Chesapeake Bay – The Cobia bite is still strong in the bay, but sight casters have been out scoring the bottom fishing anglers. Many choose to use Eels. Others prefer bucktails. The structures of the CBBT, The Baltimore Channel, and channel markers are good places to look. Fish up to 70lbs have been weighed in this week. The water clarity of the lower bay is looking good and getting better. This is especially important for Flounder success. This bite is also strong, just be prepared to weed through Oyster Toads, and skates, or Rays, as they often inhabit the same structures. Redfish will also inhabit these structures. Back River Reef, Bluefish Rock, and the CBBT also. The shallow flats of Poquoson and Mobjack Bay have been good for Puppy Drum and Speckled Trout. The Piankatank is another good area for these species, along with Croaker. Look for the Spot action to increase in late August and September. The MMBT has been good for better sized Croaker. Spadefish are available at the bridge-tunnel, the Cell, and Wolf Trap Light. Spanish Mackerel are also available throughout the lower bay.
Ocean – The White Marlin bite is still on and the Wahoo action is on the increase. A few boats out of Oregon Inlet scored a grand slam (White Marlin, Blue Marlin, and Sailfish). Limits of Dolphin are also being brought to the docks. Yellowfin and Blackfin Tuna are being boated now. Inshore boats are finding Cobia, Bluefish, Flounder, and Speckled Trout, and Redfish. Deep Drop charters are an excellent way to bring home loads of tasty fish like Seabass, Tilefish, and Grouper. Surf anglers are catching Spot, Croaker, Sea Mullet, and Bluefish.
Freshwater – This week should be interesting as the Ray-O-Vac series visits the lower James River at Osbourne Landing. Anglers will test the tidal waters of the James, Chick, and Appomattox rivers. Wood cover is thick in the Chick. The James is almost always producing very large Blue Cats, mainly during night time hours. Fresh bait is a definite advantage. The upper James is clear again, so long casts are often necessary for success. Overcast days can also be helpful. Shad migrations will start soon, so Bass will follow them to the backs of the creeks. Bass can be caught both shallow and deep still. These patterns mainly occur in lakes. The Stripers will also begin following the Shad. Massive schools of small shad can easily be found in the mid to upper sections. So many times, small baits are more productive for Bass and Stripers. Topwater baits and plastic worms are yielding the bigger Bass in ponds right now, with weedless frogs being the better producer. Panfish are also moving about more as daylight hours decrease.