14 year old Michael Cox of King William will be competing in The Bass Federation Junior World Championship near Shreveport, LA. Way to go Michael!
CHESAPEAKE BAY- Cobia continue to bite well throughout the lower bay. Chumming has been a successful method for many anglers lately, particularly in the area of York Spit, which is usually produces fish year after year. Cobia catches weighing in the mid sixties were common this past week. Sight casting is also very productive when ideal conditions are present. If you’re targeting Spadefish, focus on wrecks, reefs, and structures in the lower bay such as pilings of the CBBT, The Cell, and Wolf Trap Light. Many of the unnamed wrecks in the bay are holding Spades, and are less pressured. Clam usually works best for Spades. These structures are also home for Flounder and Sheepshead. The Flounder fishing this year has been difficult to figure out. Inside the bay, the CBBT has probably been the most consistent, with the fourth island area being better. A few nice fish are being caught at Bouy 42. Loads of Puppy Drum are being caught just about everywhere, especially by Speckled Trout anglers. Many are catching Pups on top water baits like the Zara spook. Speckled Trout action has slowed down lately in many areas, but the Piankatank River gave up some big fish recently. Again, top water baits are a good choice for bigger fish. Gulp! baits are also consistent producers of both Trout and Puppy Drum. Spanish Mackerel have showed up at Windmill Bar, but action isn’t heavy yet.
OCEAN- Some big Blue Marlin are being caught now, like the one Kevin Creech recently caught out of Pirates Cove at 410#. Large White Marlin are also being caught in abundance now. Dolphin and Yellowfin are a good option still. Big Eye Tuna up to 250lbs were caught over the last week. Ocean Wrecks have been solid producers of keeper Flounder lately. The Chesapeake Light Tower area has been good for Flounder as well as Spadefish. Rudee Inlet gave up more Flounder this week. The inshore boats out of Rudee are catching Spanish Mackerel and Bluefish.
FRESH- Weights were back up on the Potomac River as 24lbs won a weekend tournament on the third. Grass frogs are commonly responsible for heavy weights this time of year, but hard cover presentations have been consistent. The James and Chick continue to provide a good bite for Bass. Grass frogs and soft plastics usually shine on the Chick, where as crank baits and soft plastics are typically better on the James. Throw super flukes, Yamamoto grubs, and topwater baits fro good results on the upper James. Live bait is always good on the upper James, which is also a good way to find Flathead Cats and Channel Cats. Night fishing is usually better for Cats now, especially on the lower James for Blue Cats. Fresh cut bait is best, whether its eels, White Perch, or Shad. Live bait is by far the most consistent presentation for Stripers at Lake Anna. Many fish are being caught in the 20s-30s range. Bass are being caught very shallow one day, then considerably deeper the next day. Shaky head jigs are good for both. Trick worms in Green Pumpkin or Junebug are local favorites. With the abundant rainfall this season, local ponds have stayed a bit cooler, keeping the Bass and Crappie more active throughout the day, not just early and late.