January 2005 Fishing Reports

JANUARY 5, 2005
Atlantic Ocean Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

We welcomed Mark “The Designated Winder” Shinn, Sander, and Capt. Ferrell McLain aboard today plus yours truly for a total of 4 anglers. Today was our 4th fishing trip of the 2005 season. It was another mild day with fair seas. We spanked our limit of 8 beastly Rockfish from 36 inches up to 42.5 inches trolling at Cape Henry. We also released a few other smaller Rockfish.

JANUARY 4, 2005
Atlantic Ocean Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

We did not have a party today so Mark “The Designated Winder”, Capt. Larry Wales, and yours truly went out to spank a few Bluefish and Rockfish for a total of 3 anglers. Today was our 3rd fishing trip of the 2005 season. It was a cloudy, but mild day with fair seas. We spanked our limit of 6 beastly Rockfish up to 45 inches plus our limit of of 30 slammer Bluefish up to 34 inches. We also released a few Rockfish.

Here’s Mark with a 45 inch Virginia Citation (Release) Rockfish

JANUARY 3, 2005
Atlantic Ocean Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Today was our 2nd fishing trip of the 2005 season. We welcomed our good friends Capt. Larry Wales (on far left in group shot), “Sander” (in middle in group shot), and Mark “The Designated Winder” Shinn (on far right in group shot) for a total of 3 anglers. The weather today was absolutely perfect went way out (55 nautical miles off the coast of Virginia Beach) to the Shenango wreck to try the 2005 campaigns’ first Black Sea Bass excursion. It was very slow fishing as we only managed 21 keeper Black Sea Bass ranging from 14 inches up to 22.5 inches and 1 VA Release Citation Sea Bass of 22.5 inches and 5.25 pounds. We also released several undersized Black Sea Bass and numerous Dog Sharks. The water temperature at the Shenango wreck was 51.6 degrees, so perhaps it needs to get a bit colder before the fishing at this location picks up some. We did see a few Humpback Whales playfully splashing around in the crystal clear blue Atlantic Ocean water. We will try more Black Sea Bass fishing and/or some Tautog fishing late in the month.

Here is Mark “The Designated Winder” Shinn with his VA Citation (released) Black Sea Bass of 22.5 inches and 5.25 pounds.
Here is Mark “The Designated Winder” Shinn with his VA Citation (released) Black Sea Bass of 22.5 inches and 5.25 pounds.

ANUARY 2, 2005
Atlantic Ocean Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Today was our first day back to work after celebrating the new year with our families at home (1/1/05). HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!!! Today was our 1st Fishing party of the 2005 campaign. We welcomed our good friend Mr. Tom Mooney, owner of the world famous group of Murphy’s Irish Pubs and Restaurants. Among others, there’s a local Murphy’s location here in VA Beach along with other great spots like Alexandria, VA and Washington, D.C. Let me tell you there’s nothing like a night at Murphy’s for excellent food, authentic Irish entertainment, and, of course, a few “Adult Irish Beverages”! Mr. Mooney brought 4 of his key staff members from the Virginia Beach Murphy’s Pub for a total of 5 anglers.

We trolled at Fisherman’s Island and spanked our limit of 14 (including our boat fish) “Beastly” Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) with alacrity. We also released several Rockfish including a 45 inch/37 pound VA Release Citation. But the great part of that VA Release Citation was that it was earned by first time angler Mr. Phil Downing (on far right in group picture). To add to a first time Rockfish anglers great experience was the fact that Mr. Downing also caught the largest Rockfish we kept for the grill on today’s flogging which was a dominant 42 inch/27 pound pig. Nice way to start your Rockfish pugilistic pounding, pal.

Spank, Spank, Spank!!!
Spank, Spank, Spank!!!