Saltwater- Cobia action remains very strong in the bay. Anglers are having great luck sight casting and chumming throughout the bay, from the CBBT to Smith Point. Eels are good for both sight casting and chumming. Flounder fishing seems to be hit and miss, with excellent catches occurring one day and hardly any bites the next. However, there have been several fish over 8 lbs caught in the last week. The most consistent bite for Flounder has been on ocean wrecks. Spadefish are hot and heavy right now. In fact, it is becoming difficult to obtain fresh clams, as bait shops are selling out quickly. Chumming with clam chum at places like the Cell is a good tactic for drawing fish close to the boat. Another good bite happening now is the Sheepshead bite at the bridge tunnel. Crab is an excellent bait for these fish. Croaker fishing has been good inside the York River, but you may have to weed through the small fish, as they are plentiful. This is also the case at the bridge tunnel and some of the lower bay reefs. Spanish Mackerel fishing seems to be getting better inside the bay, but many catches are still occurring in the ocean. Some of the lower bay piers are reporting plenty of crabs, and good runs of Spot and Croaker. The Yellowfin Tuna action is also very good right now, along with Big Eye Tuna, Mahi, and the occasional Wahoo. Blue Marlin are certainly a possibility while out for the Tuna, as several are being caught almost every week. For surf anglers in Carolina waters, there has Sea Mullet just about everywhere. A few Bluefish and Spanish Mackerel, but most of the Spanish have been caught from the piers.
Freshwater- For some , fishing for Bass in local lakes and ponds has been excellent. Green Top employees Robert Davis and his son Peter had a great day visiting a nearby local lake with 4 citation sized Bass, with the biggest being 9 lbs 13 ozs. Robert prefers to use plastic worms over all else. Another good lake close by is Swift Creek Reservoir. This is a great local destination for Bass, Crappie, and Shellcrackers. Another great local hot spot is the James River. Throughout the city limits, anglers can find trophy Smallmouth Bass by wading in the James, or fishing off the bank. Early mornings are great for topwater offerings, and soft plastic jerkbaits like a super fluke. The river level is low and life jackets are not required at the current level, but floatation devices are always a good idea. The James River above the city offers excellent opportunities, but jet boats are the best option , as waders may have to travel long distances from public access areas to find ideal spots. The tidal James and Chickahominy Rivers are in great shape for Bass fishing, and excellent for giant Blue Catfish. Night fishing is more productive for the Cats at this time. Larger lakes like Kerr Reservoir are often better places to target Bass and Crappie due to the size of the lake. At 50,000 acres, it’s much easier to find areas without hordes of boats constantly passing by. Kerr is known for its excellent angling opportunities at all times of the year. Deep crankbaits and Texas rigged worms are generally the better producers this time of year. The horsepower restricted lakes like Sandy River Reservoir and Briery Creek also offer good opportunities without the worries of boat traffic.