Chesapeake Bay – Cobia action continues to increase as more fish move into the bay. Chumming and bottom fishing has probably been a little more productive, but sight casting is coming on strong. Casting both live and artificial bait has been yielding results. Flounder anglers are enjoying better catches every day. Fish up tp 8lbs have been reported this week. Jigging bucktails over structures like the CBBT and artificial reefs like Back River Reef, are yielding quality fish. Some are reporting catching fish in shallow bays like Lynnhaven. Big Red Drum are still available in the lower bay, but many have chosen to target other species like Cobia. Croaker catches continue to thrive at the MMBT, inside the York and Rapp, and Buckroe Pier. Inside Mobjack Bay, Lynnhaven Inlet, and the Piankatank River, anglers are finding Speckled Trout and Puppy Drum. Spot are also being caught in these areas along with piers, like Ocean View and Buckroe. Spadefish are starting to show up for hook and line anglers inside the bay, especially the CBBT.
Ocean – Seabass are a great option on ocean wrecks, as are Tilefish, Rosefish, and an occasional Grouper. All of these fish are incredible table fare. Offshore boaters are enjoying a great bite for Dolphin and Yellowfin Tuna. Trent Worrell of Montpelier was fishing aboard the “Do Work” with Jan Blanco when they caught 4 Yellowfins between 50-68lbs. Big Eye Tuna up to 225lbs were reported this week. Inshore boats out of Oregon Inlet are catching Cobia, Flounder, and Redfish. Garry Oliver of Fishing Unlimited in Nags Head reports water temps in the 70’s. Surf catches have been Sea Mullet, Puppy Drum, and Pompano. Inside the sound, a 6lb 11oz Speck was caught this week. Spanish Mackerel and Bluefish are also being caught inshore.
Fresh Water– Summer patterns are in full swing just about everywhere, especially the tidal rivers. Night fishing for Cats is far more productive, and Bass are responding to a big variety of lures presented along drop-offs at low tide, wood cover and pad banks. Top water baits have been producing better fish on the Chick, but soft plastics in heavy cover are also preferred. 17lbs won a recent Bass tournament on the Potomac River, but most anglers struggled to catch quality fish. Topwater baits have been outstanding at Anna, Gaston, and Kerr. Striper fishing has been very good at Anna with live bait. Recently a 20lb+ Striper was caught at Anna. Swift Creek Reservoir has been putting out quality catches of Bass lately, with reports of fish over 8lbs. The upper James is a good option right now, as topwater baits excel now also. Jigs and worms crawled along the bottom is always good, especially after the sun climbs, but shady areas should always be investigated.