Sport fishermen not having much luck this summer
Tough is an understatement when it comes to describing anglers’ success when casting their lines into local waters this summer.
Local charter owners and bait and tackle shops are reporting few citation catches and difficult fishing overall, but some say there may be light appearing at the end of the tunnel.
Capt. Ed Lawrence, owner of Speckulater Charters, Gloucester, said the past two weeks have been a real mixed bag. “It’s been pick a fish here and pick a fish there,” Lawrence said.
The hot weather in early July slowed the fish and the fishermen down, Lawrence said, “but the storm cooled the water off and improved the attitude of both the fish and the fishermen.”
He reported seeing some nice schools of redfish, mainly in waters in and around the Mobjack Bay.
“Specks are still scarce, but this past week proved the mantra, ‘Ya never know until ya go,’” Lawrence said. He said he recently found a small group of the fish and ended up catching a 33-inch speckled trout. The season is closed through this month, and specks are catch-and-release until then.
“Bait fish still abound and water clarity is the best I’ve seen in years,” Lawrence said. “There is lots of grass.”
Capt. Chris Newsome, owner of Bay Fly Fishing, LLC of Gloucester, said there always have been up and down cycles in abundance of fish species in the Chesapeake Bay. “This year has produced unusually poor fishing for almost everything in our region of the bay,” he said.