Tarpon on the east coast of Virginia…..from a kayak!
By Scott Lenox
Posted on August 16, 2022
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There wasn’t much fishing here today due to the strong northeast winds. The water in the bay was clean enough to catch a flounder, but the ocean was closed for business to everyone I know. Tomorrow promises to be windier then things calm down for Thursday and the start of the Poor Girls Open in Bahia Marina. Registration is tomorrow afternoon from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Bahia Marina on 22nd Street where I will be stationed selling Back the Blue shirts…come see us!
I saw Captain Mike Burt of the Pumpin’ Hard at Atlantic Tackle today and he said, “Have you seen my tarpon? I said, “No, where did you go to catch a tarpon???” He replied, “Yesterday on the east coast of Virginia in my kayak.” After picking up my jawbone off the ground Mike was able to tell me that yesterday he and his brother David went up the east coast of VA with their kayaks and Mike hooked up, and landed this estimated 125 pound tarpon on a bait living . Tarpons here are rare, so that’s an impressive feat. The fact that Mike caught this fish solo from a kayak is a truly impressive feat! Nice work !!
Few boats fished even in the bay today, but Bahia Marina’s Tortuga was able to get out and do some flounder fishing. They caught Guardians on both trips and even added a surprise Ballista.
Captain Marc Spagnola of Dusk to Dawn Bowfishing had a productive trip for his shooters last time out, putting them on some good action for cownose and southern stingrays.
Yesterday Jake Melcher caught this giant wahoo on a skirted ballyhoo in the Baltimore Canyon after an intense 20 minute fight. The big “hoo” was 65 inches long and weighed 86 pounds.