Saltwater – Toggin’ is still the best bet for quality table fare without long boat rides. Tog action has really increased at the CBBT with Fiddler crabs being the best offerings by far. Ocean wrecks are still yielding keeper Togs also. Puppy Drum continues to spread out through the bay inlets and tributaries like Mobjack Bay, the Piankatank River, and bay-side creeks on the Eastern Shore. Flounder action is still slow, with just a few keepers being caught by die-hards drifting the shallows along the Eastern Shore’s seaside. Deep dropping is very productive for Tilefish, Barrelfish, and Rosefish. Charters out of Oregon Inlet are scoring some giant Bluefin Tuna, with some going in the 500-600lb range. The OBX surf has been giving up Puppy Drum, Bluefish, Toadfish, and Sea Mullet.
Freshwater – The Shad action within the Richmond City limits is in full swing. River conditions can change daily, and have been is seems, so take along various colors and sizes of spoons and darts accordingly. Some impressive catches of Bass were made prior to recent rains. Spinner baits have been especially good in the James and everywhere else also. Bottom fishing in the lower James with fresh cut bait can produce just about anything. Anglers are reeling in White Perch, Rockfish, and Blue Cats. Remember, Rockfish must be returned for now. The upper James gave up some very large Smallmouth this past week, but now, it’s back to high and muddy. Largemouth and Crappie in reservoirs and lakes have really turned on this week. The Occoquan Reservoir produced a 6 fish limit of 29 ½lbs for Rob Grike and Allen Englemeyer of Woodbridge. Diaschund Reservoir and Swift Creek Reservoir have also been yielding large Bass and good stringers of Crappie. It seems the first wave of spawning Bass is upon us now in both ponds and lakes. Live bait is producing the better catches of Stripers at Anna. The mid to up-lake sections have been more consistent. Crappies are being caught under docks and along grass lines with stumps.