February 2004 Fishing Reports

FEBRUARY 29, 2004
Lower Chesapeake Bay Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

After another long stretch of 9 days straight of heavy offshore winds, we finally got back out again today. This was our 16th Fishing Trip of the young 2004 season. Mark “The Designated Winder” Shinn and his friend Brad joined me for a Black Sea Bass wreck fishing excursion out to a few wrecks 60 miles off of Cape Henry. It was a beautiful day and we limited out on 75 plump Black Sea Bass from 14” ­ 22.5” and released numerous undersized ones. Squid seemed to be the preferred bait, although we caught some on cut Bonita, as well.

FEBRUARY 20, 2004
Lower Chesapeake Bay Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

After a long 10 days straight of heavy offshore winds, we finally got back out today. This was our 15th Fishing Trip of the young 2004 season. Mark “The Designated Winder” Shinn, Capt. Steve Wray, Capt. Larry Wales, Frank Willson, some other friends, and I went on a Black Sea Bass wreck fishing excursion out to a few wrecks off of Cape Henry. It was a beautiful day and we gave ‘em a good ol’ fashioned “Jil Carrie” spankin’. We caught 225 keeper Black Sea Bass (our limit) from 13” ­ 24” and released numerous undersized ones. Squid seemed to be the preferred bait, although we caught some on Diamond Jigs, peeler crabs, and cut Bonita, as well.

Here’s Capt. Larry with another VA Citation Black Sea Bass
Here’s Capt. Larry with another VA Citation Black Sea Bass

FEBRUARY 9, 2004
Lower Chesapeake Bay Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

After 7 days straight of heavy offshore winds, we finally got back out today. This was our 14th Fishing Trip of the young 2004 season. Robin Ball, Commander Julie Ball, Mark “The Designated Winder” Shinn, Capt. Steve Wray, Capt. Larry Wales, Jim “Lead Rod” Boland, Frank Willson, some other friends, and I went on a Black Sea Bass wreck fishing excursion out to a few wrecks off of Cape Henry. It was a beautiful day and we gave ‘em a good ol’ fashioned “Jil Carrie” spankin’. We caught 190 keeper Black Sea Bass from 13” ­ 25” and released numerous undersized ones. We also caught a behemoth 28”/7.5 lb. VA Citation Flounder. What a “Doormat”! We had to release it because Flounder is now out of season ­ DOH! It was still good for the VA Release Citation, though, for lucky VA Beach angler Frank Willson. It was a great second try on the offshore fishing! Squid seemed to be the preferred bait, although we caught some on Diamond Jigs, peeler crabs, and cut Bonita, as well. We had an amazing 15 VA Citations (both weight and release) and enjoyed a steady bite most of the day. It makes the long ride to the offshore wrecks really worth it! This is an exciting time for me as I am learning new techniques, wrecks, and boat handling with each trip. I suppose you really can “teach an old dog new tricks”!

FEBRUARY 1, 2004
Lower Chesapeake Bay Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Today was our “Lucky 13th” Fishing Trip of the young 2004 season. After spending an enjoyable week with the family, it was back out on the water today. The weather here in VA Beach is a whole lot warmer than Deale! Robin Ball, Mark “The Designated Winder” Shinn, and I went on a Black Sea Bass wreck fishing excursion out to the Ocean Venture wreck about 55 miles off of Cape Henry. It was a bit choppy on the way out, but settled down as the day wore on. We caught 43 Black Sea Bass from 13″ – 23″ and released several undersized ones. It was a good first try! Squid seemed to be the preferred bait, although we caught some on Diamond Jigs and peeler crabs, as well.

Here's Robin with his 23" release Citation Black Sea Bass as Mark gives the thumbs up!
Here’s Robin with his 23″ release Citation Black Sea Bass as Mark gives the thumbs up!