Saltwater – Its been a tough winter for everyone, but things are looking up finally. Fiddler crabs and Green Crabs have started to show up, which is a great sign of movement and the spring bite. Togs especially prefer Fiddlers. Specks have started to spread out but must be released due to the new regulations. The offshore scene is showing more promise every day. When conditions allow, Bluefin Tuna have been cooperating, and some Yellowfin Tuna along with some Big Eye Tuna have been caught lately. Water temps along the Outer Banks surf is in the upper 40’s. Some Sea Mullet and Puppy Drum are being caught. Any day now we should hear about Red Drum catches.
Freshwater – Shad are on the minds of many anglers now as we anticipate the annual spawning run on our tidal rivers. Every day the shad bite increases, but we have to deal with changing conditions like high muddy water that we have now. Spoons and darts, along with Shad flies are the ticket. Some White Perch have been caught, but this bite is still slow. Bloodworms, night crawlers, and cut bait work well for Perch. High and muddy conditions could make fishing tough this weekend on the James, but the Chickahominy River remains a great option. Bass up to 8lbs have been caught this week from the Chick. Lipless cranks, spinner baits, and jigs are all working. The Crappie bite is very good on the Chick also. Quality catches of Blue Cats continue even in tough conditions, but navigating can be tricky around all the debris. Good catches of Smallmouth have been occurring lately, but again, conditions have changed. Water temps in area lakes have been in the 45°-50° range this past weekend but warm days this weekend could see temps climb into the 50’s. Cranks, lipless cranks, and jigs excel in these temps. These baits also are excelling in area ponds. This is a great time for trophy sized Crappie in both ponds and lakes.