Saltwater- The mild weather hasn’t cooled the Cobia bite down as anglers continue to have great luck chasing these fish in the lower bay. Most are sight fishing for them, but those preferring to chum are having luck still. It seems that this year has been better on average, or perhaps the skill level of many anglers is improving. Those targeting Flounder continue to do well also. The CBBT offers a great amount of cover and habitat to attract the Flounder as well as anglers. Jigging and live bait presentations are accounting for many of the better sized fish. Ocean wrecks have been producing nice flatties along with Seabass. The CBBT is also giving up good numbers and sizes of Sheepshead lately. Crab is a preferred bait of the Sheepshead. The Spot bite is gaining momentum in the tributaries and from the piers of the lower bay, but they aren’t thick yet. September is usually best for the Spot run. Using Spot for bait can yield just about any species right now, especially Red Drum, which are also being cast to out in open water. Spanish Mackerel are still available trolling along the spans of the CBBT and along the oceanfront. Very nice limits of Dolphin are being caught from offshore charters. Good sized Dolphin also, as a 45lber was weighed in on 8-26 at Oregon-Inlet. There’s also been a spike of Wahoo catches recently, including a 65lber and a 47lber. Billfish action seems to be increasing again. On Tuesday the 25th, 18 White Marlin and 7 Blue Marlin were released along with 4 Sailfish. Some very nice Yellowfin are still being boated now also.

Freshwater- Congratulations to Wayne Drewery and Ryan Drewery for winning the August 22nd Priority Toyota Bass Tournament. Their five fish limit weighed 18.23lbs. They also had big fish honors with a 7.79lb lunker. Catfish anglers continue to reel in impressive sizes of Blue Catfish. Chuck Jarvis of Hanover has been doing very well lately, but admits that this bite improves in the cooler weather of November and December. The upper James is low and clear still. The level at the Westham Gauge is at 3.68′ and steady. Smaller lures or very fast moving baits have been drawing more strikes, lately. Defined channels are still producing better Bass in lakes like Anna and Kerr. However, they are being caught at various depths from one day to another. Some days the depths is 5-8′ others 12-18′, so be willing to adjust. Live bait presentations are still best for the Stripers. They’ve been anywhere from 15′ to 40′. Crappie seem to be more active in local ponds now, as the days are getting shorter and the mornings are getting cooler.

-Stan Cobb

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