BAY – Cobia are still a big interest in the lower bay. Pods of 10-15 fish can be seen cruising the surface near the CBBT. York Spit is still harboring fish, especially for those bottom fishing and chumming. Most will use live bait such as eels and small Spot or Croaker. Buoy running is also popular right now. a 56+lber was weighed in at Va. Beach Fishing Center within the last few days. Lately, there’s been a surge in large Trigger fish caught, mainly at the CBBT. Flounder fishing in the bay has been fair at best this year. Hard working anglers are finding good fish, but daily limits are hard to reproduce, for most. The bridge tunnel still remains the most consistent, for better sized Flounder in the bay. large schools of Red Drum can be spotted in the lower bay, but quality fish continue to be caught as far north as Reedville. Bottom fishing with live bait has been yielding fish up to 48”. This is also a good method for any large game fish. Spot are increasing in size and numbers as we enter September, which is typically the best month for Spot. Croaker and Puppy Drum continue to provide action just about everywhere. The Speckled Trout bite has been down lately, but Sept is typically very good for these fish also. Shorter daylight hours trigger fish migrations for both bait fish and game fish, so staying on the fish can be difficult. Spanish Mackerel are being caught at Windmill Bar, the Reedville area, and York Spit.
OCEAN – The White Marlin bite remains incredible for charters out of Va. Beach and Nags Head. Trophy sized fish are being caught daily. Several Blue Marlin in the 400lb class were caught this week also. Big Eye Tuna up to 228lbs and Wahoo up to 61lbs were weighed in at Va. Beach. Rudee Inlet is experiencing an increase in Spot catches. Locals continue to land keeper Flounder inside Rudee also. Ocean wrecks are good for Flounder and Seabass. Deep dropping is yielding Tilefish, Rosefish, and Seabass.
FRESH – The upper James remains unstable as mountain rains raise levels and stain the water, making consistent fishing difficult. The evening bite is often stronger than the morning bite during early fall and late summer. Flathead Catfish up to 35lbs are being caught on the upper river on live Bluegills. Big Smallmouth will often be caught on these same offerings. The lower James should be in fine shape for this weekends priority Toyota Classic at Osbourne Landing. Many will run to the Chickahominy and Appomattox rivers in search of the win. Both vegetation and wood cover will be producing Bass in all three rivers. The Potomac River is still in a funk, which many attribute to the Largemouth Bass virus. This virus usually affects the larger Bass more strongly. Unfortunately it does not affect the Snakeheads. Both grass and wood patterns are producing winning tournament weights. Live baiters are scoring the best catches of Bass and Stripers on lakes like Anna, Kerr, and Gaston. Shaky heads, crank baits, and big worms are good artificial to use. Occoquan Reservoir in Woodbridge has been producing outstanding results in Bass club tournaments lately. On Sept. 1st, a 6 fish limit of 26+lbs won a tournament out of Fountainhead Park. Crappie are beginning to turn on again in small ponds, and Bass are responding best to top water presentations.