The weather gods giveth and the weather gods taketh away. After a run of good weather in early September we have been blessed with nothing but nasty winds in October and there is no end in sight. Winds on the ocean are forecast to blow up to 30 knots with waves to ten feet right through Thursday.
I think we can count on some changes in the fishing once we get back out on the water. The cooler air and shorter days will drop the water temperature and our warm-water fish may be gone. Pompano will have left for warmer climes and it is possible we have seen the last white marlin of 2019. On the plus side, tuna may return to the offshore waters and big blues could come closer to shore.
No one has any idea what will happen with rockfish. Certainly there are fewer large fish in the population than we would like and Virginia has cut their take to one fish per day between 28 and 36 inches. If we do get a shot at keeper-sized rock it will be short-lived.
This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD fishing report.