January 2004 Fishing Reports

JANUARY 23-31, 2004
Home With Family Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

After our less than stellar performances in VA Beach the last couple of days, I came home to spend some time with the family. As a snowstorm approached I was psyched up for some serious sledding, snowball fighting, and snow fort making.

JANUARY 22, 2004
Lower Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Today was our 12th fishing trip of the young 2004 season out of Lynnhaven, Virginia Beach, Virginia. After yesterday’s debacle I decided to take a look around by myself to see if it was time to switch over to the Black Sea Bass and give up on the Striped Bass (“Rockfish”). It was a nice day with calm winds and seas to do some exploring plus it wasn’t as cold as it has been. I covered about 150 nautical miles and found a school of undersized Rockfish near the VA/NC border. I caught about a dozen or so trolling and released them all. Finally, I found a school of larger fish and caught 2 keepers and went back to the wharf. From what I’ve seen the past 2 days, I’m going home to spend some time with my family and will come back and try some Black Sea Bass. Here’s your favorite pal, Capt. Croakerhead with his 2 keepers for the day.

JANUARY 21, 2004
Lower Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Today was our 11th fishing trip of the young 2004 season out of Lynnhaven, Virginia Beach, Virginia. We took the day off yesterday (Tuesday, 1/20/04) due to high winds and heavy seas. Today, we welcomed Jeff Hammett (Bodeen on TF), J.C. Manning (PenRod on TF), Josh (Ranger1 on TF), and Ben Brunnel of the Potomac River Anglers Club. Including yours truly ” Capt. Croakerhead” we had 5 aboard total. It was choppy and cold in the morning but it settled down as the day went on. We did have a brief appearance by “Ralph”.We ran south down to False Cape in an effort to get to some warmer water and couldn’t find anything over 40 degrees. We looked around a lot in this area and down to the VA/NC line (covering 83.9 nautical miles all totaled on the day) and found nothing. We never even got a strike. We did see some Northern Gannets working further offshore but that was it. Smelly rotten skunk! No picture today – this sucks.

JANUARY 19, 2004
Lower Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Today was our 10th fishing trip of the young 2004 season out of Lynnhaven, Virginia Beach, Virginia. We welcomed Mo Goldfarb of TempleHills, MD and friends. Mark “The Designated Winder” Shinn served as 1st Mate. So, including yours truly, Capt. Croakerhead, we had 6 brave souls aboard total. We a nice day with fair seas and light winds, but it was really cold. We ran south down to False Cape in an effort to get to some warmer water. We found a small school of Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) with a few Gannets working on them about 2 miles offshore. We used our trolling gear and put a good ol’ fashioned Jil Carrie spankin’ on ’em. We took our limit of 12 hammerhead Rockfish from 28″ – 36″ and headed on in. We also released 5 undersized Rockfish. Our new BFOJO combo rig with the JJ’s Tackle 2004 White or Chartreuse Sparkle Marvel has really been the ticket lately. That thing is red smokin’ hot! We are taking Tuesday, January 20, 2004 off due to a storm front coming through with predicted high winds and heavy seas.

JANUARY 18, 2004
Lower Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

fter yesterday’s debacle in the Waterman’s Restaurant Charity Tournament, we got “back on track” today for our 9th fishing trip of the young 2004 season out of Lynnhaven, Virginia Beach, Virginia. Today, we welcomed Win Sutt (of the infamous Kenwood Anglers) and friends, “The Post Office Guys”, and Dave Taylor, maker of the world famous “Taylures”. T.J. Reiber and Mark “The Designated Winder” Shinn served as Mates. So, including yours truly, Capt. Croakerhead, we had 8 brave souls aboard total. We had fog, cold, and rain, but the winds and seas were relatively calm (for a change). We ran way south down to False Cape and down to the North Carolina state line in an effort to get to some warmer water. It was a good move as we found a huge school of Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) about 1 mile offshore. We started by jigging on them with light spinning tackle and Li’l Bunker jigs but just caught small undersized Rockfish (all released). We did have one split ring pull out and straightened which was presumably a larger fish. We switched over to our trolling gear and put a good ol’ fashioned Jil Carrie spankin’ on ‘em. We took our limit of burly Rockfish from 30” – 42” and headed on in.

JANUARY 17, 2004
Lower Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

After taking the last three days off – (December 14th – 16th) for a 3 day N blow which came through with a wicked cold front, we returned today for our 8th fishing trip of the young 2004 season out of Lynnhaven, Virginia Beach, Virginia. Today was the Waterman’s Restaurant Charity Fishing Tournament. Our Jil Carrie Fishing Team for the Waterman’s Restaurant 1/17/04 Fishing Tournament was: Brian “Champion of The Workin’ Man” Bunk, Jim “Lead Rod” Boland, Sr., Toni Rulli, Mark “The Designated Winder” Shinn, T.J.Reiber, Billy “ManfromVA” Healy, and Thomas Carneal, and yours truly. It was a great Tournament and thanks to all participating anglers! We had a lot of fun competing, despite the disappointment of not getting our fish to the weigh station in time. 1 hour cost us about 13,000.00! DOH! We kept trying for big ones, thinking we would need 100 pounds or better to be in the money. Who would have thought 50 pounds would take it – not me! Man, I screwed up big time! Our top 3 fish were: 27 pounds, 35 pounds, and our last big fish caught – a weight Citation at 40 pounds, 10 ounces (which we caught at 2:30) for a total of 103.75 pounds. I said to the party after we caught the last pig – “there’s our 3 big fish we need, let’s run for it”! I looked at the clock and it was 2:30 p.m. and we were about 1:30 out of Rudee at the VA/NC state line. Talk about a heart breaker! Oh well, we kept on fishing ’cause we’d never make it in time and checked our fish at Long Bay Pointe Tackle Shop Weigh Station for our Weight Citation. We’ll be there next year and give it another try! Again, thanks to everyone for a good job, a lot of fun, and helping good charities. Did I mention the Party? We caught our big BEASTS with our new combo BFOJO rigs with the new 2004 JJ’s Tackle Custom Sparkle Marvel parachutes as trailers.

Here's Billy "ManfromVA" Healy with his 35 pound pig.
Here’s Billy “ManfromVA” Healy with his 35 pound pig.

JANUARY 13, 2004
Lower Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Today, we took our 7th fishing trip of the young 2004 season out of Lynnhaven, Virginia Beach, Virginia. We welcomed Jack Norman of Fairfield, PA (Hillbilly Boater on TF) and George Jackson of Center Cross, VA (captaingeorge on TF). Capt. Mike Farrell of the Charter Boat “Shamrock” out of Reedville, VA joined us as a ride along as his party cancelled for the day. We went down to the False Cape area near the NC/VA line to do some exploring in advance of the upcoming Waterman”s Restaurant Charity Fishing Tournament scheduled for Saturday, January 17, 2004. We fished about 1 – 2 miles off the beach and between 30 and 40 feet water depths. The weather was nice again today with fair seas and light SW winds. The winds steadily increased and shifted more to the W as the afternoon progressed in advance of a looming cold front. The Gannetts were flying around and plugging all over the place again today. There was a ton of fish there and they were biting. Most of the fish we caught were 31″ – 40″ except one huge 44.25″ Beast that Jack released for a VA Release Citation. The great news about that pig was that we caught him on light tackle while jigging! We lost 2 previous hook ups while jigging when they broke off, but this Beast got landed (see below pictures). We kept 8 plump ones (our limit) for the cooler, released a few more, and called it a day. We will be taking the next three days off – (December 14th – 16th) for a 3 day N blow which is coming through with this cold front. We will return on Saturday, January 17th for the Tournament! Wish us Good Luck!

Look at those Pigs!
Look at those Pigs!

JANUARY 12, 2004
Lower Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Today, we took our 6th fishing trip of the young 2004 season out of Lynnhaven, Virginia Beach, Virginia. We did not have a fishing party scheduled today. So, Jil Carrie 1st Mate Mark “The Designated Winder” Shinn of VA Beach and I went out for another “fun” fishing trip. We also figured we’d get some much needed practice for the upcoming Watermen’s Restaurant Charity Fishing Tournament scheduled for Saturday, January 17, 2004. See this web site for all of the details on the Tournament. We took off the last two days : Saturday, January 10, 2004 and Sunday, January 11, 2004 off due to high winds and heavy seas. Today, we fished near the Sandbridge Pier about 1 ­ 1.5 miles off the beach and between 30 and 40 feet water depths. The weather was nice today with fair seas and light SW winds. The Gannets were flying around and plugging all over the place. There were lots of fish there and they were biting. Most of the fish we caught were 28” ­ 34” except one huge 45” Beast which Mark released for a VA Release Citation. We kept 4 plump ones for the freezer, released a few more, and called it a day. Here’s Mark with his 45” Beast which he released for a VA Tournament Rockfish Release Citation.

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

Today, we took our 5th fishing trip of the young 2004 season out of Lynnhaven, Virginia Beach, Virginia. We did not have a fishing party scheduled today. So, Jil Carrie 1st Mate Mark “The Designated Winder” Shinn of VA Beach, VA, Capt. Larry Wales of Virginia Beach, VA and I went out for another “fun” fishing trip. We also figured we’d get some much needed practice for the upcoming Watermans Restaurant Charity Fishing Tournament scheduled for Saturday, January 10, 2004.

However, due to high winds predicted for this Saturday, the Tournament will be postponed until Saturday, January 17, 2004. The pot is approaching $20,000.00 so join the Tournament now! We fished in front of the hotels about 2 miles NE of Rudee Inlet. The weather was cold and wild with fierce snow squalls that reduced visibility to a couple hundred yards at times. I’ll tell ya one thing: this January Ocean fishing is not for the faint of heart! As luck would have it, the 1st rod went down like a hammer and Capt. Larry wound in his 1st VA weight citation of his life after about a 15 minute battle worthy of the WWF. It was a 45 pound pig (see below pictures)! The BFOJO continues to be the BIG FISH HAMMER! We caught about a dozen fish or so, keeping the largest 4 for the dinner table. We had to return to the wharf by noon, so we checked out of the fishing grounds around 11:00 a.m. Upon returning back to Long Bay Pointe Tackle Shop, we checked in Capt. Larry’s Citation Rockfish and took some great pictures! We are taking Saturday, January 10th and Sunday, January 11th off due to a predicted heavy 2 day N blow. We will return to fishing on Monday, January 12th, 2004.

JANUARY 5, 2004
Lower Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

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On the 5th day of the 2004 calendar year, we had our 4th fishing trip of the young 2004 season out of Lynnhaven, Virginia Beach, Virginia. We did not have a fishing party scheduled today. So, Jil Carrie 1st Mate Mark “The Designated Winder” Shinn of VA Beach and I went out for another “fun” fishing trip. We also figured we’d get some much needed practice for the upcoming Watermen’s Restaurant Charity Fishing Tournament scheduled for Saturday, January 10, 2004. We went E to the CH Buoy to do some exploring. The morning was filled with strikes from fish from 30” ­ 42” and we called it a day when we caught the below monster. The SW winds and warm weather has brought the fish into the Cape Henry area.

The BFOJO sure is doing the trick! We are taking Tuesday, January 6th, Wednesday, January 7th, and Thursday, January 8th 2004 off due to a predicted heavy 3 day NE blow. We will return to fishing on Friday, January 9th, 2004.

JANUARY 4, 2004
Lower Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

On the 4th day of the 2004 calendar year, we had our 3rd fishing trip of the young 2004 season out of Lynnhaven, Virginia Beach, Virginia. Well, “Jil Carrie” Charter Fishing Fans: I am thrilled to tell you that today was THE DAY. We did not have a fishing party scheduled today. So, Jil Carrie 1st Mates Mark “The Designated Winder” Shinn of VA Beach, VA and TJ Reiber of NOVA went out with me for a “fun” fishing trip. We also figured we’d get some much needed practice for the upcoming Waterman’s Restaurant Charity Fishing Tournament scheduled for Saturday, January 10, 2004. We went NE to Fisherman’s Island to do some exploring and came upon a group of Northern Gannetts just starting to make up and beehive. At first we did not get a bite. As the Gannets started some serious plugging and more Gannets arrived and started bee hiving: WHAM-O! We hooked up all 7 rods we had overboard in a matter of minutes! One slob broke off 80 pound test mono with a BFOJO rig like it was a twig. We fought several brutes to the boat and amongst them Mark landed our biggest “Beast From The East” of the year ­ a 47”/47.2 lb. pig (see below pictures). In fact, this pig was also part of a doubleheader with a 42” slob! The 47” fish took a 9 inch Storm Shad and the 42” took the 48 oz. BFOJO. Oh man, what a day it was!

Here’s Mark back at the scales at Long Bay Pointe Tackle Shop with his proud 47 pound 2 oz. VA weight citation!
Here’s Mark back at the scales at Long Bay Pointe Tackle Shop with his proud 47 pound 2 oz. VA weight citation!

JANUARY 3, 2004
Lower Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

On the 3rd day of the 2004 calendar year, we had our 2nd trip of 2004 out of Lynnhaven. The fishing here continues to sizzle under absolutely beautiful weather conditions. Is it Spring already? 70 degree temperatures and light winds had us thinkin’… and wishin’! Today, we welcomed the world famous Jeanette Huckelby of JJ’s Tackle fame along with her husband Rick and friends for a total of 8 anglers. We flogged 16 corpulent Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) ranging from 30” ­ 41” (our limit) with alacrity. We also released 5 undersized Rockfish. We also released a keeper Rockfish we caught at the end when we were getting our lines up. Serving as 1st Mate today was TJ Reiber of NOVA (on far left in group shot).

JANUARY 2, 2004
Lower Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Happy New Year everyone! On the 2nd day of the 2004 calendar year, the fishing here in Lynnhaven started ‘04 with a blast! Today, we welcomed Jim Lowe, Richard Serpe, their kids, and more kids (did I say more kids???) and more kids, for a total of 15 anglers. We flogged 19 corpulent Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) ranging from 30” ­ 42”. The kids wound in the fish with the able assistance from the Dads. I’m still quite not sure whether the Dads or the kids had more fun!!!??? We took the day off yesterday to celebrate New Years Day with our families. But today, it was great to get back on the water and start off the new year by punishing a few “Beasts”. I did not have a 1st Mate today (he was sleeping off his New Years’ celebration while yours truly, Capt. Croakerhead was left hangin’). This situation made things a bit crazy at times, but the party helped out with everything and we had a blast!!! The kids really behaved themselves well and we “answered a whole lot of questions”…

“Is that a fish”???
“Will we catch any sharks today”???
“What’s in his belly”???

Well, you get the point…at any rate it was a blast as the Dads and kids relished in the pursuit and landing of “The Beasts”!!!

The new fishing video ­ “Kids Gone Wild”…
The new fishing video ­ “Kids Gone Wild”…