BAY – The Bay Rockfish season is closed, but many fish are available to catch and release anglers. The lower bay structures seem to be holding more big fish. The concrete ships, the CBBT, and Plantation Light are all good. Speckled Trout anglers are still having fun with big fish inside the Elizabeth River. As usual, Mirrorlures are taking the bigger fish on average, along with live bait.
OCEAN – Cape Henry to Rudee has been very good this week. Numerous fish over 40 inches have been caught this week. Anthony Van Ness of Richmond caught a 45 and a half inch, on Tuesday the 10th using Mojos. The area around Oyster has been good also. Many folks are still encountering Bluefin Tuna as they troll for Rocks, east of Rudee Inlet. Some are actually targeting the Tuna, as the bait is very thick just inside the 3 mile line. Charter boats out of Nags Head and Hatteras are catching mostly Yellowfin Tuna.
FRESH – This week’s rain will probably ruin favorable conditions on the upper James, halting what has been a good bite for Smallmouth. Anglers are still targeting Blue Catfish on the lower James. Many say this is the best time to target the giants. Die-hard Chick River anglers are catching quality Bass on jigging spoons, live bait and swim baits. 18lbs won the most recent Winter Bass Tx out of Sturgen Creek marina, Jigging spoons were key. Shakey heads are also producing Bass, Dike 3 and the Splits are still good for Stripers. Pond Bass are responding to crankbaits reeled very slowly. Use a slower gear ratio for best results.