BAY – Cobia are still available inside the bay, but good fish are also being caught in ocean waters. Sight casters are having better luck with live fish rather than eels as of late. Bottom fishing is also good, but many more anglers are sight fishing. The Flounder bite is closer to what it should be. Live bait, strip bait, and Gulp! baits continue to produce, but the live bait presentations excel for bigger fish. The CBBT structures are giving up the better fish, along with numbers of fish. Triggerfish and Sheepshead are still being caught at the CBBT currently. The Speckled Trout action is still slow for the most part, but Speck anglers are filling the void with Puppy Drum. A wide variety of baits are working for the Pups. Top water baits, Gulp! lures, and live bait are always good. The Poquoson area is giving up numbers of Speck, but fish over 3lbs are tough to find. Lower bay pier anglers are finding an increase in bigger Spot, and the Croaker are favoring shrimp.
OCEAN – The White Marlin action remains incredible out of Rudee, Oregon Inlet, and Hatteras. Numbers of Trophy fish are being caught daily. Some nice Yellowfin Tuna are being caught also. Fred Throckmorton of Chesterfield and crew boated 9 keepers on Sunday the 18th. They were fishing out of Oregon Inlet. Other species available are Blue Marlin, Sailfish, Dolphin, Blackfin Tuna, and Wahoo. A very nice 77lb Wahoo was caught out of Rudee Inlet, also on Sunday the 18th. Inside Rudee, keeper Flounder and nice Spot are entertaining anglers.
FRESH – The James and Chickahominy rivers remain good for Bass as 20+lbs won the Priority Toyota event out of Osbourne Landing over the weekend. Most of the tidal rivers are offering very good Bass fishing, like the Pamunkey River. For numbers of good fish, the Pamunkey is tough to beat. The Potomac, however, has been tough. Many attribute the tough fishing to the Largemouth virus, now evident in the Potomac. A good option now is the upper James for Smallmouth, Yamamoto grubs and senkos are excellent, as are buzzbaits and other surface lures. In windy conditions, a spinnerbait often produces best in early fall, which approaches soon. Large gizzard shad are yielding quality Stripers and Bass at Lake Anna. Look for a shallower movement of Bass towards the backs of major creeks in most of the area lakes, as the shad begin to migrate. Lipless cranks can be especially effective in September. Try the upper ends of ponds and small lakes for aggressive Bass as daylight hours decrease. The Crappie bite has also increased in local ponds lately. Small 2” grubs in pumpkin/chartreuse can be exceptionally good for Crappie, Bass, and Chain Pickerel. These are especially good for young anglers, as they are appealing to all sizes and species of fish.