CHESAPEAKE BAY – As more species of fish are becoming more available now, which species to choose to target can be a good problem to have. The Speckled Trout action is very good inside Mobjack Bay and the Piankatank River. Some are catching their best fish on top water baits, while Gulp! baits are responsible for numbers of fish. Nice Puppy Drum are being caught by Trout anglers also. Catches of quality Flounder are becoming more common as the water clears and warms up. The 4th island area of the CBBT has produced the best reports. Look for reef areas on the west side to start producing any day now. The CBBT structures are beginning to give up Spadefish to hook and line anglers now. The Cell and Wolf Trap Light have been slow to produce consistent results for Spades. Large schools of big Red Drum are being encountered from Poquoson Flats to the CBBT shoals. Casting bucktails have produced fish up to 50 inches. Another species becoming more available inside the bay is the Cobia. Many prefer to sight fish for surface cruisers, presenting bucktails, Eels, or live bait fish, such as Croaker. Bottom fishing with cut bait is an option also. Croaker fishing remains excellent inside the York River. Shrimp has been best lately. The Rappahannock River is consistently producing Croakers also.
OCEAN – The Chesapeake Light Tower is holding Spadefish and spear fishermen are as common as the hook and line anglers. The Yellowfin Tuna action remains very good for Charters out of Va Beach and Nags Head. These charters are also finding Dolphin and Wahoo. In the past week, a 500lb Blue Marlin was also caught. Inshore boats out of Nags Head are catching Cobia, Spanish Mackerel, and Bluefish. Pier anglers can expect to catch Sea Mullet, Croaker, and Spot, along with a few Flounder.
FRESH – Elite series pro Randy Howell won the Bassmaster Northern Open on the James River with a 3 day total of 47lbs 11ozs. Green Top pro and local angler Steve Colgin of Lanexa finished 10th. Way to represent Steve! Many presentations were effective, but Senkos and crank baits were two of the more commonly used baits. On the Potomac River, 17lbs won the June 15th tournament. John Cary of the Richmond area, and Dennis McNeal were the winners. The grass frog bite seems a bit slow, but this won’t stand long. Senkos are strong here also. The upper James has been high and muddy. folks seeking Stripers at Lake Anna should arrive early and get busy, as boat traffic makes fishing difficult after 10am. Large live Shad is the most effective for bigger fish, but trolling Red-fins, and umbrella rigs are becoming more popular. Summer patterns are emerging for Bass as they begin to move deeper. Deep cranks, Texas rigs, and Shakey head rigs are effective, along with top waters early and late. Crank baits and C-rigs are working well at Kerr. Area ponds and lakes are prime for spawning Sunfish. The 2in twin tail grub in Chart. Pepper scored a 14in Shellcracker for Bryan Henderson of Henrico from a Powhatan County pond.