VA Beach – Day 1 – 1/8

After the Gale Warning and freezing spray advisory yesterday, we had a nice break in the weather today to go looking around for some striped bass.  Temps were frigid but seas were calm all day.  We started out trolling around Cape Henry in 50-70 feet of water where the shipping channels intersect.  The water temps were cold at 41 degrees, but there was a ton of bait, a few finback whales, and plenty of gannets diving around us.  All the signs were right but the fish just weren’t there.  We trolled Mojos and Stretch 30 diving plugs there most of the morning in a small fleet of boats and nobody had a hook up.

Around 11:30 am we decided to run out towards the Cheasapeake Bay Light Tower to try for bluefin tuna for a couple of hours, but it was lifeless out there.  We spent 2 hours around the CBLT in clean 43 degree water, but there were not any signs of life.  With that we ran back inside to get back on the troll for stripers, but there was not much to work in the afternoon as the bait scattered and birds dispersed.  Not the start we were hoping for.  Hopefully tomorrow will show us some better luck.

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