Saltwater – With warm temperatures at hand, many anglers are feeling the itch to get out and target shallow areas for several species such as flounder and Croaker. The bite is still slow, mainly due to lower numbers of those that have actually been out. This week’s high temperatures could spark shallow movements and good reports. Meanwhile, the Tautog bite is red hot! Numerous large fish are being caught on ocean structures such as the Ches. Light Tower and Triangle Wrecks. Crab is becoming more available also. Targeting deep water species like Tilefish is definitely a good option. They’re willing biters, as are the Seabass, but the Seabass must be released. Many have turned to fishing the tidal rivers as the Rockfish are making their spawning runs along with the Shad and Herring. Some very nice Bluefin Tuna are being brought into the docks at Oregon-Inlet. Bluefins up to 100 inches long have been caught and/or released over the last week. Blackfin Tuna and Yellowfin Tuna have also been caught.
Freshwater- Shad are on the minds of many Anglers now as we await the arrival of them in big numbers. So far action is still slow on the James, but better reports have been coming from the Mattaponi River lately. Action for Bass, Catfish, and Crappie has been very good on the James and Chickahominy Rivers. Excellent reports of Crappie from the Chickahominy have been numerous. Chickahominy Lake has been fishing very well for Bass over the last few weeks. Anglers are hooking up with Rockfish inside the rivers also, but they must be released. Smallmouth anglers on the James have been doing well lately. The stained water has allowed the use of bigger lures such as spinnerbaits for bigger fish. Crankbaits and jigs have also been good. Local lakes have been fishing good also. Kerr, Gaston, Smith, and Anna are in full pre-spawn mode with some spawning action being reported. The full moon arrives on the 22nd, so we could see a big movement this weekend. Water temperatures are hovering around 60 degrees. Landlocked Stripers in these lakes have become more predictable and consistent. Covering water fast with swimbaits or topwaters is a great way to locate feeding areas that will produce season after season. Crappie have made major shallow movements on these lakes also. Stumps and grasslines are especially good for big fish.
- Stan Cobb