. I agree with you though. Chunking is a lot of fun.
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Old 04-06-2019, 06:05 PM
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I hope chunking is still effective at the lumpy bottom. I used to get my fishing reports from the Fisherman Magazine when I was in NJ. It was very helpful. That magazine doesn't cover Md and VA fishing areas. Any idea where to get the best fishing report for this area?
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Old 04-06-2019, 06:19 PM
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sunset marina's charter reports, facebook page, etc, and here
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Old 04-06-2019, 06:46 PM
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i am in Prince Frederick 15 mins from Solomon’s. Let me know if you want to talk fishing trade info buddy boat etc...I get offshore maybe 6 times a year I would go every day if I could.
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Old 04-07-2019, 05:30 AM
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skiffler...I'd like to discuss offshore opportunities from the Mid Chesapeake bay area with you sometime. I'm trying to plan my fishing strategy so I'll have a good plan when I pull the trigger on my planned boat buy... 385 offshore pursuit
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Old 04-07-2019, 05:33 AM
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This is the boat that I plan to buy...385 offshore pursuit...
Pursuit Boats - OS 385 OFFSHORE
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Old 04-07-2019, 06:50 AM
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I wish that I could answer that. I'm hoping someone will chime in with as the "best times of year" to chunk/liveline for tuna and mahi out of Virginia beach. Also, what are the productive areas/distance?
We really dont chunk for tuna here out of VB its mostly trolling. As with anything location and distance it really depends on the eddy and how far in or out it is. Mahi can be caught anytime in the summer typically in May all the way through October in some cases. Find the temp break this time of year into early summer and fish the cool side of it that's where you'll find the yellowfin. Check out reports coming in make a decision based off that and sst shots. The fingers, Wayne's world and Norfolk canyon can be very productive in the summer. When the water gets really hot mahi can be caught right off the beach a few miles. Good luck.
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Old 04-07-2019, 07:13 AM
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finfever21...thx for the insight...I might have to venture closer to OC MD to do some chunking during Mid July or thereabouts...
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Old 04-07-2019, 02:28 PM
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A long time ago we used to chunk for yellowfins at the Lumpy Bottom off Wachapreage. I'm not sure if boats still do it. I agree with you though. Chunking is a lot of fun.
Most of my tuna experience is out of OI. Back in the day we used to chuck with butter fish along with everyone else, only in the winter. They don't seem to do it much these days for some reason.
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Old 04-08-2019, 02:01 PM
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i am in Prince Frederick 15 mins from Solomon’s. Let me know if you want to talk fishing trade info buddy boat etc...I get offshore maybe 6 times a year I would go every day if I could.
Im, in Pax and ill be looking to do the same. Maybe make it as a 3 or 4 boat run?
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Old 04-09-2019, 09:53 AM
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I would definitely like to make some offshore runs with local boats leaving from the Patuxent River/Chesapeake Bay area...
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Old 04-10-2019, 08:51 AM
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I would definitely like to make some offshore runs with local boats leaving from the Patuxent River/Chesapeake Bay area...
I made the run from Annapolis to Hampton/VA Beach 3 times last year - typically leaving on a THUR, try to get to Hampton or Kilmarnock for an overnight stay/refuel, and then head offshore by 5 AM the next day. The trip can get long, but for someone that has never done that trip before June 2018, I loved EVERY second of it and it beat the heck out of sitting on I-95. Lot of gas, yes but made it a 3-4 day adventure with friends each time and really enjoyed it.

Annapolis to Hampton transit time was approximately 4.5 hours with good weather (light wind, small to no chop).

Planning to do more of the same this summer, and also a few trips to OC by way of the canal since it is relatively easy run from Annapolis.

Love to keep a thread open for any others looking to do the same for buddy boating, info sharing, etc.. No time to manage it, but happy to support.

Great thread idea - glad you started it!

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Old 04-12-2019, 10:24 AM
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ditto lets keep this thread going. 4.5 hours isnt bad. I'd rather be on my boat and on I-95
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My dad keeps his boat on the Piankatank River (about halfway between the Potomac and CBBT on the western side). We did a trip to the shelf, Memorial Day 2017. 200 mile round trip in a 27’ center console with twin 200s and 250 gal of fuel. Woke up way early, left dock at 430. We ran at a consistent 25 knots to preserve fuel. The sun was rising around 6 as we left the mouth of the Bay. About 5 miles from the shelf, my wife abruptly yelled at me “Are we there yet?” It was very hard to convince her that we absolutely needed to be in deeper and warmer water. We started trolling in 67 degree water at the Cigar by 830. We had a mystery bite by the weather buoy and then caught a few small dolphin and a nice gaffer in some 73 degree water in 500 fathoms. My dad was nervous about fuel so we head in around 130 and refueled at Cape Charles. Home by 6.

Long day, especially with only 3 people. But it was nice to cut out the early morning drive down 17 and 64 to Rudee, and even better to not have to load the boat back on the trailer drive home in the late afternoon beach traffic. The trade off is 8 hours of bouncing on the waves and hearing the outboards. Bean bag chairs and earmuffs help if you wanna nap. We’ve repowered since that trip, 225s replacing the 200s. The boat is faster and burning less fuel. Next time we should be able to push it at 30 knots, conditions allowing.

A perfect weather ther report is important for these long trips. We had a beautiful day for our trip. The worst chop we hit was the rips at the mouth of the Bay as the tide went out.

Mid Atlantic center console fishing is a logistical challenge if you live far from an Inlet. You usually don’t get an accurate forecast for a weekend until Wednesday, and by then it’s tough to get affordable lodging, so you’re stuck with either making a long run in the boat or trailering early and dragging home late.
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Old 04-14-2019, 04:51 AM
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AMEN on the traffic thing... unlike many in this thread, I am only 20mile to CBBT.. I was told Its better to trailer to Va beach,, Not true!! ... Norfolk and cigar no issues..
I would rater be in boat-- than in traffic ,with a boat on trailer..

27 grady, twin 200,4strokes = 119g on trip to Norfolk

Someone had an earlier thread similar to this , leaving from Kilmarnock Va.. It too suggested stopping to fuel spend nights in Cape Charles..

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Old 04-14-2019, 08:30 AM
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Regardless what kind of boat u have, mid-bay to canyons and back same day is a looong day, mainly in big waters. Fuel use and fatigue on captain and crew along with weather must be carefully considered. Another factor is the time of day that u arrive at fishing grounds, best bites are usually very early.
My suggestion for mid-bay crews is a run down to Rudee Inlet 50-70 miles, stay the night and then out for a days fishing. If u are pressed for time you could return to mid-bay after fishing or make it back to Rudee for a 2 night trip and easy.run back to mid-bay the next day. .VB Fishing Center is reasonable place to stay with plenty food & drink in walking distance. You would probably travel similar miles, you would just be gone 1 or 2 nights. Plus all the charter boats are at VB Fishing Center, so you can catch up on info as they come in. Plenty of bait, ice & fuel there too.

I would be interested in doing a Buddy Boat down the bay on that type 2 day program, or better yet make it 4 days and fish down from Rudee to Oregon Inlet, stay 1 or 2 nites and fish or run back. We have done that several times, lots of fun. Once again you get to be around the Charter Fleet @OI so you can catch info there as well. Another option instead Rudee down to OI,, is Rudee up to OC MD (our home port), we have done that one too.
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Old 04-14-2019, 03:11 PM
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When we would bring the boat to Hatteras from Bluewater in Hampton we would leave late in the evening and run to Cape Henry. Then basically idle all night and arrive at the Point off OI at first light. Fish all day and work our way south in the afternoon. Pick up then run to Hatteras.

This was on a 60 footer though which is a lot more comfortable than a CC. Idling all night saves a ton of fuel. Just another option for making those long runs.
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Old 04-15-2019, 07:13 AM
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It’s not the same but honestly if you’re only planning to go 2-3 times a year why not just take charters.. you won’t be going often enough to reliably be on the fish when those guys go every day and know what they’re doing - whole lot less headache than the run you’re considering
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