Chesapeake Bay – Much attention has shifted toward Rockfish inside the bay and its tributaries. The rivers general receive more pressure early in the season, in places like the Rappahannock, York, and James Rivers. 4” to 6” baits are typically more popular as shallower fishing usually takes place. Top water action can be quite productive at the islands of the CBBT early in the day. Fishing along the light lines of the CBBT and the HRBT at night can also be productive now. The Piankatank River is another popular place at night. Some very big Red Drum were caught along the structures of the CBBT recently. Fresh cut bait seems to be working best. These structures are also good for Tautog and Triggerfish, but crab usually works best for these fish. There’s still a few dies hard Flounder anglers working the lower bay structures also. Puppy Drum action remains strong throughout the lower bay. Many pups are being taken very shallow from inside the river like the York, James, and Piankatank. Areas like Mobjack Bay, Poquoson Flats, and Lynnhaven Inlet are also productive. Speckled Trout anglers are reporting a lot of small Specks mixed in with the many Redfish being caught. Bigger numbers of quality Specks will soon be the talk in areas like the Elizabeth River, Mobjack Bay, and Lynnhaven Inlet.
Ocean – Inshore boats have seen a recent spike in action for Cobia, and King Mackerel along with some Spanish Mackerel. Offshore boats are still finding White Marlin, Blue Marlin, and some impressive catches of Wahoo of 70, 51, 49, and 42lbs. Wreck anglers are scoring well on Seabass and Blueline Tilefish. Surf anglers willing to walk out on the beaches in Nags Head are catching Puppy Drum, Red Drum, Spot, and Bluefish.
Freshwater – This weeks rain should improve conditions on the upper James, providing the James doesn’t muddy. The Flathead cats will still be regardless. The rising water often pushes the Smallmouths shallower and much more venerable to artificial presentations. Many take advantage of the Striper action at night at the Benjamin Harrison Bridge. Fishing the light lines whether up top or the bottom is often productive. Trolling Red Fins and Smithwick Rogues is popular on the lower Chickahominy. Crank baits usually dominate for Bass on the lower James and Chick however, the grass frog bite has been strong on the Chick too. Bass can be found on both the main river and inside the creeks. Bass on the Potomac are being caught the same ways as on the James, but the water is usually clearer on the Potomac, requiring longer casts. Dock patterns and creek channel patterns are good at Anna and Gaston. Jigs and crank baits have been better. Alabama style rigs are especially good now, as larger schools of bait continue to migrate towards the backs of creeks on large lakes like Kerr. These rigs are also effective on Stripers now and throughout the fall season. Some local ponds are starting to turn over now, so fishing them can be tough for the next few weeks, making the rivers even more attractive.