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VIRGINIA: 210 miles to Virginia Beach – Fishing phenom Dr. Julie Ball (drjball.com) says everybody down her way is eager to go after red drum (a.k.a. channel bass, redfish) that are in shallow water along the shorelines and breakers of the Eastern Shore’s barrier islands. Surf anglers and shallow-water boaters can hook redfish up to 48 inches long, but this is not easy fishing. For example, it has been hit-and-miss at the popular Fisherman’s Island, yet anglers aren’t giving up. They use crab baits during incoming tides for best results. The flounder fishing also has seen ups and downs, but the Oyster and Quinby area on the Eastern Shore has seen squid and minnow drifters score. Some of the flounder have measured up to 24 inches long. Blueline tilefish and groupers are available off shore in 300 feet of water. Ball said that black seabass are also mixed in, but remember to throw them back since the season is still closed.

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