June 2008 Fishing Reports

JUNE 2, 2008
Atlantic Ocean Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield d/b/a “Jil Carrie” Charter Fishing

Today we did a private charter trip for Hampton, VA’s favorite dentist – Dr. Dan Williams and 5 of his fishing buddies for a total of 6 anglers. Capt. Tim Cannon, Sr. of Virginia Beach, VA served as 1st Mate. This was our third Atlantic Ocean Spadefish trip of the 2008 campaign. We fished at the Chesapeake Light Tower. Once again, there were only a few boats there and nobody was catching. We fished our guts out and finally scored with 19 landed Spadefish – a vast improvement over our first 2 trips. We also caught a few undersized Black Sea Bass (released), and had a quite a few good fish break off and/or run off a bunch of line and get in the structure. WOO HOO!!! We caught our Spadefish with cut pieces of Chowder Clams fished from a fish finder egg sinker rig. Our largest Spadefish landed was 7 pounds. This is just the stat of the run, so expect things to start heatinn’ up now!
JUNE 4, 2008
Atlantic Ocean Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield d/b/a “Jil Carrie” Charter Fishing

Today we did a put together (a/k/a “walk on) trip for 7 anglers. Capt. Tim Cannon, Sr. of Virginia Beach, VA served as 1st Mate. This was our fourth Atlantic Ocean Spadefish trip of the 2008 campaign. We fished at the Chesapeake Light Tower. There was only one other boat there today which was nice. A stiff SSW breeze, choppy sea, and the threat of storms must have kept a lot of fisherman ashore. It was a much better bite today as we landed 33 Spadefish up to 8.5 pounds, a vast improvement over our first 3 trips. We also caught a few undersized Black Sea Bass (released), and had a quite a few good fish break off and/or run off a bunch of line and get in the structure. We caught our Spadefish with cut pieces of Chowder Clams fished from a fish finder egg sinker rig. We are going again Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. I’m sure it will be a COMPLETE ZOO as good weather is predicted and the fish are starting to bite. If it wasn’t my job to try and catch fish for my customers it would be really fun just to sit back and watch the seething scrum of the unwashed masses. Alas, we will join the ruck and try to keep from getting run into (again). Ahhh…summer weekends…hey, I hear the Cobia are really biting strong up off the CBBT!

JUNE 6, 2008
Atlantic Ocean Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield d/b/a “Jil Carrie” Charter Fishing

Today we did a put together (a/k/a “walk on) trip for 11 anglers. Gordy of Virginia Beach, VA served as 1st Mate. This was our fifth Atlantic Ocean Spadefish trip of the 2008 campaign. We fished at the Chesapeake Light Tower. There was an arnada of boats there today! Good weather conditions and a Friday was a bewitching combination as the unwashed masses were seething around the tower when we arrived. We slowly worked our way toward the tower and it paid off in Spades (get it?) as we boated our highest total so far this season of 35. But the big news was we caught our first VA Weight Citation of the season – which is also now the VA State Saltwater Fishing Tournament leader – 10 pounds 8 ounces. We also caught a few undersized Black Sea Bass (released), and had a quite a few good fish break off and/or run off a bunch of line and get in the structure. We caught our Spadefish with cut pieces of Chowder Clams fished from a fish finder egg sinker rig. Congratulations to Mr. Christhian Butron of Woodbridge, VA for catching the new Virginia State Spadefish leading fish of 10 pounds 9 ounces today. The length was 21.5 inches. Mr. Brtron earned a VA Saltwater Fishing Tournament Weight Citation and a VA Charter Boat Citation.

JUNE 7, 2008
Atlantic Ocean Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield d/b/a “Jil Carrie” Charter Fishing
Today we did a private charter for Mr. Al Gaibrois and friends from NOVA for a total of 8 anglers. Gordy of Virginia Beach, VA served as 1st Mate. This was our sixth Atlantic Ocean Spadefish trip of the 2008 campaign. We fished at the Chesapeake Light Tower. Woo Hoo – a Saturday at The Tower! Of course, The Tower was teeming with a hideous 7 rows deep conglomeration of the unwashed masses making it impossible to fish anywhere near the tower. We rode around looking for some kind of opening, but there was no way. So, off we went to the Tower reef where we found a school of Spadefish which reluctantly bit a little. We caught 22 keeper Spadefish up to 9 pounds 2 ounces and 1 keeper Black Sea Bass. We caught our second VA Weight Citation of the season 9 pounds 2 ounces. We also caught a few undersized Black Sea Bass (released), and had a quite a few good fish break off. The Tower started clearing out in the afternoon so we headed back over there and jockeyed our way in and caught two more. So we landed a total of 24 Spadefish on the day. The current changed and everyone had to reset. As I was waiting for the boat before us to reanchor and about to drop mine, one of our best buddy weekend warriors decided he shouldn’t have to wait like the rest of us and cut us off anchoring right back in our space. I waved to him and wished him a pleasant day. C Blocked again from the Tower, we went back over to the reef to see if the school had come back there but they were gone so we called it a day. We caught our Spadefish with cut pieces of Chowder Clams fished from a fish finder egg sinker rig. Congratulations to Mr. Garo Derderian of Manassas, VA for catching a VA Saltwater Fishing Tournament Weight Citation and a VA Charter Boat Citation – 9 pounds 2 ounces.
GAWD I hate weekends.

JUNE 8, 2008
Atlantic Ocean Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield d/b/a “Jil Carrie” Charter Fishing

Today we did a private charter for Mr. Steve Langford, family, and friends for a total of 14 anglers. Gordy of Virginia Beach, VA served as 1st Mate. This was our seventh Atlantic Ocean Spadefish trip of the 2008 campaign. We fished at the Chesapeake Light Tower. As usual, we arrived at The Tower and the weekend hordes had infested the grounds effectively cutting off any chance whatsoever at access. We circled around trying to find some kind of opening, but there was nothing even close to an opportunistic parking place. So, off we went to the Tower Reef where we found a school of Spadefish yesterday. We started making a drift and (you guessed it) a weekend warrior raced over within 15 feet of us and anchored right in the drift line from yesterday, effectively raising the cabin air temperature about 20 degrees. C Blocked from that place, I cruised by and wished our new friend and intoloper a nice day and thanked him for his courtesy. Despearate for some kind of action and unable to get anywhere near The Tower we decided to try some other wrecks in the area which also resulted in poor fishing. We managed to catch only 1 small keeper Spadefish, 1 barely legal Black Sea Bass and a few undersized Black Sea Bass. What made matters worse was I broke off my anchor (DOH!). Things were looking bleak to say the least. We rode back to The Tower but the unwashed masses were still teeming around the structure like green eyed flies on a cow pattie. Back to the reef again – NADA. Gordy had spotted a few Cobia on the way out so we tried casting bucktails at a few on the west side of the Tower. We spotted over a dozen on the day but most would just turn and run when we casted at them. They sure are pretty creatures! We finally got lucky with one as 14 year old Master Payton Haefner of Topeka Kansas skillfully landed a 41″ 28 pounds 14 ounce Cobia – our first of the season! Quite a fish for a young man! We actually hooked 2 more and lost them – our luck certainly was not running good today.

So, we bailed on the whole Plans A through E thing and went back to “Old Faithful” for us this year – the Small Boat Channel at the CBBT and caught Atlantic Croakers. At least is was some action for the kids! Another very frustrating weekend day, to say the least…