Saltwater- The Cobia bite is increasing rapidly, which is perfect for the opening of the season on June 1. Many catches are occurring along the oceanfront and at the mouth of the bay. Fish up to 65 inches have been reported this week. Another hot bite is the Red Drum bite. Loads of these brutes are being caught in many of the same places as the Cobia. In fact, Cobia can be found inside the schools of Drum. When the Drum are roaming in these giant schools, they are usually very aggressive, willing biters.The structures if the CBBT are attractive to the Cobia and the Drum, and many other species, such as Sheepshead. The Sheepshead don’t seem to be willing biters for very long, so take advantage of this window soon. There seems to be a lot of small Croaker hanging around the bridge tunnel, so fresh bait should not be a problem, as Croaker are excellent bait. Look for the Flounder bite to pick up at the structures of the CBBT soon, but for now, more of the keepers are being caught a bit shallower. The area of Chincoteague has been excellent for keeper Flounder this season. The shallow flats of Poquoson, Goodwin Island, and inside Mobjack Bay are attracting good numbers of Puppy Drum and Speckled Trout. The current moon phase is favorable for these shallow feeders. There have been reports of Spanish Mackerel being caught from the lower bay this week, so expect this bite to pick up shortly. The offshore charter boats out of Hatteras and Nags Head have been having quite a time with the Big Eye Tuna, and the Yellowfin Tuna. Some of the Big Eyes that have been caught recently have weighed 187,151, and 113 lbs. The Yellowfins have weighed 96,90, and 88 lbs. The Dolphin action has been excellent, and Wahoo are being brought in also. Surf anglers have been catching Cobia, Bluefish, Puppy Drum, and Sea Mullet.
Freshwater- The James River has been unstable to say the least. River levels have been fluctuating greatly over the past few weeks, making consistent fishing difficult. Even the Catfish anglers have been grounded quite a bit. The Chickahominy River however, has remained consistent in giving up quality sized Bass, with good numbers also. The frog bite has emerged, and will continue to inprove. Many anglers have chosen other destinations, such as Kerr Lake, Lake Anna, and smaller bodies of water, such as Swift Creek Reservoir and Sandy River Reservoir. The topwater bite has been improving in these waters, and with the abundance of rain, many of the fish have stayed shallow. In many bodies of water around the area, high numbers of Bluegills can be seen in the shallows performing their spawning rituals. Often, the bigger males will be out in deeper water, so try fishing just outside the the obvious spawning grounds for the bigger fish. Post spawn Bass will often hang around these areas capitalizing on the abundance of feeding opportunities. Bluegill patterned baits are many times the key to success.