Chesapeake Bay- Many anglers are reporting increased action for Flounder in the lower bay lately. Structures like the CBBT and reef areas are holding quality fish. Unlike earlier in the season, limits of keepers are now easier to catch. Fresh bait is often the key to success, especially on tough days. Live bait is always a good option for bigger fish. Tautog and Sheepshead catches have also increased in the lower bay. Crab, especially Fiddlers, are preferred. The CBBT is probably the best place for these fish right now. Another structure oriented fish biting good now is the Triggerfish. Anglers are reporting increased catches of Triggers on structures while targeting Flounder. Speckled Trout are becoming more active and vulnerable to a bigger variety of baits as cooling water temps push them shallower. Top water lures often produce the Mobjack Bay, and Lynnhaven Inlet. These areas are also good for Puppy Drum. Big Red Drum are also available in the lower bay, especially on reef structures and the CBBT Structures. Surf anglers along the lower Eastern Shore are starting to catch a few.
Ocean– There’s been a few reports of Cobia catches from the mouth of the bay to the Va. Beach oceanfront. Live bait such as eels or small Croaker works best while sight fishing. Boaters out of Rudee Inlet and OBX ports are still finding White and Blue Marlin, Dolphin, and Yellowfin Tuna. Catches of Wahoo are starting to increase as Oct. nears, which is usually best for Wahoo. Rudee Inlet is good right now for shore anglers as the Spot have moved in. along with the Spot are Puppy Drum, Bluefish, and some Flounder. Surf anglers from Sandbridge and Nags Head can expect to find Spot, Sea Mullet, Puppy Drum, and any day now, some big Red Drum.
Freshwater– The upper James is still good for Smallmouth and Flathead Catfish. The river is still low, (4.05 at Westham) so a good rain will improve conditions. The lower James has been producing some large Blue Cats up to 70lbs this week. The early morning bite has been better lately. 16+lbs (5 fish) won a recent Bass Tournament out of Osbourne landing. As with the upper James, some rain should improve the bite. On the Potomac River, both hard cover and grass are providing respectable limits. Steve Miller of Mechanicsville won a 2 day event with 29+lbs on September 21 and 22. The Bass bite is improving at Anna, where 18+lbs won a Tx on Saturday and 15lbs won on Sunday. Bait fish migrations are taking place, so look to the back 1/3 of tributaries with defined creek channels. Swift Creek Reservoir is fishing well right now, as 16+lbs (4 fish) won the Lions Club Tx on the 21st.