Saltwater- Cobia action continues to heat up inside the bay. Water temps inside the bay are at 73 degrees this week. Sight casters have been enjoying good weather conditions over the last few days, resulting in many 40 – 50 lb fish. Chummers are having good luck also. Green Top pro Billy Nicar went out on Tuesday and landed a 44 lber while chumming. Another species doing well inside the bay, is the Red Drum. Schools of Reds can be found cruising just below the surface. Sometimes, Cobia will be mixed in with the Drum, but often, the Drum are more aggresive, and will strike sooner than the Cobia. I had the opportunity to join Capt. Josh Saunders and his wife Tracy, of Peaks Tide Fishing earlier this week. We boated 12 Reds between 40 – 47 1/2 inches, and one Cobia measuring 51 inches. It was an enjoyable day! Spadefish have not shown up in big numbers at the bridge tunnel. However, there have been excellent reports of Spadefish at Chesapeake Light Tower. Flounder fishing still seems a bit slow on the main body of the bay. The inlets of the bay, such as Mobjack and Lynnhaven are giving up Speckled Trout and Puppy Drum. There’s also been keeper Trout caught from the Fort Monroe area. Reports from Oregon- Inlet are that the Mahi bite is strong. The Yellowfin and Big Eye Tuna bite is also strong. However, there are many sharks hanging around the Tuna, which are attacking the Tuna when they hooked and being reeled in to the boat. The first two days of the Big Rock Billfish Tournament has yielded 50 Blue Marlin releases, 27 White Marlin releases, and 7 Sailfish releases. Surf action along the Outer Banks has been relatively slow, but on Monday, a 70 lb Cobia was caught from ramp 55. Avon Pier has been giving up Spanish Mackerel, Sea Mullet, and Flounder.
Freshwater- The upper James is turning out better numbers of Smallmouth finally. The water conditions have been stable lately, so anglers have been taking advantage of this. Topwater action has been excellent, but for the bigger fish, many still use live bait, such as jumbo minnows. The lower James remains a great destination for summer angling, as the tide constantly brings in food and oxygen. Jetty areas are good during the month of June, with crankbaits being very strong. The Bass also position themselves on wood cover heavily, crankbaits, worms, and topwaters are stand bys. The lower sections of the lower James and inside the Chickahominy River usually have the Bass using vegetation as well as wood cover. The upper sections of the Chick are especially good as the weather warms significantly and we enter the summer season. Grass frogs and Senkos can be especially good in these sections. Catfish are biting better at night now, so knowing the layout of the rivers is critical for navigation. We can’t always rely on GPS systems. The Potomac River is coming back for Bass fishing after a few years of struggling Bass fishing. Grass patterns are in full swing, so grass frogs, senkos, smaller, compact soft plastics, will often put fish in the boat. Live bait is definitely your best bet for success if you’re targeting landlocked Striped Bass at kerr, Anna, or Gaston. Night time fishing will often out produce daytime fishing this time of year.This can also be true for Bass also. Big 10 in worms are a great choice for quality Bass. These can be fished effectively on both Texas rigs, and Carolina rigs. Deep diving crankbaits are another good choice for Bass this time of year as they transition themselves into summer patterns. Flutter spoons are another great choice for larger Bass during this time.