Saltwater- Cobia seemed to be off a bit last week. Conditions weren’t ideal the last part of last week. However, this week is already looking better. The forecast is looking good also. Sight casters are faring better, due to the amount of trash fish the chummers have to deal with. Schools of Red Drum are being found along the oceanfront and the ocean side of the bay bridge-tunnel. There has also been some Jack Crevalle sighted and caught. Spadefishing at the CBBT and the Ches. Light Tower has been very good. Paul and Wyatt Wade of Henrico spent 3 days targeting these, and boated fish up to 6 1/2 lbs each day. Their first day, 3 man limit, weighed 57 lbs. Also, Mark Bednar, Alec Woolfolf, and Phillip Elliot had a 3 man limit weighing 49 lbs. Strong work gentlemen! Flounder fishing has been hot and cold in the bay. Most report a lot of shorts, and quite a bit of effort has been needed to obtain a limit for 2. However, catches occurring on ocean wrecks are easier to come by. Ocean wrecks are also yielding good numbers of Seabass. Sheepshead seem to be willing participants at the CBBT for those targeting them. There doesn’t seem to be very many accidental catches of Sheepshead. Spanish Mackerel catches continue to increase along the oceanfront, and more reports of Spanish are coming from the spans of the CBBT. Drone spoons on in-line sinkers and planers are the rigs to use. Croaker are widespread throughout the bay, and on the ocean side of the Eastern Shore. Look for larger catches of Croaker to start occurring soon. Boats out of Rudee Inlet and Oregon Inlet, have been finding Wahoo, Yellowfin Tuna, and billfish, such as White Marlin, and Blue Marlin. A 93 lb Wahoo was caught late last week. That’s huge!
Freshwater- Catfish anglers on the lower James have been having great success lately, as the James is quite popular, and known for the trophy sized Blue Cats. Night fishing is more productive, and should remain through August. September can sometimes see big movements from the Cats. 43 lbs, 15 ozs was the 3 day total winning weight in the Bassmaster Northern Open held on the James River last week. Rick Morris of Lake Gaston was the winner. Soft plastics and jigs played a big role throughout the tournament. Most of the plastics were Texas rigged. For those fishing a bit upstream, the upper James offers excellent opportunities for catching Smallmouth Bass. Wading is a great way to stay cool and enjoy fishing at the same time. Inside the city limits of Richmond can be especially convenient for wading. Bass fishing has been a little tough in the area lakes lately. Weights have been down at Anna, and Kerr. Shakey heads have been producing limits, but small. 10 lbs won the most recent Tuesday night tournament out of Sturgeon Creek Marina. The better fishing has been from the horsepower/ electric motor restricted lakes like Swift Creek Reservoir, and Sandy River. However, night fishing has been far more productive for Bass, regardless of the location.