Saltwater- Cobia catches continue to improve throughout the bay. The Cobia interest is probably the greatest interest in bay fishing right now. The rougher days make it hard for the sight casters, but chumming under these conditions will often bring nice fish to the boat. Using plenty of chum is a big part of success. Sight casting is often done with live eels or bucktails. Flounder catches have been improving over the last few days in the lower bay, particularly at the CBBT. Live Spot is choice for the bigger fish. Jigging bucktails dressed with fresh strip bait or Berkley Gulp! trailers is what many use. Dragging strip baits on a 3 way rig is another method for putting fish in the boat. Spadefish are getting thicker at the bridge-tunnel and at other known structures, such as the Cell. Using Clam chum up current from these structures will often bring fish closer to the boat. Using float rigs, or tight lining with pieces of Clam will draw strikes. Sheepshead are still being caught at the structures of the CBBT. Crab is a good bait for these fish. Red Drum catches seemed to have slowed greatly in the last week. Speckled Trout action has been hit or miss lately, but the last week has been slower than normal. Spanish Mackerel catches are increasing inside the bay, but are still occurring along the oceanfront. There’s plenty of small Croaker at the bridge-tunnel, but the bigger ones like to hang out inside the York River it seems, year after year. Lynnhaven Pier is reporting plenty of crabs being pulled in from the pier pilings, along with Spot, and Sea Mullet. Charter boats out of Oregon Inlet and Hatteras Island are reporting Mahi, Yellowfin Tuna, Blue Marlin, and a few Sailfish. Reports from surf anglers are that there are plenty of sharks at Cape Point in Buxton. Pompano action is good, as is the Sea Mullet.
Freshwater- Bass fishing has remained good on the tidal Chickahominy, as it is known for. Weed less frogs, Texas rigged plastics, particularly creature baits, and Senkos are three of the top baits that score well. The James offers excellent Bass opportunities also, but often gets over shadowed by the Chickahominy. The tidal James is highly known for the trophy Blue Catfish opportunities. Night fishing is almost always more productive during the summer season. The upper James has been yielding some quality Smallmouth lately, which it is widely known for, but heavy rains this week will probably turn the water quite a bit. We will have to see. But the topwater bite has been outstanding lately. The Potomac River has also been very good lately. Grass patterns are in full swing, which means Weed less frogs, senkos, and Texas rigged plastics, often rigged with heavy bullet weights to punch through heavy grass mats. When heavy boat traffic can be avoided, fishing can be good at Anna, but once 10 am rolls around, things get bouncy. Places like Kerr Reservoir is better, due to the sheer size of the lake. It can be much easier to get away from pleasure boaters, and concentrate on hooking fish. Otherwise, plan on getting there early and leaving early. The landlocked Stripers will often bite much better at first light, and with live bait, or surface lures.