CHESAPEAKE BAY – Cobia action remains good in the lower bay, with reports of a few fish over the 60lb mark. The CBBT structures, York Spit, and buoy markers continue to attract fish. Sight fishing usually yields more fish daily, but chumming also continues to work. Live eels have been the best bait, whether chumming or sight casting. The Flounder bite has picked up inside the bay. Good reports are coming from Buoy 42, the CBBT structures, and artificial reefs, like Back River Reef. Folks covering more water with Flounder rigs seem to be catching more fish, but jigging bucktails is still productive for those who stick with it. Another species that are prevalent at the CBBT, are the Sheepshead. Crab is usually best, but clams work well also. Spanish Mackerel are being caught along the CBBT and up to Windmill Bar. Trolling Drone and Clark spoons on in-line sinkers and diving planers are the 2 most common methods. Speckled Trout catches are still down, compared to years past. Those targeting them at night seem to be having better luck. However, catches are still being made inside the Piankatank River, Poquoson Flats, Mobjack Bay, and Fleets Bay. Live mud minnows fished over grass beds are good, as are top water baits, Gulp! baits, and paddle tail grubs. Some of the bay-side creeks of the Eastern Shore are holding trout also. Puppy Drum continues to be plentiful throughout the bay. Presentations from top to bottom are working. Large schools of Red Drum can be found at the mouth of the bay, both out in open water and relating to structure like the CBBT. Croaker is also plentiful throughout the bay.
OCEAN – Offshore boats are enjoying a fantastic white Marlin bite. Many trophy fish are being caught right now. Big Eye Tuna up to 250lbs were caught in the last week. Blue Marlin catches are up and Wahoo are starting to be caught more frequently. Wahoo up to 44lbs have been caught this week. Flounder and Puppy Drum are being caught inside Rudee Inlet. Ocean wrecks are yielding plenty of Flounder. Chesapeake Light Tower is a good place for Amberjack.
FRESH – Congrats to Otis Darnell of Linden, Va for is victory on the Potomac River in the Bassmaster Weekend Series. His 2 day total was 30.48lbs. Good work Otis! Grass frogs, swim baits, and Texas rigged plastics are most commonly used on the Potomac now. Senkos are especially good. The James and Chick rivers are in fine shape for this weekend’s Priority Toyota event out of Osbourne Landing. This is the last qualifying tournament. Night fishing for Blue Cats is an alternative to beat the heat while fishing. Some of the best Catfish fishing is done at night in the summer. The upper James has been receiving some rain lately, making for stained and higher water conditions. River levels can be checked by calling the National Weather Service’s river hotline at 646-8228. Bass can be hard targets to pinpoint now, as unstable weather conditions keep them on the move. Lake anglers report catching good Bass very shallow one day and deep the next on Kerr, Gaston, and Anna. A not so well known fishery in northern Va. is the Occoquan Reservoir, where 20+lbs won a local tournament this past weekend. Deep crank baits were reportedly used to win. Shaky head presentations are also very good. Top water baits have been very good in local ponds this week.