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Virginia Striper Questions

Postby oakislandbum » Thu Dec 29, 2011 10:13 pm

Fished the good years around Mann's Harbor and caught hundreds of stripers in the sound, and have chartered for them in the ocean out of Oregon Inlet. After a few lean years, we are really missing the striper fishing, so we are headed to Virginia in two weeks. Thinking anything from 8-10wts with various line combinations from floating/int to sinking. How deep should we be prepared to fish? Should the big push of fish be in the ocean by then, or still around the bay? Looking for marks and birds is our normal method of finding fish. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Re: Virginia Striper Questions

Postby kendalloz » Fri Dec 30, 2011 8:49 am

Hello!

You should be sure to bring whatever line/rig you have that sinks the deepest. You can sometimes find a beehive and catch fish on top water or intermediate but a sinking line is the norm. Also tie some weighted flies...clousers or half-and-halfs. SInce the bait size can vary bring both small (2-inch) and large flies.

Where the fish are can change daily...so you will do best in that regard to check forums and tackle shops closer to your arrival. There should still be stripers to catch at the CBBT if the water temp is above 42 or 43 degrees. The "keeping" season will be closed in the Bay starting January 1st but catch-and-release is allowed. The ocean is hard to predict...like this past Tuesday everyone caught fish between Rudee Inlet and Cape Henry, Wednesday was a blow day, and yesterday almost no one caught any in the same spot.

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Re: Virginia Striper Questions

Postby oakislandbum » Fri Dec 30, 2011 10:49 am

KO,

Thanks for your response. Any suggestions on where to stay, public launches, places to avoid???

Can't wait to get up there. The fishing can be too good for us not to work it into the fishing calendar.

Thanks again!

David

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Re: Virginia Striper Questions

Postby kendalloz » Fri Dec 30, 2011 7:28 pm

Yikes.

There are three main ramps for the coastal fishery....Crab Creek (Lynnhaven) public a few bucks to launch often policed so make sure you are totally legal, across the bridge is Bubba's ($2 more than Crab Creek no police sometimes odd parking but a full tackle shop and food store and gas). The ramp at Rudee by the Marine Science Museum is free but if the ocean bite is on it can get full EARLY and be crowded. If the lot is full and you launch anyway and park illegally you will get a ticket. Not trying to be a negative type just sayin.'

No idea where where to stay with a boat...maybe not Northampton Blvd, but anyplace else? Try calling Oceans East 2 Tackle Shop
they are good folks and might help you...(757) 464-6544 5785. They will also give you current info on
the fishing as they want you to catch fish (and buy tackle and ice and so on....).

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Re: Virginia Striper Questions

Postby oakislandbum » Sat Dec 31, 2011 8:35 am

Fantastic information. We are all about being legal and not getting ticketed, so thanks for the heads up on that.

Hopefully we will have some pics to post.

Good fishing!

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