Chesapeake Bay – Flounder fishing picked up for many over the last week, as anglers reported finding multiple man limits in less time than in previous trips this years. Jigging structures is preferred by some, and dragging Flounder rigs with strip bait is very popular. Live spot are still accounting for the biggest fish though. Cobia action is still good, as one customer reported an 84lber earlier this week. Live Eels are as good a bait as any, but sharks like them also, as they are quite plentiful. Many undersized Cobia are being reported this week also. Spadefish interest has increased as better reports trickle in from different areas of the bay. The CBBT has had the most pressure, but this area has the most to offer for crowds of anglers. Clam chum is often used to attract or excite the Spades. Numbers of fish can be seen hanging around the pilings. Wolf Trap Light and the Cell are other popular areas for Spades. Speckled Trout and Puppy Drum can be found inside Mobjack Bay, Poquoson Flats, and the Piankatank River. Grass beds are very attractive to these fish. Topwater baits, Gulp! baits, and Bass Assassin sea shads are the most used. Good numbers of Croaker and Spot are being caught inside Mobjack and the Poquoson area also. The HRBT is another good area for Croaker. Reports of Spanish Mackerel being caught from Windmill Bar have finally occurred. Clark and Drone spoons trolled behind in-line sinkers or planer boards will get results, but if Bluefish are the only fish being caught, speed up to target the Mackerel.
Ocean – Charters out of Rudee and Oregon Inlet are still reporting good catches of Yellowfin Tuna and Dolphin when weather conditions allow. As weather allows, deep dropping for bottom dwellers such as Tilefish, Seabass, and Rosefish can be quite productive. All of the species are very tasty. Inshore boats out of Nags Head are finding Flounder, Bluefish, and Speckled Trout, along with some Puppy Drum. Pier and surf anglers are reporting Spot, Croaker, and Sea Mullet.
Freshwater – Some big Smallmouth were reported over the last week as well as numbers and quality 2-3lbers. Bottom crawling baits have been producing the bigger fish, but topwater baits have still been better early and late. Flatheads continue to thrive in the same areas, especially within the city limits. The lower James and Chickahominy are an excellent option for Blue Cats at night. Bass fishing on these rivers has remained very good. The Chick has been receiving a lot of pressure lately, but 8lb fish are a real possibility any day. Look for impressive weights from this weekend’s Priority Toyota Bass Tournament out of Osbourne Landing. Target the 12-18’ zone for Bass at Kerr and Gaston. Deep crankbaits and shaky head jig will produce anywhere, especially Anna, as many evening tournaments are being won with these 2 baits. Spook type baits have also been productive for quality Bass. Most of the landlocked Stripers are being caught using live Shad on down lines. Knowledged guides are scoring limits early, many times before 9am. Swift Creek Reservoir and Sandy River continue to be good options for anglers, as they often go overlooked due to horsepower or elective motor restrictions.