Saltwater- Cobia remain to be the most sought after fish inside the bay these days. Charters and private boaters are hooking up with plenty of both large and small Cobia. Sight fishing has been the most productive, by far. More fish are being caught around the pilings of the CBBT and the marker buoys. Flounder fishing has improved slightly over the last few weeks, but many have chosen to target other species in the same areas, like Sheepshead, and Triggerfish, due to the inconsistency of the Flounder fishing. Some impressive catches of Sheeps have been made this week at the bridge tunnel. Spadefish are still available along the spans of the CBBT, but have started to decrease, according to some. Redfish schools are still being found by a few of the die hard searchers, as they are quite fun to deal with when they are on the surface. Spot catches continue to increase from the piers of the lower bay, such as Lynnhaven, and Buckroe. Both are reporting steady crab action also. Spanish Mackerel are another species that have increased in catches lately. Drone spoons on planers and in line sinkers are the most effective way to locate them. In the shallows of the bays and inlets, Speckled Trout and Puppy Drum catches have been on the rise this week. Out in deeper water, Amberjack hookups have been entertaining willing anglers recently. The White Marlin continue to increase now, as late August and September are usually the best times to focus on them. The offshore Fleets are returning with Mahi, Yellowfin Tuna, Blackfin Tuna, and some Big Eye even. Blue Marlin releases are improving also.
Freshwater- The lower James and Chickahominy Rivers have slowed down a bit, probably due to the tremendous amount of pressure that has been bestowed upon them. They still remain to be 2 of the top fisheries in the state. Tidal river fish tend to stay shallow, due to lesser current and abundant cover present along the banks. Grass patterns are needed in the lower creeks of the James, and throughout the Chickahominy. Many prefer to stick with weedless grass frogs for their snag less capabilities, and their big fish draw. The tidal rivers are practically unmatched for their trophy Blue Cat opportunities. The Mattaponi, Pamunkey, and Rappahannock Rivers offer excellent trophy opportunities also. The Potomac River is producing quality bags of Bass, as this is the place for grass pattern Bass. Short, evening tournaments are producing notable catches. The upper James remains low and clear, typical for this time of year, but still offers trophy Smallmouth possibilities. September is approaching , and is typically a transitional month for the Bass. Topwater baits can be really strong producers. Things have been a little quiet down at Kerr, and Gaston, but they should not be overlooked for summertime Bass, Crappie, and giant Blue Cats. Lots of school sized Stripers are being caught at Anna, by those trolling ,or baiting up with live Shad or Herring. The better fishing has been in the smaller, power restricted lakes in our area. Sandy, Briery, and Swift Creek Reservoir.