Saltwater- Cobia fishing seems to get better by the day. More reports of these fish are coming from within the bay. Ellerson Disharoon of Richmond reported Cobia up to 37 inches from Wolftrap Light. Capt. Josh Saunders has been busy chasing down the Cobia for clients, yielding fish up to 67 lbs this week. Anglers fishing from Buckroe Pier have had great luck on the Cobia as well. A 75 lber, along with some 40 lb range fish have been landed from the pier this week. Sight casting with bucktails or live eels is very popular, along with chumming. Red Drum continue to provide great action for many in the bay also. It seems that those chumming for Cobia, have been hooking up with some quality Reds also. The shoals near the bridge -tunnel always seems to produce big Drum year after year. Flounder anglers are waiting for the bite to increase as the temps climb. June is typically when the bigger fish start to get caught from bay structures. However, the shallows of the Eastern Shore, around Chincoteague, are still producing keepers. The Flounder bite inside Rudee Inlet has picked up though. Look for the deeper, structure fish, to show anytime. Camile Miller, fishing with her dad, Jim, of Henrico, had a blast catching quality sized Spot and Croaker from the Back River area. The charter boats out of Rudee, Nags Head, and Hatteras, are finding plenty of Mahi, Yellowfin Tuna, and large Big Eye. Wahoo are also being encountered along these trips. Surf conditions along the Outer Banks have been rough and dirty over the last few days, so Sea Mullet has been the common catch.
Freshwater- Things are starting to get back to normal on the tidal rivers, as the water levels decrease, and becomes cleaner. The latest Elite 70 tournament was held on the Potomac River, where 22 lbs was the winning weight. Wayne Vaughn and Mitch Blankenship were the winners. The Chickahominy continues to provide excellent fishing for Bass. Both the river and lake have been very good. Grass frogs are coming into play as vegetation grows thicker. The James has an abundance of vegetation, especially in the lower sections like Chippokes,Wards,and Kittewan. The sections above tend to be better for wood cover. All of the tidal rivers are providing excellent opportunities for large Catfish. Obtaining fresh bait is normally not a problem, which is vital for the larger fish. Eels are excellent bait, and can be obtained from local bait shops. Topwater action is in full swing in many places, but especially the lakes and ponds in the area. Kerr Reservoir is a great place to present these baits, as it has many shoals close to deep water. These areas are more numerous in the lower sections with cleaner water, which is usually better for topwater action anyway. Lake Anna is another clear water lake that provides excellent surface action. Both of these hold landlocked Stripers, so be prepared to tangle with them. Live bait on down lines is producing the most consistent catches. Summer patterns are emerging in many bodies of water in the area. Little Occoquan Reservoir is consistently yielding quality limits of Bass, and is frequently overlooked due to it close proximity to the Potomac River. Fountainhead Park is the public access to this reservoir. It is a 9.9 h p restricted lake.