CHESAPEAKE BAY – Lots of Cobia are still being caught throughout the lower bay. York Spit has been particularly good lately. The structures of the CBBT are also a steady producer of Cobia. When conditions allow, sight fishing is typically more productive, but chumming while anchored is working when less favorable sight fishing conditions are present. Many anglers are targeting Spadefish at the CBBT, The Cell, and Wolf Trap Light. Chumming is a good method to attract these hard fighting fish also. Using chum can and usually does attract other fish to the area, so be prepared for anything. Ken Griffith of Chesterfield landed Spades up to 18” on Saturday the 27th from the CBBT. Quality Puppy Drum are being caught throughout the bay, especially by those targeting Trout by throwing Gulp! baits and top water baits over grass flats. Ben Kendrick of Mechanicsville recently caught pops up to 23”, with many on a top water bait. Speckled Trout are responding to surface walking baits and swim baits like Gulp! and Bass Assassin Sea Shads. Live Spot and mud minnows under floats is always a good option for Specks and just about everything else. Grass flats are especially good. Flounder catches continue to improve and increase in many areas, the mouth of the Rappahannock River, the CBBT, The Cell area, and numerous reefs of the lower bay. Jigging bucktails dressed with fresh strip baits or Gulp! baits is the preferred method most often used. Wire lining the tubes of the CBBT is another method of presentation mostly used by die hard old schoolers. Red and Black Drum are another species being encountered at the CBBT right now. Bluefish are abundant at these structures also.
OCEAN – Inshore boats out of Rudee Inlet are catching some very nice Red Drum still. Shore anglers and boaters are enjoying good Flounder catches inside Rudee. Offshore boats out of Rudee and the OBX are finding Blue and White Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Big Eye Tuna and Wahoo. Big Eye Tuna up to 212lbs and Wahoo up to 65lbs have been caught within the last week. Surf anglers can expect to catch Spot, Sea Mullet, Croaker, and Bluefish. The Nags Head area is experiencing a very good Speckled Trout bite right now.
FRESH – Bass fishing on the lower James dipped a little bit over the weekend, with 15+lbs winning the Shenandoah division of the BFL. Crank baits, soft plastics, and jigs seem to be catching quality fish from the James. Top water baits are still better for big fish on the Chickahominy. Big Blue Cats are always an option in tidal water, but the James and Potomac rivers have been best for big fish lately. On the Potomac River, 20+lbs won the LAPR Bass Tournament on the 28th. both hard cover and grass patterns can be winning options now. The upper James in and above Richmond is finally returning to normal conditions. The Boshers Dam area can be outstanding for all river species, but especially good for Smallmouth Bass. Live baits presentations are tough to beat in dam areas. Good lure choices are grubs, crawfish crank baits, and top water baits. Live bait on down lines are accounting for the best catches of Stripers at Lake Anna. The 25’ depth has been the most stable. Bass are relating to summer patterns like rock ledges and deep brush at Anna, Kerr and Gaston. Docks have also been good at Gaston and Anna. Smaller lakes like Swift Creek Reservoir and Sandy River have been giving up nice catches of Bass lately. Big worms and deep diving crank baits have been best.