Saltwater- The water in the bay has been a little murky this week, making things a little harder for spotting fish. Cobia catches have been slightly down, but heavy fish are still being boated by persistent anglers. Those chumming are holding their own, but catches were still a little off this week. The off colored water made things tougher for the Spadefish anglers. Folks are sticking it out and still returning with limits, but a little more effort may have been required. The CBBT, and the Cell are very popular for the Spades, so plan to have company while targeting these hard fighting fish. Hopefully the water clears up for the weekend. Flounder catches were also down this week, but this season has been tougher for those seeking Flounder. The new moon approaches on Sat, the 22nd, so the next two weeks should bring better reports. Many anglers are reporting a lot of throw back Flounder. The better Flounder are coming from ocean structures. Small Croaker are being reported from many areas of the bay, but the better catches are still coming from within the York River. Mobjack Bay has been yielding some decent Croakers also. Sheepshead are a possibility on the structures of the CBBT, so there lies another possibility for good eating fish. Another great eating fish is the Spot, which are being caught in good numbers from Lynnhaven pier. They are also reporting Croaker, and Sea Mullet. The ocean charters out of Oregon Inlet are reporting Sailfish, Blue Marlin, and Yellowfin. They are also reporting Big Eye Tuna, and Blackfin Tuna. Surf anglers along the Outer Banks are dealing with Sea Mullet, Bluefish, and Puppy Drum.
Freshwater- The James and Chickahominy Rivers are holding up to their reputations for outstanding summer Bass fishing. 23+ lbs won the Priority Toyota Bass Series tournament out of Osborne Landing over the weekend. The winners were Brian Green and Jeff Parrish. These heavy weights are becoming more common, as the strength of our tidal rivers is apparent. The Potomac River is producing quality catches now also. The Pamunkey and Mattaponi rivers offer an alternative to the bigger tidal rivers when crowds are expected, or rough conditions exist. The upper James is low and clear again, so wading is a good option if a jet boat is not an option. Some of the better fishing opportunities exist in the horsepower restricted, or electric motor only bodies of water. Swift Creek Reservoir, Sandy River Reservoir, and Little Creek Reservoir are some of the options available. Occoquan Reservoir is another option for outstanding fishing, but it’s a little farther away from Richmond.