Chesapeake Bay- Lots of Cobia are being encountered by both sight fishermen and bottom anglers using live and cut bait. Fish are both inside the bay and along the Oceanfront. Jim Miller of Henrico used eels to catch Cobia up to 48″. Chumming is also effective. Some anglers targeting Cobia are coming up with big Red Drum. This bite has slowed a little, but many have started chasing other species. Big Flounder catches are increasing daily, especially at the CBBT. Mark Bednar of Chesterfield recently caught a 7lb 1oz flatty while jigging a buck tail/GULP! jerk shad at the pilings. Lower bay structures and reefs are also producing increased catches of Flounder. Croaker continue to cooperate inside the York, Rapp, and James Rivers. The HRBT has been holding a lot of Croakers lately. Plentiful catches of Spot are coming from inside Lynnhaven, as well as Puppy Drum and Flounder. Quality Puppy Drum are still coming from Poquoson Flats.
Ocean- Spadefish can be had a Chesapeake Light Tower by hook and line anglers as well as the numerous spear fisherman, Out into deeper water, Seabass, Tilefish, and Grouper are regularly being caught. Along the oceanfront, Spanish Mackerel are starting to be caught, and many Cobia are being spotted in the area of Cape Henry. Offshore anglers out of Va Beach and the OBX are boating loads of Dolphin. Big Eye Tuna up to 189lbs have been caught this week. Yellowfin Tuna, are prevalent and White Marlin citations are also increasing. Wahoo catches of 74 and 52 lbs were caught earlier this week, Garry Oliver of Fishing Unlimited in Nags Head reports Sea Mullet, Spot, and Bluefish from OBX pier. The bridges are giving up Black Drum, Speckled Trout, and Spot. Spanish Mackerel are being caught inshore.
Freshwater- The James, Chickahominy, and Appomattox rivers are giving up very nice catches of Bass currently. 21 lbs won the most recent priority Toyota Bass Tournament out of Osbourne Landing. Night fishing for Blue Cats on the tidal rivers has been better for bigger fish now that warmer weather has set in. The upper James is in great shape currently and should be taken advantage of for Smallmouth Bass. Inside the city limits can be especially good. The Potomac river is also giving up better catches of Bass and its been very good for numbers of Large Blue Cats. Landlocked Stripers at Anna, Gaston, and Kerr are being caught better with live bait. Trolling Red fins is also productive in these lakes. Bass are settling into summer patterns everywhere, so Texas rigged worms and deep crank baits are starting to produce better catches. Bluegill and Shellcracker fishing is still good, as some are still spawning in lakes and even in some ponds. Many times, the better catches of Sunfish are caught on the bottom. Trolling small jigs around ponds, and small lakes is a very good way to locate Crappie schools quickly,