Sea Bassin’ With Ball

Black sea bass are chewing along the mid-Atlantic coast and Julie Ball and crew were there to catch them.

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Captain Larry Regula and his son Joshua joined me for a day of wreck fishing off the beautiful coast of Virginia Beach. We departed the fishing Center, Rudee Inlet, Virginia Beach a little late, but with engine concerns we steamed for the mouth of the inlet to catch a few live bait. We finally hit the water at about 11 a.m. with glassy seas and variable winds. Outdoor Life Online Editor
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We had great luck on several wrecks up to 20 miles out, which gave up nice black seabass. We used both squid and cut bait on two-hook seabass rigs. Outdoor Life Online Editor
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Everyone caught seabass, and Joshua was especially proud of his catch. He’ll be a great angler someday! Outdoor Life Online Editor
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On the way in, Joshua spotted birds diving and working over a school of feeding fish. Good job Joshua! We swung over to check it out. Outdoor Life Online Editor
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I thought it was certainly a school of feeding jacks since we were within about 5 miles of the Chesapeake Light Tower- a well-known jack spot. We tossed out a live bait on a Shimano TLD 30, and let it free swim. It didn’t swim but for a few seconds when the line began peeling off the reel. Sure enough, I could tell it was a nice fish as I fought it toe to toe for 15 minutes. Outdoor Life Online Editor
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As I battled the fish closer to the surface, I expected to watch my jack crevelle to materialize. Instead, I was shocked to find myself face to face with a king-sized, 6-foot spinner shark! This was one peeved shark. It thrashed, splashed, and lunged as I tried to keep it alongside the boat for a measurement. We quickly decided this shark was not coming into the boat. Larry cut the line as we marveled at how the 10/0 circle hook intended for jacks managed to hold a 6-plus foot shark. It swam off to fight another day. Outdoor Life Online Editor

Black sea bass are chewing along the mid-Atlantic coast and Julie Ball and crew were there to catch them.