CHESAPEAKE BAY- Some notable catches of Red Drum were caught recently out of the Reedville area, along with some nice Cobia. Fishing aboard the Midnight Sun, Brandi Wilson of Goochland boated an impressive 45 in Drum. Also aboard the Midnight Sun, was Marian Andersen of Hanover, where she also boated an impressive Red Drum of 46 1/2 inches. They were both using live bait along the bottom. Red Drum catches continue to occur throughout the lower bay. Cobia are also a popular species being targeted inside the bay. The CBBT is always a great place to seek out Cobia, as some begin to migrate toward the ocean. Both bottom fishing and sight casting continue to yield results. Targeting buoy markers is becoming more popular as autumn nears. Flounder action is still not what anglers are typically used to this season, but good catches are being made at 42, Bluefish Rock, Back River Reef, and the CBBT structures. Live bait is typically better for big fish, but drifting strip bait and jigging bucktails have been producing more numbers of keeper fish. Croaker fishing remains good inside the York and Rappahannock rivers, where bigger fish have been coming from, but small to average sized Croakers are found just about everywhere. Shrimp, bloodworms, and squid are the mainstays for live bait, with Fishbites and Gulp! bloodworms being the alternative for artificial baits. Trigger fish are more commonly being caught right now at structures like the CBBT, and the numerous reefs in the lower bay. Crab seems to work best for these fish, along with Sheepshead, which are also becoming more common in the same areas. Spanish Mackerel are available at Windmill Bar at the Rappahannock. Trolling along the bridge tunnel has also been productive for Spanish Mackerel. Pesky sharks continue to be a large nuisance everywhere in the bay, it seems.
OCEAN- Impressive catches of White Marlin continue to occur out of Rudee Inlet, and in the Nags Head area. Blue Marlin and Wahoo catches are also increasing. September and October typically bring the best conditions for Wahoo. Dolphin are also readily available. Ocean wrecks and structures continue to provide the best Flounder fishing currently. Limits of Flounder are being caught faster leaving more time for other species such as Black Sea Bass, which are also available on some of these same structures. Spanish Mackerel are also showing up along the ocean front, some nice Flounder and Puppy Drum have been caught inside Rudee Inlet. As we approach the end of the summer season, look for the Spot bite to greatly expand shortly, especially in the Rudee Inlet. Deep droppers continue to caught Tile fish, Rose fish, and Sea Bass. Fresh Clams and Squid are good offerings for deep dropping.
FRESH- The Upper James has been unstable for the majority of the summer, however, conditions are becoming ideal for late summer and early fall patterns for Smallmouth Bass. Top water baits, such as Buzz baits can be extremely effective for bigger fish. However, bottom presentations are more consistent, such as Jigs, Yamamoto grubs, and Crawfish Crank baits. Bass fishing on the lower James and Chickahominy took a slight dip this week as 15 lbs plus won the Priority Toyota tournament out of Osbourne landing. The majority of the bigger Bass were caught in the Chickahominy on soft plastics.On the title Potomac, Bass fishing, on average has been tougher throughout the year. However, Snakehead fishing has been outstanding. Grass frogs are especially good for Snakeheads. Catfishing on the title rivers remain good. Particularly the Potomac, the Pamunkey, and the Mattaponi. Fresh bait, such as Shad and Eels are always best. Striper fishing with live bait remain the most consistent on lakes such as Anna, Kerr, and Gaston. River channel structures. such as ridges and creek channel intersections typically hold your better fish. This can also be true for Bass.Carolina rigged plastics, large deep diving crank baits, and Texas rigged 10 inch worms are summer favorites. Drop-shotting over deep structures can also be rewarding. Smaller reservoirs can be a good escape from all the pleasure boaters and jet ski traffic, which can be quite a nuisance to fisherman. These lakes often have small horse power restrictions or electric motors use only. Outstanding fishing can he had in these lakes, such as Little Creek reservoir, Swift Creek reservoir, and Suffolk area lakes, just to name a few. Don’t forget local ponds and small neighborhood lakes for good entertainment for the entire family.