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Ken Neill

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Ken Neill last won the day on May 30 2016

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  1. I went out and did some cobia fishing yesterday prior to the Father's Day festivities. Fishing was very good. I was getting my 4th rod ready when all 3 of the others went off. Somehow, I managed to land all 3, fishing solo. I also landed a double. Most of the fish were 40 something inches long. I caught a couple that reached the 50-inch mark. I caught one that already had a tag in it. One had someone else's rig in it: circle hook, brass swivel, blue mono. Wes Blow was out there too. Last report was he had landed 7. Hamish Small caught 7 in a couple of hours and went in. Gabe Sava anchored near me as I was leaving. I watched them net one as I was pulling anchor. Capt. Jorj Head also caught 7...up to 50 inches. He was sight-fishing with a charter. The rest of us were chumming.
  2. May 27, we fished the Norfolk Canyon. Fishing was good. We ended up catching 18 yellowfin tuna. We caught 4 out of 5 mako sharks, all on monofilament leaders. We also caught a half-dozen gaffer dolphin and a couple of skipjack tuna. Tuna were busting on the surface and mako sharks were free jumping all around us. May 26, Hunter Southall fished the Cigar area. They caught 5 yellowfin tuna and a dolphin. They lost a couple of tuna to sharks. May 25, Charles Southall ran across the bay after work for a quick drum trip. They caught one big red. May 22, Capt. Jorj Head, (757) 262-9004, fished for cobia in the rain. They caught 3 nice cobia. May 22, Charles Southall ran across the bay for a very short drum trip. They caught a black drum. May 22, I chummed for cobia catching 4 cobia in the 45-48 inch range and pulling off 3 other fish. May 20, Hunter Southall chummed for cobia catching 1 cobia. May 20, Danny Forehand fished the evening for drum near buoy 10. They caught 17 big red drum. May 20, Wes Blow made an evening drum run catching one big red. May 19, Hunter Southall chummed for cobia catching 2. May 19, I went out after work with the Southalls for a short drum trip. We caught 9 big red drum. May 18, Hunter Southall chummed for cobia catching 3 up to 52 inches long.
  3. We fished the Triangle Wrecks Saturday for tautog. We caught 20 fish up to 10 pounds. Johnny Boyd caught our largest tog. Wes Blow was out there Thursday and he caught a pair of 10 pounders. We got DNA samples from each tautog. We caught 6 tautog that had been previously tagged. The rockfish were out there. We had gannets diving around us and had big rockfish chasing our sinkers to the surface. There was a charter boat out there catching them pretty good…legally. They had scientists onboard conducting a tagging study. We went back out after tautog Sunday. We caught some big fish Saturday. We got bigger ones Sunday. The three largest weighed 14, 15, and 19 pounds. We also caught a really big sea bass that, with regret, we tagged and released. Dr. Hamish Small was with us collecting DNA samples from each tautog. He also managed to catch the largest of the day (and of the year…so far). It's been a good tog year so far. We went 5 times on the Healthy Grin in January catching citation-sized tog each trip. That trend has got to stop but so far so good. 14 citations including 5 between 14 and 19 pounds. Plus Wes went out in his boat during the week and got the pair of 10 pounders.
  4. One of our recaptured tagged tautog was a repeat from two days prior. It had "grown" 3/4 of an inch in two days. In a "that can't be right" moment, Wes re-measured the fish and reconfirmed that it was indeed 3/4 of an inch longer than what we had recorded on Friday. Measuring live fish in rough seas... It is a nice one and it is still out there. We will see how long it is the next time we catch it. On the way out, a whale breeched on the port side of the boat, then again and again. It came out of the water 8 or 9 times. A very impressive display that we were glad we were not too close to.
  5. We went back out after tautog today. It was rough but the bite was good. We caught 45 or so tautog before the anchor broke loose about 2 PM. We decided to head on in rather than trying to re-anchor. we caught 9 fish that already had been tagged. Each of those was re-released with its tag no matter how large they had grown. We registered 5 citations today with the largest two fish weighing in at 17 and 16.5 pounds. The next largest was 12 pounds. We have had a good start to the new year, catching big tautog on 2 out of the 3 days of 2016 so far.
  6. We ran out to the Triangle Wrecks yesterday. We were joined by US Congressman Rob Wittman. It was a bit rough out there but we got a nice catch of tautog up to 11 pounds. Johnny Boyd caught his first citation tog after years of trying. Matt Waddell caught his first ever tog. His second tog ever was a citation. He did not take as long as Johnny.
  7. The water that we caught the tuna in last weekend is still out there but with a marginal forecast, we decided to leave a little later in the morning and go wreck fishing instead. Our crew was to include US Congressman Randy Forbes and US Congressman and now gubernatorial candidate, Rob Wittman. We are really not trying to form a republican caucus out on the water, it is just that these guys like to fish and are trying to get out there with us as much as they can prior to Congress reconvening. Rob joined us during a trip this past spring, at the request of Sport Fishing Magazine, for a feature that should be coming out this coming spring. It turned out that Rob is as much of a fishing nut as the rest of our crew and joins us when he can. He was bringing Congressman Forbes but it turned out that Randy could not make this trip so we were down to one politician. It was rough but we went anyway. We managed a nice catch of sea bass and caught a bunch of triggerfish. We weighed in five for citations up to 5 pounds 8 ounces. We caught a lot of bluefish, a number of jacks of various species, a tautog, a flounder, a big porgy and other stuff. The other stuff included conger eels and the Sandtiger sharks visited us again. What were new were the sea turtles. We had turtles around us all day and they really liked our congressman (so did the sharks and conger eels). He caught two sea turtles but fortunately, both were hooked externally. We were able to remove the hooks while leaving the turtles in the water.
  8. Friday, I went over to the boat to get ready for Saturday's offshore trip. Hunter Southall ran over to Plantation with the same results I had last week. One drift, caught a fish, came home. He did it 1 pound better than me. His 41.1 pound fish knocked me out of 1st place in the month-long Irv Fenton Memorial Rockfish Tournament. Yesterday, we ran to the Norfolk Canyon to try for some tuna. Before the day was done, we were all fishing in short-sleeves. Fishing was good. We caught a few dolphin. We caught 5 yellowfin tuna out of about 8 bites. Late in the afternoon, we had a very impressive explosion on the flat-line bait closest to the boat. The bigeye tuna came half out of the water. After a long fight, the hook pulled but now we had to fish longer. It was not too long after that when we had two big explosions on the short riggers. One came tight and we managed to hold on to that one. It's tuna for Christmas dinners at our houses this year. When we got into cell range, I had messages waiting for me. Gabe Sava fished inside the James River. They weighed in a 55 pound 6 ounce rockfish, angler Kirk Boswell. Wendy Elford said that her menfolk had each weighed in a big rockfish on the Eastern Shore. Danny Forehand had lost a big rockfish at the high rise but he was still fishing. Now that I am way down in the standings, I'll be back out after the rockfish later today after I recuperate from yesterday a bit more. Hunter Southall fished for rockfish Friday then fished with us yesterday. After cleaning the tuna, we did not get home until after 1am this morning. The rest of us went to bed, Hunter got back in his truck drove down to Oregon Inlet. He's back out tuna fishing right now.
  9. I ran up to the Plantation Light area in some rather choppy conditions today. Shortly after putting out my spread of eels, I was hooked up. It was a nice fish. I was fishing by myself so when I decided to keep it I was done with my big-fish limit. It made it a very short trip. I'll try to catch a bigger one tomorrow. This one weighed in at 40 pounds.
  10. We went wreck hopping yesterday. With us was US Congressman, Rob Wittman. He was freshly back from the Middle East. He said that some time there will make you really appreciate the country that we have. He also said that it is hard for us to understand how difficult a job it is that we are asking our young men and women in the military to do over there and what an amazing job they are doing. We had a good day on the water and caught a bunch. We caught a limit of jumbo sea bass, at least 3 species of jacks, 3 flounder, 2 tautog (20 inches), 2 gag grouper, and all the bluefish we could handle. The bluefish were so thick that it was hard to get down to the wreck. We also hooked up a number of big sand tiger sharks. They kept eating our little baits. The Congressman got to do battle with a couple. The first ended with a broken rod. He had his second on for a long time after the shark ate his Lucanus Jig. Eventually, those little hooks failed. All of the shark battles ended with cut offs/break offs/pull offs except for one that Stan Simmerman hooked on a diamond jig. He managed to get that one to the boat. It had his jig with my bottom rig tangled in it plus some older line from a previous encounter. The smart thing would have been to cut the line but Rob wanted to free the shark of all of this stuff so he grabbed some pliers and went to work. I grabbed my camera. In my excitement to get a photo of a Congressman getting his hand bitten off by a shark, I accidently switched the camera to manual focus. So, the shark photos are not as clear as they should be but I did not miss "the shot" as Rob successfully removed all of the hooks without losing an appendage. This actually was a triggerfish trip. Wes Blow has gotten it into his mind that it is time to set the state record. So we were after triggers and everything else was just by-catch. I don't know how many triggerfish we caught but it was a bunch. We got some nice ones but no state record...yet. In total, we registered eight trophy fish citations. Congressman Wittman weighed in both our largest triggerfish and largest sea bass. Stan Simmerman registered the most citations with his shark release and weighing in 3 citation triggerfish.
  11. We have fished the Triangle Wrecks the past few weekends. We went out in fairly rough conditions yesterday. We caught 14 flounder, a decent catch of sea bass, and all of the small bluefish we could handle. We also caught some world-record sized clear nose skates and yes, there is a world-record for clear nose skate. The current record is 3 pounds 4 ounces with a pending record of 4 pounds 2 ounces. Our first skate weighed over 5 pounds on the Boga Grip. The second skate was even larger. We had a couple other record-sized skates along with some smaller ones. We did not keep any of the skates so they are still swimming around out there if you want to catch a record. The previous weekend, the forecast did not look too pleasant when we were making our plans so we headed to the Triangle Wrecks instead of heading offshore. We caught bluefish, flounder and sea bass. We also hooked up a couple of nice squid, a little porgy, and plenty of skates and a few sharks. I lost the largest flounder of the day when the hook pulled right near the boat. Wes Blow made a gallant attempt to net the fish and he would have gotten it if he had had 6 more inches of net handle to work with. We caught bluefish by trolling, casting and jigging but I caught the largest blue of the day on a flounder rig that somehow managed to survive the fight. Similar to my flounder story, Wes had a big blue almost to the boat when his flounder rig parted. The weekend prior, we caught little bluefish. We did not catch a lot of anything or anything particularly large. I think we ended up catching 8 flounder, sea bass, a couple of triggerfish, 2 Atlantic bonito, a number of bluefish and some other critters. Our most interesting catch was an Atlantic Angel Shark caught by Stan Simmerman. This is the second one of these strange sharks that we have caught while flounder fishing.
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