CHESAPEAKE BAY – Folks are hammering Croaker inside the York River. Numerous reports of 60-80 fish days continue to come in from Green Top customers. Shrimp, squid, bloodworms, and Fish Bites are all taking nice fish, but lately shrimp has been better. Good reports of Croaker are also coming from inside the Rapp. Speckled Trout anglers are taking fish on top water baits, Gulp! offerings, and sea shads with consistent results. The Piakatank River, Mobjack Bay, and bay-side creeks of the Eastern Shore are excellent areas right now. Puppy Drum are inhabiting these same areas, and just about everywhere else where Trout and Croaker are targeted. Lynnhaven Inlet seems to be loaded with pups. The CBBT area of the bay is strong with big Red Drum and more Cobia are straggling in every day. Reds up to 53”, and Cobia up to 51” have been reported. Many are anticipating the Flounder bite to arrive at places in the lower bay like the CBBT and reef areas like Back River Reef. For now though, it is a slow bite. Inside the rivers has been more consistent to Rockfish lately. The Rappahannock, York, and Potomac have been better.
OCEAN – The Yellowfin Tuna bite is red hot! Many charter boats are returning to the docks by noon with their daily limit. Spanish Mackerel are also being caught from the inshore boats. Inshore boats in the Nags Head area are enjoying at hot bite for Cobia right now. Most are sight fishing. Surf anglers are finding some nice Sea mullet and Pompano.
FRESH – A lot of attention is being focused on the lower James and Chick rivers as the Bassmaster Northern Open started on June 13th. Anglers are faced with tougher conditions now as muddy water and angler pressure will take its toll. Clean water areas will get crowded. Prior to all the rain, the fishing has been outstanding. Weights on the Potomac River are down still, as 17+lbs won a recent weekend Tx. Normally over 20lbs is the winning weight. The tidal rivers are giving their last hurrah for Rockfish, as the Va. season ends on June 15th. as mentioned earlier, the York and Rappahannock have been better. The upper James remains high and muddy, so fishing for Smallmouth and Flatheads here will be very tough. The Bluegill and Shellcracker fishing has turned on quite well in area lakes and ponds. Braxton Moore of Hanover caught a beautiful 1lb 12oz Shellcracker from a local pond that we weighed in here at Green Top on June 13th. Live bait such as crickets, worms, and small minnows are hard to beat. Beetle spins, small curly tail grubs and tubes are also good. Lake Anna Stripers are biting early and better during the week, as boat traffic on weekends often shuts them down. Large live shad is the ticket for better fish. Summer Bass patterns are starting to emerge on lakes like Anna, Kerr, and Gaston. Mid to deep water presentations are taking better fish. Top water baits are still excellent early, late, and on overcast days.