Monday, June 27, 2022
Looks like summer time pier fishing is beginning to heat up! Today we have a story from Haynes Courtney of Mechanicsville VA. Haynes was on Jennettes Pier Saturday morning jigging a Got-cha Plug trying to catch bait for his pin rig when he hooked into a Tarpon! After about a 15-20 minute fight Haynes was able to get the fish in the net and bring it up for a quick photo before safely releasing the fish back to the ocean. The very next morning Haynes was fishing a live Bluefish on his pin rig when he hooked into what would turn out to be the the first King Mackerel of the year for Jennettes Pier, a solid 30lb fish! As if that wasn’t enough, later that day Haynes’ son Jimmy hooked into his very first King Mackerel and the second of the year for the pier a beautiful 31.8lb fish! Congratulations Haynes and Jimmy on your awesome catches!
Along with the King Mackerel and Tarpon landed this weekend, anglers have had good luck with Bluefish, Sea Mullet, Spot, Croaker, and a few Spanish Mackerel on the piers on the northern beaches. Down at the Bonner Bridge Pier, anglers are still catching those trophy Sheepshead, and Black Drum, along with some small Sea Bass and Flounder.
The offshore fleet had an awesome weekend with boats catching limits of Yellowfin, (when they could find them away from the sharks) some Big Eye Tuna, good amounts of Dolphin, and there was even a good showing of Billfish! Captain Cris Gornell on the Fin Planner even ran into a surprise school of Bluefin Tuna! They hooked 2 and were able to get one of the fish boat side before releasing it!
Not much has changed on the sound side, still lots of Puppy Drum on and around the flats near the inlet. We have also heard of some Speckled Trout in 28-29 inch range being caught and released this weekend!
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