Saltwater- Cobia action remains very good. Anglers are reporting that these fish may have started to migrate out of the bay, but large fish are still being caught within bay waters. Jeff and Trevor Brooks of Ashland, boated Cobia on Wed. that measured 57 and 52 inches. Sight fishing for these fish has been best lately. Spadefish are still being caught along the bridge- tunnel, and from structures inside the bay, like the Cell. Many are reporting smaller fish however. Flounder fishing is still hit or miss, but Sept. is typically the best month to target trophy Flounder. Live Spot is considered to be best for the biggest fish. Spot catches are increasing throughout the bay, and will continue as we approach Sept. This is the month when the highest numbers of Spot are typically seen. Lynnhaven Pier has been reporting good numbers of Spot for a few weeks now, but the bigger ones should begin to show shortly. Early mornings have been the better bite from the piers. Look for the Speckled Trout bite to increase in Sept. also. Topwater baits really shine throughout the month of Sept. but should be thrown now also. Often, the biggest Specks fall to surface baits. Puppy Drum catches are occurring for many that target the Specks, as they compete for the same food. Gulp! swimming mullets work well for the pups. Spanish Mackerel have been biting very well throughout the bay, but the mouth of the Rappahannock River, and areas north have been outstanding for numbers of fish. Drone spoons on #2 planers have been great. Bluefish have been thick also. The offshore charters are cleaning up on quality White Marlin. Blue Marlin, Sailfish, Mahi, and Wahoo are being pulled in also. Yellowfin and Blackfin Tuna are still being caught, but much of the focus has turned to the billfish. The inshore fishing for Speckled Trout has been outstanding in the areas around Oregon- Inlet this week. Surf anglers have been catching Pompano, Sea Mullet, Bluefish, and Spanish Mackerel.
Freshwater- Giant Blue Catfish are being caught in good numbers throughout the tidal James River. Jamie Wells of Henrico scored well this week, with fish up to 84 lbs. Night time and early mornings has been best. Bass limits have been down a bit lately. Smaller, 4-5 inch worms,Texas rigged have been better. Small crankbaits have produced well, especially when a reaction bite is happening. Grass patterns, and vegetation areas have been better on the Chickahominy, but wood cover shouldn’t be ignored. The Costa series is visiting the Potomac River this week, so hopefully our locals will do well. The bite has been a little tight on the Potomac also. Wading has been productive on the upper James, especially within the city limits. Topwater baits, small Texas rigged plastics, and soft jerkbaits will usually draw strikes. The river level is low and conditions are clear. Overcast days are usually better. The Flatheads have been active along the upper James and inside the city limits. Live bait is preferred by the these cats. Bass fishing has been slow on the bigger lakes,but has improved on the smaller lakes , such as Swift Creek Reservoir and Little Creek.