Saltwater – Big Red Drum catches continue to thrive in the lower bay around the CBBT, Fisherman’s Island, and Nautilus Shoal. Blue crab is often the best bait. Some anglers are finding them schooled on the surface and casting bucktails with good success. Puppy Drum action is good throughout the bay, but Poquoson Flats and Lynnhaven Inlet have been very good. Bluefish are all over the structures of the CBBT, leaving anglers the choice of catch and release, or using them for bait for Flounder or Cobia. Many have been encountering Cobia on the surface in the vicinity of the bridge tunnel. We are between the new moon and the full moon, so now is an excellent time for big Cobia, so hopefully favorable conditions will prevail. Sight casting and chumming have been productive. Flounder catches are improving at the CBBT, and other lower bay structures. Folks are having success jigging structures as well as drifting flats and drops. Croaker are a good option for bottom anglers inside the Rapp, York, and Poquoson Flats. Rockfish have been caught at night at the bridge tunnel and inside the York River.
Ocean – Offshore charters are scoring lots of dolphin, and good amounts of sizable Yellowfin Tuna. Big Eye Tuna are also being caught in good numbers. Wahoo are increasing and White Marlin citations have been recorded this week. Inshore action at the OBX consists of Cobia and Spanish Mackerel. Bluefish are also prevalent. Seabass are biting well on ocean structures like the Triangle Wrecks. Ocean structures are also giving up Tilefish and Grouper. Rudee Inlet is holding a lot of Flounder, mostly undersized, but some keepers are being boated.
Freshwater – Chick River Bass fishing continues to thrive with top water baits and soft plastics, like Senkos. These baits have also been good on the tidal James. The tidal rivers are also a good option for Rockfish and big Blue Cats. Cut bait will work for both, sometimes in the same hole. The upper James has returned to normal conditions and is in prime shape for topwater action, such as buzzbaits and poppers. The Richmond Westham gauge is at 5.02’ currently. The Potomac River is starting to produce better stringers of Bass, with an 8lber recently caught by an unnamed angler (Frequent G-Top customer). Anna Stripers are responding well to live Shad drifted over deep flats and channel breaks. Trolling is also producing for those giving the effort. Bass are responding to surface baits early and late, but big Texas rigged worms can produce all day if you can stand the traffic. These presentations are also effective at Gaston and Kerr, as well as local ponds. Panfish are still an excellent option anywhere right now, as some are still going through the spawn.