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VIRGINIA: 210 miles to Virginia Beach – Dr. Ken Neill, the president of the Peninsula Saltwater Sport Fisherman’s Association, said, “A few large red drum (a.k.a. redfish or channelbass) have been caught in the surf of the Eastern Shore. Schools of large red drum have been encountered along the Virginia Beach oceanfront and some have been caught by sight-casting.” Neill also mentioned that black drum have arrived on the ocean side of the Eastern Shore. “The bite should turn now. It is still early but the drum are here,” he said. By the way, flounder are caught in all the Eastern Shore waters, but catches are not red-hot. Speckled trout are hooked in Virginia Beach’s Rudee Inlet. Small bluefish are also showing up in the inlet and the oceanfront. Offshore boaters find tautogs on wrecks and other structures. Neill also reported that a couple of boats ran out to try the water east of the Cigar. They found it loaded with yellowfin and bluefin tuna and mako sharks. Offshore bottom fishing has been producing some good catches of blueline tilefish. Boats heading offshore out of Oregon Inlet, N.C., are having good catches of bluefin, yellowfin, and even some bigeye tuna. Boats out of Hatteras are catching wahoo, dolphin, and blackfin tuna.

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