Saltwater- Red Drum continue to provide great action for those searching for them along the surface. Large schools can be spotted from reasonable distances and approached to slowly. Casting bucktails, or just about any lure will many times draw a strike. Folks are also catching them by fishing for them on the bottom with fresh cut bait. Shoal areas are typically good. Cobia fishing continues to improve as the weather gets warmer. On calmer, bright days, sight casters are having quite a busy time spotting plenty of fish. On cloudy days, chumming is productive for those set on catching Cobia. Bring along plenty of chum for this method, as it can dissolve quickly. Spadefish have begun to show up at the bridge tunnel,so look for this to increase daily. Also increasing at the tunnel, are catches of Flounder. Drifting minnows or jigging with strip bait attached to heavy jigs is working well. Some of the reefs in the lower bay are giving up keeper Flounder also. Lynnhaven Pier is reporting catches of Spot and Sea Mullet. Spanish Mackerel are being caught along the oceanfront and just inside the bay. Plenty of small Croaker are being caught at the bridge tunnel. Speckled Trout, and Puppy Drum are being caught mostly inside Mobjack Bay, and Poquoson. Yellowfin Tuna, Mahi, and Wahoo are what can be expected to be caught aboard the charter boats out of Va. beach, Nags Head, and Hatteras. Surf action has been slow the last few days, with catches of Puppy Drum, and Sea Mullet being the main participants.
Freshwater- Summer patterns have emerged on the tidal rivers, and impressive weights continue to be brought in. 20 lbs won the Priority Toyota Bass Series out of Osbourne Landing on the James River on Saturday , over the weekend. Also, on Saturday, Kenny Wright of Chesterfield, and Ken Huband , weighed in 22.7 lbs in a tournament on the Chickahominy River. They also had big fish of the day with an impressive 10 lb 9 Oz lunker. Needless to say, the James and Chickahominy are fishing quite well. Night fishing for the Cats has become much more productive than daytime fishing. Please be aware of river conditions before heading out at night. The Potomac River is bouncing back, as 66+ lbs won a 4 day event last week. Topwater baits, senkos, and chatterbaits were big players. The upper James received a little rain, bringing up the level, and giving the river a slight stain. Many times, this helps the bite, as long as the river doesn’t get too high. 4 and 5 inch grubs work well under many conditions, but bigger baits can sometimes shine when a stain is present. Summer patterns are also present on the area lakes, like Anna, Kerr, Gaston, and smaller lakes like Swift Creek Reservoir and Sandy River Reservoir. Big 8-10 inch worms, both on Texas rigs, and Carolina rigs, big topwaters, and deeper diving crankbaits are fooling the majority of Bass. Drop shots and shaky heads can sometimes be better when searching for a limit. Live bait on down lines has been more effective for the landlocked Stripers at Anna. June can be a productive month for trolling for Stripers on Anna.