Chesapeake Bay – The Cobia bite is hot! Many reports of large fish are occurring daily. Chuck Adcock of Beaverdam and Scott Hey of Richmond caught 9 Cobia up to 50lbs over the last week. They employed both chumming and sight casting with live Croaker on both sides of the CBBT. The west side of the bay, like York Spit and Bluefish Rock, have been good for chumming for large Cobia. Chummers are also hooking up with large Red Drum on the west side as well as the nine foot shoal, and the mouth of the bay. If you want Spot and Croaker for bait or food, try the Poquoson area right now. Other good areas are the MMBT, York River, and inside the Rapp, near Urbanna. Flounder catches are still increasing throughout the lower bay, but the CBBT has been the most consistent (as usual). 36A, Back River Reef, and Lynnhaven Inlet have been producing good keepers lately. Spadefish and Sheepshead are being caught at the bridge-tunnel structures also. Puppy Drum and Speckled Trout can be had inside the Piankatank, Mobjack Bay, and bayside creeks of the Eastern Shore. Remember, the Specks cannot be kept. Bluefish are readily available at the CBBT.
Ocean – The offshore bite for Dolphin and Yellowfin Tuna is very good. Blue Marlin up to 77lbs have been caught over the last week, along with some sizable White Marlin. Sailfish and Wahoo are also showing up for charters in the Gulf Stream. Inshore boats out of Rudee and Oregon Inlet are finding Spanish Mackerel and Bluefish. In the OBX surf, expect to catch Puppy Drum, Sea Mullet, Flounder, and Pompano. Pier anglers are catching Mackerel, Flounder, Spot, Croaker, and Sea Mullet. Deep dropping is producing Tilefish , Seabass, Barrelfish, and Rosefish.
Freshwater – Once boat traffic subsides a bit, good catches of Bass can be had at Lake Anna. 20.79lbs was first place in the recent Tuesday night tournament. 18+lbs was second. This is only a 3 ½ hour tournament. Stripers are biting well early mornings on live bait, mainly over deeper flats in the mid-lake area. Kerr Lake elevation is at 300.86 currently. Topwater baits have been attracting better quality fish at both Kerr and Gaston lately. Square bills are providing action for Bass over emerging grass at Gaston. The Chick and James have been very good this week for Bass. Crankbaits and topwater baits have been excellent, but pitching soft plastics is also productive. The Ray-o-vac series came to the Potomac last week, where 45-9lbs was the winning 3 day total. Local angler Kermit Crowder of Matoaca won the co-angler side with a 3 day total of 39-8. These tidal rivers are wide open for a strong Catfish bite. Most of the better catches will occur at night. The upper James is in good shape right now, so take advantage of this great fishery while conditions allow. Target Smallmouth Bass with surface plugs, flukes, and bottom crawling lures like grubs on leadhead jigs. Sunfish also abound in the James, and are readily available, especially around wood cover, where Largemouths may occasionally be caught. Swift Creek Reservoir is still producing quality catches of bass right now. Local ponds are always a good option for Crappie, Bluegills, and Bass. Live bait such as nightcrawlers and small to medium minnows will catch all species lurking below.